6 Healthy Skin Habits To Adopt In Your 30’s
Your 30’s are a crucial time to perfect an anti-ageing skincare routine to combat all the fun things like fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation that can begin to deepen in the coming decade.
If you haven’t already been taking your skincare seriously, now is the time. Here are 6 healthy skin habits to adopt in your 30’s and beyond.
Embrace Vitamin C – In your skincare and diet
Vitamin C isn’t just your go-to ingredient for knocking out a cold, it’s also a key vitamin for an effective anti-ageing skincare routine. Vitamin C brightens skin, stimulates collagen synthesis and can assist in protecting your skin against UV-induced photodamage.
Your skin will benefit from incorporating vitamin C into your routine both topically and in your diet. We use Australian Kakadu Plum extract as a key ingredient in Oskyn’s Anti-ageing Facial Serum. This incredible native fruit is the world’s highest source of natural vitamin C with more than 50 times the vitamin C concentration found in oranges.
The Kakadu Plum also has powerful antioxidant properties that provide protection against oxidative stress caused by free radicals – a contributing factor to ageing skin.
When it comes to your plate, load up on fruits rich in vitamin C, like orange, kiwi, lemon, guava, grapefruit and veggies including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and capsicums.
Exfoliate regularly to combat dull skin
Once you hit your 30’s, skin cell turnover slows down. Rather than new cells appearing once every 14 days when your skin was younger, they now appear every 28-35 days.
This results in dead skin cells piling up on the surface leaving your complexion dull and exaggerating the look of fine lines.
Regular exfoliation sessions, at least once a week, will slough away those old skin cells and reveal the brighter, fresher looking skin underneath. Removing dead skin cells also maximises the effectiveness of all your skincare products, allowing them to penetrate more deeply into the skin’s layers.
Use spot treatments instead of harsh cleansers
Thanks to changes hormone levels, you may find yourself battling rounds of breakouts in your 30’s you haven’t experienced since your teens. However, you can’t treat adult breakouts the same way your treated pimples back in high school with harsh cleansers.
These types of cleansers really dry out the skin, stripping away essential water and oil vital to ageing skin which is much less resilient than it once was. A better option is to use spot treatments to target troubled areas and opt for a gentler, sulfate free cleanser to nourish skin rather than strip it.
Never skip sunscreen
No matter your age, applying sunscreen daily really is the golden rule when it comes to slowing the signs of premature ageing.
The sun is responsible for the vast majority of visible ageing including wrinkles, rough patches, sagging, and skin discolouration. Hyperpigmentation, brown patches, that often occur on the forehead, cheeks and chin may begin to appear in or become more noticeable your 30s.
If you’ve been a little haphazard with your SPF protection in the past, this is the time to get vigilant about including it in your daily routine. Not just in summer or when the sun is out.
Every single day. We repeat, every single day.
Cut back on sugar to reduce inflammation
As you age, your skin recovers less easily from inflammation. Make an effort to cut back on the amount of sugar in your diet, especially refined sugar.
When your body absorbs sugar it quickly raises your insulin levels which can lead to inflammation. What does this have to do with your skin? Inflammation triggers particular enzymes to be released called Matrix Metallo Proteinases (MMP’s)
These enzymes break down healthy collagen and elastin fibres in your body. With collagen and elastin stores already on the decline in your 30’s, inflammation is a recipe for increased wrinkles and sagging. In general, eating diet based on low inflammatory foods can play a major role in taking a holistic approach to an anti-aging.
Step up the hydration factor
Once you hit your late 20’s your skin begins to lose hyaluronic acid. This molecule helps keep skin moisturised, resilient and plump.
As hyaluronic acid continues to declines in your 30’s, your skin becomes drier and also more sensitive. For this reason, it’s important to step up your intake of hydration; both topical and internal, to compensate for the decline of this moisture retaining molecule.
Slathering on rich, thick skin creams isn’t necessarily the answer, you need to look for products that contain water attracting ingredients that boost hydration.
Fill your plate with foods that replenish your fluids too. Cucumber, zucchini, rockmelon, watermelon, capsicum and cauliflower, to mention just a few fruits and veg that have high water content and are readily available. Ditch the soft drinks and sugary processed juices in favour of big glasses of water flavoured with a little lemon, orange, ginger or sliced cucumber.
We hope these tips help you lock down a great skincare routine in your 30’s and set you up for a healthy complexion that ages beautifully for decades to come.