The 2 Best Skin Care Ingredients to Use In Your 40s

As your skin changes through the years, it’s important that your skin care regimen evolves with it. So how do you choose which products to use? Here, New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, shares the top two ingredients to seek out in your skin care products if you’re in your 40s. 

Retinol
Whether it’s a product that includes retinol, or a prescription retinoid, Dr. Engelman highly advises using this superstar ingredient. “Vitamin A derivatives are incredible for skin. They help reverse sun damage, fight lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and texture and build collagen. The most beautiful skin I treat in my practice belongs to those who have been using a retinol/retinoid religiously." For skin care products infused with retinol, Dr. Engelman recommends SkinCeuticals Retinol or RoC’s over the counter retinol line. For a more potent treatment, her favorite Rx options are Atralin and Renova.

Antioxidants
“These help protect skin against ultraviolet radiation, as well as environmental insults like pollution,” Dr. Engelman explains. “They help neutralize free radicals that form as a result of injury to the skin and minimize DNA damage. Not only are they protective to skin, but they also help reverse signs of aging,” she adds. Dr. Engelman’s top antioxidant-infused picks include SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($162) and Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE collection.

The next time you’re out trying to navigate your way through anti-aging skincare, be sure to seek out these two superstar ingredients that are sure to pack a punch.