In your 40s, women are largely seeing loss of volume and elasticity, says Mikkilineni. “We have fat pads in certain key areas facially and what you’re seeing is fat pads getting smaller over time, so you don’t get the kind of fullness you normally have in your twenties and thirties,” she explains. “With that, you get hollowing out in certain parts of the face and some shadows as a result, as well as loose skin. With loss of elasticity, you might also notice an increase in blood vessels and in pore size.” Because you are losing a lot of moisture at this age, upping your day, night, and eye creams are a must.
Cleanser – Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser
Keeping moisture in is rule number one for 40 somethings and this cleanser leaves skin feeling silky and hydrated.
Toner – Nourish Organic Face Toner
Though toners have a bad rap of stripping the skin of moisture, don’t expect that from Nourish Organic’s light and fresh formula.
Exfoliator – Earth Tu Face Exfoliant Powder Mask
Though our editor thought this multi-function mask might be a mess to use (you have to add water), she was pleasantly surprised that it left her “red and irritated face prettier with no redness whatsoever.”
Day Moisturizer – Juara Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer
Gentle and reinvigorating, this sweet-smelling moisturizer will leave your skin feeling supple.
Eye Cream – Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Though technically not an eye cream, these magic eye gels have similar effects revitalizing the under-eye area in just 10 minutes.
Night Cream – Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk’s creamy and dreamy formula can be used day or night, but we love how it makes us feel after a deep eight-hour sleep.