With each passing decade, we gain a greater understanding and appreciation of ourselves – our bodies, our emotions, and our minds. And, surprising no one more than our middle-school selves, our 40s mark a chapter when we – finally – learn to really love ourselves.

But our 40s can also pave the way for other somewhat unexpected changes, in spite of how many ominous warnings our mothers gave us in earlier decades about skin care (SPF 100, anyone?!), diet and exercise – basic anti aging rules. Gone are the days of staying up needlessly late, eating nutritionally devoid food, and considering shopping ‘cardio.’

However, just a few lifestyle adjustments can help us enjoy a life free of the worries and insecurities of our teens, 20s, and 30s, and ease into this incredible decade quite nicely.

So, it’s time we finally listen to our mothers and . . .

. . . take vitamins: Taking vitamins after 40 is the difference between having healthy-looking skin and glossy hair – and, well, not.

. . . eat well: Processed and junk foods full of empty calories should stay off the menu. For good. They wreak havoc on our physical and emotional wellness and just aren’t worth it anymore.

. . .  exercise daily: Your body will quickly lose agility if you don’t exercise daily. Consistent exercise is your insurance policy against aches and pains, and exercising consistently is the best gift you can give yourself.

… sleep: They don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing. Sleep makes a big difference in your appearance. Even a quick nap can help you look refreshed and younger. So make sleep a priority.

. . .  take care of your skin: Skin is our body’s largest organ but by 40, we experience a drastic decline in our elastin and collagen production, and signs of sun and environmental damage become more prominent. A more comprehensive skin care regimen can help combat many of the telltale signs of aging.

There are a host of non-invasive, anti aging treatments available to help us along such as:

Botox and dermal fillers: Botox works by temporarily paralyzing muscles that form lines and wrinkles when contracted. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, fill in existing wrinkles and deep folds to restore lost volume.

CO2 laser: A carbon dioxide laser resurfaces the skin by removing skin layers through vaporization to treat wrinkles, blotchiness or age spots, and scars from acne. It also can provide a mild tightening effect on the skin.

Fractional radiofrequency device: Venus Viva is a device used in the treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, uneven texture and pigmentation, and stretch marks by sending energy below the surface of the skin to heat the cells and stimulate the body’s natural collagen production. It takes the much talked about micro-needling to the next level.

Dermaroller Rejuvenation: The hour-long treatment typically employs a Dermapen or SkinPen to make precise, nearly invisible pokes in the skin on the face, neck and décolletage which prompt the skin’s internal wound-healing process with the production of collagen and elastin.

Microdermabrasion: This procedure exfoliates and removes a superficial layer of dry, dead skin by buffing and polishing the skin using fine crystals or a diamond tip to gently sand your skin and help stimulate collagen production.

Sure, maintaining a post-40s body can take some work. But anything worth doing is worth a little effort – especially when this body of ours is our one-and-only. And that effort can yield incredible results by following anti aging knowns from our mothers. By the time you reach 40, you have the confidence to know you’re worth it. So let the professionals at Skintastic help you “Peel Away The Years” – so you can live them to the fullest!