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The Best Skin Care Ingredients For Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond

Published: June 15, 2024

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Your skin undergoes various changes as you progress through the years, and your skincare routine should adapt to these. This means being aware of your skin’s ever-evolving needs and ensuring that you’re lavishing it with the right skin care ingredients.

Whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, or beyond, read on as CBGärdN shares some of the best skin care ingredients to turn to in each decade to keep your skin looking youthfully healthy.

Skin Care Ingredients to Use in Your 30s

The aging process usually begins in a person’s 20s, meaning that it will be well underway by the time you hit your 30s. However, at this stage, you usually won’t be able to see the effect of this on your skin…yet. This is why prevention should be your main skin goal in this decade. By putting the work in now, you’ll be able to prevent the visible signs of aging from taking over your complexion any time soon. 

Here are the skin care ingredients that will help you to do that:



When it comes to skin care ingredients that can help to prevent and reduce the appearance of aging, retinoids are among the best. Multiple studies have proven that these vitamin A derivatives have a noticeable anti-wrinkle effect on the complexion, making a retinoid a must in your skincare routine once you’re in your 30s.

If you’re new to retinoids, start off with a gentle form. Retinyl palmitate is a good beginner’s retinoid. You’ll find it in a number of CBGärdN products, including the CB Göld Purifying Heating Mask. Unlike some of the more potent retinoids out there, it won’t leave your skin feeling irritated.

Vitamin C

Illuminating Vita C Serum

Just like retinoids, vitamin C is another ingredient that’s revered for how it can keep the skin looking youthful. It boasts powerful antioxidant properties that help to halt the appearance of aging in its tracks.

For maximum benefits from the ingredient, use it in serum form. The lightweight texture of a serum will allow it to carry the ingredients further into your skin. Ideally, look for a serum that combines multiple sources of vitamin C, like the CB Illuminating Vita C Serum. This will allow you to really double up on its visible effects!


CB-Multi Active Moisturizer SPF30

With the sun responsible for up to 80% of the wrinkles and discoloration that develop on the face, SPF is a must if you want to keep your skin looking healthy. There are many sun-protecting skin care ingredients out there but it doesn’t matter which you use, so long as you use it regularly.

To save time with your routine, opt for an SPF moisturizer instead of a dedicated sunscreen. A product like the CB Multi-Active Moisturizer With SPF 30 offers broad-spectrum protection yet feels as silky as a regular cream.


CBGöld Cleansing Elixir Kit

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is loved for how it leaves the skin barrier feeling stronger and thicker. This is vital in your 30s as it won’t be long before skin barrier function starts to decline.

Try adding niacinamide to your skincare routine with the CB Facial Toner. Since you’ll be splashing this onto your skin immediately after cleansing, the niacinamide within will have direct access to your skin cells.

Salicylic Acid

CB Göld Daily Rehydration Cream

By the time you’re in your 30s, you should hopefully be over the worst of the acne breakouts you dealt with in earlier years. However, if the occasional pimple still arises, salicylic acid will help to keep your skin looking clear and blemish-free.

Although this beta-hydroxy acid is most commonly found in exfoliators, it’s a useful ingredient to have in other products too. This is why you’ll find it in the CB Göld Daily Rehydration Cream. It provides deep moisture while the salicylic acid ensures that your pores don’t end up clogged!

Skin Care Ingredients to Use in Your 40s

Although collagen production will have already started to decline in your 30s, this decline becomes even more rapid once you’re in your 40s. With your skin producing less collagen, it begins to lose its firmness and elasticity. This is why most people tend to notice the development of wrinkles once they reach this decade. 

The good news is that there are several skin care ingredients around that will help to counter the appearance of collagen loss and restore the feeling of tautness to your skin:

Plant Extracts

Midnight Melting Mask

If you’re hoping to slow down the appearance of aging, antioxidants are what you need. We’ve already talked about a few of them (vitamins A, B3, and C), but there are plenty more out there. Plant extracts are among the best sources, each one loaded with a different range of antioxidant compounds.

Antioxidants work best when they’re combined with other antioxidants, so the more plant extracts in your skincare, the better. This is where the CB Midnight Melting Mask shines. It features an impressive list of botanical ingredients, many of which are superfoods that are known for their antioxidant content!

