I am fast approaching 40, and my skin has changed significantly over the last five years or so. I’ve noticed my pores becoming more prominent, and my laugh lines are starting to become more defined. I’ve seen this too for some of my friends, who I’ve had in my life for many years. Believe it or not, they are still merely gorgeous in my eyes, even with these extra wrinkles.

Growing up, I was the one with the fairest of skins, and I would always get burnt when out in the sun if I wasn’t wearing sunscreen to protect myself. I would go red and peel and then get back to the lily-white skin before, albeit a little dryer. I don’t recommend not using an SPF sunscreen these days due to the skin cancer risks and often find myself hunting around for the highest SPF protection available to protect me and my skin from getting burnt. Don’t avoid the sun, as you need vitamin D for healthy skin too.

My skin is still lily-white, and I’ve learned that the sun doesn’t like me that much. I was meant to be in a country that snows most of the year, I think, and not in a country that is mostly sunny and has high UV.

I’ve always used sunscreen as a skin moisturizer, and I think that has helped me with not having overly taut skin on my face and body. However, I do notice how dry my skin is becoming now that I am approaching my 40s. If I don’t use a perfect skin moisturizer day and night, I see a considerable difference with outbreaks and more prominent pores.

I’ve often wondered if other women experienced the same or similar issues as they aged? What woman in her late 30s is still getting up in the morning, looking in the mirror and staring at a nasty pimple? I think that not drinking enough water throughout the day hasn’t helped with this issue, either. Noticing that personally, when I do drink my required 2 litres of water a day, my outbreaks are fewer.

Applying an all-over body moisturizer helps my skin becomes less dry during the day; unfortunately, the wrinkles will always appear. That’s just a part of growing older. We all need to deal with this one, ladies! There are creams and lotions on the market today that may aide with ‘anti-aging,’ however, I’ve not used any personally so I cannot comment on their effectiveness, trying them out and giving them a go might be something that I would consider for healthier, smoother, younger-looking skin though.