After the age of thirty is when most women start to notice changes in their bodies and realize that our age is starting to catch up with us. Dry skin, oily skin, acne, fine lines and rosacea are common issues that start to pop up and it is usually a trigger like these that gets us thinking about future care.
During your thirties, your hormone levels as well as the amount of collagen and elastin start to decrease. It is a sad realization that it just isn't going to bounce back the way it used to. How you've treated your skin up until this point will also play a factor is the way your skin ages and recognizing your individual issues will help you figure out what to do next. We have all done things like bake ourselves in the sun, pulled all-nighters, drank more alcohol than water and put all sorts of weird things on our face (including the bar soap you find in the shower). Now we know better and it is up to us to give it some TLC. Caring for your skin now while it is still elastic will help it recover and you will have less of battle later in life.
You've probably come to the conclusion that you can't sleep in your makeup by this point and that a moisturizer is your friend, but what else should you be doing? Skin hydration, vital nutrients, protection and active ingredients are all things to start focusing on. There are many products that will help repair and nourish your skin but this doesn't have to be time consuming or an expensive process either. Since your skin also changes frequently, listen to your skin and give it what it needs. If you need help determining what to use, ask us for help or don't be afraid to visit a dermatologist to get you on the right track.
Generally speaking, these are a few of the main things to consider as you begin to age. First of all, be gentle on your skin. Avoid products that are too abrasive or that are harsh on the natural balance of your skin. Disrupting the function of this organ can lead to further sensitivity and dehydration. If your skin is reactive and irritable it is important to choose the right products to maintain your health and function. Exfoliation to remove dead skin cells is very beneficial but there is also such thing as over exfoliating or using something that is incorrect for your skin type or needs.
Cleanse gently in the morning with something like a toner and gently again in the evening with a non stripping cleanser. Toners in the morning are great because they can gently lift away impurities that have been excreted during the nights rest and other external impurities acquired at the same time. In the evening, post cleansing, they remove residue, tighten pores, balance your skin and hydrate your skin that much more as it is prepped for your other skin care products and about to enter its restorative sleep process.
Hydration with lightweight products like toners and serums is a crucial step because it penetrates into the deeper layers of your skin and works more effectively. This is an important piece when dealing with aging skin as it delivers your hydrators and active ingredients deep within your dermal layers to cause an effective reaction. Since aging skin is struggling with its ability to hold onto moisture, produce collagen and cell turn-over is also declining, it needs deep hydration and nourishment. This will not only keep your skin hydrated and supple but it will also strengthen your epidermal barriers and support collagen production. One size does not fit all and there are products that are specifically designed for your level of aging skin and your own needs. The older you become, the more actives you will want to consider but there is no harm in starting early.
Following your lighter weight products, moisturizers are great for hydration, introducing healthy oils and protecting the skin's barrier. Creams are heavier and sit on the surface so should be applied toward the end of your skin care regimen. They also work to trap in all of the moisture provided from your lighter weight products. Moisturizers will protect your skin to a point but sun protection is still essential and should be added last.