Your career is accelerating, you’re travelling, creating a home you love, considering having children. Your 30's can easily be an explosion of busy. With life in full swing, your 30’s are also arguably the most stressful time for your skin. Making these 4 ways to beautiful and healthy skin the building blocks of your skincare practices will have your skin aging elegantly - the way time intended.
1. Protect your Skin Barrier
Supporting your skin’s health is paramount. When your skin is nourished and well cared for it’s able to use all of its resources to protect against environmental stressors - factors like air pollution and blue light.
Fact: Your skin barrier is a slightly acidic protective film found in the top layers of your skin.
Your skin barrier is extremely important for achieving healthy and beautiful skin. The optimum pH level of your skin barrier is between 4.2 to 5.5. More recent studies show your skin may actually be healthiest when it has a pH below 5.(1) At this pH your skin barrier encourages a healthy microflora, defends against infection, prevents dehydration, deters dryness and most importantly promotes an even and glowing complexion.
What to do? Cleansing can easily upset your skin’s pH level, be sure to use a gentle pH balanced cleanser free from SLS - one which only uses sensitive skin friendly cleansing actives.
2. Focus On One or Two Trusted Actives
We all know the expression “Less is More” and this is especially important in the care of sensitive skin. Layering several actives such as AHA and retinol or using them at high percentages can cause sensitivity, irritation and reddening of skin - symptoms which if left unchecked can actively pro-age skin. Instead in your 30’s, you should be focusing on 1 to 2 trusted active ingredients which are clinically proven to have anti-aging benefits. Use them consistently, over several weeks to see results.
What to do? Include a peptide serum in your daily skin care routine. Peptides boost collagen production, increase skin firmness, reduce fine lines and most importantly are non-irritating to skin.
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3. Be Diet Aware
Skin-aging can be caused by internal and external factors. It’s easy to forget the internal triggers you have control of every day.Among them is diet - and if you’re to take one new skin tip with you today, let it be that sugar can have a significant impact on your skin. This is because sugar is able to activate a reaction known as glycation.
Fact: Glycation is a reaction of protein with sugar; collagen is a protein.
Collagen along with elastin gives skin its structure, elasticity and firmness. When your blood sugar levels spike, collagen proteins inside of your skin can glycate. This is something you want to avoid as glycated collagen is stiff, less supple and wrinkle promoting.
What to do? Limit sugary snacks. Limit foods with a high glycemic index i.e. white breads, pastas and rice. Choose whole fruits over fruit juice or fruit smoothies.
4. Find a Sunscreen You Enjoy Using
Did you know the majority of ageing under your control is induced by unprotected sun exposure? And that the most ageing kind of light - UVA is as strong in winter as it is in summer? For these reasons finding an effective sunscreen you enjoy using is critical.
More interestingly a recent study (2) - published in 2016 showed sunscreen can not only help protect skin against ageing, it’s likely to also be able to help reverse existing signs of ageing.
Physical sunscreens (also known as mineral sunscreens), are best for sensitive skin. They contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, remain stable when exposed to sunlight, and are non-irritating unlike chemical sunscreens.
What to do? Find a mineral sunscreen or SPF moisturizer you can easily and enjoyably use every day. Some of the newer gel cream formulas have a nice light texture and feel.
The Take Away
Creating a simple skin care routine you can stick to is the best way to ensure beautiful and healthy skin from your 30s into your 40s and beyond.
1. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2006 Oct;28(5):359-70.
2. Dermatol Surg. 2016 Dec;42(12):1354-1361.
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