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Skin care tips for women in their 30’s

Posted by mandyf on April 24, 2012

Skin care is always a topic women are interested in, especially when they reach their 30s. Taking care of your skin does require a different plan as you age because the fact is your body is changing. Some of the techniques you used in your 20s may not be working as well -assuming you followed a skin care regimen – and it could very well be time to update that.

Perhaps the most significant change a woman realizes about her skin when reaching her 30s is that she is less prone to breakouts. As people age their hormones tend to settle down and that means acne is not as big of an issue usually. This passage of the raging hormone years helps a woman realize a more balanced chemistry that tends to keep skin in the happy medium where just enough natural oils are being created to keep skin from being too dry.

The second significant thing a woman in her 30s will begin to notice about her skin is that the first subtle signs of age begin creeping in. The areas most impacted will be around the eyes and at the corners of the mouth for most women where fine lines slowly start to appear. Depending on your genetics, you may notice the area under your eyes begins to mildly darken. This can be even more prevalent in some women because as people age their skin slowly thins which which allows blood vessels to be more visible. Women that spent a significant amount of time in the sun may begin to notice small brown spots are starting to appear.

The good news is there are ways to keep your skin looking healthy and slow down the visible signs of aging. The second piece of good cheer is that by starting to follow a balanced skin care regimen the effects will carry over to when you need to tweak your skin care regimen again in your forties. Try to employ the following areas outlined as a part of your “30s skin care program.

Reduce stress as much as possible. It’s easy to say you need to reduce stress, but not always easy to follow through on. Stress causes the genes inside cells in your body to decrease. As these genes decrease cells weaken which leads your body physically deteriorating quicker.

Avoid the three biggest enemies of good skin which are tanning and smoking. Smokers have to deal with blood vessels that are constricted which in turn leads to decreased blood flow and a less than optimal supply of oxygen reaching the skin according to Dr. Fusco. The problems with smoking hardly end there though. Smoking also leads to a lower level of collagen in the skin which decreases elasticity.

 

Alcohol in moderation is fine so far as your skin goes, but regular boozing is a problem. Alcohol dehydrates the body and that includes skin cells. Regular alcohol use leads to dry skin, especially considering that most women in their 30s are producing less natural oils to counteract the effects. If that weren’t enough, alcohol significantly contributes to swelling and redness and can lead to wrinkling well before that should ever be a concern.

The impact of the sun on skin and the need to use sunblock, SPF 35 or better is recommended, has been well documented for quite some time. UVA and UVB rays can do quite a number on skin leading to brown spots down the road, dry skin, wrinkling, the ever dreaded leathery skin look, and of course most importantly skin cancer. Dr. Ellen Murmur, the author of “Simple Skin Beauty” reinforced this saying that every time you use sunblock you are not only helping save your skin, you’re saving money as you will have little or no need to buy products designed to try to reverse or hide sun damage caused to skin as you age.

Set up a regular exercise program. By now nearly everyone knows that exercise releases endorphins which help you feel better which also means you are less stressed. Less stress means you have lowered the odds of premature wrinkling. It also means you are improving your body as a whole which is nothing to discount.

Pay particular attention to your diet. This is good advice at any age, but in regards to skin care, what a person puts into their body is in some ways reflected on the outside as well. Dermatologist and co-author of the book “The Beauty Prescription”, Dr. Debra Lutman, MD., points out that when a woman hits her 30s it can take as long as forty days for skin cells to be replaced versus about twenty days for a woman in her twenties. To help keep the rate of skin cell turnover moving as efficiently as possible, stay well hydrated drinking water regularly and try to cut on foods that are high in trans fats.

Dr. Marmur recommends that women in their 30s pay particular attention to making sure they get an adequate amount of antioxidants in their diet. Antioxidants are a great help because they help slow the appearance of wrinkles and they can for some greatly reduce the prevalence of skin that does have rashes or pimples. He likens an antioxidant rich diet which consists of such things as artichokes, walnuts, and berries to getting a peel.

Finally one of the biggest factors to help women keep skin healthy in 30s is regular cleaning and moisturizing. Keeping your skin clean is important for obvious reasons as clogged pores are going to make your skin look awful. Moisturizers with antioxidants A or C not only lighten spots, they help protect your skin from pollution and to some degree sun damage. Pay particular attention to the soft skin areas around the eyes and the corners of your mouth. It isn’t a bad idea to also include your forehead where “worry lines” appear. It is also suggested that you should exfoliate at least once each week to help clear away dead skin cells.

Women in their 30s need not think that her skin is going down hill. For many women their 30s are when their skin can look its absolute best. Having great looking skin in your 30s is attainable, and by following the above advice it can also lay the foundation for healthy youthful looking skin for many years to come.

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