Taking care of your skin is important at any age, but it's especially important once you hit your 30's. This is when the focus should turn from preserving your youthful radiance to preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Your 30's is when your complexion takes the biggest hit, starting to appear dull due to slower cell turnover, lack of good sleep and loss of collagen and elastin. Your skin is still in its prime, it just needs some direction to keep those pesky wrinkles at bay. Follow the 37 tips below to get the best skin you can in your 30's.
Before you can start any skincare routine, you need to know what you're working with. It's best to seek professional advice and determine exactly what kind of skin you have. Do you have normal, dry, oily or combination skin? Are you dealing with a skin condition? Is your skin sensitive or acne prone? Do you have eczema or rosacea? Knowing your skin will help you determine what natural skincare products you should use.
A good skincare routine starts with clean skin. Make sure you always start with clean skin in the morning.
When choosing your natural skincare products, make sure you are choosing gentle cleansers that won't dry out or irritate your skin. Take a good look at the ingredient list of your cleanser - if sodium lauryl sulphate is on the list, avoid it, as it will strip your skin.
If you don't have time or don't have your normal cleanser with you, use your toner instead.
Always remember to use SPF in the morning, regardless of weather conditions. Not only is it important for helping to prevent skin cancer, it's also important in fighting the damage the sun can do to your skin.
Your skincare routine should follow the same order every morning - start with your cleanser, followed by hydrating serum, sunblock and finish off with your moisturizer.
If your skin tends to be more on the oily side or if you are prone to acne, look for products and cleansers that are oil free.
Change your skincare routine with the seasons. Just like you'd change your wardrobe, your skincare products and routine need to change to adjust to the temperatures and their effect on your skin. For example, you may find you need a heavier moisturizer in the cold, dry winter months.
This one may seem obvious but it's important to remember - never sleep with your makeup on. Always remove your makeup at night so that your pores have a chance to breathe.
Think of how you want your skin to look at age 50, 60 and beyond. Doing so will hopefully inspire you to take better care of your skin.
If you don't have the money to spend on expensive face masks, avocado face masks are a good DIY option. There are many great recipes out there for every skin type.
Coconut oil is a great tool to have in your natural skincare routine. It makes a great moisturizer for your body, as it's hydrating and gentle on your skin.
Even though bronzed skin makes us look like we have a healthy glow, it really isn't good for your skin. A tan, whether from the sun or an indoor tanning bed, is damaging to the skin as it means DNA is breaking. It can also lead to premature aging, hyperpigmentation or, at worse, skin cancer.
If you are suffering from pigmentation, and have been prescribed a remedy by your doctor, make sure you are only using it for a limited amount of time. Extended use could do more damage than good.
Try using natural products like licorice and mushroom extract to deal with your pigmentation issues instead of turning to prescription remedies.
Drinking water is essential for a glowing complexion. It's especially important for those with acne prone skin. For an acne cure, try drinking detox water. Adding ingredients to your water not only makes it more enjoyable to drink, it also helps to cleanse and detox your system. This can, in turn, help to clear and prevent acne.
If you are prone to blackheads and cysts, try using a low percentage alpha-hydroxy treatment.
Now's the time to start your anti-aging routine! Your 30's is the best time to start using anti aging creams. Do some research, find your favourite anti aging cream and incorporate it into your daily morning routine.
Make sure you are using an anti-aging product at night as well. Every night, after cleansing, apply your favourite anti aging serum, then finish with a moisturizer.
Collagen-promoting products are an important part of your beauty routine. Learn to love them as they help keep your skin looking young.
Keep the medical procedures to a minimum. At this age, you really don't need expensive injections or procedures, plus who wants to be a 30 something woman with a frozen face?
We are all going to age - our minds, bodies and skin. Do so gracefully.
Now is the time to start getting regular facials at a spa. Treat yourself to a facial once every few months or at least once a year to help you get glowing skin.
Great skin comes from not only what products you use, but also what goes into your body as well. Make sure you are paying attention to what you eat, focusing on a diet rich in vitamin-packed foods.
Drink plenty of water! Water is essential to good skin so make sure you are getting enough. No need to go overboard though, drinking excess amounts of water doesn't have any major effects.
Don't stress out over your skin - you are gorgeous at any age.
Reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, especially refined sugar. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which can lead to inflammation and a breakdown of collagen and elastin in your body.
Get plenty of rest. Getting your beauty sleep is important as a lack of sleep can lead to a dehydrated complexion, redness and breakouts.
Exercise is just as important for your body as it is for your skin. It's one of the best ways to get an instant glow. When you workout, there's an increase in blood circulation in and around your face, which helps you achieve a natural glow.
Exfoliate your skin regularly with an exfoliating face scrub. Regular use will help your skin look and feel healthy by eliminating dirt and dead skin cells from your face. You'll be left with a brighter, more radiant complexion.
Always use a different towel for your face and your hair. You don't want your hair products, like shampoo and conditioner, to end up on your face! They could easily clog your pores, causing you to breakout.
Always check the ingredient list of your products (lotions, scrubs, conditioners, shampoos and makeup) and make sure you avoid parabens. They are listed as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl paraben on the label and are found in 75-90% of products on the market. Parabens are used as a preservative in beauty products and have been linked to breast cancer.
Limit your use of straws. They're a great solution to avoid staining your teeth but overuse could lead to “smoker's lines” around your lips.
We all remember to moisturize our face every day but don't forget to do your neck too! When looking for an effective cream to use on your neck, look for one that stimulates collagen production and hydrates the skin like hyaluronic acid. This will help your skin retain moisture and diminish the look of lines on your neck.
Invest in a good eye cream! Your eyes need a different moisturizer than the rest of your skin, as the skin around the eye is thinner and more delicate. Eye creams are formulated specifically for this type of skin.
As hard as it may be, try to get at least 30 minutes of me time a day. It might seem impossible with work, family and other commitments but it's essential if you want to reduce stress and stay sane.
Don't forget your elbows! We often forget about the rough, calloused skin on our elbows. Just like our heels, elbows are prone to cracking and need to be moisturized often. Exfoliate in the shower at least once a week with Pure Fiji's Coconut Creme Body Scrub. The Pineapple extracts gently buff away dull skin cells and unclog pores to rejuvenate your skin. Then, after drying with a towel, massage in Pure Fiji's Nourishing Exotic Bath and Body Oil and seal it in with a layer of Hydrating Body Lotion.
It's never too late to start taking great care of your skin. Follow the tips and tricks above for your best complexion of your 30's. Your skin will thank you!