There’s no doubt about it; as you age, you will start to notice a difference in the appearance of your skin. Luckily, you still have time to establish a good skincare routine in your 30s. This will go a long way in preventing excess skin damage that causes fine lines and wrinkles.
So exactly what starts to happen to your skin in your 30s? Well, your skin cell turnover rate begins to slow, and the cells just don’t regenerate as they used to. Collagen and elastin start to break down, causing your skin to droop, and your oil glands are less active which leads to your skin drying out. If you hang out in the sun, you will start to notice age spots appearing. This is why your 30s are the perfect time to put a skincare routine in place.
Let’s get into what you need to be doing to achieve the best skincare routine in your 30s.
1. SPF is Your Friend
Regardless of age, good sunscreen is essential, but it becomes especially important in your 30s. This will go a long way in preventing signs of aging. You want to apply it daily, including when you are inside as sunlight penetrates through the windows.
2. A Nighttime Routine is Important
When it comes to establishing a good skincare routine in your 30s, it’s important to know that your skin does the most repairing while you sleep. So why not help it out even more and apply products that will help your skin to renew itself? First, you want to find a good cleanser that works with your skin type. Then, you want to follow it with a toner which will help balance the pH levels in your skin. Lastly, you want to apply retinol which will help to stimulate collagen production. These three things together will work overnight to deeply penetrate the skin, and when you awake in the morning, you will be fresh-faced and ready to conquer the day.
3. Facial massages
Do you find when you apply products that you are kind of slapping them onto your face? Your skin will benefit more if you take the time to massage it. What happens is that your blood starts to circulate, your lymphatic nodes start to drain, and the muscles in your face tone up. Not only that, but it is also just plain relaxing. The best time to do this is in the morning when you need to awaken your skin.
When you apply your morning cleanser, take a few minutes to massage it into your skin. You want to do this upwards and outwards in a circular motion. Once you are done, you can remove the cleanser with a warm washcloth. Now you are ready to start your day!
4. Exfoliate … But Gently
Exfoliation is an essential part of a healthy skin care routine in your 30s as it removes dead skin cells from the surface. This allows your skin to shine. You want to be careful doing this once you reach your 30s as too much exfoliation can remove essential oils from your skin that provide a protective layer. Exfoliating three times a week and following it with a hydrating moisturizer is enough to leave you with smooth and supple skin.
5. Don’t Forget Your Neck, Décolleté, and Hands
When you think of skincare and aging, there are certain parts of your body that will age faster than others. So, when you are doing your skincare routine, be sure to include the neck, décolleté, and hands in the process.
Aging is tough, but you can prevent a lot of damage by employing a good skincare routine in your 30s, if not sooner. If you don’t know which products work with your skin type, visit your local dermatologist who can help customize a routine that’s right for you.