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Anti-Aging In Your 30s: Your Complete Skincare Guide
You might think that you do not need to worry about aging until you actually become old, but attention to your skin in your 30s can alleviate the risks of aging before they have even begun. That means both establishing a good skincare routine and picking the most effective products.
There are several stages to any good skincare routine, regardless of your age or the products used. It means taking care of your skin first thing in the morning and last thing at night, as well as after you have been in the shower. Remember that most facial products can also be applied to the neck.
What you use will also be dependent on your type of skin: normal, dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin. Normal skin generally requires the least in the way of products, while sensitive needs the most care. Some products are aimed particularly at oily or dry skin, while combination skin will, not surprisingly, need a combination of treatments.
It all starts with keeping your skin clean. Every day, you build up oils and bacteria on your skin even before you start adding makeup and other products. Oily skin in particular needs extra cleansing. A gentle cleanser, such as this Cucumber Daily Cleanser, is normally best as it removes dirt and impurities without damaging the skin. This is especially true if your skin is particularly sensitive. Avoid high pH levels and harsh soaps.
Traditionally, toner was used to restore the pH of skin after using a cleanser. It was an astringent substance that could dry skin out and was therefore more popular among those with oily skin. Today, toners are much less damaging and can be suitable for more skin types. If you have a low-pH cleanser, you may not even need toner.
One thing that can make your skin look older is the buildup of dead skin cells. You can remove these with an exfoliant, either a chemical product or a physical item such as a scrub or scraper, such as these Total Clarification Exfoliating Pads. Again, you do not want to be too harsh in how you treat your skin.
Serums generally contain a larger range of more active ingredients than moisturizers. Some of the most popular ingredients are vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which are proven to have a positive effect on the skin. One example would be Non-greasy with Salicylic Acid, Vitamins C and E Day Serum.
Vitamin A includes retinol, tretinoin and tazarotene, which are also known as retinoids. These have a powerful effect on the skin and have even been used to treat conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Without retinol, you will not produce new skin cells and your skin will dry out. You can also use it to reduce wrinkles and stimulate the production of collagen. This is the protein that connects different parts of the body together, including through the skin.
The important vitamin C derivatives are L-ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. They also help produce collagen, which means not only will they heal wounds and repair damage, but they will also reduce wrinkles and make your complexion generally brighter. Vitamin C in your diet may not reach the top levels of your skin, which is why serums and other products are recommended.
Another side effect of aging is your skin becoming dry because of reducing levels of sebum (which does mean less acne), which leads to the buildup of fine lines. Once your skin is clean, particularly after a shower, apply a moisturizer to keep it hydrated both day and night. Moisturizer is particularly important if you have dry skin.
Application and removal
It is not just using gentle products that protects skin, but making sure they are both applied and removed in a gentle way. That means no rubbing. Rinse products off gently and pat your skin dry.
Risk factors: Sunlight
A big danger to skin health is sunlight, specifically UV rays. Even if it does not outright burn, what is known as photoaging can cause skin to become thin, discolored, and wrinkled through the breakdown of collagen. That is why sunscreen is always important, even when it is not an obviously bright day. Dry skin can be particularly sensitive to sun and weather.
The keys to skincare are understanding your own skin type, establishing a consistent routine and being aware of all the products you use. This combination of knowledge and practice should allow you to keep your skin healthy and bright, which in turn will reduce signs of aging and keep you looking younger for longer.