Anti aging skin care routine for a 30 year old woman

Updated February 21, 2017

As your skin ages, you may find that your complexion dulls and your skin loses elasticity. You may see fine lines as well as evidence of sun damage. If you haven't started a daily skin care regimen by the time you are in your 30s, there is no better time to start. Your skin has specific needs once you hit 30, and in order to make sure it keeps looking great into your 60s and 70s, you need to start using certain products now.

Daily Skin Care Regimen

The most important change you need to make to your daily routine is using a sunblock or moisturiser with at least SPF 15 every day. Even minimal sun exposure can lead to weathered-looking skin or age spots later in life. Your daily moisturiser should also contain antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E , which sometimes is listed as tocopherol. Other beneficial additives include selenium and green tea extracts. According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, Yahoo! Health's "Skin Guru," drinking two to three cups of green tea daily can also help give you the antioxidants your body needs to fight off the effects of ageing.

Wash your face twice daily, and never wear make-up to bed. Use toner and moisturiser after cleansing. Toner helps to remove dirt and dead skin, and moisturiser helps to replenish moisture and nutrients your cleanser might have stripped away. Some moisturisers also contain anti-ageing additives that can help restore elasticity and reduce the look of fines lines.

Use an exfoliating scrub three to five times per week. This will buff away dead skin cells, smoothing away a dull complexion and giving your skin a youthful appearance.

Weekly Skin Care Requirements

The Skincare Company recommends that once a week, or every other week if you have sensitive skin, you use an in-home chemical peel, preferably one with glycolic acid, to buff away dull skin and restore a healthy glow. You should also be using a night cream or serum that contains retinol, a form of vitamin A.

Retinol is a vitamin complex that is an antioxidant, which means it can undo damage like wrinkles caused by free radicals. Retinol speeds up the turnover of new skin cells. As your skin ages, the dullness it can exhibit is due to the slowing down of your skin cell's turnover. Retinol can help your skin look fresh and younger-looking, so whenever possible buy products which contain retinol.

Quarterly and Yearly Skin Care Advice

Visit your dermatologist each year to get checked for skin cancer. With each change of season, get a professional facial and assess your current skin care needs. You may find that you need extra moisture in winter and a lighter moisturiser in summer. Consider using Botox for the first time, or perhaps IPL, or intense pulsed light treatments, which can help erase sunspots and broken blood vessels.

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About the Author

Tucker Cummings is a freelance writer based in New England. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the Association of Professional Business Writers. Cummings is also a food writer and curates the blog, Brave New Breakfast.