Skin Care at Every Age: Your 30s

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For the average woman, her thirties are among the most hectic years of her life.  Getting married, having children, and settling into a career are common in this ten year span.  You’re running and juggling seemingly a thousand things at a time.  This alone would be enough to cause some skin concerns.  Add to it that your collagen production and skin thickness are both beginning to decrease, and you’ll quickly understand why sound skin care at this point in your life is so important.

To keep your skin glowing, implement these steps into your skin care routine:

Exfoliate to Keep Skin Young

Cell turnover decreases with every year you age.  To help encourage the removal of dry skin cells and development of new ones, begin exfoliating regularly, including deeper exfoliation with an exfoliating acid such as glycolic, lactic, or salicylic.  These acids work in the deeper layers of your skin to help refine pores and even skin tone. 

Avoid Harsh Acne Products

Breakouts in your younger years probably had you grabbing a bottle of Clearasil or Noxema.  While that may have worked for you in your teens and 20s, such products can further dry out your skin and actually accelerate the look of aging.  Hopefully acne is less of a problem for you now that you’re in your 30s, but of course, occasional breakouts can still be expected.  Use a gentle cleanser and spot treat as they occur.  And if they continue to be problematic, see a Baton Rouge dermatologist to help you find a skin-friendly solution.

Use a Quality Eye Cream

The thin, delicate skin of the eyes is typically the first area of the face to show signs of aging, making a high quality eye cream (such as NeoCutis’ Lumiere) a great investment.  When selecting an eye cream, choose one that is designed specifically to address your concerns such as under eye circles or fine lines and wrinkles.  When applying, dab lightly using your ring finger.

Use a Daily SPF

This tip applies to us all, regardless of age.  You are never too young or too old to bypass the sunscreen.  By now, we’re all aware of the skin-damaging and aging effects of UV rays.  Yet, many still apply sunscreen only sparingly.  The fact is, our skin is exposed to the sun every day and should always be protected.  Use a lightweight formula with an SPF of 30 or higher no matter what your plans for the day.  It’s the single best anti-aging tool you own.

On top of these steps, make time to see your dermatologist every year or more often if necessary.  If you haven’t already, now is the time to begin monthly skin checks.  If you see anything such as a mole that seems new or suspicious, have it checked immediately.  Your doctor can also help you put together a specialized anti-aging plan using the products and services that are best for you.  Looking for a Baton Rouge dermatologist or a Lafayette dermatologist?  Click below and schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified providers.