As we grow and age, our skin does, too. Over a period of time, it tends to lose its glow, elasticity, and softness if not properly taken care of. Skincare starts as early as your 20s. However, in addition to taking care of one’s skin, other essential factors like diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle play an important part in having healthy skin and general well-being.
Understanding Skin in Your 30s
It is a known fact that aging cannot be paused or eliminated. A person’s skin tends to show even the slightest signs of ageing immediately. With fine lines, dullness, dark spots, and blemishes, it is essential to opt for effective anti-aging methods and treatments to take care of these skin problems.
When a woman is in her 30s, the estrogen levels, which are responsible for glowing skin in her 20s, begins to fall. The period can be categorized by skin changes like dry and thin skin, lines on the forehead and near the corner of the eyes, and the emergence of age spots. And at times, conditions like rosacea and acne may arise.
Skin specialists recommend using good skincare products which are high in retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, which assists in smoothing out fine lines and increases collagen production in the skin. Night creams and skin repairing serums and oils help in taking care of the skin during this period of time. It is also essential to go for regular facials and face packs, massages, and salon treatments frequently to keep your skin healthy.
Causes of Skin Issues
The primary causes of skin issues in the 30s are:
- Work stress
- Unhealthy lifestyle and diet
- Stress and other factors
Though initially, these do not have such a heavy impact on your skin, negligence and over-doing it may lead to serious skin problems.
To eliminate premature aging
- wear a good sunscreen (SPF 30 and above);
- avoid smoking and alcohol consumption;
- eat a balanced diet and exercise at least five times a week;
- ensure you use sulfate-free cleansers for your skin;
- limit sugar and refined food products in your diet;
- plan out a morning and night regime for your skincare; and
- invest in a good eye cream and use it religiously.
Other factors that contribute to premature aging include over-eating and bingeing on fast food, taking too much stress, not paying attention to your health, improper skincare regime, or using the wrong products. If premature aging issues are not rectified with your own means and methods, professional help is recommended.
Stress, which is the most common cause of premature aging, can be avoided by doing small activities like talking to someone, taking a walk, or listening to your favorite music. A good nap, or a dab of lavender or chamomile oil on your wrists, as well as inhaling the oil, also works wonders for beating stress.
Home Remedies for Skin Problems in Your 30s
Home remedies are easily accessible, require no professional assistance, suit almost all skin-types, and are easy on the pocket. With these do-it-yourself home remedies, say goodbye to anti-aging and get back youthful and radiant skin.
- Dull skin can be treated with homemade packs like a honey and sugar pack which is easy to make and works wonders for dull skin. Combine equal quantities of honey and granulated sugar and rub your skin with the pack to get rid of dead skin. Rub for a few minutes using circular motions and wash off with cold water.
- Tamarind pulp is high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin B and C. Combine fresh pulp with sandalwood powder and rose water and leave on the skin for five to seven minutes before washing it off.
- Fresh lemon juice on its own, or with honey or curd can be used as a mask for facial glow. The natural bleaching property in lemons gives instant glow to dull skin
- A combination of milk cream, turmeric, and gram flour can be used several times a month for glowing skin. For sensitive skin, a pack of fresh peach and tomato pulp brings a natural glow and makes your skin look healthy and plump.
- Potatoes, lemon juice, oatmeal, vitamin E oil, buttermilk, aloe vera, chickpeas, turmeric, castor oil, papaya, cucumber, apple cider vinegar, honey, curd, orange peel, strawberries, and sweet almond oil can be used for treating tough dark spots. However, it is advisable to try a test on a small patch of skin before going ahead with any homemade masks or creams.
- To take care of dry skin, start by using the right materials. A baby’s washcloth is the most gentle of all products available on the market, and easily obtainable, too. Just wet the cloth and massage your face with it to eliminate any grit or dust from the skin without stripping it of its moisture.
- Milk and dairy products are high in lactic acid, a skin booster for dry and damaged skin. After cleansing your skin, simply dip a cotton ball or soft washcloth and rub chilled milk on the skin. A good facial cleanser can also be used similarly.
- Cooling aloe and cucumber masks also works well as they help reduce inflammation and redness, which is generally seen on dry skin.
- For dry eyelids, go for a hydrocortisone-based cream to help hydrate them. Likewise, also concentrate on eating well, using nourishing facials, getting plenty of exercise, and keeping your skin and body well-hydrated.
- For thin skin, wash with a gentle soap or cleanser that is free of chemicals or fragrant additives. With the skin still wet, follow it with a good moisturizing lotion that works for your skin type.
- A health and nutrition magazine also claimed that skin thickening is possible by including flax seeds and fish oil supplements in the diet. These can be taken as per the recommendation on the package and consumed with salads, juices, etc.
- Ensure the skin is properly hydrated by drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water per day, which helps to improve skin elasticity and heals thin skin naturally. Wearing a good sunscreen with a high SPF is also recommended.
- Organic virgin coconut oil can also be massaged into scarred skin and then washed away. Cucumbers which are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium can be sliced and rubbed on acne and scar-prone skin and then rinsed with cool water. Organic honey with freshly ground cinnamon can be used to cleanse pores and reduce acne and scars.
- Another mineral-rich product is potato juice, which helps remove stubborn acne and scar marks and keeps skin healthy.
