Sunscreen is the most essential step in your skincare routine. If you are not applying sunscreen, you’re missing an important step to healthy and youthful skin from ‘aging rays’ (UVA rays). They are strong all year round, even on cloudy and rainy days. UV rays can still penetrate the cloud cover, windows and beach & rain umbrellas. It is estimated that 80% of UV rays can pass through the clouds.* The UVA rays never cause the colour of your skin to change, but breaks down collagen and impairs the synthesis of new collagen formulation and speeds up the signs of aging. An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun **
We recommend sunscreen made with zinc oxide as it’s the safest and most effective mineral active ingredient that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Or at least sunscreen and/or sun block with ‘broad spectrum protection’ as it protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
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As for preventative aging, be sure your cleansers are gentle and sulfate-free such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate SLES. SLS and SLES are potentially harmful to the skin and hair. It cleans by corrosion, which means that it dries the skin and causes irritation by stripping the protective lipids from the skin’s surface, disabling it from effectively regulating its moisture balance.
Even in your 30s, you may experience acne breakouts but it is important to avoid using harsh acne products since it will dry out your skin that is precursor to signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Treat only the areas where breakouts are occurring.
You may have a good skin-care regimen, and still experience break outs. Make sure you keep your everyday necessities clean such as sunglasses and phone. It is also important to change your pillowcases at least twice a week. If the things that are coming in contact with your skin are dirty, then your skin will be, too.
Vitamins and Supplements
It is important to eat nutrient and antioxidant rich foods to give your cells protection and slow the signs of aging. Take Vitamin C and Vitamin D supplements for your health and to ensure that your skin is strong and maintains its elasticity. These vitamins produce collagen which helps maintain the skin elasticity for a longer time.
Vitamins A, C, and E, can be applied topically to the skin in the form of serums, toners, and moisturizers. These vitamins help prevent the breakdown of collagen by reducing free radicals created by smoking, drinking, exercise, UV sunlight, and pollution. Vitamins C and E, in particular, keep skin tone even and help lighten discoloration from breakouts, pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormones.
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30’s is the time when fine lines and wrinkles start to appear. Invest in good quality eye cream that not only helps reduce these fine lines but will also keep those dark circles away. Since your eyes and the skin around the area is the most delicate area of your face, it important to find eye cream formulated with quality ingredients and rich in nutrients
Here are tips on how to apply eye cream:
~ Apply eye cream with the ring finger, the weakest finger, morning and evening to the orbital bone around the eyes
~ Gently pat the cream around the eyes to avoid rubbing and tugging.
~ Avoid applying eye cream too close to the lash-line as it can cause eye irritations and puffiness
What are other beauty tips you think we need to add in our 30s?
* Source: American Academy of Dermatology
** Source: Skin Cancer