Seven New Beauty Routines to Implement After 40

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We all worry about the big 4 x, and believe that life is over. This is not the case, and you should look at hitting 40 as a new chapter in your life. Take advantage of what you learned during the past decades, and create your new style that shows your sophistication and personality, but not your style. Work smarter and not harder on your looks. Make your appearance seem effortless, and implement the below beauty routines to maintain your youthful appearance for longer.

1. Sun Protection

As your skin ages, it will become more sensitive to the sun. You will need to step up your game and replace your current beauty products with ones that have a high SPF protection factor. Don’t forget about your body lotion, your lipstick, and your foundation. When using a primer, choose one that protects your skin from UVB radiation.

2. Hand and Feet Soak

Your age is showing on your skin the most, and if you are lucky enough to have a young face, your hands can tell the story if you don’t look after them well. A hot oil massage as a new beauty routine once a week will restore the natural oils and make your hands look younger instantly. Giving yourself a home manicure and pedicure treatment, or visiting your beauty salon regularly will help you prevent joint problems and leave your hands and feet hydrated and well cared for.

3. Steam Room

To maintain the flexibility of your skin, you might want to visit your local spa more regularly. Steaming your skin and jumping in the cold shower or pool right after will improve the circulation around the skin cells, and improve the look of your skin. A more flexible skin will translate to fewer wrinkles.

4. Natural Hair Dye

When you get older, your hair can tell your real age, if you don’t look after it well. Take a break from commercial, chemical-based hair dye, and get natural solutions. If grays and whites annoy you, get a henna based hair dye that is permanent and can restore the natural shine of your hair. You don’t want to fill your hair with chemicals and make it unmanageable and fine.

5. Makeup Free Days

Women after 40 are recommended to have a few makeup free days to support their skin in generating natural oils and restoring their chemical balance. If you have a day off in the week, and you are not going anywhere but the corner shop, give your face and neck a rest. Remove all cream, foundation, and residue, and let your skin get enough oxygen. Go for a walk without your makeup, and let your pores breathe. Apply a natural tea tree oil facial wash in the morning and at night, and you can get back to your normal routine the next day.

6. Sleeping In Curlers

Instead of exposing your hair to extreme heat every morning, you might want to get some comfortable sleeping in curlers to use overnight. By the age of 40, you might have a good idea of how you like wearing your hair, and what suits you. If you are, however, still undecided, you can find your perfect style and check it out before you try. You don’t want to spend hours in front of the mirror styling and damaging your hair.

7. Exfoliate

If you want younger looking skin, you will have to help it regenerate. Getting rid of the old cells is a good way of revealing the new you. Use a non-invasive method and exfoliate. There are several natural scrubs containing important antioxidants and oils, such as grapeseed and grapefruit. Don’t overdo it, though; two times a week is plenty, and you will need to give your skin a chance to regenerate.


If you would like to maintain your youthful looks over 40, you might want to change your daily and weekly beauty routine. Make sure that you help your skin from the inside and outside to rebuild itself. Use sun protection to protect your skin from damage, and cut back on using curlers and hair irons. Hold a makeup-free day every now and then, and swap most of your cosmetics to brands that only contain natural ingredients. Create your new, sophisticated style that matches your personality, experience, not your age. Small changes in your beauty routine will go a long way.

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Danuta Smoluk is a teacher with over three decades of experience teaching both children and adults. She specializes in teaching the Polish language to English-speakers. She has a master's degree in primary and early childhood education from WSP Słupsk (currently Pomeranian University in Słupsk) and had her degree validated by University of Toronto. Aside from education, she also has an interest in real estate and home improvement. She has planned and supervised many house renovations. She loves interior design, cooking, and gardening.

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