Your goals are
*fight loss of collagen and treat fine lines: minimize their appearance around the eyes and mouth
*fight skin sagging
*fight the dull complexion and make your skin glow
*lighten age spots and prevent appearance of new ones
*prevent skin dryness
Make sure your skin care products contain antioxidants and don’t forget about the miracles vitamin C can work to fight skin damage and improve collagen synthesis.
Deepening Crow’s Feet and Lines: Retinoid in your eye cream will help you not only to hydrate skin around your eyes but to battle crow’s feet as well.
To fight deepening lines on your forehead and around the mouth and crow’s feet around your eyes you might consider discussing with your dermatologist more aggressive treatments such as injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers. (Note there are also topical muscle relaxers available). Make sure to consider all the possible side-effects and choose an experienced specialist for this procedure. Watch NBC report on the growing possibilities for fighting deepening wrinkles.
Skin Sagging: The loss of collagen and elastin as well as natural related to aging depletion of skin's fat layer result in sagging of the skin and loss of definition of facial contours. Skin care products with DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol) produce a firming effect on the skin. DMAE may be the fist agent proven in a study to have at least some positive effect on facial sag. It is still not completely clear how exactly DMAE works however it does show noticeable though not dramatic results. Although DMAE can not fully reverse the existing signs of skin sagging it can reduce further progression, there are reports of cumulative effect with continued regular use.
Dull Skin Color: The answer to this problem is once again in application of topical antioxidants (see above). With age the antioxidants we consume with fruit, vegetables and vitamins have a harder time reaching the skin. Applying them topically can make your skin glow. Another recommendation is regular (1-2 times a week) exfoliation. To achieve best results you can introduce into your daily skin care routine a moisturizer with exfoliation ingredients such as alpha- and beta-Hydroxy Acids, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea.
Dark Spots: Add products that lighten dark spots to your daily regimen to reduce the appearance of brown spots and make your complexion appear more even.
Skin Dryness: Dry skin is the root of many problems, so moisturizing is becoming an even more important part of your 40's skin care regimen. According to Life Extension Magazine Hyaluronic Acid (HA), helps to keep skin smooth and "plump" through its amazing ability to attract moisture and hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. HA also supports the formation and maintenance of collagen. Another important moisturizing ingredient is NaPCA - one of the skin’s natural moisturizers. However older skin has twice as less NaPCA than younger skin. NAPCA facilitates the moistening by pulling water into the skin from the air.