When it comes to skincare in your 30s, we all should have started paying attention a long time ago. However our 30s seem to be the decade we really figure it out. It’s when we start noticing the fine lines and dark spots and when we start to take measures in reversing and preventing.
“As early as your mid-twenties, skin can begin to show signs of aging. 50 million Americans have adult acne and many women in their 30s are trying to combat melasma (brown patchy hyperpigmentation) often caused from using birth control pills and IUDs,” explains Jennifer Swink, MAPC, a local aesthetician here in Scottsdale and author of “Getting Clear” . “Skin sensitivities can start at any age, but can start to be more prevalent with each passing decade.”
So what exactly should we be doing that we weren’t necessarily doing in our 20s? According to Swink, it all comes down to a healthy lifestyle and clean diet, “what you seemingly could get away with in your 20s doesn’t fly in your 30s.” Our bodies are no longer equipped to deal with all of what we put it through in our 20s. Swink recommends eating an anti-inflammatory diet and ridding our bodies, mouths and homes of any and all toxins.
While Swink believes “maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is the best skin care product and service you could ever buy”, there are some important steps you need to establish for skincare in your 30s and the order you apply product does matter.
Step 1: Wash Your Face
The most important step when it comes to skincare in your 30s, washing your face is the one thing you should never ever skip. Swink doesn’t recommend using a harsh stipping cleanser every night, but she also advises against using facial wipes. We just need to be sure we are washing off all the dirt, toxins and makeup that accumulated throughout the day. “It is important to clean off those layers and allow your skin to breath,” Swink advises. “Also if you are trying to use any other serums or skin care products over dirty skin, they will not penetrate.”
Step 2: Tone
Applying a toner to your skin will help to complete the cleansing process Toning will remove anything that was left behind after washing your face and help to prep your skin for the remaining products in your skincare routine.
Step 3: Serum
There are varying types of serums that serve many different purposes and offer varying benefits. Whether it’s antioxidant serum, brightening serum, or anti-aging serum, this is the point in your routine where you should put it on.
Step 4: Lotion
According to Swink you lotionr “is slightly thicker than a serum”. It could be a moisturizer or contain an active ingredient like glycolic/salicylic/retinoic acid.
Step 5: Moisturizer and/or eye cream
These products will be thicker than the lotion and the last step prior to going to sleep or prior to putting on your make-up.
Swink doesn’t suggest all of these steps, but it’s more “to demonstrate how would decide the order.” The rule of thumb when it comes to your skincare routine is “thinnest to thickest.”
Choosing the right skin care regimen or treatments totally depends on your skin condition more than anything else. If your skin is more on the dry side, you’d want a different regimen and/or treatment plan than someone with oily skin. If you are treating acne, your regiminge/treatment is going to be different than if you are treating dark spots and fine lines. You skin tone also matters. According to Swink, “darker skin tones cannot receive many types of laser treatments because it uses light and heat technology that can activate and disturb the cells that make skin color.”
When it comes to prevention, Swink reinforces that it all comes down to a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She suggests reducing stress levels, getting good sleep and again, ridding your body/life of toxins. Swink also notes that “prevention is not sunblock”. While she certainly does not condone laying in tanning beds or even on the beach, she does state that “a little bit of sun is vital to staying in good health.”