Most women hit the panic button as soon as they turn 30 – as if an alarm goes off and they start worrying about looking and feeling older. However, aging gracefully requires modifying the way you care for yourself in different stages of your life. A lot of women make the mistake of sticking to the same skin care routine they followed in their teens. It’s essential to realize your skin has changed and will continue to.
If you’ve hit your 30s and are wondering about what’s happening to your skin, relax! It’s not too late to start looking after it. The steps you take now will determine the state of your skin later in life. Here are a few of them for you:
First and foremost, you need to identify your skin type and act accordingly. Whether your skin is dry, normal, oily or combination, you’ll have to alter your daily routine and choose your products wisely.
The basic cleansing, toning and moisturizing should continue and if you haven’t started it, now is the time. Use a gel-based cleanser if you have oily/ combination skin, or a cream-based one for normal/dry skin. Using a toner is optional but a lot of women find it helpful. The moisturizer you choose, again, should be for your skin type.
If you haven’t already been exfoliating, you need to start now – this step is vital to retaining your youthful looks! Exfoliating at least twice a week will give you radiant and supple skin. Also, this process can help you get rid of dead skin cells, balance your pH level, even out your complexion and leave you with a smoother texture.
You skin keeps getting drier with age, so keep switching to richer moisturizers with every passing decade. The right moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated in order to prevent wrinkles and give your skin a glistening appearance.
Even when you use cosmetics, make sure it’s the non-greasy and cream-based ones. Power-based products will only highlight your fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Apart from that, drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps significantly.
One of the primary factors that ages skin are UV rays and they can be highly unforgiving and damaging. When unprotected skin is constantly exposed to harsh sunlight, it can lead to premature aging. You should make it a habit to slather sunscreen on your face, neck and other exposed areas with a high SPF every day, irrespective of whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Choose one for your skin type to prevent breakouts.
With so many skin care and anti-aging products flooding the market, how do you know which one is meant for you? Simply, check the label! Skin care experts often talk about buying products with certain ingredients. A few common ones for women in their 30s include:
It is better to avoid products with lanolin and alcohol as they can block the pores and dry the skin respectively.
While you can consume antioxidant-rich food such as dark-colored, green, leafy vegetables and fruits for naturally glowing skin, applying vitamin A, C and E-enriched cosmetics is also beneficial.
These vitamins work by reducing the free radicals in your body, which prevents the breakdown of collagen. Vitamins also help protect your skin from the side-effects of pollution, UV rays, smoking and drinking. Vitamin C and E help maintain an even skin tone and lighten discoloration, which helps delay the appearance of the signs of aging.
The skin right under the eyes is one of the most sensitive areas of your face, and this is why it starts to show the first signs of aging. Investing in a high-quality under-eye cream will be a smart move. Buy one that’s meant to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, dryness and puffiness. It should boost healthy cell communication and return cellular activity to its youthful state.
While it’s perfectly okay to apply some makeup during the day, going to sleep without getting it off can ruin your skin. Even if you’ve done so before and it hasn’t resulted in breakouts, know for a fact that it can attract acne-causing bacteria to your pores, and the chemicals can result in the premature aging of your skin.
Not removing eye makeup could result in severe irritation and eye infections. Apart from that, the very pillow that you sleep on could be piling up oils, powders and chemicals and passing them to your skin.
…your 30s can be the best time of your life. Shed your apprehensions, take good care of yourself and lay the foundation for even better years ahead!
Tung Tran is a former acne sufferer and founder of Thank Your Skin – a website that teaches people to treat acne naturally without using expensive drugs and medications by making simple lifestyle changes.