The Beauty Rules to Follow in Your 30s — To Look Like You’re in Your 20s
Your thirties can bring about a lot of change in your life. Some of it can be for the better, like starting a new relationship or job. But there are also changes that could result that are far less welcome: wrinkles, fine lines, and signs of skin aging. But it’s not all bad news. By following expert-approved skin care tips and proper lifestyle habits, you can help your skin get back to looking the way it did in your twenties. Ready to look not a day over 29? Keep scrolling and take notes.
Rule #1: Always Wear Broad-Spectrum SPF…Even When It’s Cloudy
By now, you should be well aware that wearing broad-spectrum SPF is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. As a reminder, UV rays can contribute to wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and even some cancers. But it’s not enough to just slather your skin once and go on with your day. And—despite what you may have heard—you should never skip an application of sunscreen just because it’s cloudy. The sun never takes a break, and neither should your protection against it. To that end, reach for your favorite broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and apply it liberally to all exposed areas of skin. Reapply at least every two hours.
Editor’s note: Applying sunscreen is a key aspect of sun protection, but it could use some reinforcements. When heading outdoors, pair your broad-spectrum SPF use with additional sun protection measures like wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and avoiding peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Rule #2: Hydrate Inside and Out
Did you know that dry skin can exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles? It’s true. The very wrinkles you’re looking to hide can be made more obvious by a dry-looking complexion. Make every effort to hydrate your skin daily with moisturizers, serums, creams, lotions, and more. Even face mists—like Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water—can help quench your skin’s thirst in a pinch. In addition to moisturizing your skin daily, be sure to hydrate on the inside by drinking the recommended amount of water per day. If you’re not a fan of plain H20, add sliced fruit, citrus, and/or herbs to your glass for added flavor.
Editor’s tip: Believe it or not, there’s an ideal time to hydrate your skin and it just so happens to be when it’s damp. After cleansing your skin or taking a shower, apply your favorite body lotion or facial moisturizer before drying your skin to help lock in moisture.
Rule #3: Cleanse Your Skin
Removing makeup and impurities is a no-brainer in your routine, but some cleansing formulas can actually strip the skin of its natural moisture and cause unwanted dryness. Since dryness can cause wrinkles to look more pronounced, you really want to take measures to avoid this from happening. That’s where gentle cleansers come in. If you have naturally dry skin, a hydrating cream cleanser—like SkinCeuticals Replenishing Cleanser Cream—can work well. The dual-action face wash deeply cleanses and locks in hydration, leaving you with skin that feels replenished.
Rule #4: Don’t Forget About Your Neck and Décolleté
The neck and chest are often neglected in a skin care routine and thus are among the first to show signs of aging. When going through your routine, don’t forget to extend the love below your jaw. For firmer, strengthened, and more resilient looking skin, try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition – Golden Balm Face, Neck & Chest.
Rule #5: Use Retinol
There’s a reason scores of people swear by retinol in their skin care routines. Research suggests that retinol can help visibly reduce signs of skin aging, in addition to improving an uneven skin tone and smoothing and refining skin’s appearance. If you have yet to incorporate this ingredient into your routine, now’s an ideal time to start.
Editor’s note: Be warned, retinol is powerful. To build your tolerance, start with a lower concentration of the ingredient and slowly work your way up. Also, retinol use can cause sun sensitivity. Apply it at night only, and pair it with broad-spectrum SPF during the daytime hours.
Rule #6: Don’t Discount Eye Cream
Dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffy eyes look anything but youthful. To help visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles and brighten your entire eye contour, reach for a well-formulated eye cream, like La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eyes. Use your ring finger to gently pat the eye area until the formula is fully absorbed, massaging from the inside of the eye area outwards. Avoid rubbing and tugging, which can make matters worse.