Since the earliest stories we have read, from kings and queens to recent novels, the human race has been obsessed with staying young and feeling healthy. For most of us, this fact hits harder as we age! One of the most common questions we are asked is how to take care of your skin after 30.
The truth is that every second of our lives, our cells and dying and new ones are being regenerated.
In fact, in a literal sense, aging is nothing else but the slowdown of this process of regeneration. This is much faster when we are children, and it much noticeable at that point as our faces and heights change day by day. As we get older, the regeneration changes in our body are much slower and gradual.
In the age of advertising, staying young has also come to be associated with beauty. Every day we are being shown commercial messages and beauty tips that promise us that the most recent miracle drug is just what we need to fight off the ravages of Mother Nature.
It is also a truth that with the advancements of modern medicine, we are living longer as a whole. This means aging is a much more relevant concept when it comes to beauty and fitness. For, living longer can be a curse or a blessing, depending on your perspective.
The best way to take care of our skin after 30 is to prevent the damages before they happen.
In a perfect world, this would have been simple. But unfortunately, the same technology that allows us to live longer has given us new age problems. The truth is that our skin takes a beating from this toxic environment that we live in, every single day. The internal damage that the pollutants are doing to us is added to this!
So here are some simple beauty tips for keeping your skin fresh and healthy after you hit your 30s:
1: Stay hydrated and do it with plenty of water!
The process of cell regeneration starts with detoxification and nothing better than water for that. Most artificial drinks come with a generous serving of sugar and a high concentration of sodium. You don’t need the empty calories from Sugar and Sodium retains fluids. You need a calorie-less fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins. That is water – Make sure you are drinking at least 2 liters a day!
2: Sunlight is an excellent source of Vitamin-D. We all love the sun and love being in it, and we love having a beautiful tan. But the sun is also a source of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Not taking care of your skin when out in the sun can lead to even skin cancer from UV rays – use sunscreen! But even apart from these dreadful conditions, UV rays cause your skin to age faster than it should, contributing to unsightly wrinkles. If being out in the Sun is what you want, make sure you are using the correct sunscreen with the right SPF as per your skin.
3: You should keep your skin clean, but understand that your skin is a sensitive item.
Don’t scrub it too hard – instead use a soft, warm cloth. The face wash and face scrubs you use should be free from chemicals and additives. Look at items that contain natural scrubbing properties such as coffee and charcoal based beauty products.
4: Care for your skin every day!
What’s the best cure for wrinkles? To never have them in the first place! But that is only possible if you are caring for your skin every day. Stay in the shade, keep away from dust and smoke, correct your posture and regularly check your eyesight – no squinting!
5: Maintain your weight.
Every January, we set up healthy eating goals for ourselves. But as soon as the stress of life takes over, these goals go out of the window. Watching and planning what to eat, when to eat and when to start dieting can make a huge difference in how you feel. At the same time, bad eating habits can cause more problems such as depression, weight gain, and illness. We already covered some good eating habits in our other blog posts. Take a look. Weight gain is one of the biggest enemies of good skin – it causes your skin to stretch, and even if you lose weight afterward, you are left with sagging skin.
Watch the mirror – it is the best judge. And, do not eat more calories than what you are burning out.
6: Smile. Stress is killing all of us silently, and it can only be tackled one step at a time.
There is a physiological reason why being happier works – A bright outlook triggers our system to release endorphins which relax the cardiovascular system and cytokines which alert the immune system.
On the other end, negative emotions override these hormones and take us down a spiral of taking even less care of ourselves. Listen carefully to yourself.
There are plenty of methods that you can try from meditation to journal writing, from exercise to therapy. Whatever you choose, make sure you are not neglecting your own self-care. Outer beauty and inner joy go hand in hand.
Build simple habits, such as every night – writing down 3 things for which you are grateful. Discovering new challenges and learning classes every month. Stop and smell the roses around you!
It is not a cliche that beauty actually begins from inside out. Aging is a practical reality but how we treat it depends entirely on our own actions.
Just remember – getting older doesn’t have to mean getting old!