Aging seems to have a negative connation in the skincare community these days. We’re constantly told we need to find a skincare routine that helps us look younger longer and makes us feel bad about what comes naturally to us as we get older; our skin tends to age. While we all want to look our best, we shouldn’t feel bad about aging or the changes our skin goes through as we get older and approach our mid-30s. Our skin is not going to look like we’re 18 anymore, and at this point in our lives, we don’t want it to. These 5 skincare tips are the best ways you can pamper yourself and treat your skin to some self-love. Take pride in knowing you’re making these changes not only for your skin but also for yourself and remember that some extra TLC can not only prevent signs of aging (if that’s our concern) but also help us appreciate ourselves in ways we never thought we would.

1. Increase Hydration

Not only do you need to be sure you moisturize properly every day and night, you also need to make sure you’re drinking enough water. H2O will keep your skin hydrated, yes, but it will also help overall production of collagen, cell turnover, and most importantly, your body to stay and feel healthy. You can also consider taking a daily supplement that will ensure you get other essentials in your daily diet, like Resveratrol, Vitamin E and more Collagen. Keep in mind, even if you don’t consider your skin dry according to your skin type, once you’re in your 30s, your skin will need a moisture boost to help ward off other skincare concerns. Even if you have oily skin, it’s still possible your skin is dehydrated. Your collagen and elastin levels tend to fall, so your skin needs more help retaining moisture. To keep your skin hydrated, try incorporating a hyaluronic acid serum or antioxidant oil into your daily skincare routine.

2. Marry Your Acids

A Vitamin C serum at this point in your life is completely necessary. Consider splurging and investing in one that is of high quality. This ensures the formulations are stable and the ingredients are high quality. Ascorbic and L-ascorbic acids are best to wear during the daytime, after sunscreen and before makeup, because they act as free-radical fighting antioxidants. They won’t build up under your make and will be a second barrier to fight off UV damage. Glycolic and Lactic Acid are both Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which are best when incorporated into your nighttime routine, because they act as an exfoliator. They work best when your skin is going through its repair cycle and regenerating cells while you sleep.

3. Rekindle Your Dermatologist Relationship

At this point in your skin’s life, it’s time to make an appointment with your Dermatologist to get a new outlook on what your skin needs. At this age, your skin is going through a lot of changes and you might need some professional advice to see what you can do to ensure your skin’s best care. Your skin’s elastin and collagen levels are slowing down, so your skin could break out and develop acne. You will see inflammation and dryness in areas you might not have even seen before and your skin’s moisture barrier is thinning. While most over the counter skincare products work for us when we were in our 20s, our 30s need more concentrated, active ingredients. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you with products that will give you a steady, youthful glow and help your collagen productions level out. In addition, if you’ve never had a skin cancer screening, now is the time to do so!

4. Find an Esthetician

Finding an Esthetician that you have a good relationship with is going to be really important for your new skincare journey. If you’ve never heard of or been to one before, an Esthetician is someone who specializes in the beautification of skin. As you use new products and try new routines to keep your skin healthy, a monthly appointment with an esthetician will help you see if what you’re doing is working. A licensed skincare specialist will be able to tell you if what you’re using is working for you skin, will give you someone to talk to and consult with any questions or concerns about ingredients and technique, and most likely be the most beneficial thing you can do for you skin. Your skin regenerates itself every month, exactly 27 days, so seeing one every month or so will really do some good.

5. Worship Your SPF

It isn’t easy to reapply your SPF as needed throughout the day when you’re at work and wearing makeup. But sunscreen at this point in your skin’s like is more important than ever. However, cosmetic companies have finally jumped on the SPF bandwagon and are now making makeup with SPF. Be sure to choose a foundation, concealer and loose powder that has an SPF. They more than likely will have an SPF value of 30 or higher, so in addition to your am SPF application, these products will help ensure you escape sun damage as long as they have SPF in them. Also, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, hats if you’re going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen on every part of your body that’s going to be exposed to the elements.

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