You’ve left your 20s behind and are now entering your 30s. Congratulations. But what next?
This is a major life milestone and there must be many things that you would want to focus on now, including your career, relationships, and your body.
One of the most important things that cannot be overlooked at this stage in your life is your skincare routine. Your skin turning thirty is the time to reconsider some of your old beauty habits and adopt new ones.
While your 20s are all about exploration and figuring out what works best for you (both in terms of life choices and beauty choices), now is the time for you to focus on repair and rejuvenation.
According to Delhi-based dermatologist Dr. Meghna Gupta, the cell turnover slows down, which causes the skin ageing process to accelerate. “Skin loses its natural hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. This means fine lines, crow’s feet and under-eye hollowness will start to appear,” she says, adding that now the skin recovers less and slowly from inflammation.
But the solution to your skincare woes is not “one size fits all”, says Dr. Gupta. “One of the biggest misconceptions about skincare and beauty after turning 30 is that the anti-ageing routine would be the same for everyone,” she says. This can lead to excessive supplementation which might not be right for you.
She also insists on another habit that most of us overlook, “Skipping sunscreen from your daily routine is a big mistake,” she says, “As we age, the melanin in our skin increases and collagen decreases. Sun protection can do a lot for the health of our skin.”
She goes on to describe the “ideal skincare routine” for when you turn 30, “Your daily routine must include a cleanser that cleanses well without stripping your skin dry or making it irritated. An antioxidant serum, a gentle and effective chemical exfoliant and, most importantly, sunscreen,” she insists again, “You must do your face, neck, décolleté, and hands as well.”
Other than not sleeping with your make-up or any dirt on, which is solid skincare advice regardless of age, Dr. Gupta shares another harmful skincare habit that you can leave behind in your 20s. “Make sure to not have too many exfoliants in your routine,” she says, “Often people end up over-exfoliating, which is not good and can cause further damage.”
She also lists down skincare ingredients that should be in your beauty bags from now on, “You may consider a serum with peptides and a moisturiser with ceramides. You should also introduce hyaluronic acid and some antioxidants like Glutathione, Vitamin C, and Resveratrol to your routine.”
So, keep Dr. Gupta’s advice in mind and live your best thirty-something life with healthy and glowing skin.