There is so much advice floating around in the skincare world that working out the most important habits to take on in your 30s and beyond can be a serious task. Not to mention the fact that you have to wade your way through the overwhelming amount of hyped-up anti-ageing products to find something that actually works for your skin – it’s… exhausting.
So, what are the most important skincare products, ingredients and habits you should actually incorporate into your routine when you’re in your 30s and over?
While it’s obviously dependent on your skin type and the specific concerns you want to tackle (fine lines? Wrinkles? Dark spots?), we’ve pulled together a list of some of the most important skincare tips below.
First off, it’s important to know that your skin is a little different to how it was in your 20s. As we reach our 30s and beyond, our cell turnover and the rate of collagen and elastin production decreases, meaning your skin doesn’t bounce back quite as easy as it once did.
That’s why it’s a good idea to start integrating some effective anti-ageing ingredients into your routine – such as vitamin A, peptides and stem cells.
Vitamin A is one of the most powerhouse anti-ageing ingredients, working to reduce fine lines, even out skin tone and encourage the production of collagen.
If you’re new to vitamin A and haven’t tried it before, you generally need to take things quite slow when you’re introducing it into your routine, opting for a lower concentration before building up your tolerance.
In saying that, vitamin A can sometimes be a tricky ingredient for people with sensitive skin concerns (read: irritation, flaking and redness). That’s why Skin Virtue products use retinyl palmitate.
Retinyl palmitate is a form of vitamin A that converts to retinol and retinoic acid. It’s basically just a less-potent version that that can be used daily without irritation, providing a long-term effect.
Another great anti-ageing ingredient you should introduce into your routine is peptides. Peptides work to boost collagen production in the skin, which translates to firm and more youthful-looking skin.
It’s important to note, however, that not all peptides are created equal – some are more effective than others – so it’s important to pay attention to a product’s formulation.
Skin Virtue boasts a selection of advanced and highly-effective skin replenishing peptides in our products, such as palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and palmitoyl tripeptide-1 complex.
Lastly, you’ll want to focus on supporting stem cell longevity, because the depletion of the skin’s cellular function is one of the primary causes of structural and functional skin ageing.
For this reason, Skin Virtue products work on maintaining dermal stem cells and building new tissue to delay the process of ageing.
Do you use antioxidants in your routine? In case you weren’t aware, antioxidants such as vitamin C and lesser-known forms such as superoxide dismutase, ectoin, carnosine, edelweiss extract and ubiquinone, are some of the best anti-ageing ingredients.
Effective in helping to prevent damage to your cells by protecting the skin from environmental factors, these kinds of antioxidants can address some of the biggest ageing concerns.
For example, vitamin C works to brighten and firm the skin, boosting collagen and protecting the skin from free radical damage. Edelweiss extract is even more potent, with twice the free radical scavenging power of vitamin C.
If you have a dry and sensitive skin type, it’s important to find gentle antioxidants in the right concentration. For vitamin C, look for ingredients such as ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate and ascorbyl palmitate, as these will be less irritating.
Skin gets dry, dehydrated and duller as we age, meaning hydration-boosting products and ingredients are a must to ensure you protect your skin barrier.
To help replace lost moisture, look for products that include humectants (moisturising ingredients) such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid, as well as barrier replenishing ceramides - and apply them consistently.
Not only does our skin become drier as we age, but it also becomes dull, rough and our pores can become more visible. This is because our skin cells don’t shed like they used to.
Luckily, exfoliating your skin once or twice a week can help steer away these concerns, breaking down oil, debris and dead surface skin cells. The result? Clearer, brighter skin.
Just make sure you steer clear of abrasive facial scrubs and instead look for exfoliating products that are gentle and safe for sensitive skin, such as Skin Virtue’s Pure Exfoliating Mask.
If you incorporate one product into our everyday skincare routine, make it sunscreen. This is hands down the most important thing you can do to future proof your skin.
And before you ask, no – it’s never too late to start!
Sun exposure can cause everything from wrinkles to age spots and a heap of other skin concerns - not to mention skin cancer.
The good news is sunscreen has come a long way, and there’s now a whole heap of snazzy formulas out there that are miles away from the thick, chalky stuff you used to smear on as a kid.
So, make sure you’re incorporating a broad-spectrum SPF into your routine, applying it every morning and reapplying it during the day.
Along with an effective at-home routine, regular facial treatments in your 30s and above will also help with correcting the initial signs of ageing.
For example, red light therapy will help accelerate cellular rejuvenation, tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin needling is another beneficial in-clinic treatment that will assist in collagen induction to create smoother, healthier skin.
As always, it’s best to check in with a skin professional to work out which treatments are suitable for your skin concerns.
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By Gary Williams, Bio