Many women dread their 40th birthday because they feel like their looks and their physical prowess will begin to diminish but in fact just the opposite is true. A woman in her 40's is at her sexual and creative peak. Still, too many women focus only on the physical aspects of aging and do not pay any attention to the other factors that make us feel and really be older.
Staying Young in Your 40’s
Many women dread their 40th birthday because they feel like their looks and their physical prowess will begin to diminish but in fact just the opposite is true. A woman in her 40’s is at her sexual and creative peak. Still, too many women focus only on the physical aspects of aging and do not pay any attention to the other factors that make us feel and really be older.
For example, as we grow older we tend to let friendships deteriorate and fall by the wayside. This is partly because as we become older and wiser we realize that friendship is about quality not quantity. The other factor however is that we become so busy and wrapped up in our own lives that we tend to disconnect from friends and family members that we really shared a bond with. These bonds are just as important to feeling young as looking young. Call up an old friend you lost touch with or plan to have coffee with an old colleague. You will be surprised at how a trip down memory lane and a rekindled friendship will make you feel about your current age.
Your career is probably a huge part of your life and therefore a huge player in the way you age. There is nothing that makes a woman feel more vital and alive than being good at what she does. At this stage in life many women tend to ease up a bit and fall into feeling comfortable in their work so they lose some ambition. Keep adding to your skill set and think of your career as something that can still be taken to a higher level and not something that has plateaued in your 40’s.
Of course, taking care of your skin will be a huge boon to how you see and feel about yourself in your 40’s. It is important to really ramp up your skin care regimen in your 40’s because with impending menopause comes a decrease in estrogen and your regenerative faculties.
Hydration for your skin then becomes key. You should look for products that include hyaluronic acid because this acid will actually attract moisture to your skin. As you grow older and your cells slow down in terms of recovery it becomes more important to remove the dead cells and promote the growth of new skin cells. Removing your makeup every night before you sleep then becomes so much more important in your 40’s. Toners and cleansers rich with glycolic acid are excellent at the removal of dead skin cells.
One of the best things you can do at any age of your life is to protect your skin from the most damaging factor of all: the sun. Menopause will cause your skin to thin out so it becomes all the more vital that you protect it every day whether you go outside or not with a skin cream that has a high SPF content. There are a ton of great skin products that you can read more about in this buyer’s guide.