zang toi beauty by decade 40s

In our latest issue, we talked to board-certified dermatologist Kally Papantoniou about skin care in our 20s, 30s, and 40s+. Here, more anti-aging products that will help you prevent — and reverse — damage to keep you looking your best in your 40s and beyond.

Story by Anna M. Park

40s+

“It is often not what we do during our 40s that manifest as the cause of aging but rather what we did in our formative years,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This is a time of repair and prevention all at once. We have to work harder to reverse damage, all while we are trying to prevent the pileup of more damage. A balance of sunscreen, antioxidants, exfoliations, retinols, and the addition of growth factors can really boost skin renewal and reverse many of the signs of skin aging.”

Your Regimen:

  • Remove makeup and cleanse every day
  • Vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and repair
  • Treat blemishes without drying skin
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 30 every day
  • Vitamin C and ferulic acid
  • Retinol to reverse collagen breakdown and discoloration
  • Firming treatments
  • Chemical exfoliants like glycolic or salicylic acid
  • Eye cream
  • Eye serum
  • Prescription retinoid like tretinoin
  • Hyaluronic acid serums
  • Lifting and firming treatments
  • Peptides and growth factors
beauty by decade 40s

A tightening polymer blend instantly tightens, while optical diffusers give an immediate soft focus effect. Over time, biomimetic peptides, amino acids, and hyaluronic acid plump and smooth deep lines. Just apply as the last step in your skin care regimen and let dry for one minute. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Wrinkle Smoother, $72, elizabetharden.com

beauty by decade 40s

Specially formulated for use two weeks at a time to combat periods of increased stress or pollution, or seasonal weather changes, these potent, 100% active ampoules calm ongoing irritation, which can accelerate visible signs of aging. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules, $110, esteelauder.com

beauty by decade 40s

After years of research, dermatologist Ronald Moy created a serum with stable, barley-derived growth factors after clinical studies showed it to stimulate the skin’s natural repair process, thickening and tightening skin. DNA EGF DNA Regeneration Serum, $145, dnaegfrenewal.com

beauty by decade 40s

Despite its lightweight cream-gel feel, this moisturizer — with sodium hyaluronate (a more bioactive, stable form of hyaluronic acid), rose flower water, and vitamin E — utilizes “hydropatches” to keep normal to dry skin hydrated for 24 hours. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream, $40, sephora.com

beauty by decade 40s

A unique serum that targets sagging upper eyelids. You can feel the heat-activated serum working upon application, tightening as it hydrates. Le Metier Instant Line Perfecting Serum, $150, neimanmarcus.com

beauty by decade 40s

From the prestige skin care line utilizing bio-engineered growth hormones and apple stem cell technology, this serum is considered hormone replacement therapy for your skin. In addition to Aquaxyl, which optimizes moisturization, the tyrosinase inhibitor Lumiskin, peptides, and antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, it helps alleviate the side effects of retinol and chemical peels. 3Lab “H” Serum, $240, 3lab.com

beauty by decade 40s

Wrinkles call for serious action. If your crow’s feet and nasolabial lines really bother you, wear these patches overnight for 30 days to “retrain” facial muscles. Frownies Facial Patches, $19.95, frownies.com

beauty by decade 40s

They say your hands are a dead giveaway of your age. Keep your hands quiet with a hydrating cream with turmeric, caffeine, niacinamide, and SPF 30. Hand MD Daily Hand Renewal SPF 30+, $20, hand-md.com

Check out your derm-approved regimen in your 20s here, and in your 30s here.

Impact photo: Zang Toi, courtesy of Zoya.

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