It’s never too early or too late to develop better habits and my 30’s have been for sure the time I have started to pay more attention to my skin and what I can do to improve its appearance.
Like most women, it was in my early 30’s that I started to notice some changes in my skin. I noticed the first deeper lines appear, my skin became extremely sensitive, I noticed the loss of plumpness and firmness and as if all that wasn’t enough I have been unfortunate to get a little acne too particularly around the time my period is due and my hormones are all messed up.
Nowadays, my mirror reflects an image of me that shows definite signs of ageing but I’m not feeling defeated because in reality people still tell me I look young for my age (I hope they are not just trying to be polite). We are all going to notice some kind of changes in our 30s due to hormonal imbalance, but there are some good habits we can cultivate that will help us look fabulous in our 30’s and beyond.
Cleansing your skin in the morning and evening is essential. Gone are the times I come back from an outing and go to bed with a face full of make up. Removing all make up before going to bed is absolutely vital because dirty skin is unable to renew itself appropriately otherwise. Also if you are acne prone, like me, them cleansing your face and applying a good product to the affected areas before bedtime will help it clear quicker.
Just like cleansing, exfoliating your skin to remove dead skin cells and impurities will help with your skin’s natural renewal process as well as make it easier for the skin to absorb all the goodness from your night cream/serum. Make sure you use an exfoliating product that is suitable for your skin type and not too harsh.
We all know how good water is for our general wellbeing and it’s extremely important when it comes to the appearance of your skin. Here I’m not only talking about the water we drink but also how we use water everyday. Showering with very hot water will dehydrate your skin and strip it from its natural oils.
I don’t go out without sunscreen on ever. Not even during winter. This is something I have learnt with my mother which has extremely sensitive skin and very fair complexion. I wear a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection every single day of the year, including raining days and on overcast winter days because UVA rays are “slow agers” and they remain constant throughout the year.
Now we all know that getting enough sleep is not always an option but because skin repairs itself as we sleep, getting enough of it is crucial.
Of course there are lots of other things you can do too. Some more invasive than others but I like to keep it simple and this are the 5 beauty habits I live by and have, so far, ensured I look my best.
Do you have any beauty habits to share?