Now that you are in your 30s you have hopefully developed some great skincare habits and routines. You are already washing your face every night (and removing your make-up as well) and using sunscreen everyday and reapplying throughout the day. If you aren’t already using products with antioxidants in them – start! Antioxidants will protect your skin from free radicals (which lead to premature aging), will help build collagen, and are anti-inflammatory.
Remember to exfoliate. Use a gentle scrub twice a week or a moisturizer or cleanser with AHA. As we age our cell renewal rate starts to slow down. Exfoliating helps to remove the layers of dead skin cells that lay on the very top of our epidermis. Exfoliating makes your skin smoother, more even toned, and allows for your products to penetrate better. Consider getting regular microdermabrasion treatments for deeper exfoliation. Microdermabrasion also creates a wound response in the skin so you build more collagen. Just be sure that you don’t overdue it with the exfoliation. Too much exfoliation will breakdown your stratum corneum, or the outermost layer of the epidermis, and if that happens you can have irritation, redness, and dryness. For the most part if you are using a retinol product you don’t need to exfoliate on top of that.
You might begin to notice that your skin is changing during this decade, especially if you have had a child. Pregnancy and nursing let loose lots and lots of hormonal changes in the skin. You might have breakouts for the first time in your life and/or increased sensitivity. Be gentle to your skin. When you have breakouts in your teens and 20s it is usually ok to double or triple up on acne fighting skincare products all in the same day. In your 30s you might have to space out the use of those products over the week so that you don’t cause yourself needless redness and irritation.
This decade is a great time to start using a medical grade or prescription retinol product. This product will simultaneously smooth your skin, even out your skin tone, and even fight acne (if acne is an issue for you). Just stay clear of retinol products while you are pregnant or nursing. Consider using a OTC retinol product before a prescription one. This way your skin gets used to this ingredient, and you’ll have less irritation and redness if you choose to switch to a prescription product.
If you already have deep wrinkles you don’t like consider getting Botox or filler injections. If your wrinkles are more superficial a series of chemical peels would be a great way to address that concern. A series of chemical peels can also remove superficial hyperpigmentation, even out skin tone, and make you look fabulous. Like microdermabrasion, chemical peels also create a wound response in the skin so you begin to build more collagen.
- Skin Care in Your 20s and 30s by Dr. Leslie Baumann Skin Guru website November 16, 2007
- How Do Hormones Affect the Skin in Your 30s? – Renee Rouleau
Retinol Products to Consider Using: