During your thirties, your skin is a mixed bag. You still have the dewy look of youth, but need to be thinking about heading off the signs of aging. In addition, by the time you enter your thirty-something years, stress has begun to take its toll. The rate of cell turnover in your skin has begun to slow down, and your hormones begin to shift in preparation for that inevitable date with menopause.

Added to the mix of internal factors is environmental damage in the form of pollution, sunlight and toxic fumes. These external assaults attack your skin, causing your collagen fibers to break down. This leads to a reduction in the tone and elasticity of your skin, and is a major cause of fine lines and wrinkles.

By the time you’re in your thirties, years of tanning and time spent in the sun have done their damage. Hyperpigmentation, or those funky brown spots, may become more noticeable. The bottom line is that a toxic mix of stress, pollution, and sun exposure combined with changing hormones can cause a variety of skin woes from adult onset acne to the beginning of wrinkles, and dark patches above your lips.

Your thirties is a great time to really pay attention to the needs of your skin. Being proactive and maintaining a good skin care regimen is essential to aging with the healthiest skin possible. If you have never used sun protection in the form of a daily sunscreen and protective clothing, now is the time to start.

It’s really important to maintain a healthy, well balanced diet as you age for the health of your skin and your overall well-being. Dark green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains and light proteins are high in vitamins and anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, B, C and E. A good diet will support your immune system and counteract free radicals that damage your skin. Also, stay hydrated inside and out by drinking plenty of water each day.

Regular exercise should be at the top of your To Do list. Physical activity is an effective way to reduce stress, promote blood circulation, as well as tone muscle tissue. Also, a regular workout does wonders for speeding up your metabolism. For stress relief, consider Yoga, Pilates or mediation.

As you age, selecting the products best suited to your skin becomes more important. Keep in mind the time of the year or season and where you live. Winter months can be extremely drying to your skin and you may need a product that promotes moisture, such as hyaluronic acid or a rich cream with added Vitamin E. Reach for Vitamin C as an antioxidant and a product containing peptides for nourishment. The brands I prefer are Borlind of Germany and Phytomer, which both provide rich moisturizers. In addition, you need a daily sun block product. An SPF in your moisturizer is generally only a sun filter, so choosing a sun block with Zinc or Titanium Oxide is best.
A basic skin care regime for those of you in your 30’s includes:
• An appropriate cleanser both morning and evening
• Exfoliation at least three times a week
• A gentle toner appropriate for your skin type
• Moisturizer appropriate for your skin type both morning and evening
• A mask once or twice a week suitable for your skin type
• Vitamin C and/or nourishment as needed
• Daily sun protection applied in the morning and reapplied frequently during the day, especially if you’re going to be outdoors.