- Organic, cold-pressed rose hip oil is non-greasy and light, and can be used for oily skin, too. The essential fatty acids and high concentration of trans-retinoic acid (a form of vitamin A) are excellent for keeping acne and scars at bay.
- A natural product like aloe vera, which is high in vitamins and a natural moisturizer, is excellent for treating acne and scars. Simply scoop the fresh gel from a small piece of the stem and rub it on your skin. Wash off and pat dry.
Professional Anti-Aging Skin Treatments in Your 30s
“Wrinkles are the first thing to appear on the face; they are faint lines that generally afflict patients under 35,” explains Dr. Barry Weintraub, a cosmetic surgeon from New York. The surgeon also has a dedicated web site which talks about various professional skincare treatments. You may check it out at http://www.drbarryweintraub.com/.
The American Academy of Dermatology classifies fine lines into two major segments—intrinsic and extrinsic. While intrinsic aging refers to the body and skin’s internal factors which lead to fine lines and crow’s feet, extrinsic aging is a result of external influences like the sun, environment, pollution, and so on.
To take care of fine lines, firstly avoid sun exposure as much as you can. Ensure you use a good sunscreen at all times of the day and wear sunglasses, sun coats, and hats. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are highly damaging and are the reason behind other anti-aging issues like spots, dull skin, and skin darkening.
Secondly, opt for good skincare and anti-aging creams. Products with tretinoin and tazarotene are known to reduce fine lines, however, they may have side effects like redness and irritation. Read through web sites and magazines, and talk to specialists to help you find a cream which works best for your skin type. To take it a step further, and if you are really serious about avoiding fine lines, you can try professional treatments like:
- Dermal fillers
- Botulinum toxin
- Chemical peels
- Glycolic acid
- Botox treatment
It’s best to speak to a dermatologist before opting for any of these treatments. Also, to ensure the outcome of the treatment last for a longer period of time, adopt a good night and day skincare routine.
Laser treatment is also very popular these days. Although the process may sting a little in the beginning, it is not unbearable and the results are definitely worth it. Laser treatment is slightly more expensive than what you may pay for a good brand of skincare products, however, it saves time and the results are astonishing. Laser treatments also help stimulate cells in the deep dermal layers to increase collagen and elastin production.
Dark spots are patches of discolored skin often seen on the face, shoulder, neck, and arms. The reason behind these is the over-secretion of melanin. Dark spots make one look older and take away the natural charm and glow from the skin. Sun exposure, hormonal changes, facial hair removal methods, acne, and scars are some of the reasons why dark spots occur.
Dark spots can also be prevented using professional treatments like:
- Laser treatments
- Chemical peels
All of these are professional methods to treat dark spots. However, simple homemade remedies have also proven effective, given they are used religiously and over a period of time.
Blemishes are basically skin imperfections like acne, scars marks, pigmentation, and dark spots. They generally arise due to extreme sun exposure, oil accumulation in pores, stress, and poor skincare. To treat blemishes, adopt a fixed skincare regime and follow it every day.
For an ideal routine, start with a mild cleanser, followed by a cream or lotion for spot treatment. After the initial cleansing, specific creams help to reduce dark spots. This can be paired with a good lightweight moisturizer. Subsequently, follow it up with an oil-free serum, which is excellent for keeping your pores oil-free. You can also try:
- Tretinoin (commonly sold as Retin-A®, Renova®, or Avita™)
- Microdermabrasion (also helps to treat blemishes)
Dry skin is a condition that generally occurs in a woman’s 30s. A reputed dermatologist from New York shares her insight on the condition, “It intensifies the fine lines on our face, making you look years older, and can cause microscopic cracks that invite bacteria into your body, potentially resulting in a staph infection.” A combination of using the right under-eye cream, day and night moisturizer, a light cleansing face wash, and a mild lotion to avoid dryness works wonders for the skin. You can also try professional methods like chemical peels and hydrating facials which can treat dry skin effectively.
Over a period of time, especially in the late 30s, skin-thinning is a major skin issue that is seen in most women. In addition to natural aging, factors like the sun and environment break down skin collagen and fibers that are responsible for skin thinning. There are a number of methods which help the skin regain its thickness through increased cell production and better skin development. Retinoid acid is also known to be effective in increasing skin collagen, however, it should be discussed with a good dermatologist before opting for it.
Stubborn acne and scars can reappear in your 30s and add to skin-aging issues. Primarily resulting from stress, hormones, skin and cosmetic products, birth control pills, steroids, and dry skin, acne and scars at a later stage in life may be more difficult to fight.
The primary cause for acne and scars largely depends on a person’s eating habits. Any kind of fast food, canned or tinned foods, and food that is cooked using a microwave has been found to be unhealthy and depleted of its natural vitamins and minerals. Consuming heavy or fat-laden foods also trigger acne and scars to a large extent. These unhealthy eating habits cause the build-up chemicals and preservatives in the body, getting in the way of the body’s natural functioning. Thus, the body is at times, particularly in your 30s, not able to flush out these toxins, resulting in acne and scar breakouts.
Acne and scars can be effectively treated with laser treatments. To treat acne and scars naturally, ensure you stay hydrated and use supplements to fill in the nutritional gap in your diet.