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How to Care For Your Skin In Your 30s

It is said that while the 20s are the best decade of one’s life, it is the 30s when things really start looking up. You are more accepting of yourself and your flaws, you are financially stable, and you have a set path in your life to follow. But the 30s are also a time of immense changes in your appearance. Your skin ages faster and becomes dull. But there are ways to care for your skin and still look fresh and young:

* Protect your skin from sun damage.

The primary cause of a change in your skin’s appearance is the exposure to harsh sunlight. You might be in an air-conditioned environment all day, but there are times when you must step out in the daylight hours, or drive to the supermarket or a meeting before lunch, etc. If nothing else, then your skin might receive the Sun’s rays through the glass windows. Sun damage accelerates skin aging in the 30s. The best way to combat this is to buy the best sunscreen online and use it regularly. Reapply it every three or four hours, and take care to cleanse it off before sleeping at night. A sunscreen of SPF 30 and above is recommended – never leave home without applying it first. Your dermatologist can recommend which sunscreen you can buy online in Dubai.

* Cleanse and moisturise every day.

You will notice that your skin behaves quite differently in your 30s than it did in your 20s. Fine lines begin to appear on the face, beginning from the corners of the eyes and around the mouth. These later deepen into wrinkles. It is part of the natural aging process, but it is accelerated by poor or a complete lack of skin hygiene and maintenance. If you haven’t already started doing so, do incorporate a daily routine of cleansing and moisturising the skin. Cleanse the skin first thing in the morning, followed by a toner and moisturiser. Cleanse the skin again at night, applying a night use serum or moisturising lotion if you need to. This routine keeps the skin clear, prevents a build-up of dirt and sebum that causes acne, keeps the skin’s tissues hydrated and also helps cell repair and restoration. Your dermatologist can recommend the best moisturisers and sun screen to buy online.

* Minimise exposure to second-hand smoke and pollution.

As mentioned earlier, you must be doubly careful about maintaining skin health in your 30s, because the aging process takes over quite rapidly in this decade. It is further accelerated by smoking, or exposure to second hand smoke. Stay away from smoking or those who smoke, so that your skin doesn’t suffer its harmful effects. Research shows that cigarette smoke dries up the skin, kills healthy skin cells, causes the skin around the mouth to develop lines and sagging, etc. The same applies to pollution from traffic, dust and other pollutants in the environment.

* Eat and drink right.

What you eat and drink has a direct bearing on your skin’s health. If you routinely consume junk food and fizzy drinks, your skin will not receive the nutrition it needs to be healthy. Also, your body’s metabolism slows down in your 30s as compared to your 20s, so unhealthy food and beverages leave their marks in the form of excess weight, acne, health issues, and so on. Ditch junk food and switch to fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fresh juices. Avoid processed sugar and refined flour, both of which are bad for your skin and hair health. You can bolster the skin’s restoration processes by consuming drinks full of antioxidants, like vegetable juices and green tea.

* Exercise regularly to keep the skin healthy and supple.

Exercise not only improves your health and sheds the excess pounds, but it has an excellent effect on the body’s circulatory processes. The skin reaps the benefit of regular exercise in the form of toxin removal through sweat. The skin also improves function when exercise aids faster lymphatic drainage and better digestion. Over time, the skin’s texture and appearance improves. You will notice fewer acne, and your skin will become more radiant than before.

Fathiyya Al Shaikh

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