How to maintain a youthful complexion after 40

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Turning 40 is a landmark birthday for many women, as they come into their own as professionals, mothers, partners and friends. It’s a time for celebrating self and fully embracing life. However, there’s no getting away from the fact that our skin starts showing visible signs of ageing from around this age, as collagen production slows and our skin finds it harder to retain moisture.

But by introducing manageable changes into your daily beauty, eating and exercise regime, you can help your skin retain its youthful look for longer.

Mirjana Brle?i?, founder of natural skincare range Nikel Cosmetics, notes that as we age, our skin cells take longer to regenerate, and this can result in a dull complexion. Cell turnover is the constant shedding of dead skin cells and their replacement with younger cells.

It’s a natural process that begins with the production of new skin cells at the lowest layer of the epidermis; these travel to the top layer, where they’re shed. Skin-cell turnover in babies takes just two weeks. This slows down as we age, and by the time we’re in our 40s, it takes up to 40 days.

How to maintain a youthful complexion after 40

A great way to help boost cell turnover is to include Vitamin C in your skincare regime. Vitamin C protects the skin from the effects of ageing and plays a vital role in collagen production and maintenance. Damage from too much exposure to the sun and from free radicals also begins showing in our skin when we’re in our 40s, and the potent antioxidant action of vitamin C helps with these problems too.

“Nikel’s 12-Plant Elixir is a powerful serum packed with plant-activated ingredients, including St John’s wort extract, which is rich in vitamin C,” says Brle?i?. The oil of this medicinal plant also strengthens skin elasticity, prevents infections and soothes damage from eczema and sunburns, reducing skin flaking and dryness induced by dehydration.

Including fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C in your diet is another way to maximise the benefits of this potent vitamin. Kiwis, guavas, broccoli and cauliflower are all high in vitamin C, while a cup of chopped red pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange. Eat as many of these raw as possible.

Hyaluronic acid, a substance produced naturally by the body, can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water – it’s what makes our skin feel and look hydrated and healthy. The occurrence of this magnet for moisture within our skin starts to decrease when we’re in our 30s.

“Including a moisturiser in your skincare regime that contains hyaluronic acid will definitely help to make your skin look plump and glowing again,” says Brle?i?. Nikel’s Nikelift moisturiser, which contains hyaluronic acid and is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, deeply moisturises the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines.

Exercise is another important element of skincare. Getting moving increases blood flow in the body, nourishing and strengthening the skin’s cells, and carrying away waste products, including free radicals. Twenty minutes of exercise (brisk walking is fine) three times a week is all you need to keep your muscles, joints and skin healthy.

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