Your skin is constantly changing due to things like environmental stressors and age, and what worked when you were younger—like washing your face with a bar of soap—won’t necessarily cut it as you get older. We all have different skin-care concerns and goals, but when it comes to the durability, health, and appearance of our skin as we enter our 40s, there are three key products everyone should have in their routine, according to Onyeka Obioha, MD, a board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist based in Los Angeles, CA and Glory Skincare advisor.

“Our skin is delicate, so it’s important to be gentle when it comes to using certain skin-care products. I recommend avoiding harsh exfoliants or any mechanical exfoliants [in your 40s],” says Dr. Obioha. This is because as you age, your skin becomes more delicate, “so avoiding these harsh exfoliants will be important when taking care of your skin.”

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