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Why makeup settles into pores in your 40s and how to fix it

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  • Aging skin experiences decreased collagen production, leading to larger pores and fine lines.
  • A solid skincare routine, including gentle cleansing, hydration, and sun protection, is crucial.
  • Using primers and hydrating makeup products can help create a smoother appearance.

As we age, our skin undergoes significant changes that can affect how makeup looks and feels. If you’ve hit your 40s and noticed that makeup settles into your pores, you’re not alone. This phenomenon is common and can be attributed to several factors, including hormonal changes, decreased collagen production, and changes in skin texture. Understanding these changes and adapting your skincare and makeup routine can help you achieve a smoother, more youthful appearance.

When you reach your 40s, your skin tends to become drier and less plump due to hormonal changes and a decrease in collagen production. Collagen is a protein that provides structure and elasticity to the skin. As its production slows down, the skin loses its firmness, leading to more visible pores and fine lines. According to Dr. Preema Vig, an aesthetic specialist, incorporating a solid skincare routine is crucial for maintaining healthy skin as you age.

Key Skincare Steps for Mature Skin

Gentle Cleansing: Start your day with a gentle cleanser. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, switch to a cream, balm, or oil-based cleanser.

Vitamin C Serum: Apply a vitamin C serum to protect against sun damage and stimulate collagen production.

Moisturizer: Use a hydrating moisturizer to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier.

SPF: Always apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

For nighttime, Dr. Vig recommends using a cleanser to remove makeup and dirt, followed by a treatment serum like retinol to accelerate cell turnover, and finishing with a nourishing night cream.

Why Makeup Settles into Pores

As we age, our pores can appear larger due to the loss of collagen and slower skin cell turnover. This makes it easier for makeup to settle into these enlarged pores, creating a cakey or uneven appearance. Additionally, dry skin can cause makeup to cling to dry patches, further emphasizing texture and pores.

Tips for Smoother Makeup Application

Exfoliation: Regular exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, promoting a smoother surface for makeup application. Products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are particularly effective.

Hydration: Keeping your skin well-hydrated is essential. Use products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Primer: Applying a primer before foundation can create a smooth canvas by filling in pores and fine lines. Look for primers that cater to mature skin, such as those with hydrating and blurring properties.

Foundation: Choose a foundation that complements your skin type. For dry skin, opt for hydrating formulas, while those with combination skin might prefer a satin or natural finish.

Expert Recommendations

Dr. Preema Vig: Emphasizes the importance of a comprehensive skincare routine that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection.

Joshua Zeichner, MD: Highlights the impact of hormonal shifts on skin texture and the importance of adapting your skincare routine accordingly.

Illuminate Skin Clinics: Suggest using products that stimulate collagen production and minimize pore blockages, such as retinol and salicylic acid.

Aging is a natural process, and the changes in your skin are part of this journey. By understanding the reasons behind these changes and adopting a tailored skincare and makeup routine, you can achieve a smoother, more radiant complexion. Remember, the goal is not to fight aging but to embrace it with grace and confidence.

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