Now that I’ve moved past my 20s, I’ve started noticing fine lines and (gasp!) age spots, so skincare tips for women in their 30s is one of my new research areas. I want to know precisely how to take care of my own skin during this decade and I would also love to be able to share what I learn with you. That way we can all do our best to have great skin and stay looking young and radiant, no matter what life throws our way. So, use these skincare tips for women in their 30s and please share yours with me.
1. Use a PH Balanced Cleanser
Jeannette Graf, author of “Stop Aging, Start Living,” suggests using a pH cleanser in your 30s because it helps maintain the barrier on your skin, which in turn means you don’t lose out on precious moisture. Make sure you cleanse your skin at least once a day to remove dirt, debris and make-up. You don’t have to buy the most expensive skin cleanser on the market. However, using a pH cleanser that fits your budget is one of the most valuable skincare tips for women in their 30s.
2. Try Retinoids
Retinoids are magical little skincare ingredients that help fight wrinkles, combat skin discoloration and maintain texture and elasticity, says dermatologist David Bank in Oprah magazine. You can find retinoids in many nighttime skincare products, and Bank recommends slathering them on four or five nights each week for the most benefit. Talk to your dermatologist about a product that works with your skin type.
3. Exfoliate Regularly
I did the occasional exfoliation in my 20s, but now I try to do one at least once a week. My favorite is a combination of white sugar and oil. I very gently massage it into my skin in the shower then rinse and follow up with my moisturizer. Exfoliating at night is important because your skin does the large portion of its renewal at night while you sleep, says Graf. By exfoliating at night, you give your body the perfect opportunity to regenerate so you always look young.
4. Load up on Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that plays a big role in your skin health. It boosts collagen production and fights the signs of aging by staving off free radical damage. You can take a supplement, but it’s a better idea to get your vitamin C from food. Try strawberries, citrus fruits, bell peppers and kiwis, which are some of the foods with the highest content.
5. Get Your Other Antioxidants
There are a wealth of antioxidants in addition to vitamin C that provide skin benefits in your 30s. Green tea is one of the best, according to Banks. However, all fruits and vegetables and many types of beans, legumes, tea and grains also have antioxidants. Build your diet around these foods and you’ll be doing wonders for your skin.
6. Wear a Serum or Cream with Sunscreen
Obviously you should be wearing sunscreen every day, but Graf recommends choosing a daytime serum or cream with SPF in it to double up on the skin benefits. You can block harmful UVA and UVB rays with the sunscreen and fight wrinkles, lines and age spots with the ingredients in the cream or serum.
7. Drink Lots of Water
This is a great tip for women of any age, but in your 30s, you need to stay hydrated to keep your skin looking fresh and young. According to Graff, drinking plenty of water on a daily basis locks moisture into your skin and keeps it looking plumped up and healthy. Carry a bottle of water wherever you go so you can sip all day long.
How do you care for your skin? Has your routine changed now that you’ve hit 30? I try to focus on my skin as much as possible by wearing sunscreen and a specific daytime and nighttime cream. I also see my dermatologist regularly. Do you have any additional tips to add?