In your 30s is the time you really should start taking care of your skin. In your 20s, you’re too busy having fun and being young. Once you hit your 30s though, what you do for skin care can make a huge difference in whether or not you have wrinkles on your face in later life. To prevent wrinkles developing, there are many things you can do, but the following are key if you really want to have good skin as you get older.
Stay Out of the Sun – The absolute most important thing you can do to prevent wrinkles is to stay out of the sun. Too many people still lie out in the sun to get a tan, not bothering that, by the time they hit their 40s their skin will be paying for their vanity. Wrinkles on your face, around your mouth and under your eyes will develop much faster if you’ve spent your time frying. Avoid the sun completely during its hottest times (from noon until 5pm), because even 10 minutes in the sun unprotected can damage your skin beyond repair. In fact, 90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun – so stay out of it! If you’re worried about getting Vitamin D, take a supplement. It’s much healthier for you than being out in the sun unprotected.
Stay out of Tanning Beds – If you’re worried about skin care in your 30s and especially if you’re trying to prevent wrinkles, then stay away from tanning beds. It’s recently been proven in several studies that lying in a tanning bed is actually more harmful than lying out in the sun (no more those advertisements about tanning beds filtering the harmful rays – they don’t!). Not only are tanning beds terrible for your skin, but they can also cause skin cancer – something that is becoming more and more prevalent in people in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
Use a High SPF Moisturizer – If you’re already starting to worry about wrinkles in your 30s, make sure you use a high SPF moisturizer. A high SPF moisturizer (SPF 45 or up) will help prevent wrinkles on your face, especially around your eyes and mouth. A moisturizer doesn’t have to be expensive either. I use a Thai brand (I live in Thailand), and don’t pay more than $6 for it. Yet, it’s SPF 45 and gives me not only moisture but a slight coverage to my skin too as it’s tinted. Since I started using this moisturizer, I’ve noticed an enormous difference in the suppleness and elasticity of my skin.
Practice Good Daily Skin Care – In your 30s is the time you need to start a daily skin care regimen. Make sure, at least twice a day, you cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin (and don’t just stay on your face, do your neck too!), and believe me, you’ll be happy you did when you hit your 50s.
Take a Good Multi-Vitamin – Getting the correct nutrition has a huge impact on your skin, especially by the time you hit 30. Taking a good multi-vitamin every day can help ensure you’re getting the nutrition your body needs. Your skin will improve too. Eat Lots of Fresh Fruit and Veggies – What you put in your body has as much impact as what you put on it. To make sure your skin stays looking young in your 30s, eat at least 5-6 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. I hear some people saying they’re ‘saving money’ by not buying fresh fruit and vegetables. In fact, they’re not. What they’re doing is making sure that, as they get older, their health will get worse and so will their skin. Meaning they’ll be spending more money not less as time goes on, undoing the damage they’ve already done to their body and skin.
Quit Smoking – Just about the worst thing you can do for your skin is to smoke. Quit. Seriously.
Drink Green Tea – Green tea is healthy for all kinds of things, but particularly for skin. Green tea includes many anti-oxidants, which are fabulous for anti-aging. Green tea is also awesome as a cancer preventative, skin cancer too, so make sure you have at least 1-2 cups of it a day.
Drink a Lot of Water – I don’t care what the so-called ‘experts’ say about drinking water not helping with skin moisture. When I drink a lot of water I notice an enormous difference in the moisture level of my skin. I drink at least 8 glasses a day, more if I can, and have very few wrinkles (and I’m well on my way to 50!). Water also flushes out the toxins in your body, and keeps your kidneys healthy, which can only be a good thing.
A lot of good skin care and preventing wrinkles in your 30s is common sense. Use a good moisturizer with a high SPF, practice a good skin care regimen, don’t fry your skin in the sunlight, eat healthily, drink green tea and a lot of water, and stay out of tanning beds and, really, you’ll have great skin in your 30s and on up.