Hitting the age of 30 is a beautiful milestone for many of us and the beginning of a new stage in life with lots to look forward to! Well, except…for your skin; that is, if you don’t take care of it properly. In your 30s, you might begin to notice some fine expression lines, dark spots, dullness and mild laxity. These early signs of aging are due to a combination of factors, including slowing of growth hormones (which means skin will repair and renew itself at a slower rate), loss of collagen, sun damage, stress, and hormonal swings.  

But don’t worry – for most of the skin concerns that pop up in your 30s can be corrected, you just have to do it in time!  

Here are 5 anti-aging habits to integrate into your skincare routine in your 30s:

SPF is your BFF, always and forever. 

Did you know that sun damage is the number 1 cause of premature skin aging & other long-term skin concerns such as hyperpigmentation? Having proper sun protection is essential no matter what age you are. At GMA, we recommend applying sun protection on a daily basis, including days where there is an overcast and during the winter! Both UVA & UVB rays remain constant throughout the year and can lead to DNA damage, collagen loss, uneven skin tones, changes to your skin’s texture, and even skin cancer.

When it comes to effective sun protection, you want to make sure that your sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection as it can help protect your skin from both UVA & UVB rays. Generously apply to your face, neck, and any other areas that are exposed to the skin such as your hands

Make a commitment to using SPF daily and your skin will thank you…even years later.

#GMASkinExperts Recommend: Elta MD Sun Protection

Vitamin A is a skincare hero, especially in your 30s. 

First things first, we would like to clarify the difference between “Retinol” and “vitamin A” as the terms are often thrown around and used interchangeably; retinol is one form of vitamin A and vitamin A comes in various forms as well as potencies.  

Vitamin A helps to normalize the skin’s functions and can offer amazing anti-aging benefits such as:

  • Speeding up cellular turnover
  • Regulating pigment production
  • Boosting the production of collagen
  • Fighting free radicals
  • Smoothing wrinkles & fine lines
  • Improving skin texture & elasticity
  • Regulate sebum production

When it comes to implementing vitamin A in skincare, we generally recommend starting low and going slow; gradually increasing the frequency of use and the potency over time.  If you have been using retinol or other forms of vitamin A in your 20s, that’s great, it’s time to level up!

Feel free to contact us to inquire about how to implement vitamin A in your skincare regimen to maximize its benefits!

Getting at least eight hours of sleep; your skin will thank you.

When you had stayed up late or pulled an all-nighter in your 20s, although that undoubtedly took a toll on your body and skin, you were probably able to bounce back rather quickly. That’s the beauty of being young. However, that is no longer the case in your 30s due to natural aging and the slowing of growth hormones. Beauty sleep becomes more crucial and we need the full eight hours of sleep each night to give our skin enough time to repair itself. Getting enough rest consistently will keep your skin healthier and more youthful. 

Use dermal fillers to replenish volume loss and restore a more youthful appearance. 

In your 30s, you may experience some volume loss in the skin, particularly in the mid-face area due to reduced collagen production and fat loss.  Mid-face hollowing will lead to common skin concerns including nasolabial folds, lower face skin laxity, and loss of jawline definition. Collagen and fat loss can be replaced with dermal fillers. You should not overdo it; doing the right amount will keep you looking younger, for longer in a very natural manner. 

The great thing about dermal fillers is that it is made from synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a type of sugar that is found naturally in the skin and cartilage. HA is important for youthful skin as it binds to water and keeps the skin hydrated and plump. Yes, that’s right, filler doesn’t just “fill”, it’s also great for your skin!

Advanced facials and peels give your skin a boost and keep it nice and fit.

 Advanced facials are important for delivering essential vitamins, antioxidants, peptides, and other active ingredients deep into the skin that your daily skincare routine cannot reach. These advanced facials are always customized based on your unique skin concerns and needs. Chemical peels on the other hand, generally help facilitate your skin’s natural exfoliation process which tends to slow with age leading to dead skin buildup, clogging of pores, and a dull complexion. Depending on the individual’s skin type and conditions, the two treatments can be integrated and done interchangeably based on changing needs of the skin. 

Here at GMA, we offer many anti-aging skin treatments such as Microbotox, Chemical Peels, Microneedling and Dermal fillers (just to name a few). 

To find out which treatment(s) are suitable and will give you the best results, please book a complimentary skin consultation and assessment with one of our GMA skin experts.