Your Face in Your 40s
As you enter your 40s, lines begin to appear around your upper lip -- and if you smoke, they'll come faster and go deeper.
"This is called the 'purse string' muscle," Marmur says. "And because this area is prominent, it's more at risk for sun damage. So if you skipped out on sunscreen in earlier years, you'll see the results here first."
Goldberg says be prepared to see more wrinkles in your forehead and crow's feet around your eyes plus a deepening of the smile lines.
Best Self-Care: Moisturizers need to be richer and thicker, say experts, and if you haven't already started, this is the decade to use a night cream.
"You do need stronger moisturizers and you definitely need to use a night cream after 40," Goldberg says.
The reason, he says, is that when you sleep, your body goes through a natural rejuvenation process. You're also not exposed to all the dirt and pollution that assaults skin during the day. So, Goldberg says, products used at night tend to get into the skin a little better and may offer better results.
This is also the decade when you may benefit most from using an antioxidant skin care product. Marmur says keep using those retinol-based creams, upping the frequency to between four and five times a week.
Best Pro Care: To treat lines on the upper lip, experts say the synergistic effects of Botox and line filling injections can work miracles, leaving at least a decade of aging skin behind. So can chemical peels and Fraxel laser treatments, which can literally take years off your appearance around the lips and eyes.
"The Fraxel is great because you get all the benefits of traditional laser treatments without the scarring or downtime," Goldberg says.
Your Face in Your 50s and Beyond
If you've minimized sun exposure and used sunscreen, you can expect to glide into your 50s and 60s with your skin looking pretty darn good. If not, you'll likely be facing the cumulative effects of sun damage and age, which include not only a deepening of lines and wrinkles but also a massive breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers, the support structures that hold up skin.
"This usually results in a drooping of the face, and skin gets loose," Marmur says.
Moreover, she says, as we age, we lose some of the fat beneath our skin, which also contributes to a loss of structure as well as making skin thinner and more translucent. This can cause blood vessels just below the surface to look more prominent and your skin to look discolored.
In addition, Goldberg says brown spots that went untreated in the past will become more prominent now as new ones continue to appear. Moreover, a drop in estrogen that occurs during the 50s will cause skin to look and feel drier, making lines and wrinkles look deeper and more prominent.