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The Best Skincare Routine For Women In Their 30s

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As a woman, your 30s are the prevention decade for addressing facial aging. If you have not yet taken skincare seriously, now is the time to do so to avoid needing surgical intervention in your 40s. It’s normal to start seeing moderate fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation issues, sun damage, acne scarring, and minor loose skin during this decade of your life. How can you minimize and prevent these inevitable aging effects as much as possible?

Basic Actions To Take In Your 30s To Prevent Aging

Avoid Tanning

The temporary sunkissed skin is not worth the permanent damage laying out in the sun to tan can cause your skin. Avoid tanning on purpose to prevent premature wrinkles and severe sun damage. Be sure to wear sunscreen during the day and reapply it regularly to keep your skin protected.

Maintain Your Weight

Try to avoid substantial weight fluctuations. Every time you gain and lose weight, you end up with sagging skin, one of the number one telltale signs of an aging face.

Control Your Stress

It may be easier said than done, but try to control your stress as much as possible. Get ample rest. Your skin, surprisingly enough, is significantly affected by your stress levels. Stress causes your sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol into your body. Cortisol can lead to clogged pores and acne as it produces more oil in your skin glands. Taking care of your mind does influence your body.

An Advanced Skincare Routine For Your 30s

If you want to be as proactive as possible about skincare and anti-aging in your 30s, a more advanced routine will include additional actions that will be worth it in the long run.

Medical-Grade Skincare Products

If you have ever met a skincare professional, they have probably stressed the importance of using medical-grade skincare products. What makes these products so different from the products you can pick up from your local drugstore? 

Medical-grade skincare products are supported by scientific research and lots of it. These products go through several stages of studies to ensure they are formulated specifically to give you the best results possible. All medical-grade skincare products are under FDA regulation to ensure safety and effectiveness and contain 99.9% pure ingredients.

Some of our favorite medical-grade skincare product lines that we highly recommend looking into in your 30s include:

  • Skinceuticals® – Established in 1997 in America to improve skin health, SkinCeuticals products were formulated to reduce signs of aging, prevent future damage, and protect your skin.
  • Revision Skincare® – With Revision Skincare products, you can maintain youthful-looking skin instead of letting aging take its toll.
  • Neocutis® – Known for its impressive wound healing technology based on extensive research out of Switzerland, Neocutis has been on the market for over 15 years. Neocutis products support natural healing by stimulating collagen and elastin.
  • Obagi Medical® Products – Obagi Medical Products were formulated by dermatologists to minimize signs of aging, such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and dark spots.

Use A Retinoid Prescribed For Your Skin

As retinoids can cause dryness to the skin because they are such powerful anti-aging products, we recommend applying them every other day initially to ease your skin into their effectiveness. You can gradually work up to applying retinoid each night. Be extra strict about applying sunscreen throughout the day when using retinoids, though, as they increase your skin’s sensitivity to sun exposure.

Develop A Treatment Plan With An Aesthetic Physician

If you are serious about keeping your skin healthy and fighting aging changes, you should partner with a skincare professional.  Partnering in this way will enable you to develop a plan of minimally invasive treatments tailored to you. 

Once you discuss your goals and allow the professional to assess your skin, you will work together to create a treatment plan.  The plan will include regular visits to their office to get non-invasive or minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments such as facials, injectables, microneedling, laser skin resurfacing, and more.

Your 30s are the prime time for concerns related to sun damage to appear, such as melasma, rosacea, freckles, hyperpigmentation, laxity, and more. Treatments to address these include:

In your 30s, you should start getting serious about regularly visiting an aesthetic office to get treatments that prevent your expression lines from becoming etched and causing fine lines. 

Neuromodulators are treatments that prevent wrinkles before they start forming by blocking specific signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. Some people call neuromodulators “muscle relaxers” or “wrinkle relaxers.” We recommend getting regular maintenance treatments of neuromodulators every three to four months. The most popular neuromodulators on the market include:

Many women in their 30s will also have acne scars from years of acne struggles in their earlier years. Now is a good opportunity to treat these scars. Some women experience life-changing results as their healthy skin, free of raised acne scars, appears for the first time in years. 

Different treatments have different intensities.  Some can address deeper-rooted scars than others. Typically, ones that reduce the appearance of acne scars include:

  • Laser skin resurfacing and other energy-based procedures
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Microneedling  

Though neuromodulators are available for wrinkle prevention, some women wait too long to use them. Some women stay steps ahead of the aging process and start Botox at 30 or younger, while others assume they have more time. 

For most women, your 30s are when wrinkles usually starting making a more noticeable appearance. Some describe it as “waking up to wrinkles.” These are typically very mild etches in the skin at this age and can be filled in with treatments that restore youthful volume to areas with early wrinkles, such as injectable dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are your best friend in your 30s, as they can both restore volume where it’s lost and fill in fine lines.

The Importance Of Skincare In Your 30s

If you have the time and money to invest in maintaining healthy, youthful skin in your 30s, we highly suggest it. This is the decade in life when aging starts making noticeable changes in the appearance of your skin. And, unfortunately, drugstore products can only do so much with long-term skin health. We recommend following the advanced routine above to take as much action as possible to prevent aging.

If you’re a woman in or approaching your 30s and interested in having your skin evaluated by a skincare professional to set up a treatment plan customized for you, contact us.