I just turned 34, and even though I have no problem with aging, I want to make sure it happens gracefully.
That's why I'm so focused on finding the right skincare products and ingredients to incorporate in my routine.
In your 30s, your skin begins to reflect the complications of adult life. This can lead to tired-looking complexions as well as acne breakouts. In addition, the 30s are when we start to see signs of environmental and genetic aging: that means fine lines, uneven pigment, and maybe some volume loss, caused by the gradual diminishment of supportive tissue (fat and bone) in the face.
My main focus and drive behind these changes are to really improve my skincare regimen as I approach my mid / late thirties and lay a good foundation for the future. My preference is that I’d like to look as good as I can without surgery or invasive treatments, so I’d rather start getting things in place now with a good solid routine!
Previously I’d been getting lazy using face wipes or even not bothering to wash my face (in my defense, only on days when I didn’t wear any makeup), so I knew that things needed to change.
So here's what you need for the perfect skincare for your 30s:
Your face wash should cleanse effectively without stripping your skin of its natural lipids. That’s why using a mild cleanser with glycerin, which draws moisture into your skin, is ideal. Remember that if your skin feels tight after washing, your cleanser is probably too aggressive.
As we get older, our skin tends toward dehydration. That's why a moisturizer is critical. The three key ingredients you need in a moisturizer are:
1) Ceramides (lipids that fortify your skin barrier, the outermost protective layer)
2) Hyaluronic acid (draws in moisture); and
3) Niacinamide (an antioxidant that calms the skin and reduces sun damage)
The best part about these ingredients is that you don’t have to worry about them clogging your pores, especially if you tend to get breakouts.
3. Mineral Sunscreen
At this stage of life, your cell turnover (the rate at which you see new, radiant skin) slows down. Sun exposure also hinders cell turnover, so if you haven’t yet used a daily sunscreen, definitely don’t wait any longer. A mineral sunscreen, where you have natural active ingredients forming a barrier between you and the sun, as opposed to the nonnatural ingredients in chemical sunscreens that work by absorbing UV rays in a chemical reaction, is preferable.
4. Retinoid Cream
Retinoids smooth fine lines by increasing cell turnover, but they can also cause redness and flaking. Start by using twice a week, at night only, and increasing frequency gradually as your skin adjusts. And as with any retinoid cream that generally makes skin more sensitive, “always use sun protection.”