3 Tips to care for your skin at 40+

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Skin-care doesn’t, shouldn’t, stop at your face. I urge younger women to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I was really lucky to have women in my family who led by example, moisturizing from their face to their feet and hands, daily. I started this daily practice at the tender age of 12, and at 53 I’m still going at it.

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Because I started moisturizing my skin every day from a young age it became as much of a habit as brushing my teeth. And I promise you it shows! And yet, because I’m going through menopause I often look down at my hands and even my forearms and gasp. I am of a generation that did not use sunscreen that much, if at all, in our youth. And my hands and forearms are showing it now.

According to data from a 2015 national online survey of over one thousand U.S. women over the age of 18, women feel an average of six years older when their skin is dry and dull.

That’s why I’m telling my girls to moisturize their entire bodies starting now! My eldest 15, and my youngest, 12, are both getting into this habit. They also know that caring for your skin is also caring for your soul. Massaging creams and lotions on your body makes us feel pampered, deserving of good treatment.

I know there are women who may feel it’s too late in the game. Maybe you didn’t get into the habit of applying moisturizer on your body, hands and feet as well as your face. And so after 40 you’re starting to wonder what happened to your skin. It seems to age so fast after a certain point.

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Sure, as we get older, the skin’s natural renewal cycle slows down and can cause dead cells to build up on the skin’s surface. So it has a rougher texture and can look pretty dull. Oil glands also become less active, which can make it harder to retain moisture in the skin. But we can do something about it.

As much as it’s optimal to start moisturizing all over from a young age, it’s also never too late to pick up this great habit.

To make it easier for you to keep it up on a daily basis, here are some tips that may help:

  • Apply a light moisturizer after every bath or shower. It will absorb quickly and you’ll be able to put your clothes on fast. Ceramides may decrease in the skin with age. AmLactin® Moisturizing Body Lotion contains 3 skin-essential ceramides to relieve dryness for 24 hours.
  • Use a heavier more emollient cream when you aren’t pressed for time. I like to do that at night. I keep AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream and AmLactin® Foot Cream cream on my night stand. After I do some restorative yoga to unwind, I apply cream to my knees, elbows, chest, neck, hands and feet. I go to bed feeling moisturized and relaxed.
  • I also keep  AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream by the bathroom and kitchen sink. That way as soon as I’m done with the dishes or washing my hands, I can quickly restore the moisture on hands and arms.
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Lorraine C. Ladish

Bilingual and bicultural Latina editor, writer, speaker, online influencer and mom. Founder of Viva Fifty! Published author of 18 books. Her forthcoming title Your Best Age will be released by HarperCollins in September of 2017.