We highly recommend these foolproof skincare tips to delay aging
Suddenly, reality hits us: We’re no longer in our 20s, and with incriminating evidence to show. We’re no longer baby-faced without a care in the world. Skin is lackluster and sagging; prominent frown lines appear; under eyes are as dark as how we take our coffee. Even if we’ve formed a solid routine that works for our skin through the years—many thanks to a lot of trial and error—it may no longer be as effective in our 30s.
As the natural aging process of our bodies ensues, the epidermal and dermal layers of skin becomes more fragile. In turn, the natural hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen in our skin deplete. Both internal and external factors accelerate it, but there are practical ways to delay it.
Here are some helpful skincare tips to take care of your skin in your 30s:
The keyword is prevention
In your 30s, the goal is to preserve skin’s youthfulness and protect it from environmental stressors—physical, chemical and biological—like sun radiation and air pollution. Applying sunscreen religiously safeguards the skin from intense UV rays, delays aging and even decreases hyperpigmentation.
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Introduce multi-purpose products like serum, essence and ampoule
An intricate, multi-step regimen is highly recommended to counteract aging and skin damage from years of sun exposure. Taking corrective and protective measures are needed, like adding more complex skincare products like serums, ampoules and essences that target specific skin concerns like uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne.
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Say hello to an eye cream
Another step? Hear us out! The delicate area under your eyes, along with your neck, shows aging the earliest. It’s time to introduce a potent eye cream to your everyday routine. Pro-tip: Apply the excess product on your forehead and smile lines—then thank us later!
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Retinol is your friend
You don’t have to be so afraid of introducing this hero ingredient to your routine. Found in many top-selling skincare products, retinol, the derivative of Vitamin A, is proven to visibly eliminate wrinkles and other evident signs of aging. These over-the-counter retinol serums and creams are gentle enough that they can even be purchased without a prescription!
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Want to know more about retinol? Here’s a professionally-backed cheat sheet.
Pack on the moisture
There’s no doubt that signs of aging manifest more in your 30s. Skin becomes thinner as collagen deteriorates; it also produces less sebum and sweat, which makes it more prone to dryness. Finding more products that pack on moisture is a must!
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To add, introducing more elaborate skincare products with antioxidants and other actives can increase collagen and elastin production.
Now, as much as an elaborate, multi-step skincare routine and additional skincare tips can help delay the process of aging, having better self-care practices work just as well like getting more sleep, keeping hydrated and eating healthy! At the end of the day, aging is inevitable. It’s a natural bodily process we learn to embrace along the way.
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver