Just turned the big 3-0? You may be noticing your skin’s not looking as – ahem, youthful – as it used to. Skin can start to look dull, as cell turnover rate slows down when entering your 30s. Thus, your skincare routine in your 30s shouldn’t be the same as it is in your 20s.
Keep away signs of aging with these 5 grooming rules to live by in your 30s.
Add anti-aging products to your skincare routine.
As we age, we lose collagen, the protein that gives skin its elasticity and strength. This breakdown happens naturally with time. Adding in an anti-aging product, such as a serum or undereye cream can help combat premature wrinkles and undereye circles, while promoting skin elasticity.
Look with products with retinoids, antioxidants or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). These ingredients will help boost the body’s production of collagen and protect skin from any future damage. We’re loving this serum from Jack Black and this Buckler’s Overnight Recovery Cream.
Use sunscreen everyday. Yes, everyday.
Though having a tan may look youthful, nothing ages you like sun exposure. In fact 90% of wrinkles come from the sun. So it’s pretty important to use sun protection everyday. Prolonged exposure to the sun without sunscreen can age your skin prematurely, we’re talking wrinkles and age spots, not to mention the risk of skin cancer.
Shed some skin.
As we age, cell turnover naturally decreases. Exfoliating your face will help get rid of dead skin cells, allowing fresh skin cells to come through. Try using an exfoliating product that contains glycolic acid, like this cleanser by Billy Jealousy. Glycolic acid helps dissolve bonds between cells, so you can easily scrub away dead skin cells, encouraging new skin cell production.
Moisturize in the morning and at night
Dry skin can accentuate the appearance of fine expression lines and wrinkles, so whether you have oily, combination or dry skin, you need to moisturize twice per day – once in the morning and once at night. Choose the right moisturizer for your skin type – have an oily t-zone by mid-morning? Try Port Products Balancing Daily Moisturizer to fight that excess oil production.
If you have very dry skin, make sure you apply moisturizer immediately after you shower to help rehydrate skin and seal in moisture. Also a drop or two of good face oil like Buckler’s Revitalize Face Oil mixed with your normal night cream is a great overnight fix for brighter, healthier skin by morning.
Get more sleep
Face it – you can’t go out all night anymore and expect to walk into work on Monday feeling refreshed. Sleep is your body’s natural way of restoring itself, and it’s especially important now that you’re in your 30s not to skimp on your seven to eight nightly hours. Sleep helps you look and feel well rested – the true key to maintaining a fresh complexion.
It’s not too late to prevent early signs of aging. You’re just old enough now to take taking care of your face seriously. Follow these steps now that you’re in your 30s and we promise they’ll help keep your skin looking youthful and healthy for years to come.