Reaching thirty-something happens in a haze of happy hours, bachelorette parties, baby showers, career advances and wild Friday nights browsing Netflix. While I’m thankful my transition to #adulting meant upgrading from a “flex-bedroom” (aka sleeping in a living room) to a true one-bedroom apartment, I could've done without the new fine lines on my face. In the spirit of being vain and wanting to look forever young, I’ve consulted skin experts and perused the dark corners of the internet to learn how to approach skincare in your 30s vs. 20s. This is in addition to the obvious: use sunscreen and wear protection! While everyone’s journey will look a little different, I hope you can incorporate some of these tips!
As we age from 20s to 30s, our skin turnover cycle (time it takes for skin to shed) increases from ~20 to ~30 days. Regular at-home chemical exfoliation (which is NOT the same as using mechanical exfoliation tools) can speed up this process and reveal fresh, glowy skin fast. Look for products with alpha hydroxy and glycolic acids and apply once a day to regenerate your skin.
Although these products are expensive, they work. I keep telling myself that splurging on prevention and maintenance now will reduce the amount I'll want to spend in the future. Also, I’d rather have a wrinkle-free face than a fancy dinner or pair of Stuart Weitzmans, but that’s just me.
This is another area in which you’ll need to invest some $$$ (starting to see a trend?), and any Groupon-type deal is probably to be too good to be true. If regular facials aren’t an option, take the time to treat yourself to an at-home mask once a week.