Many people share and reflect on many changes that occur in your 30’s, from body changes in needing more rest, feeling more settled in oneself, and a big one, changes in the skin.
Having a solid skincare routine is the best way to have gorgeous radiant skin and also reap the benefits later down the line. Here are major pieces of skincare advice that everyone in this age group should be doing.
6 steps to beautiful skin in your 30s
Always cleanse AM/PM
We always hear about the importance of properly cleansing our skin, but particularly by the time in your 30s when collagen production is slowing down and your skin is generally more sensitive to what you do and don’t do, this step is an essential that should absolutely be cemented into your routine.
A double-cleanse at night to remove makeup and sunscreen first, then a targeted cleanser for a second wash can make a drastic improvement in the appearance, health, and texture of your skin.
Treat eye area
The eye area is particularly sensitive and needs a little extra care to be at its best. It is also an area that particularly shows and deepens with wrinkles like “crow’s feet”, so it is essential to start incorporating an eye treatment, like the Blue Lagoon eye cream for example, in your daily routine.
It’s better to start using creams and serums like this before the first signs appear: this will help you prevent the onset of fine lines, plus there is no such thing as too early for skincare.
SPF all year round
SPF is a protective step in your skincare routine that should be taken year-round. While it can seem unnecessary to use during the wintertime particularly if you live somewhere that does not see as much sun during the colder months, the penetrating UV rays are still harmful and need to protect from.
Consequences of not protecting your skin can include skin discoloration, wrinkles and showing signs of aging at a quicker rate, and increased risk of skin cancer.
If you aren’t properly hydrated, your skin (and the rest of your health) will show it! So be sure to always properly hydrate. The general recommendation for water intake is 3L/day, but you can speak with your doctor to come up with the correct amount for your unique body depending on other health factors, caffeine intake, etc.
Incorporate an antioxidant serum
An antioxidant serum is a product you can incorporate into your routine to protect your skin and help it glow. It binds to free radicals, decreases irritation, and decreases signs of aging.
Gentle exfoliation (with AHAs)
Gentle exfoliation, particularly with chemical exfoliation, is effective but not too much on the skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can be particularly helpful for dry skin, pigmentation challenges, and acne scars.
Another healthy habit you can incorporate into your routine is sleeping with a silk pillowcase to help reduce friction and stress on the skin. This can help to reduce or slow the development of wrinkles as well as reduce irritation. Not to mention, they feel great on the skin!