Depending on how well you took care of your skin in your 20s will affect how you treat your skin in your 30s. If you took preventative measures and took care of yourself, then you have a head start.

If you are just now giving your skin some extra attention, the good news is that it’s not too late. There are things you can do (and things you don’t do) that go beyond your basic skin care. You can read about those in my last post, How to Start Anti-Aging in Your 20s.

Changes In Your Skin In Your 30swoman looking at skin in mirror

  • Skin Cell Turnover Slows Down where your skin cells used to turn over about every 14 days has now slowed to every 28-48 days
  • Dull Skin is due to the slowing of the skin cells turning over and dead skin cells adding up
  • Dry Skin the production of hyaluronic acid slows down and breakdown increases
  • Collagen and Elastin Break Down Faster less is also made naturally and this is when laugh lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles show up
  • Hormonal Changes loss of estrogen causes loss of volume and bone mass in your skull, jawline, and cheekbones. If you are having significant hormonal changes, consult with your physician. Your thyroid just may need to be checked.
  • Hormonal Acne and you thought you left it in your teens! Coming off birth control or pregnancy can impact this as well.
  • Skin Easily Irritated. This is when Rosacea can show up with red pimple-like bumps with flushing, blushing, and redness
  • Sun Damage Any damage your skin sustained in your teens and 20s will start showing up as darker or discolored spots.

How to Counteract the Changes

  • Cleanse with a gentle, soap-free cleanser that won’t strip your skin barrier. Using a more gentle cleanser will help cut down any irritation you may be experiencing.
  • Exfoliate using glycolic acid. If you are just starting out, then you should use a concentration of 5%-8% and if there’s no irritation after a few uses, then you can increase the concentration. At night, the glycolic acid strength should be 8%-20%.

If you are just starting exfoliating, begin with once a week and gradually increase to 2-3 times a week.

Exfoliating is going to help your skin cell turnover. By speeding up epidermal renewal, your skin is brighter and consistency and texture are improved.

Exfoliating will make your skin more sensitive to UV rays so be sure to wear SPF 30 or higher every day.

  • Toners can be used depending on your skin’s needs. You can choose from hydrating toners, exfoliating toners, ones thatwoman putting serum on in mirror treat dark spots, or blemish-fighting toners.
  • Use Vitamin C Serum because it helps boost collagen production during the day and also improves the effectiveness of sunblock.
  • Moisturize using different products day and night. During the day, choose a lightweight moisturizer with humectants and hyaluronic acid to help attract more moisture to your skin.

At night, you will use a bit of a heavier moisturizer to help your skin with recovery and repair processes.

  • SPF 30 or Higher should be used every day, even when it’s cloudy.UV rays break down collagen, cause abnormalities in elastin, and cause uneven pigmented patches.
  • A Retinoid needs to be introduced into your nighttime routine if you haven’t already. Retinoids work at the cellular level to help increase collagen formation, decrease collagen breakdown, and normalize cell turnover.

What’s the difference between retinol, retinoids, and tretinoin?

When referring to retinoids, it is the term for the drug class. Both retinol and tretinoin are in the drug class of retinoids.

Retinol is the weaker of the two and is available to buy over the counter. That, of course, makes tretinoin more potent than retinol and has to be prescribed by a licensed professional. Tretinoin will also show results faster than retinol.

Both can control acne.

If you have never used a retinoid, retinol is the one you should start with to keep irritation minimal. Start using retinol once a week and gradually increase as tolerated. Also, remember to use it at night.

Don’t forget to wear SPF 30 or higher because retinoids will make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Start Massaging Your Face

If you stimulate your facial muscles regularly, you will have increased blood flow. With the increased blood flow, there will be an increase in collagen production, which will help fade fine lines and wrinkles.

You can go to a professional or learn to do it yourself. A facial massage is very simple to work into your daily or nightly routine using your cleanser, serum, or facial oil.

chart of 6 benefits of facial massage

I learned how to massage my face daily through celebrity facialist Abigail James’ YouTube videos and it makes a difference!

Other ways to help cell turnover and promote the growth of new collagen

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Radiofrequency waves penetrate the skin to warm the dermis layer to promote collagen renewal and growth. A device like EvenSkyn’s Lumo goes beyond that with the added benefits of photorejuvenation and electrical muscle stimulation.

Use code Siobhan30 to get $30 off the Lumo!

With this FDA-approved, home anti-aging device, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin will no longer be a concern.

LED Mask These are also an effective way to recapture your youthful glow. To find out more, read my LED Review.

Chemical Peels are another option to consider. For the most dramatic results, these have to be done by a professional. There are peels you can buy over the counter, but they aren’t as potent as the professionals. Read more on chemical peels here.

Microneedling is also done by a professional. This process uses a tool that makes tiny pinpricks into your skin evenly. This causes injury, which causes collagen production.

Injectable Fillers usually contain hyaluronic acid and provide immediate results, but promote collagen growth over time.


Your skin may change quite a bit when you get to your 30s. As you can see, there are different ways to address any issues that may arise. You can start by tweaking a simple routine and adding to it or trying something completely different.

The best option would be to put a routine in place for daytime and nighttime and then add the EvenSkyn Lumo. They GUARANTEE results within 3 weekly uses or your money back! It’s at least worth a try!

Questions, comments, and suggestions are all welcome!

6 thoughts on “How Can I Look Younger In My 30s?

  1. The adage that skin is a clear indicator of age is not absolutely wrong. The skin is one of the organs of the body we pay little or no attention to simply because it does not break down easily like other vital organs. The above article as concise and informative as it is has given several options on how to care for the skin so as to look healthier and younger in 30s and beyond.
    So far, I have learnt that what one does in 20s affects her skin in 30s.
    The beauty of it all is that something could be done to remedy the I’ll situation of any given skin irrespective of gender.
    One can still have his or her skin glow, this article is just an eye-opener.

    1. Thank you for the nice comment. If we take care of our bodies as a whole along with paying a little extra attention to our skin, it will definitely show.

  2. Do both genders differ with skin aging?

    So whatever I do now with my skin would affect me later on in life?

    Such an informative article, I did not know whatsoever how If I don’t treat my skin during my 20s I would have a hard time during my 30s and that’s not the best time to be going through that as well. 

    Thank you for giving us a full cover-up of what to look out for when we turn 30 and our skin starts to look different. This is definitely a safe guide and information you have given us. I’m glad I stumbled upon your website, I now know more about what happens when I don’t take care of my skin during my 20s.

    I am going to definitely bookmark this page because I want to be in-touch with the latest updates and as well as tips on how to keep your skin clear and to avoid other things. 

    1. I have done a post for men on anti-aging but I will be doing some more. Men do age differently and usually a later than women because their skin is thicker.

  3. This article was very informative and gave many options for looking younger and healthier. I really liked all of the visuals and instructions on how to take care of my skin. In your opinion what would be the number one things to do or not do to keep younger looking skin?

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