In our 30s our skin cells’ natural turnover rate begins to slow down to about 45 days. That means that our skin takes longer to shed dead skin cells. As a result, our skin can begin to look dry and dull. Not only that, our 30s is also when we begin seeing a loss of volume in our facial fat pads, as well as lower collagen and elastin production. We begin seeing the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Thankfully, there are a great number of products and step you can take to pamper yourself and your skin. Here is a list of essential skincare for amazing skin in your 30s.
Chemically exfoliate 2-3 times a week. In the 20s, exfoliation targeted clogged pores and preventing acne. Now as 30 somethings, exfoliation is used to improve cell turnover. Look for products with BHAs and AHAs to improve cell turnover and texture. Ingredients like glycolic and sulfur are also helpful to keep pores clean, leaving the skin looking healthy.
Start using retinol. Retinoids and retinol are vitamin-A products that boost collagen production. These produce real results and should be used in the evening. Do NOT use these if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Start using an eye cream. The thin, delicate skin under your eyes are more prone to dehydration and thus, fine lines like crow’s feet. Fillers are very effective for crow’s feet, but it is also important to moisturize the area and keep it plump.
Don’t forget sunscreen. Sunscreen, even through winter and grey days, is essential to protect the skin from UVA and UVB sun rays that cause dark spots and wrinkles.
Have different routines for day and night. A 30s skincare morning routine should focus on protection. Antioxidants and sunscreens are a must. The evening routine should focus on repair and rejuvenation. Evening products includes exfoliation and retinols, as well as a good hydrating moisturizer.
Last but not least, self care. Healthy sleep routines, exercise and a diet full of antioxidants and ample hydration are all important to renew and heal your skin from the inside out. More than that, self care is knowing that your inner wellness matters and that you are worth it.