Sodium Hyaluronate

BioLeaf Hydrating Facial & Eye Mask

Sodium hyaluronate is one of the most popular skin care ingredients out there, so there’s a good chance that it’s already in some of the products that you use. If not, now is the time to add it in. Its exceptional hydrating properties will help to balance out the increased moisture loss that the skin experiences at this age.

This is another ingredient that you’ll find in several CBGärdN. However, if you really want to saturate your skin, give the CB BioLeaf Hydrating Facial & Eye Mask. 

Aloe Vera

Eye Serum Concentrate

Now that the aging process has fully kicked in, preventing the appearance of inflammation in your skin becomes more important than ever. Inflammation further accelerates skin aging, making this the last thing you want.

You’ll find quite a few skin care ingredients that are able to lower the feeling of inflammation, but none quite surpass the effects of aloe vera. This botanical is a go-to for many when the look of inflammation arises, with its hydrating and enzymatic properties able to quickly calm the complexion. Give it a try for yourself with the CB Eye Serum Concentrate!

Amino Acids

CB Göld Collection

Amino acids form the building blocks of the skin’s protein fibers. With protein production on the decline when a person is in their 40s, giving your skin some extra amino acids will go a long way in restoring a firmer and smoother complexion.

This is why collagen amino acids have been included in the CB Göld Velvet Silk Crème, which you’ll find in our CB Göld Collection. It also contains some of the other skin care ingredients that we’ve already featured, including antioxidant-rich botanicals and sodium hyaluronate.


As you progress through your 40s, you’ll need to start taking a gentler approach to skincare. Harsh, barrier-stripping ingredients should be avoided. Replace these with gentler alternatives, such as honey.

Honey offers so many skin benefits. It hydrates, moisturizes, and is packed with compounds that slow down the appearance of aging. It also brightens the complexion while lightening the look of dark spots. You only need to use it once or twice a week to reap its rewards, which is why we’ve included honey in the CB Göld Imperial Transforming Masque.

Skin Care Ingredients to Use in Your 50s and Beyond

Once you reach your 50s, your skin will be quite thin and delicate. This means that you’ll need to be gentle with it when it comes to the skin care ingredients and products you use. Go for ingredients that focus on moisturizing the skin while strengthening the feel of the skin barrier. The following would be great ingredients to start with:


CB Göld Replenishing Serum

We’ve already talked about amino acids – peptides are essentially chains of amino acids. They have a similar effect on the skin barrier, working to leave it feeling stronger and more resilient.

There are many peptides out there, so find a product that provides a few. The CB Göld Replenishing Serum is one, with this formula featuring three different peptides.

Shea Butter

CBGöld Bio-Restorative Crème

At this stage in life, your skin needs as much moisture and fatty acids as you can give it. Again, these will all help to leave your skin barrier feeling fortified.

One of the best natural sources of fatty acids is shea butter. This ingredient is loved for how it gives the skin a smoother and more supple finish – exactly what you need once you’re in your 50s! A shea butter moisturizer, like the CB Bio-Restorative Crème, would be the most effective way for your skin to benefit from this natural ingredient.

Soluble Collagen

CB Phyto Satin Finish Cream

Many people mistakenly think that applying collagen topically will help the skin in producing new collagen fibers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like this, but collagen is still a great ingredient to use because of its incredible hydrating properties.

If this ingredient isn’t in your skincare routine yet, give the CB Phyto Satin Finish Cream a try. Soluble collagen is combined with algae extract and sodium hyaluronate to bump up the hydrating power of this cream while green tea, caffeine, rosemary, and licorice root bring so many antioxidants with them.

DMAE syringe

Satin Leaf Advanced IV Treatment

DMAE isn’t an ingredient that you hear about very often. However, it’s one worth familiarizing yourself with, with research showing that this ingredient holds great promise for those looking to smooth away the look of wrinkles. 

One of the benefits of DMAE is that it can be pretty fast-acting when combined with the right skin care ingredients. This is exactly what we’ve done with the CB Satin Leaf Advanced IV Treatment. Apply this supercharged solution to your skin and the appearance of your wrinkles will disappear almost straight away!

Skin Care Ingredients For All Stages of Life From CBGärdN

If you want your skin to look as smooth, bright, and youthful as possible as you grow older, knowing which skin care ingredients to use is vital. The right ingredients can have a huge impact on your complexion, enabling you to maintain its luminosity for years. The next time you’re shopping for skincare products, keep the above ingredients and products in mind. Each one could singlehandedly help you to achieve your skin goals!

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