Our skin begins to exhibit signs of aging as we get older, and by our 30s, we may start to see fine lines and wrinkles. This is due to a decline in collagen production after the age of 20, which causes thin and fragile skin. But if you follow the proper skincare regimen, you can maintain youthful, healthy skin well into your 30s and beyond.
Here are some tips to help you maintain healthy and vital-looking skin:
- Stay hydrated! Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is very essential to keep your skin hydrated and plump as well as improve your general health and well-being. Increase your water intake by eating fruits like watermelon, and cucumber that are water and nutrient-rich. If you don’t like the taste of water and would want to hit your hydration goals, consider adding some flavor to your water by infusing it with fresh mint leaves, slices of lemon or lime, berries, pineapples, and cucumber. Consume alcohol and caffeine in moderation or eliminate them completely to increase your water intake.
- Personalized Skincare Routine: With so many products out there to choose from, it can be an overwhelming experience when choosing the right products for your skin. In your 30s, cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating are very important to maintain healthy-looking skin. Always choose the right products for your skin type.
Cleansing is the first and most important step in your skincare routine. Cleansing the skin will remove dirt and impurities from the face and help prevent clogged pores. An oil-based cleanser is generally suitable for all skin types. This type of cleanser can be used as part of a double routine. As the first cleanse, it will remove heavy makeup, eye makeup, sunscreen, and debris. Then, follow with a gel cleanser for normal or combination skin, a foaming cleanser for combination, oily or acne-prone skin, and cream, or milk cleanser for normal, dry, and sensitive skin. For extremely dry and sensitive skin, a balm cleanser will cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.
Moisturizing the skin halts water loss, and develops a barrier that shields the epidermis from external aggressors. A well-chosen moisturizer fills in lines and keeps your skin radiant. It is very important to moisturize the skin during the day and at bedtime to keep the skin hydrated and supple.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells to promote cell turnover and allow your skin care products to absorb better. It is very crucial not to overdo it. Exfoliation should be limited to once or twice per week in order not to damage the skin microbiome. Be very cautious of over-exfoliation and the use of harsh exfoliants as this can cause a burning sensation, inflammation, redness, irritation, and acne breakouts.
There are two types of exfoliators- Physical and chemical exfoliants. AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) such as Glycolic acid, Mandelic, and Lactic Acid. BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids) such as salicylic acid are chemical exfoliants. they act by dissolving or peeling off dead skin cells. Physical exfoliants such as scrubs, manually remove dead skin cells or debris from the skin.
- Quality and High-performance Skincare Ingredients: Our skincare needs are constantly changing throughout our life so it is important to adjust your skincare routine to ingredients you can rely on depending on your skin’s changing needs and lifestyle.
Consider quality skin care products containing these ingredients:
Ascorbic Acid/ Vitamin C -a powerful, multi-benefit antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. This ingredient targets the appearance of uneven skin tone, lackluster skin, and signs of aging. The antioxidants in Vitamin C play a huge role in protecting the skin from environmental damage and minimizing the development of wrinkles. The stability of Vitamin C is very important in the overall formulation for it to be effective.
Oils – Face oils are very important to include in any skincare routine. While applying face oils might seem counterproductive, they help balance oil production, allowing ample moisturization without clogging pores. They are beneficial in preventing water loss and keeping skin looking plump and nourished. Different oils have different vitamins or antioxidants. Kambiio Skincare bestseller, Excel Radiance Oil Serum is made with organic and cold-pressed virgin oils from Marula, Plum, Carrot seed, and Papaya to deliver glowing, radiant-looking skin. Kambiio Dreamer Refining Oil Serum replenishes the skin at night when it is most receptive, restoring the appearance of tired-looking skin for a rejuvenated complexion. It is made with high-performance cold-pressed oils like Kalahari melon seed oil, Black cumin, and Baobab.
Retinol – Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, responsible for promoting regeneration of collagen and elastin to slow down the natural aging process of the skin. When absorbed in the skin, it becomes retinoic acid. By incorporating retinoids into your skincare routine, you can reduce acne, brighten skin tone, renew skin, boost collagen production, and achieve a fresh-faced complexion. Remember to start slowly, choose the right concentration, and wear sunscreen to avoid harsh side effects. Talk to a dermatologist before adding retinol to your routine. Retinol can be irritating to the skin for first-time users and it is recommended to avoid skincare products containing retinol when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Collagen - Collagen is a protein, beneficial for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Collagen is known to improve skin elasticity and hydration, which can give the skin a soft and smooth texture. Collagen begins to decline in your 30s so you can take it as a supplement. When taking supplements, it is important to follow the recommended dosage and consult a healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.
- Antioxidant-rich foods: Eat a lot of antioxidant-rich foods. Foods that are loaded with antioxidants can improve skin health and boost the immune system. Kakadu plums, cherries, guava, citrus fruits, and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale are rich in Vitamin C. Top your consumption of antioxidants by adding spices like cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger to your meals. Seeds like chia, flax, and hemp are good sources of antioxidants. Green tea, Rooibos tea, and Black tea are high in polyphenols.
- Sun Damage– Protect your skin from sun damage by always wearing sunscreen, even on overcast days. Choose either a chemical sunscreen or physical sunscreen. Reapply your sunscreen frequently and avoid over-exposure to the sun. Limit your time in the sun and wear protective clothing. Accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to prevent UVA and UVB rays.
- Visit a Dermatologist- If you have any problems with your skin, hair, or nails, it might be necessary to see a specialist. Medical specialists who specialize in treating these conditions include dermatologists, who can provide a comprehensive diagnosis and plan of action. They can also help with cosmetic treatments like laser hair removal and chemical peels. Planning regular dermatologist checkups is essential to prevent any possible health problems. If you observe any changes in your skin, you must see a doctor.