When you turn 30, a lot of it is achieved through skincare habits that you started in your 20s, such as staying out of the sun, cleansing your face and staying hydrated. You should build up your efforts in those regards once you turn 30. Also, you should know that it is never too late to begin if you have never been doing these treatments.
But if you start noticing some of the frequent side effects of aging, such as dryness and fine lines, then you should take some additional steps. In this article you will find top 5 treatments you can be doing in your 30s to maintain your amazing skin.
- Apply a chemical exfoliant on a regular basis.
If you don’t use any chemical exfoliants, now is the time to begin. Chemical exfoliants are perfect for eliminating dead skin and unclogging pores, with no irritation and harsh abrasion which comes with rough physical exfoliation. There are two types: BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) like salicylic acid and AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) like glycolic acid. You will have to test them both to see which one suit your skin the best. People who have sensitive skin should use AHAs and people who have clogged, oily skin should use BHAs. You can combine them by using a 2-in-1 product, such as Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum or 2 different products. AHAs enhance photosensitivity so you should protect your skin from the sunlight.
- Moisturize over and over again.
Our skin naturally gets drier as we get older, so you should do moisturization on a daily basis to keep your skin hydrated and plump. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, you have to use a light moisturizer with minimum SPF 30 on a daily basis, without excuses. We recommend First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, because it has great hydrating, calming qualities and high natural sunscreen content. Also, it wears great under makeup, and doesn’t give darker skin tones that odd white cast so typical to SPFs.
But you shouldn’t stop here. You may be able to get away with only a daily moisturizer when you are in your 20s, but you should add a night cream to your everyday routine when you are in your 30s, particularly if you live in cold climate or have dry skin. Whether choosing a night cream, look for strong ingredients, such as antioxidants (green tea and Vitamins E, C and A), retinol, hyaluronic acid, glycerine and fatty acids. You shouldn’t use products that contain a high amount of fragrance because they can irritate and alcohol because they can dry out your skin. Also, you shouldn’t use products in jar packaging because the exposure to germ, air and light only decreases the efficiency of the product. We recommend Murad Essential-C Night Moisture.
Finally, be generous with your moisturizer. You should slather it on before you go to sleep, and not just on your face, but also on your neck, décolletage and hands. Your skin will be grateful, both now and in the future.
- Start using retinoids.
If you want to step up your anti-aging routine, the most important thing you should do is start applying retionoids. Both non-prescription retinols and prescription retinoids have strong anti-aging qualities. We recommend Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM 1 Fluid Ounce, but you should ask your doctor for a retinoid prescription if you are really serious about it because the creams are more powerful and more efficient. You should begin at a low dosage first to see how your skin behaves. Also, retinoids enhance photosensitivity and this is why you should always apply sunscreen. Once you have successfully started to use retinoids into your anti-aging routine, you will adore how glowing and smooth your skin looks. Retinoids can also help you with scarring and adult acne.
You should visit your dermatologist to zap you face with lasers. Depending on the procedure, it can be fast and relatively pain-free or stronger; but either way, lasers can provide some seriously visible results. Non-ablative lasers help to induce collagen under your skin (this is what you need to have firmer, smoother skin). This is done completely painless, and without side effects or recovery time (some people may only experience redness). On the other hand, traditional laser skin resurfacing is very efficient because it eliminates old, damaged skin allows the growth of new skin but it may hurt and take a couple of weeks of recovery. You should consult your dermatologist about laser treatments if you are worried about sun damage, acne scars, fine lines or rough skin texture.
- Try a facial peel.
Many women simply adore applying weekly face masks on their skin. These can be useful and fun, but instead of these we would suggest investing your money and time in a gentle facial peel. You will notice improvements in your skin’s texture, firmness and tone if you choose the right facial peel. If you are worried about large pores, redness and wrinkles you can benefit enormously from regular facial peels. You can have this done by yourself at home or at your dermatologist’s. If you want to do it yourself, we recommend Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel. It has strong ingredients, like retinol (which we all agree is a skincare essential) and glycolic acid for chemical exfoliation. Also, this facial peel comes in a two-step wipe form, so you can just swipe and glow!