My friends bought me a bottle of supplements as a gag gift for my birthday. That got me thinking of all the changes my body and skin would be going through in this decade, my 30s.
Seeing everyone around me juggle work, home, children and myriad other pressures made me realize that what the body needed now was definitely different from what it required in our twenties and it was now time to take our skin seriously.
As you enter your thirties and progress through the decade, your hormone levels change and your skin renewal cycle slows down. This could be accompanied by occasional breakouts, your skin feeling dry or tight, the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and mouth or even pigmentation.
Also, at this time skin consultation becomes necessary to know the changes your skin is facing and one should know accordingly how to tackle those changes. The most important thing is to find products that meet the needs of your skin as it matures.It’s time to understand your skin better and care for it according to your unique needs. So, get a consult in your city to get a better and comprehensive understanding of your skin.
Some of the things we need to keep in mind are simple and easily achievable. A little can go a long way.
1. Cleansing, not only the first step but the foundation
Start and end your day with using a gel-based cleanser that is gentle yet effective. Cleansing ensures that your skin can breathe properly and clean skin also helps with the efficacy of the products you apply. Without proper absorption, the cream will not be able to benefit your skin, as it should. Clean skin is happy, receptive skin.
2. Exfoliate to boost your cell renewal
Twice or thrice a week, exfoliate to get rid of all the surface dead skin cells. This helps with cell turnover and increases circulation. The result: healthy skin that glows naturally.
3. The one-minute facial
Warm the product in your hands to help it penetrate the skin better. Massage your face in upward motions using the tips of your fingers and stimulate your skin by tapping on it gently. End the massage by wrapping your hands on your face to give an added massage to the dermis. A minute a day will help keep dull skin at bay.
4. UV Protection is a must
A good sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays with a high SPF is a necessity when protecting your skin from the harsh Indian Summer. It is the one essential step that you must include in your regimen, no matter what age you are. Use it daily whether you step out or not because research has shown that sun damage is the number one cause of premature skin changes, fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation to name a few.
5. Prep your skin for the night and sleep tight
7-8 hours of a good night’s sleep helps the body regenerate and repair itself for the next day. Like you, your skin is tired at the end of the day. If you tend to skip your night time routine because it is the last thing you do and are more often than not too tired to go through any fuss, shift it up to early evening when you have more energy. Try not to skip the night routine, as its sole purpose is to nurse and repair your tired skin and is a must post thirty.
6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Drink plenty of water and keep yourself and your skin well hydrated. Well hydrated, supple skin feels better. Water is important for your entire body so remember to hit the bottle.
Skin changes need not be the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about or address. It is a natural part of life and all we need to do is stay in touch with our bodies and its requirements as we grow and change. Follow some simple steps and suddenly it isn’t as scary as before.