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In Your Thirties? Time to Change Up Your Skincare Regimen!

We all know that the thirties are an age approached with much trepidation. Typically, men and women alike are wary of entering their thirties. A few people even go into a panic mode. This is because it might seem like your life is having a whole new beginning. Everything you thought you knew about yourself changes, and that goes for your skin as well.

From your early 20s, your body will need more sleep to function well. Similarly, your stomach might not agree with certain foods, and you might notice changes in your skin too. We’re here to focus on the changes to expect from your thirties in your skin and what you can do about it.


Isn’t it enough that you feel like an old goat entering your thirties that you don’t need to look like one too! Jokes aside, skin dullness is common when people are of their thirties and the reason for this comes down to biology. Skin cell turnover slows down even from your twenties. This means that once you enter your thirties, your new skin cells are visible in about 28 to 35-day cycles. When you were a child, this cycle was about 14 days, to give you perspective. This accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of your face interferes with light reflection making your complexion appear dull. The solution to this is to begin adding exfoliation into your skincare regimen at least twice a week. This means manually revealing the new and fresh skin beneath.

Increasingly dry skin

Yet another side effect of skin cell turnover slowing down is that the very topmost layer of your skin struggles to maintain hydration naturally. Also, the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down considerably and continues to decline, which causes your skin to require a helping hand to keep moisturized.

Using an exfoliator that contains alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic, citric or glycolic acid helps with this problem. Ensure that you are not over-exfoliating as well, as this can cause increased dryness. After exfoliation, restore the skin’s protective barrier with a deeply hydrating moisturizer.

No More ‘Fullness’

The slowing cell turnover, besides the decline in collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin, your skin in your thirties just won’t look as plump and youthful. Add to it, the slower recovering of your skin in comparison to what it was in your younger years. This is only natural. This is the time that your skin prepares for the forehead creases, crow’s feet, and the under-eye bags – but don’t fret! With proper care, you’ll prolong all of those effects of aging as long as possible. Make sure to use moisturizer religiously and to use an SPF cream as well to protect your skin from the sun. Begin using retinol to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Ease retinol products into your routine gradually, beginning with about two to three days a week and then increasing as per your tolerance.

Easily Irritated Skin

Your skin tends to break easily and gets sensitive to new products than ever before. Add this to your skin’s new susceptibility to dryness and it is a recipe for disaster. However, all can be avoided by using a soap-free cleanser and gentle face care products with as few ingredients as possible. Make sure your skincare regime has only the basics, like cleanser, moisturizer, toner, and sunscreen.


You have your whole life’s worth of sun exposure ready to come back and attack you in your thirties. Unfortunately, all those times you spent frolicking in the sun in your youth and thought you got away from it isn’t true. The truth is, the exposure of your skin to the sun over the years is going to bring pigmentation with it in your thirties. You may even find that scars take longer to fade. The darker your skin tone, the higher the degree to which you will notice these changes. Adding a brightening product to your skincare regime would do wonders. Try a brightening moisturizer or a brightening serum. Retinoids are great as they target discoloration and also exfoliate, and remodel collagen.

There’s no need to be fearful of your thirties! It’s a time when aging is starting to become a reality, yes, but embrace it and love your new skin. If you treat it right, you will look fabulous! It’s never too late to start, too!

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