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'Our cells increase the amount of pigment they produce in response to too much sun,' he says.
'This can give our skin a mottled or uneven appearance.' Beauty tips for 40s skin Unfortunately no product can reverse the signs of ageing, but the good news is that there are quite a few that can visibly improve the way your skin looks and feels.
On top of this more cellulite - or fat deposits - are being deposited around your hips and thighs and your skin can become victim to the dreaded 'orange peel' effect.
How you can look after your skin Although you can't reverse the processes going on in your skin, there is still plenty you can do.
'Massaging your skin when applying moisturiser can help move your lymphatic fluid around,' says Steve Barton, skincare adviser for Boots the chemist.
Signs of tiredness and life's excesses can be reflected in your face.
Less sebum production at this age means the waxy, protective outer coating of your skin makes us more vulnerable to environmental conditions such as pollution and smoky environments.
Your mid forties is also a time when hormones such as oestrogen are switching off.
Smoking can break down your collagen and dehydrate the watery gel inside your skin responsible for keeping your skin plump and bouncy.
Collagen (which gives skin its strength) and elastin (the stretchy part of your skin) carry on getting weaker.
This is when wrinkles start to form as 'expression' lines.
Once again, the best thing you can do for your skin is make sure it is fully hydrated.
Sebum production usually slows down by the time you reach your forties, so regular moisturising is key.