Skin Care at 30

We really start showing age in our thirties. It's a time when our metabolism rates slow down, cell turnover follows suite and there is a visible decline of the hormone levels and other growth factors. Over the years, it's possible to have accumulated a significant amount of damage. In short it's time to work harder on our skin care regime.
Hydrate yourself. In our thirties our skin may begin to dry out more and more. It's a good idea to make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Also, depending on your skin type, add oil-free moisturizers to your daily skin care routine.

Start treating fine lines and wrinkles as they emerge.

At 30+, we tend to start noticing fine lines and wrinkles. There are some skin care agents that have been proven to have wrinkle reducing effects which can help fight those emerging lines immediately. The active ingredients most widely tested and proven are retinoids (e.g. tretinoin a.k.a. Retin A) and the vitamin C family (L-ascorbic acid and some of its derivatives). There are many pros and cons connected with anti-wrinkle treatment, so check with your dermatologist before purchasing an anti-wrinkle treatment.

Exfoliate - as needed

In our thirties, because our skin cells are not replaced as quickly as before, our epidermis tends to become drier and thicker than when we were younger. If you notice that your face seems duller or drier or has an uneven texture, you may want to consider adding exfoliation to your weekly routine. You want to be careful with exfoliation as it can significantly irritate your skin. Start with mild exfoliating agents (such as a sugar scrub) and, if need be, gradually build to mild chemical exfoliates.

Botox

Motion wrinkles- that is, wrinkles caused by the folding of the skin, are treatable with injections of botulinum toxin, commonly referred to a Botox. This has been proven very useful for frown lines, commonly found on the forehead. If you don't have frown lines, great! If your frown lines are just emerging, try not frowning so much. But if your lines are severely in place, consider discussing with your doctor whether or not Botox is for you.

No matter the age, you must have a basic skin care program that fits your skin type and you must vigorously protect your skin from the sun. What follows is more specific advice for your age.
In our fourth and fifth decades, there is a sharp decrease in our hormone and growth factor levels. There is a lot of cell damage, but the skin is affected the most. That basically translates to a slower rate in skin self repair and slower renewal rates.