7 Experts Weigh-in on Anti-Aging For Women in Their 30s

By on May 2, 2014
Photo by Craig McDean

Photo by Craig McDean

Do you want to look Jenifer Lopez hot or Jennifer Aniston hot in your 40s? Then start right now. In fact, you are starting late. Good skin care should have started in your late teens or even 20s by avoiding the sun and slathering on the sunscreen. There are things you can do now to minimize past damage but you can’t completely erase the past. What you can do is set yourself up to look healthier in your 40s. Here is our compilation of what top beauty experts are saying about skincare for women in their 30s.

Sunscreen and Water and Smoke

Let’s start with the basics. Sure we’ve all heard about wearing sunscreen to avoid sun spots but did you know that the sun can actually break down your skin’s collagen leaving your skin leathery and wrinkled? Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB from sunlight is now believed to cause the majority of skin changes we use to chalk up to just plain aging. Dr. Oz says, “Ultraviolet radiation is responsible for 80% of environmental skin damage, and is the single biggest contributor to premature aging”. Dr. Sites of Nashville Skin & Cancer suggest choosing a sunscreen labeled as broad spectrum. According to Dr. Sites, “Choose a SPF 30 and apply it daily on top of your regular moisturizer.” Many experts also suggest reapplying sunscreen mid-day as most sunscreens do not offer 24 hour protection. Wearing sunscreen 365 days a year is the most important anti-aging step for women in their 30s. In fact, Jennifer Aniston recently revealed that SPF is one of her skincare power weapons,

“I use a great moisturizer, Aveeno’s Positively Radiant with SPF 30. It’s amazing.”

Cough, Cough, Sag

Do I really have to tell you that it is time to quit smoking? If you don’t know this yet you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. According to Dr. Oz, “Smoking decreases the production of collagen, which is one of the most important building blocks of the skin. Without it, your skin sags and dips, creating wrinkles, creases, and fine lines.” Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Larry Milgram says, “The best way to maintain your face is to use moisturizer, don’t smoke, drink lots of fluids, and use facial products that have glycolic acids that help to rejuvenate the face and keep the layers of skin refreshed. These products can be found over the counter, in beauty magazines, and doctors have higher strength prescription levels. You will still age, but you will age gracefully.”

Stay Hydrated

Skincare expert Dr. Murad states, “Healthy, hydrated skin stays firmer and smoother longer. In addition to using a day moisturizer and a night cream to keep your skin hydrated from the outside, be sure to keep your skin hydrated from the inside by “eating your water.”

Get More Sleep

Getting less than 6 hours per night increases your production of the stress hormone cortisol, which contributes to collagen breakdown. Sleep is also the time when your body repairs itself. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman says,

Lack of sleep can affect productivity, memory, weight and aging. When we sleep, our bodies go into “repair-mode” to mend the damage from daily activities by replacing old cells and stimulating new skin cell growth. When our bodies are not able to get the recommended 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, they become stressed and release increased amounts of the hormone cortisol. The increase in cortisol can affect the skin’s collagen formation, which is beneficial in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and luminosity, and can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

Use the Right Products

You really don’t need anything fancy. Pick a gentle face wash with natural ingredients and make sure your moisturizer contains antioxidants like green tea or vitamin C which will protect your skin from damaging free radicals. Next apply an anti-aging serum. Vitamin A is the number one recommended product for fighting premature aging. According to a report in the May issue of Archives of Dermatology, “Applying vitamin A to the skin appears to improve the wrinkles associated with natural aging and may help to promote the production of skin-building compounds”. The third step to your skincare routine should be exfoliation. it is important to exfoliate once per week using a natural exfoliate or an electronic power cleanser. Of course all of this is followed by a moisturizer and sunscreen.

In Summary

If you protect your skin from the sun, stop smoking, stay hydrated, get more sleep, and develop a skincare routing you will be well on your way to staying young.

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