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Skincare Routine and Preventive Skincare in Your 40s

Skincare Routine and Preventive Skincare in Your 40s

Many of us carry our skincare habits from one decade to the next. After all, if it isn’t broken, why fix it—right? But what about a skincare routine in 40’s?

The reality is that as you enter your 40s, you're navigating new complexion concerns. Using the same products from your 20s in your skincare routine in your 40’s is a no-no.

Fortunately, your 40s are the perfect time to embrace a new routine that combats your skin’s evolving needs. 

At MD GLAM, we're more than skincare experts—we're allies in your quest for ageless beauty. With Dr. Cat’s decades of research and aesthetic expertise, we understand the unique skincare challenges that come with your 40s and are here to guide you every step of the way.

Today, we explore how skin changes as we age, how to tailor a routine for this stage of life, and more tips for healthy skin in your 40’s

Ready to age like fine wine? Let’s not waste another second!

Your Skin in Your 40s

If you've crossed the milestone of 40, you may be wondering why your reflection is starting to look a bit different these days.

You're not imagining things—the truth is your skin is entering a new phase, and there's a science to why it’s all happening now. 

In fact, it comes down to a combination of factors:

Hormonal Changes

Remember those annoying hormonal acne breakouts from when you were a teenager? They tend to make a bit of a comeback in middle age. 

As you enter your 40s, estrogen levels start to decline, which can lead to drier skin and the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

Collagen Loss

Then there's collagen, a protein that gives your skin its youthful bounce. 

By age 40, we’re losing about 1% of collagen annually. It may not sound like much, but it's enough to make your skin feel noticeably less firm and wrinkles even more pronounced.

Slower Cell Turnover

Gone are the days of pulling all-nighters and waking up with gorgeous, glowing skin.

At this phase in life, skin cell turnover starts to slow down dramatically, so your complexion may not appear as radiant as it once did.

Increased Sensitivity

You might find your skin is less forgiving if you skip steps in your skincare routine or are exposed to environmental stressors. 

This increased sensitivity can trigger redness, irritation, and even adult acne—as if adulting wasn't hard enough already.

Sun Damage

Let’s not forget all those days spent in the sun sans SPF—don’t worry, we’re all a little guilty. 

As aging progresses, those carefree moments catch up to us through sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and a less-than-smooth complexion.

We get it—learning the myriad changes our skin faces can feel disheartening, but there is a bright side. 

Along with your newfound self-assurance, a well-curated skincare routine in your 40’s can be your secret weapon against these challenges. 

Skincare Routine in 40’s: Tailoring to Your Skin Needs

In your 40s, you're not just combatting signs of aging—you're dealing with a host of other concerns that are unique to this decade. With the right regimen, you’ll proactively address these aging factors and embrace happy, healthy skin well into the next era.

So, what does an ideal skincare routine in 40’s look like? Here’s what you’ll want to focus on:


A proper cleanse ensures you fully absorb the nutrients and active ingredients in each skincare step. 

More importantly, as your complexion becomes drier and more sensitive, your cleanser becomes vital to balancing your skin's moisture barrier.

Ditch the harsh, one-size-fits-all face washes from yesteryears with a gentle yet effective formula like the Deep Pore Foaming Cleanser

This medical-grade cleanser deeply and gently removes grime without stripping your skin of its healthy oils, making it one of the best skincare products for your 40’s.


With slower cell turnover and increased dead skin cell build-up, your complexion can look dull and uneven. A quality exfoliator buffs away dead skin cells and boosts your skincare’s effectiveness. 

Unfortunately, many are too overpowering, stripping your skin of protective oils and leaving you more vulnerable than before. Yikes.

The Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub balances skin hydration and aging skin while removing impurities and dead skin cells resting on the surface. Extra-fine particles leave your skin satin-smooth and perfectly primed for moisturizing.


In your 40s, your skin's natural ability to retain moisture diminishes, making hydration a non-negotiable step in skincare.

For daytime, reach for lightweight formulas that hydrate without feeling too heavy underneath your makeup. Our DMAE Antioxidant Day Moisturizer contains antioxidants to protect against environmental stressors while effectively hydrating your skin.

At bedtime, opt for something a bit more potent. The low molecular weight hyaluronic acid in our Hyaluronic Acid Night C-Complex works its nourishing, antiaging magic from beneath the surface—all while you catch up on your beauty sleep.

Sun Protection

While we shrugged it off in our 20s, the importance of sunscreen in your 40’s can’t be understated. 

As skin matures, it becomes more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV rays, which accelerate signs of aging. But not all sunscreens are created equal.

Sunshout Sunscreen SPF 50 delivers broad-spectrum protection, shielding from UVA and UVB rays. But what truly sets it apart is its formulation. It contains skin-nourishing ingredients, so it does way more than protect—it hydrates and rejuvenates.

Still, got questions about skincare habits in your 40’s? We’ve got answers.

FAQ About Skincare in Your 40s

Before we wrap up, let's tackle some questions you may have about skincare in your fabulous 40s:

What’s the role of preventative skincare in your 40s?

Preventative skincare is all about being proactive. In your 40s, that means using products that address current skin issues while simultaneously preventing future ones.

How can I minimize aging and skin damage in my 40s?

Opt for medical-grade skincare that complements aging skin. More importantly, make your skincare routine a non-negotiable part of your day.

How do lifestyle factors like diet, sleep, and exercise affect skin health in your 40s? 

Lifestyle plays a major role in skin health at any age, especially in your 40s. A balanced diet rich in antioxidants, adequate sleep, and regular exercise can boost skin elasticity and improve your overall complexion.

Why are hydration and sunscreen important in your 40s?

Hydration keeps your skin plump and youthful, while sunscreen protects against harmful UV rays that accelerate aging. 

Are there other skincare habits I should adopt in my 40s?

Consider incorporating a targeted serum, and don't forget the skin on your neck and décolletage. Regular skin check-ups with a dermatologist also help you avoid any potential issues.

MD GLAM: Age Gracefully, Glow Endlessly

Navigating the changes our skin experiences as we age can feel like a rollercoaster, but it's far from the final chapter we often fear. With a thoughtful skincare routine in your 40’s, this is a new beginning of radiance and confidence.

Your 40s are a time to shine—not shy away.

Upgrade your routine with medical-grade skincare from MD GLAM

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