The best skincare regimen in your 30s
From fine lines to dark spots, learn about the most common concerns in your 30s and how to tackle them for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.
Hello, woman of the world. Your 30s may be busy and hectic, but you’re also primed with the knowledge of what’s good for you thanks to the past decade of self-discovery. Plus, now that you have the means to splurge on quality items, it’s the perfect time to make sure your skincare regimen is still right for your skin or if you need some additions for a boost in results.
That whisper of a wrinkle that crept into your eye area in your late 20s? Without proper care, it can deepen into an etched groove that begins to look suspiciously more ‘crow’s feet’ than ‘fine line’. Luckily, you can slow down the appearance of visible aging signs with the right preventive routine. Here’s the best way to go about it.
Use sunscreen religiously and generously on your face and neck even if it isn’t sunny outside – UVA rays can pass through both clouds and windows.
Concern 1: Fine lines and wrinkles
Perhaps you’ve noticed how the corners of your eyes crinkle when you smile, or slight creases leading from your nose to the sides of your mouth. These fine lines and wrinkles are caused by not only repeated use of facial muscles, which creates grooves and creases in the skin, but also UV exposure. Your skin’s structural proteins, collagen and elastin, help it spring back into place — but these proteins wear out as you get older, deepening the lines and making them permanent.
Protect your skin from its worst enemy
Repeat after me: sunscreen is my best friend. 80% of visible aging signs is caused by external factors including harmful UV rays – in particular UVA rays — which break down collagen and elastin fibre that keep your skin strong and resilient. Look for one that’s at least SPF30 and PA++, which means it guards against both UVA and UVB rays. If oily skin and breakouts have followed you into your 30s, go for a lightweight sunscreen. According to a published study, most people only use 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. In order to protect your skin properly, make sure to apply at least half a teaspoon of product on your face and neck.