Turning 30 is not easy. It’s like entering a completely different phase of life. A phase that demands responsibility and requires you to pay all your bills while having a decent source of income. However, turning 30 does not mean that you’ve grown old. Yes, you’re taking care of yourself and shouldering all the duties, but amidst all the hustle and bustle of life, there’s one more thing that will definitely require your attention – your skin.
You see, your skin no longer looks like you are in your 20’s. You can no longer party all night and feel good in your skin the next morning. Everything in your 30’s definitely requires a little care and some effort. So, are you taking care of your skin or not? If not, it’s high time that you jump on the bandwagon of skincare routine to omit the signs of aging.
Retinol Is Your Best Friend
Time and again we have heard a dermatologist, and skin esthetician saying that a retinol routine can do wonders for your skin. And for those who don’t know what retinol is, you’re in for a skin-friendly surprise.
Basically, retinol is a compound made from vitamin A, and it neutralizes free radicals to boost the production of collagen. In fact, what could be better than an ingredient that gets rids of free radicals while increasing the amount of collagen in our skin?
In my personal opinion, there’s nothing better than a Retinol for your skin. A pea-sized quantity three times a week before you go to bed is all you need. Not only this, but Retinol is also quite good for acne-prone skin.
Note: Make sure you apply sunscreen in the morning after using retinol. Also, don’t forget to apply some moisturizer to keep the dry effects of retinoids away.
Nail Your Skin Care Routine With Vitamin C
To be honest, I was not a big fan of skincare or cared much about what I used on my face. But things changed after I met a friend a few years ago. I used to see her, watch how she constantly spent all her money buying products that made no sense to me. Until, of course, she pushed me into taking care of my skin. And it’s been quite a journey since then. I can actually see a huge difference in my skin.
That said, let me introduce you to the second-best ingredient that will definitely suit a 30-year-old you – Vitamin C. This is one of the major ingredients that can help with acne blemishes, scars, uneven texture, and fine lines.
So, make sure you introduce a Vitamin C serum in your skincare routine. Preferably, the one with 20% or 10% vitamin C concentration. Anything less than that will not work effectively for your skin.
As for those who are new to the skincare world, Vitamin C serum can be applied during the morning and night. You have to apply it directly after cleansing your face with a skin-soothing cleanser. I would also suggest that you apply a Vitamin C serum to damp skin rather than dry because water retains moisture and keeps your skin plump and glowing.
Sunscreen Is a Must
Nothing mentioned above will work properly until you apply sunscreen. And yes, sunscreen is a must for all skin types and colors. You cannot go a day without sunscreen because UVA and UVB rays are causing maximum damage to your skin.
This means that you need to apply sunscreen that can help you fight the deadly rays and all the skin damage that comes with it. If you’re confused about which sunscreen to apply. Here’s what you need to do.
First and foremost, always prefer a mineral sunscreen over a chemical one. Mineral sunscreens do not have harmful chemicals like oxybenzone. Or else, go for a chemical sunscreen that does not contain oxybenzone and has a high concentration of UVA and UVB filters.
Second, read the ingredient list (although that goes for every skincare product you purchase) and watch out for the bad ones. For example, products containing fragrance, alcohol, and comedogenic compounds that block your skin pores. Do not buy products containing these ingredients. Instead, go for a sunscreen that has no chemicals or fragrances.
Third, prefer a sunscreen rich in zinc or titanium oxide. These will definitely provide your skin the protection it actually needs. Last but not least, apply three fingers full sunscreen to your face and neck area. It doesn’t matter whether you’re indoors or outdoors, you have to keep the three-finger rule in mind. Moreover, applying sunscreen should be the last step in your skincare regime. In other words, once you are done applying serums, toners, moisturizers, AHA, etc, pick up your sunscreen and let it be the last step.