Your 30s are often approached with a bit of panic. Although, people always say 30 is the new 20 and as you are moving on in your years, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging gracefully. It’s time to change your skincare routine to cater to your mature skin. Your facial routine will require a little more effort, so don’t be overwhelmed. Starting a daily and nightly regimen will help prevent serious signs of aging and prolong the state of your youthful appearance.

1. Drink Plenty of Water – The moment you’re dehydrated, it will take a huge toll on your skin. Not drinking enough water will leave your skin looking dull, flakey, saggy and loose. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

2. Daily/Nightly Skincare Routine – Follow a skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Cleansing gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and makeup. Toning handles pore issues and helps your pH levels. Moisturizing is important for skin texture and replenishing your skin with hydration.

3. Be Sun Safe – Sunscreen is the best and easiest way to prevent early signs of aging and skin cancer.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen as required, usually every 4-6 hours

4. Get Plenty of Rest – If you’re tired and your body doesn’t get plenty of rest, it shows first through your skin.

5. Eat a Balanced Diet – Be sure to have a healthy meal, each meal of the day, that includes foods containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from fatty or fried foods and limit your sugar intake as much as possible.

6. Quit Smoking – Smoking leads to wrinkles, pigmentation and bad skin. Not only is it terrible for you, but it’s terrible for you skin and speeds up the aging process dramatically.

7. Be Fit and Healthy – Exercise regularly for healthy body and skin. Try yoga, meditation and deep breathing to keep calm. Stress is also one of the biggest enemies for your skin.

8. Take Care of Your Makeup Brushes – Clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw away old sponges.  Brushes filled with old makeup may contain bacteria and cause breakouts.

9. Exfoliation – Have a regular exfoliation and cleansing routine. Try exfoliating two to three times a week as long as your skin doesn’t get too dry. If you don’t find one you like, you can always make one at home with organic coconut oil and sugar.

10. Moisturize – Use the proper moisturizer for your skin type to help boost your skin’s cell regeneration. During the day, choose one that has sunscreen in it. For your nightly routine, a thick and creamy moisturizer does wonders. Use an under-eye cream and firming serum to pamper the skin under your eyes and keep your neck looking young and lifted.

11. Avoid Sulfates – Sulfates are surfactants that can be found in most market-based cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry, flaky and even itchy. Look for products that do not contain parabens, sulfates and silicone.

12. Use the Right Pillowcase – Change your pillowcases frequently. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture from your skin and leave it dry. They can also leave sleep lines and tug at your skin, making it loose. Try and use silk and satin pillowcases or even a hypoallergenic one if you’re having issues with breakouts.

13. Get Help if Needed – Seek advice from a dermatologist if over the counter anti-aging products aren’t working for you. Most will do a consultation for free.

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