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Staving off the major signs of ageing is something most people feel that they should start concentrating on when they get to middle age. WRONG! Unfortunately, ladies, this is something we all need to lay some foundations when we’re in our thirties.
Not that we need to go overboard, but we definitely need to focus on complete care for the skin – hydration, cleansing, moisturisation etc. The going-to-bed-in-our-make-up after a particularly heavy night needs to stay in our twenties.
Some might start seeing some signs of ageing in their thirties – fine lines, less elasticity, dryness. So here’s some tips – thanks in part to StyleCaster – on the best anti-aging skin care products for 30s.
- Get a retinoid prescription.
The first thing you should do if you want to step up your anti-aging game is start using retinoids. Both prescription retinoids and over-the-counter retinols have powerful anti-aging properties. We really love REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream, but if you’re really serious about it, you should ask your doctor for a retinoid prescription—the creams are stronger and more effective. Be sure to start at a low dose first to see how your skin reacts, and always wear sunscreen because retinoids increase photosensitivity. Once you’ve successfully implemented retinoids into your routine, you’ll love how smooth and radiant your skin looks. It can even help out with adult acne and scarring!
- Try a peel.
Lots of women love to use weekly face masks for their skin, and although those can be fun and beneficial, we would recommend investing your time and money in a gentle facial peel instead. If you use the right one, you’ll see improvements in your skin’s tone, texture, and firmness—especially if you’re concerned with wrinkles, large pores, and redness can benefit hugely from regular peels. You can have this done at your dermatologist’s, but if you’d rather do it yourself at home, try Babor Refine Cellular AHA 10+10 Peeling Gel. It contains powerful ingredients such as glycol acid, lactic acid and pyretic acid for chemical exfoliation.
- Use a chemical exfoliant regularly.
If you haven’t incorporated any chemical exfoliants into your beauty routine, now is the time to start. Chemical exfoliants are ideal for unclogging pores and removing dead skin, without the harsh abrasion and irritation that comes with rough physical exfoliation. They come in two forms: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) like glycolic acid, and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) like salicylic acid. You’ll have to experiment to see which works best for your skin; BHAs might be best if you have clogged, oily skin, and AHAs might be best if you have sensitive skin. We recommend Thalgo Exfoliant Fluid Cream – Creme Fluide Exfoliante AHA & BHA but be careful to protect your skin from the sun—AHAs increase photosensitivity.
Don’t be afraid to have a dermatologist zap your face with lasers. Depending on the procedure, it can be quick and relatively painless or more powerful; but either way, lasers can give you some seriously noticeable results. Non-ablative lasers help to stimulate collagen under the skin (which is what you want to do for smoother, firmer skin). This is done without pain, recovery time or side effects (other than some possible redness). Traditional laser skin resurfacing, on the other hand, will sting and take a few weeks of recovery—but it’s very effective because it destroys old, damaged skin and allows new skin to grow. If you’re concerned about fine lines, sun damage, rough skin texture or acne scars, talk to your derm about laser treatments.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
As we age, our skin naturally becomes drier, so be sure to keep your skin plump and hydrated with daily moisturization. No matter your skin type, you must use a light moisturizer with at least SPF 30 every day—no excuses! Gatineau Perfection Ultime Anti-Aging Complexion Cream SPF30 is a great choice, thanks to its high natural sunscreen content and soothing, hydrating qualities and good tinted coverage.
Don’t stop there, though. When you’re in your 20s you may be able to get away with just a daily moisturizer, but your 30s is a good time to add a night cream to your regular rotation as well—especially if you have dry skin or live in a cold climate. Whether choosing a night cream, look for powerful ingredients like antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, and E and green tea), glycerin, hyaluronic acid, fatty acids, and retinol. Avoid products with high amounts of alcohol (which can dry out your skin) and fragrance (which can irritate), and also try to avoid products in jar packaging because the exposure to light, air, and germs only lowers the efficacy of the product. Atlantis Skincare Velvet Skin Night Elixir is a brilliant product which we swear by.
Finally, be generous with your moisturizer. Slather it on before bed, and not just on your face but your hands, neck, and decolletage as well. Your skin will thank you, both today and in the future!