The big thirty is the turning point in every woman’s life. Apart from the hormonal changes in your body, it also means an onslaught of a certain beauty and skin related issues that you might not have cared about before. If you have reached your thirties, or are about to, the good news is that by following some easy tips and changes in your beauty regime you can still boast of soft and supple skin.
1. Start reading the labels
There are plenty of products in the market that you can invest in to maintain your skin’s health and looks. But, do remember to read the label on the jars before purchasing. Dermatologists and skin care estheticians often talk about ingredients that you must look for in your beauty products. For women in 30s, here are the most common ones we heard them talking about:
Hyaluronic acid adds plumpness to the skin.
Vitamin C brightens the skin tone.
Niacinamide reduces dark blemishes on the face.
Glycolic acid helps to improve your skin’s texture and reduces signs of wrinkles.
Products with lanolin must be avoided as they can block the pores and products with alcohol content can dry the skin out further.
2. Anti-ageing products
The market is filled with many anti-ageing products that promise instant tightening and rejuvenation of the facial skin. However, know must know the product better before purchasing. For example, go for wrinkle creams that have Cynergy TK, which is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient to look for, to maintain youthful skin.
Dr David Bank, the president of New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, also suggests women look for Alpha hydroxyl acid cleanser and retinol (vitamin A) enriched products.
3. Revamp your beauty routine now
It is more important than ever to maintain the cleansing, toning and moisturising routine for your skin at this point of life.
According to an ace dermatologist, Dr Jeannette Graf, a pH balanced cleanser is a must-have in your beauty kit. It helps to maintain the delicate moisture barrier of your skin.
Dr Graf also adds that the best time to exfoliate is at night, after your skin has been exposed to the harsh elements and the skin can rejuvenate overnight. Exfoliation should always be gentle, and should be followed by a moisturiser.
Also, do not allow makeup to stay on your face before you go to bed, not only does it block the pores, but may react negatively with your skin too.
Apart from this, also start applying an eye cream daily. For an eye cream look for ingredients like vitamin C, hydroquinone, kojic acid, and licorice if you have dark circles. For those with puffy eyes, should look for creams that contain caffeine and hyaluronic acid to keep your eyes moisturised.
A broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun block must be used every single day without fail.
Invest in a good night cream, with the ingredients we have already mentioned. Night serum or cream with retinol is a good investment for women in 30s.
4. Bath and beyond
Did you know that harsh chemicals in soap, wash away the moisture from your skin? So, invest in a moisturising body wash instead. Take lukewarm showers of five minutes or less to prevent pruning of skin. After-bath moisturising creams are great for locking in moisture and must be applied daily.
Dr David Bank, also suggests that you should look for moisturisers that have active vitamin A (retinol) and vitamin C in them. Also, using a rich body cream at least twice daily can keep your skin smooth and moisturised.
5. Go natural
It is best to trust natural ingredients and homemade remedies for your skin, irrespective of whatever your age is. Use ingredients like milk, cream, honey, etc. for your skin care on a regular basis.
Here is a great face scrub/mask for you to try:
Mix a tablespoon of oatmeal and honey each with two tablespoons of yoghurt. Apply this paste on your skin and keep it on for five minutes, before rinsing it off.
6. Hair care
There is no reason why your hair must suffer with age. Applying hair masks once a week, oiling every other day, and using the correct products will result in healthy lustrous hair.
As Tony Pearce, Pantene's Expert Trichologist suggests, add foods rich in iron, zinc, protein and vitamin D in your daily diet.
7. Food and health regime
The thirties are a time when you have to consider before putting anything on your plate. Healthy food will go a long way in ensuring that your skin and hair look fantastic, as well as keep you fit. Stay away from oily and spicy foods, and stick to fruits and green leafy vegetables.
Exercise is a must to keep yourself fit. Walking, for example, is a wonderful way to detox the skin while reducing stress levels. Eight glasses of water daily is also good for flushing out toxins.
The 30s is a good period for women, especially for those who are just starting their marital or family life at this time. It is also the moment when you have time for yourself and know how to utilise it. Looking beautiful can make you feel beautiful too, and at the end of the day that is all that matters!