How Does Women's Skin Change in Their 40s

Menopause, Hormone Changes, and Their Effect on Your Skin

Ages 40 to 50 are a transitional time in many women’s lives. Most will begin experiencing symptoms of menopause in their early to mid-40s, and other signs of aging also become more evident. 

Thankfully Dr. Sherri Peace at Westchester Dermatology in Los Angeles, CA is here to help you navigate skincare in your 40s with confidence.

What Skin Changes Happen in Your 40s?

By your mid-40s your skin’s slowly decreasing collagen production can result in wrinkles, frown lines, crows feet, loose facial skin, and other changes to your appearance. All of these factors combined can impact your self-image and confidence, affecting the way you show up in other areas of your life. 

“It isn’t vain to be concerned about skin changes in your 40s,” Dr. Peace states, “such significant changes in the way we look can be challenging for our sense of identity and selfhood. When you look good, you feel good.”

Advances in cosmetic dermatology and skincare mean you have multiple options for treating and reversing early signs of aging to help you look and feel like yourself again.

Preserving Your Skin’s Health and Beauty in Your 40s

Preventing skin damage is the number one way to preserve your skin’s health and beauty as you age. The sun presents the highest risk to our skin, especially here in Los Angeles, CA. Our high UV exposure can be a catalyst for premature signs of aging, accelerating the aging process and increasing your risks of skin cancer and other skin disorders.

The keys to preventing sun damage are simple, but they’re only effective if you are consistent and proactive. 

  • Avoid excess sun exposure, especially during the peak hours from 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Wear (and reapply!) sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30
  • Wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable layers for added sun protection
  • Check your medications – certain ingredients may increase your sensitivity to UV damage
  • Get annual skin checks and include self-exams as part of your health routine

If you’ve already noticed subtle or more significant changes to your skin in your 40s, it’s not too late to correct them. Westchester Dermatology, led by board-certified dermatologist Sherri Peace, offers an array of noninvasive, customizable skin rejuvenation treatments to address your unique concerns. 

Skin Resurfacing Treatments

Noticed changes to your skin’s texture, dark spots, or uneven skin tone? Skin resurfacing treatments like chemical peels, intense pulse light (IPL) therapy, or microdermabrasion help to rejuvenate the skin for a more radiant, youthful appearance. These treatments are quick, relatively painless, and require no downtime.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a popular cosmetic treatment for women of all ages. By using small amounts of botulism toxin to target the muscles responsible for creating frown lines, crowfeet, and forehead wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic helps to smooth facial wrinkles without changing the shape of your face. 

When getting BOTOX® Cosmetic in Los Angeles, it’s important to always go to a licensed professional injector. Dr. Sherri Peace and our medical staff at Westchester Dermatology are highly trained in cosmetic injectables including BOTOX® Cosmetic. We prioritize your safety and comfort. 

Cosmetic Fillers

Cosmetic injectables like JUVÉDERM® XC, and Restylane® are volumizing fillers specifically formulated to help restore volume loss caused by natural collagen depletion in the skin. The results are a subtle and natural-looking lift for sagging skin around the eyes and cheeks, lips, jawline, and neck area. 

If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, but want to refresh your look, schedule a cosmetic consultation today. Our knowledgeable dermatology experts will perform a skin assessment and discuss your concerns with you to help guide you toward the best treatment option for you.

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