Over 40 Skincare Tips From My Dermatologist
Today I am sharing “This Not That” recommendations from my dermatologist for all women, but more focused on women over 40 who are seeing the signs of aging or who are in or near menopause. If you are experiencing thinning hair, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and all the other “fun” things that happen as we age…this is for you! **As a reminder, I am not a doctor, so be sure to check with your doctor or dermatologist before trying new products.
One of the first signs I saw that I was starting to go through menopause was my hair thinning out. I have been using Biotin for years, so when the dermatologist said that I should stop that and start taking Vitamin D, I was shocked. See it here. She also recommended using Tretinoin with Minoxidil will help regrow and thicken my hair. I found Minoxidil at Walmart, see it here. I get my Tretinoin (Retin-A) from NuRx which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sun damage. You can get a non-prescription by Neutrogena that she recommended here.
More supplements to help with thinning hair that she recommended were Ashwagandha (reduces stress which causes hair shedding), Iron (if deficient in iron, excessive hair shedding can occur), and Nutrafol (targets hormones, free radicals, poor nutrition, stress, and inflammation). Another supplement she recommended was Heliocare Advanced for skin health that not only helps with protecting the skin against aging effects, but it will also make a noticeable difference in the look and feel of your skin. See it here.
If you are starting to see signs that your skin is losing elasticity, try MEDIX 5.5 Retinol +Ferulic Acid. She recommended this for the body, and I can already see a change in firmness in my legs and arms, and no more crepey skin. It leaves your skin so soft and smooth, I know you will love it as much as I do. See it here. *I use this immediately after showering in the morning and about an hour before I go to bed.
For a deeper exfoliation that helps with pore congestion and improve skin radiance, she recommended The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. This is a more affordable solution, and it has over 34K reviews. See the exfoliator here.
Since menopause, I have battled dry skin and have tried numerous lotions, exfoliators, etc. This 40% UREA Cream helps remove dead skin so much better than exfoliating in the shower! She recommended I apply this to my legs and arms (those are my driest areas), then wait about 10-20 minutes and rub my skin with my hands. I was shocked to see the dead skin roll off, I use this about twice a week. See the UREA cream here. *Use it on your feet for baby-soft feet!
If you want to incorporate a Vitamin-C Serum into your skin regimen, this serum by Mad Hippie was her suggestion. I have been using SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum, which I really love, but I will be switching to the Mad Hippie serum since her recommendation. See the Mad Hippe Vitamin-C Serum here.
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Thank you so much for these great tips ♥️ I am going to try a few. So many changes we go through as women 😅 getting older is a privilege. Thank you for keeping us beautiful!!
Thank you!! It is a privilege isn’t it?! Thank you so much for the comment, that part about growing older it perked me up today. Such a blessing!!
Hi! Did your derm explain why she recommended stopping the biotin?
I told her I had been raking that for at least 5 years and she said to stop that and use the vitamin D, plus add a little of the Tretinoin to my hair line and part. That’s where I see it thinning out. She said biotin does help, but not like the other.
Ill have to try the Mad Hippie because I, too, use Skin Ceuticals but I see the Mad Hippie is much less expensive. Thanks!
It sure is lol!!
You mentioned she recommended using Tretinoin with Minoxidil will help regrow and thicken my hair. What is the procedure for that? Are you rubbing Retin-A into your scalp or mixing it? I get a 1% Retin-A prescription from my doctor and would like to try this.
Ok, I use the minoxidil like normal and dab a pea size amount of the retinol where I can see it thinning, like around my forehead (temples) and my part, cause it seems to be getting wider lol
I’m excited to sit and absorb this info!!
Right?! I’ve been taking notes! She’s practically my therapist lol and loves hearing my love life stories. I ask questions and she gives me straight answers. 😁
Such a wealth of information and what a wonderful dermatologist to share all of this with you! Thank you for sharing with us!
You’re welcome! Her and I hit it off immediately. As I share my divorce story, she shares aging backward tips 😂
I ordered the Medix cream. Hope it’s good
I love it. I’m using it like crazy lol
This information is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to post all of this info. I always feel pressured to buy all the expensive stuff my dermatologist tells me that I need. Can’t wait to try these products. Again. Thanks!
Thanks Lori! She’s awesome and doesn’t mind sharing at all
I’m going to try the Medix 5.5. I was taking Biotin and Vitamin D. I stopped taking Biotin also. Could you do a post about menopause. Something to relieve hot flashes or as I like to call them “heat wave’s).
Thanks for these recommendations. They are very much appreciated.
Thank you for sharing! I will give some of these products a go!
Thank you so much for sharing this information! I had a wonderful physical therapist who would share her supplement tips for additional help with my condition, and she literally changed my life. We’re in this world to help each other if we’re doing this life thing right. Bless you!