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.
- 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 that 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.
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.
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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!