Skincare is one of the things you should learn about when you reach your 30’s. As you say hello to your 30,’s you probably have to get used to working events and social events like weddings, baby showers, and christenings.
You don’t want to worry about your skin looking greasy, dry. or having acne on a very important day.
The shocking changes in your 30’s
Your hormones, elastin, collagen levels, and estrogen levels changes. Your skin will start sagging. Due to cell turnover increase, wrinkles and fine lines will start to become visible.
Your skin type can become even be drier or oilier. These changes can differ from person to person.
You may notice that your skin becomes a little dull
When you turn thirty, the cell turnover period is 28-35 days, meaning new cells only come up after that period. Cell turns over every 14 days when you were younger.
What you need to do: exfoliate
Get rid of your dead skin cells by exfoliating twice a week. This reveals new brighter skin cells underneath. This will make your skin glow and helps the products you use to penetrate your skin get absorbed more deeply.
Go for a mild exfoliant or make a DIY scrub at home!
Your skin is dry or has dry patches
This is one of the side effects of the slowing of cell turnover. The dermis on the top layer of your skin no longer produces enough moisture naturally.
It will take longer for your dermis to slough off, which makes your skin dull and dry.
What you need to do: moisturize and ask your dermatologist for Hyaluronic acid. Look for exfoliators with alpha hydroxy acids.
Your face doesn’t look as plump and full as it was before
Due to the slow cell turnover, your skin has a difficult time to recover from inflammation. Collagen and elastin production breakdown a lot faster and hyaluronic acid starts to decrease. Hyaluronic acid can naturally plump your skin.
Crow’s feet, eye bags, laugh lines and forehead wrinkles will be more noticeable.
A drop in estrogen levels causes the volume and bone mass in the cheekbones and jawline.
What you need to do: use a moisturizer with sun protection daily and ask your dermatologist about retinol.
Your skin gets irritated out of the blue
Your skin becomes more prone to irritation, which can be caused by many things, including cold and dry weather, harsh chemicals in skin products.
The alcohol-based cleanser that used to work wonders for your skin in your 20’s? That won’t work anymore more. In your 30’s, it is much more likely to leave your skin dry.
What you need to do: switch to a mild soap-free and alcohol-free cleanser.
Your face inflames and stays red
During your 30’s you may or may not have rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that makes your skin blush with red pimple-like bumps, appearing inflamed and flushed.
This is due to hormonal changes, stress, weather and a lot of other factors.
What you need to do: use a mild skin-care regimen.
Dark spots don’t fade just as easily and they appear anywhere in your face
This is where you may think, “I should have put sunblock every day on my 20’s.” Dark spots are the result of years of sun exposure. This stimulates pigment-producing skin cells. Scars and blemishes don’t seem to fade or fade much more slowly.
In some cases, depending on the skin type, some women on their 30’s get hyperpigmentation or melasma.
What you need to do: include a brightening product in your daily regime, such as hydroquinone.
Why do we need a skin regimen?
A good skin regimen is not to stop aging, but to slow the signs of aging.
To make our skin toned and hydrated you should stick to a daily skin regimen. Together with drinking lots of water, like literally stay hydrated IN and OUT.
A skin regimen shouldn’t be too complicated. However, sticking to the 3-step care routine won’t do the trick (Cleanse+Tone+Moisturize) when you are a little older. Here’s a routine that’s fit for a woman in her 30’s:
- Exfoliate (Twice a week)
- Retinol Serum
- Eye Cream (Only if needed)
A skincare regimen shouldn’t break the bank. Good old-fashioned research and a bit of advice from an expert dermatologist will make it easier for you to find the best products for your skin.
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