If you’re into beauty, you will already know that a great skincare regime is the basis of everything. If you look and feel good in your own skin, all else on top is a bonus! Most of us would have spent our teens and our 20s experimenting with different products and brands, addressing all manner of skin concerns leading to a daily regimen of targeted skincare. Whilst this would have been the ideal, the reality would possibly have been slightly different. Burning the candle at both ends meant that keeping disciplined with skincare would sometimes prove to be quite challenging; skipping moisturising for the day when in a rush, not applying SPF, failing to remove makeup before sleeping (shock, horror!) and other various skincare transgressions.
It most certainly may not happen the exact day you turn 30, but sometime during this decade the first signs of aging are usually noticed. That pivotal moment of noticing your first wrinkle or frown line in the mirror prompts a greater concern in making sure the skin is adequately taken care of and nurtured. Whilst there is no need to panic, your 30s are an ideal time to become more conscientious of your skincare needs and the products available that will keep your skin healthy, protected and looking radiant.
Here are our top 5 tips on improving your 30s skincare routine
1. Not exfoliating? Now’s the time to start!
The process of shedding dead skin cells slows down in our 30s, meaning that these cells sit on top of our skin for longer and lead to a dull and lacklustre appearance. Exfoliate with a glycolic acid peel or other refining exfoliator once or twice a week and moisturise thereafter to avoid irritation.
Serums contain the most potent dose of antiaging ingredients, antioxidants, peptides and skin brighteners. Since they do not contain as many emollients as cream, they are ideal as a direct cocktail boost to your skin and easily absorbed. To keep these wonderful ingredients locked into the skin without evaporating, it is essential therefore to moisturise a few moments afterwards!
90% of skin aging is a result of exposure to dangerous UV rays. If you’re not doing so already, use a moisturiser or serum with SPF. Prevention is better than trying to sort out deep lines and wrinkles later on, as well as protecting against deadly skin cancers.
Something mostly definitely scoffed at in our 20s. The skin under the eyes is very thin, delicate and sometimes translucent, with needs that are different to the rest of the skin on the face. Choose an eye cream that has anti-aging Retinol in it, as this will thicken the skin slightly, smooth fine lines and reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles.