Skincare in your 40s and 50s - what you need to know



Candour Beauty Guide - skincare in your 40s & 50s

Ageing is a normal part of life that happens to us all. As you get older, your skin changes as your environment, lifestyle, genetics, hormonal changes and skin care habits (or lack of them) start to have an impact.
Let’s talk about the signs of ageing and the skincare heroes that you need to help reduce and improve them.

Signs of Ageing in your 40s and 50s

Not everyone’s skin is the same, but here are some of the changes you might notice in your skin in your 40s and 50s:

  • Dry Skin – collagen and hyaluronic acid production (which both keep the skin looking plump and hydrated) slows down from around the age of 25 which can mean your skin starts to feel drier.
  • Breakouts – you may experience hormonal breakouts, even if you didn’t experience acne when you were younger.
  • Rough Texture – you may notice that the texture of your skin changes and feels drier or rougher.
  • Hyperpigmentation, Melasma or Age Spots – these patches of pigmentation can start to show up as you age because of sun damage, scarring or inflammation.
  • Larger Pores – as your skin loses elasticity and your skin becomes thicker, it can make your pores start to appear larger. Your skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down too, meaning skin cells can gather around your pores, making them look larger.
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles – as collagen and elastin production slows down, sun damage and lifestyle choices start to show as fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.
  • Sagging Skin – as your skin loses elasticity, this can make skin on your neck, jawline and cheeks start to look slack and saggy. Remember to take your skincare routine right down to your neck and chest area.

Skincare Essentials in Your 40s and 50s

If you’re noticing signs of ageing in your skin, it might be time to change up your routine to meet the changing needs of your skin. The products that were your go-to’s in your 20s might not be right for you into your 40s and 50s!

You might find switching to a cleansing balm is better than using a foaming cleanser, for example, or it might be that you try out a richer moisturiser, facial oils or nourishing face masks. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and is where signs of ageing tend to be visible first, so many people start to incorporate an eye cream into their routine.

Here are the skin care ingredients that you should be using in your routine as you get older to help with the signs of ageing:

Glycolic Acid

This exfoliating acid is derived from sugar can and is super-effective at gently sloughing away dull, dead skin to reveal a glowing complexion. It gets deeper into the skin than other types of exfoliating acids and stimulates collagen production so that your skin feels firmer and smoother with minimised fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help with hyperpigmentation issues too.

Try the Rosen Paloma BHA & AHA Serum to gently and effectively help you to deal with texture, dark spots and dull skin. The Evolve Skincare Glycolic Acid Toner. A 100% natural AHA / BHA liquid exfoliator that exfoliates the surface of the skin to improve skin texture. It also helps you by providing immediate hydration and lustre to your skin and contains only natural ingredients to supply plenty of nutrients to your skin.

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Hyaluronic Acid

This is an absolute must-have to combat drier skin as you get older to increase hydration and your skin’s natural glow. It keeps ashy, dry skin at bay and can really help with radiance and texture. Hyaluronic Acid can be found in cleansers, moisturisers, serums and masks as a hydration booster.

We love the Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum – it’s light, easy to use and extremely effective for hydrating your skin. Dr. Barbara Sturm's Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum is perfect lightweight, fast-absorbing serum that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and the visible symptoms of irritation and dehydration.

Evolve Organic Beauty Hyaluronic Acid 30ml| Candour Beauty
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Peptides can stimulate your skin to make more collagen and elastin, both of which are great for boosting your skin’s natural glow and fullness.

The Melyon Night Cream is filled with Vitamin A and peptides like Allantoin and Papain and is the perfect overnight pick-me-up for your skin.


You might think “why bother?” if you’re starting to see wrinkles and fine lines but SPF can help to keep your skin protected and stop signs of ageing – like fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation - from accelerating as quickly.

Stock up on Bea Skincare Solar Defence SPF 50 sunscreen for SPF protection that won’t leave your skin looking ashy or dull and brightens the skin thanks Alpha Arbutin, a skin brightening agent. This sunscreen not only prevents the sun’s harmful rays from penetrating your facial skin but also reduces pre-existing hyperpigmentation and photodamage.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant known for its anti-ageing benefits like hydrating, brightening, evening skin tone, reducing inflammation and helping to fade hyperpigmentation. As well as protecting the skin from damage, it can even help to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles and promote collagen production.

Try the Freya + Bailey Restore! face toner for a hit of Vitamin C to brighten the skin whilst fighting free radicals and rebalancing the skin.Infused with a refreshing blend of fragrant botanical extracts, Chamomile and vitamin C, this deeply purifying toner detoxes your skin while restoring balance.

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s THE GOOD C VITAMIN C SERUM contains the optimal concentration of 5% Vitamin C in a stable form that is easily absorbed, safe and gentle on the skin. This is a fantastic option and provides anti-oxidative protection from free radicals and environmental stressors for a youthful and healthy-looking complexion.

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