Turning 40 is a birthday well worth celebrating, however, there’s no denying that skin starts showing visible signs of ageing around this time as well. Once you hit 40, collagen production in your body slows down making it harder to retain moisture, especially with facial skin. But all is not lost, by changing up your daily routine you can help your skin retain its youthful look. By embracing small, manageable changes into your daily beauty, eating and exercise regime it’s possible to maintain a youthful complexion. Trust us, it’s easier than you think. Here are just 3 ways to maintain a youthful complexion after 40.

Add a splash of Vitamin C:

As natural ageing processes kick in skin cells take longer to regenerate, which can result in a dull complexion. To help boost cell turnover and regeneration, include Vitamin C in your skincare regime as it protects the skin from the negative effects of ageing, while playing a vital role in collagen production and maintenance. Vitamin C also contains antioxidant properties which help with sun damage.

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To get a dose of Vitamin C directly onto your skin try the Nikel Cosmetics 12-Plant Anti-Wrinkle Elixir. This a powerful serum is packed with natural plant-activated ingredients and Vitamin C. It increases skin elasticity, prevents infections and soothes sunburn and eczema damage by reducing flaking and dryness caused by dehydration.

Another way to maximise these benefits is to include more raw fruits and vegetables in your diet that have a high Vitamin C content, such as kiwis, guavas, broccoli, cauliflower and red pepper. Eat as many of these as you can.

Become friends with Hyaluronic acid:

Your body produces a substance called hyaluronic acid which can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, making your skin feel and look hydrated and healthy. This substance starts to decrease once you’re in your thirties so using a hyaluronic acid moisturiser will help your skin look plump and glowing again. The Nikel Cosmetics Nikelift Moisturiser is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, and deeply moisturises the skin resulting in a reduction of fine lines.

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Break a sweat:

Last but definitely not least, exercise is an important element of skincare. Increasing blood flow in your body will nourish and strengthen skin cells and assist in getting rid of waste products like free radicals. Try 20 minutes of brisk walking three times a week to keep your muscles, joins and skin healthy.

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