"Women in their 30s are often juggling careers, small children and households, yet it's important during this time of life that they make healthy habits a priority," says Kayse Gehret, founder of Soulstice Spa, Inc., who suggests getting plenty of rest and exercise, as well as eating plenty of omega fats, such as those found in salmon, walnuts and olive oil.
Skin problems in your 30s
Dr. David Bank, president of New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, says that women in their 30s with lighter skin may start seeing early sunspots, crows' feet and tiny broken blood vessels around the nose. He also points out that your skin may not have the glow and luster it did in your 20s.
"As skin ages and sun damage occurs, the cells on the top layer of the skin do not divide and exfoliate normally -- so they're stuck on the skin, which makes your skin more opaque. Light isn't able to bounce off, so skin is not as luscious and glowing as before."
Nearly 30 million adult women in the U.S. also suffer from adult acne, says Bank, often in the form of nodules or cysts on the lower face and jaw line.
Skin care products
Bank recommends the following skin care products for women in their 30s:
- Warm or hot compresses on acne several times a day to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation
- Glycolic acid to improve skin's appearance and texture, reduce wrinkles and reduce hyperpigmentation from acne and sun damage
- Retinol product before bed, broad-spectrum sunscreen (preferably with antioxidants) during the day
- Alpha hydroxyl acid cleanser
- At home treatment: Combine 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon oatmeal and 1 tablespoon honey to make a paste. Apply to your cleansed face in a circular motion and keep on for a minute or two before rinsing. Not only do the oatmeal and honey act as moisturizers, but the yogurt, which contains lactic acid, also decreases puffiness and may even stimulate collagen production.
Skin care procedures to defy gravity
Dr. Joseph Broujerdi, a Los Angeles physician trained in plastic, reconstructive, oral and maxillofacial surgery, says that women in their 30 may start to notice a loss of facial volume, resulting in the formation of laugh lines and parentheses around the mouth.
He recommends the following procedures to prevent wrinkles and loss of facial volume:
- Injectable synthetic dermal filler, such as Restylane, which requires no down time or surgery
- Fat-grafting procedures to volumize and lift the face to maintain a youthful look
- Botox injections to control and prevent wrinkle formation
- Dermabrasion to smooth fine wrinkles
- Light laser resurfacing to treat damage and prevent age-related changes
Tina Keshishian, co-owner of Belle Visage Day Spa, recommends photo facials. "This treatment is the best bang for your buck. It breaks down minimal discoloration and broken capillaries while stimulating collagen," she says. "Do this in your 30s and you will look fab in your 40s."
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