In your 30s, you may have started to notice signs of aging caused by circumstances that can take a toll on your skin, like stress or hormonal swings (due to age, pregnancy, or medications). This makes your 30s the perfect time to take skin care seriously if you haven’t already been doing so.
Your skin-care routines should no longer only consist of the basics – read the 2nd part of the series to know more about the basic skincare routine.
The issues that we face in our 30s vary from individual to individual but the following are what any person in their 30s start to notice:
- Those first deep wrinkles begin to emerge, turning faint lines around the eyes into full blown crow’s feet (also known as laugh lines or character lines).
- Damage from earlier sunburns and beach holidays begin to appear as blotchy pigmentation.
- You suddenly seem to have dull and saggy skin.
- Adult acne due to hormonal changes.
Everyone is going to see some kind of changes in their 30s due to hormonal imbalance, but those who indulge in tanning, drinking, smoking, don’t exercise regularly and eat poorly, the problems are going to be much worse.
Incorporate a Serum Into Your Routine
This is an important step to incorporate to fight aging skin. These lightweight formulas often pack heavy-hitting ingredients; and since they’re made up of smaller molecules, they can penetrate deeper into the skin than your typical moisturizer.
The ingredients to look for in serums are:
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are crucial for anti-aging, to protect our skin, our collagen, and our elastin from free radicals that cause damage to the DNA in our cells. You want a serum specifically formulated with about 15 to 20 percent vitamin C to be absorbed properly.
- Niacinamide – Niacinamide is a vitamin B3. It’s a great brightener, but also a very good moisturizer. It helps with pigmentary conditions, evens the skin tone, and brightens the skin.
- Licorice – It stops the skin from darkening after sun exposure and reduces previous dark spots. It also contains UV blocking enzymes that help protect you from future damage. It also treats hyperpigmentation by restoring the skin to a lighter color.
Don’t Use Harsh Acne Products
The best way to address breakouts in your 30s is to spot treat blemishes. That way, you are only treating areas as needed instead of using harsh acne products all over the face where breakouts are not occurring.
Boost Collagen Production to Fend off Wrinkles
Your next challenge? Supporting collagen cells in their quest for plump, line-less skin. And nothing does it better than retinoids — as a bonus, these vitamin A creams control pigment and acne, too —but they can cause short-term flaking and redness.
Retinoids are a vitamin A derivative that promote healthy cell turnover, inhibit the formation of acne lesions, and can inhibit pigmentation, as well. It can be listed as retinol, retinaldehyde, retinoic acid.
Use an Eye Cream Daily
For most people, the eye area is the first to show signs of aging — usually between the age of 28 to 32 —so an eye cream is a great investment at this stage of your life.
A couple of things to know about eye cream usage:
- Apply eye cream with the ring finger, the weakest finger, morning and evening to the orbital bone around the eyes.
- Use gentle patting motions and make sure to avoid rubbing and tugging.
- It is also important not to apply eye cream too close to the lashline as the product can travel into your eyes and be picked up by your eyelashes, causing irritation or unnecessary puffiness.
- Look for an eye cream containing wrinkle-repairing ingredients to improve and correct the appearance of dryness, fatigue, and expression lines.
A formula with line-filling peptides will increase healthy cell communication and return cellular activity to its youthful state.