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best over 40 skin care to brighten dull skin

What's The Best Over 40 Skin Care To Brighten Dull Skin?

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The best over 40 skin care to brighten dull skin combines great anti-aging skin care ingredients. The results can be achieved quickly and the routine sets in motion damage protecting skin care that will be evident as the years pass; fall off the aging curve with a really smart skin care routine started in your 40s and continued as you age. I received this exact question from a reader that I want to share.

Dear Dr Bailey I am 42 with quite good skin and not a big problem yet with wrinkles.  I do suffer from tight feeling skin and lumpy skin with blackheads.  My skin mainly looks very dull and uneven.  My skin is quite tolerant. I'm confused what products would be best. I am ordering some of your body care products but would love to know what skincare products would be suited for me to order. Many thanks for your help. Kind regards Helen W

Hello Helen,

One of my favorite places to start with skin care that brightens skin and decreases blackheads is glycolic acid.  It also helps to even skin color and reduce wrinkles, which are otherwise part of everyone's future as our skin ages.

Adding a glycolic acid cream is the single fastest way to brighten dull skin in your 40s.

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The simplest way to add glycolic acid to your skin care is to use one of my Glycolic Facial Skin Care Acid Kit.   The kits come with an Exfoliating Facial Sponge that gives an instantly brighter exfoliated look to skin.  Patients love this product combo. Use this as a night treatment or a daytime treatment.

For over 30 years, glycolic acid has proven itself to be the best AHA for skin transformation. I've used it personally and in my practice for this entire time and see the results daily. Formulated in a cream at over 10% in an acid pH, glycolic acid will

  • brighten the dull dead cell layer,
  • increase the skin's production of hydrating hyaluronic acid (for dewy youthful skin tone), and
  • stimulate collagen renewal to fight fine lines and wrinkles.

It also helps to even out hyperpigmentation and keep pores from becoming clogged. I've used glycolic acid since my 30s and am a huge personal fan of what it does for my complexion. I've created probably over 10,000 skin care routines for patients using glycolic acid and the results are dependable, quick and impressive. The easiest way to add glycolic acid is with my Glycolic Acid Facial Skin Care Kit. The cleanser begins to prepare skin pH for the cream. The exfoliation sponge gently sloughs dull dead skin.

Physical exfoliation followed by a really good hyaluronic acid serum will instantly brighten skin for glowing results.

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A gritty exfoliating scrub followed by multiple molecular size hyaluronic acid instantly plumps and brightens any complexion. This can be done every morning or on days where you really want your complexion to radiate glowing vitality. Apply a good moisturizer on top to lock in the benefits of hyaluronic acid and support a healthy skin. I created my Instant Skin Renewal Trio to give you the best technology to take advantage of this trick. It's like a DIY facial at home, and it's fast!

This trick can be used with the Glycolic Acid Kit above; use the glycolic acid at night and the Instant Renewal serum and moisturizer daily. Twice weekly use the Bamboo and Clay Thermal Scrub as your morning facial cleanser for soft, smooth bright skin. On other days, the Glycolic Acid Face Wash can be used in the AM before the serum and moisturizer.

This combination treatment transforms skin and gives you control over your complexion - bright, even skin pigment and tone, dewy and glowing, really!

Don't forget a really good daily sunscreen to keep skin bright and glowing in your 40s.

Remember, it's also important to use a mineral zinc oxide sunscreen every day to help prevent darkening of uneven hyperpigmentation and worsening of wrinkles. Technology has advanced such that zinc oxide can now be applied in an entirely invisible formulation. My Sheer Strength Pure Physical SPF 50+ Sunscreen Line offers this. My personal top choice is my Matte Tinted Sunscreen. Other favorites include the Invisible Creme and the Spray. I reserve the Water-Resistant Sunscreen for swimming since it has titanium dioxide that is not entirely invisible. My patients and I have worn zinc oxide facial sunscreen for years and they take you off the skin aging cycle!

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Antioxidants and retinol have their place in over 40s skin care too.

Another great ingredient to add for age-fighting benefit is retinol. I combine glycolic acid and retinol with antioxidants and a physical exfoliating scrub into one extremely powerful age-fighting Complete Skin Care Routine in my Anti-aging Antioxidant Skin Care Kit. 

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This gives you the ultimate state-of-the-art skin care regimen to brighten dull skin and fight skin aging. The skin care routine is as appropriate in your 40s as it is in your 70s.

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It gives all the benefits of antioxidant skin care to reduce inflammation and fight free radical skin damage. This in turn helps reduce the development of wrinkles by acting at the cellular level in your skin. 

The best skin care for collagen renewal and to maintain even skin pigment and tone in your 40s and beyond.

The combination of hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, glycolic acid, retinol, zinc oxide sunscreen and physical exfoliation yields fast and enduring results against these skin problems. Plus, you're getting the skin brightening and blackhead reduction that comes from the glycolic acid and retinol products. The routine also helps to keep your pores clean and gives you instantly improved skin appearance. 

best over 40 skin care to brighten dull skin

If you don't already have these ingredients in your skin care routine, start simply. Begin with the Instant Skin Renewal Trio and either Glycolic Acid Kit or my Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. Eventually you can use them together at night, which is what I do; I top my retinol with glycolic acid cream for a one-two punch on skin aging. Add the Antioxidant Kit next and build a state-of-the-art skin care tool chest to keep skin glowing and bright in your 40s and beyond. 

Equally importantly, all the products and ingredients are compatible so you're not wasting your money on products that counteract each other.  Building skin care regimens like this is what I, as an MD skin care professional, do all day - and I love it!

Thanks for a great question.


Cynthia Bailey MD, Dermatologist

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