Some of you may not be convinced or see no need to change your skincare routine as you grow older. But the truth is, things move very fast in modern-day societies, and our hectic lives – juggling between personal and professional – take a toll on our skin earlier than they did in the time of our grandmothers. If you’ve been diligent about proper skin cleansing and using SPF, your skin is likely to remain in good condition by the time you reach middle age. Since skin-cell turnover slows down in your 30s, a proper routine should be your top priority.
Dr. Datinderjeet Singh Tulla, Head of department of the dermat, laser, hair transplant and medical services category, VLCC (India and Overseas), listed down a skincare routine and tips for people who are in their 30s.
Cleansing is important: Both blackheads and whiteheads occur when pores get clogged with dead skin cells and oils (sebum). So, washing your face with just water is not enough. Look out for a gentle cleanser according to your skin type. However, over cleansing should be avoided as it deprives your skin of natural oils. If your skin feels greasy, wash the face with soft water rather than over cleansing it.
Exfoliation: To remove the top layer of dead skin and open up the clogged pores, exfoliate your skin two to three times a week for normal skin, and once a week for sensitive skin. It also helps other products to penetrate into the skin easily.
Use sunscreen everyday
Sunscreen: Use a broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Yes even during monsoon and winter season. It protects your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays. While gel sunscreens are good for oily skin, cream-based sunscreens are best suitable for dry skin. If you’re out in the sun, make sure that you reapply the sunscreen at regular intervals.
Use facial oils
Indulge in Facials: Facials are the best way to pamper your skin. Make time to go to a spa for a facial at least once a month. Doing this will do wonders for your skin!
Start using oils: As you approach your thirties, the skin loses its hydration and softness. These symptoms can be helped by a good face oil, which when used will also help with puffiness.
Use anti-ageing creams
Bedtime treatment: Once you’re in your thirties, choose a serum or night cream with Vitamin C, E, A congeners. They defy ageing and keeps skin healthy. You should also regularly use an eye cream to treat those dark circles. Remember to check with your dermatologist before starting to use the said creams, as all of them may not suit your skin.
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Use medical fruit peels: Try and incorporate enzymatic skin peels into your monthly routine. They will help slough away the greying top layer of the skin. Mango extract and pumpkin extract are some of the peels that can be used to lighten and brighten the appearance of your skin, while simultaneously improving superficial wrinkles.
Drink water: No matter what stage of life you’re in, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated internally. Remember when you’re in your 30s, it becomes important to follow a high-fiber diet and exercise for at least 25-30 minutes daily.
Avoid sugar: Sugar increases the effects of ageing and can worsen skin diseases like acne. It also activates inflammation of the skin, making it rough. So balance your diet; consume more protein and less caffeine!
Be Healthy: Cut down on your intake of alcohol and reduce your smoking. Both of these are known to pump in toxins in your body, causing the skin to look dull and unhealthy.
Sleep: Sleep is a time of cellular repair and detoxification. While six hours of uninterrupted sleep is necessary, make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
Smile and be happy: Always try to remain happy. When you feel upbeat, the body releases its happy hormones – the endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, etc. They are known to enhance the skin’s ability in renewing and repairing itself, making it look radiant, younger, and healthy.