When you're young, it's simple to believe that ageing and its impacts are something that will happen in the far future. A very distant problem!
However, for some people, the skincare routines you establish (or don’t establish!) in your 20s may cause lines, wrinkles, and age spots to show up sooner than they otherwise would as you age. If you currently engage in any of the following behaviours, it would be wise to stop doing them in order to maintain the healthiest possible skin throughout your 30s and beyond.
How your skin changes after age 30
Let us first learn how your skin changes when you reach 30.
Through your 20s, your skin gradually begins to change (maybe you suddenly started breaking out the day you turned 25), but it really picks up speed in your 30s. Your collagen production starts to decrease as soon as you reach your 30s, both as a result of UV exposure and the ageing process naturally.
The first signs of wrinkling around your mouth, eyes, and forehead are likely to appear. Although wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of ageing and shouldn't be dreaded, if you're protecting and treating your skin with care, you can keep your skin looking healthy and youthful longer, which will slow the onset of those lines.
How your skincare routine should be adjusted once you reach 30
It's best to start focusing on your skincare routine now if you weren't doing so before you reach your 30s (who had the time, right?). In your 30s, protecting your skin while preserving its fullness and suppleness should be the major goal of your skincare regimen.
How do you defend yourself first? Establishing (and maintaining) a good skincare routine. You must establish a routine that includes cleansing your face each and every night. Get the day off your skin and give your body enough time to rest and heal itself at night.
If you’ve ever wondered if your routine is speeding up the hands of time, here are some of the habits that you should stop avoiding.
Not washing your face every night
- Causes: Uneven Skin Tone & Texture
Few things are more depressing than checking the mirror in the morning and realising you forgot to remove your makeup the night before. In addition to harming your pores, not cleansing your face with the right cleanser before bedtime can also irritate the delicate, sty-prone skin on your eyelids, especially if you used a lot of eyeliner and mascara.
Without washing your face at night, dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil frequently accumulate, which can cause breakouts in the short term but dull skin in the long run.
It's essential to thoroughly wash your face. Whether you wear makeup or not, it's a good idea to develop the habit of cleansing your face every night to remove the day's grime. If you sleep with dirt, dead skin cells, and other debris that might accumulate on your face throughout the day, it can result in clogged pores and tired-looking skin.
Using the same skincare products that you have used in your 20s
As you mature, your skin's texture changes and your skincare regimen should reflect this. Some products are made specifically to help people of a certain age group deal with their skin issues. A person in their twenties is more likely to experience outbreaks and acne, and the products are made to fully dry out the acne.
Use adult acne-specific products in your 30s that contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C and polysaccharides rather than benzoyl peroxide to help keep your acne under control. The same goes for all your other skin care products; use those that are designed for your skin type and age.
- Causes: Pigmentation, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Volume Loss, Laxity
One of the main factors that accelerate aging is the sun. Sun damage is one of the biggest contributors to wrinkles and other skin aging symptoms. Applying sunscreen every day is one of the best things you can do if you want healthy, youthful-looking skin long into your 30s.
For optimal results, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, with some form of zinc for ultimate protection. A product with a lower SPF may not offer sufficient protection, whereas a product with a higher SPF often offers only marginally more protection.
Given that SPF is easily accessible in the form of face mist, moisturiser, and many more products, there are countless options to make sure you've covered all the bases.
Going overboard with skincare products
- Causes: Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Pigmentation, Dryness
The foundation of healthy skin is a consistent, well-planned skincare routine, but mindfulness is important. When you're in your 20s, there is such a thing as doing too much for your skin, such as over-exfoliating or using too strong retinol.
As you approach your 30s, you may need to switch a anti-aging treatment if you're starting to notice a few fine lines and wrinkles or have any obvious indications of age.
It’s important to determine your skin type if you are unsure of the skincare products that are best for you at this point in your life.
Not drinking enough water
- Causes: Dryness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Dullness
Both the body and the skin require enough water each day to operate at their peak levels.
Drinking enough water will help to maintain the strength of the skin's protective barrier, which needs proper hydration to function. What occurs if we become dehydrated? Lack of water causes the skin barrier to deteriorate, which increases the likelihood of skin irritation, dryness, and the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sleeping on your side
- Causes: Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Avoid sleeping on your side if you really want to look your best. When we sleep on the side of our face, there is friction and straining throughout the night, which can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
You might want to get in the habit of sleeping on your back, or at the very least, alternate sides and switch to a silk pillowcase. This may take some getting used to. Your skin and hair will appreciate it.
Smoking, drinking, not sleeping enough
- Causes: Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Pigmentation, Volume Loss, Laxity, Dryness
The health of your skin in your 30s and later years can be affected by a variety of factors, not simply what you put on it in your 20s. Your behaviours and lifestyle decisions have an impact on how your skin looks and matures as you age.
For instance, smoking even a few cigarettes when you're out with your friends can increase your risk of getting wrinkles and other aging symptoms sooner. Even though drinking in moderation might not be bad for your skin, frequent or excessive drinking will. Your skin may appear tired and aged as a result of alcohol's drying effects.
Your skin's health and beauty can suffer from not getting enough sleep every night. Lack of sleep can make your skin look duller and raise your risk for breakouts. It's never too early to consider how to keep your skin healthy and delay the aging process.
Everyone experiences ageing as a natural process as they get older. However, some practices might damage your skin and hasten the aging process. It is challenging to reverse the symptoms of accelerated ageing. While there are cosmetic procedures that can help you regain your young glow, you must first start to kick some unhealthy skincare habits and keep doing the things that will help your skin look healthy and glowing as you age.