Ever wonder how some women age so gracefully? Wonder no more! We’re going to let you in on some insider tips for looking your best from age 30 and beyond. It’s not always easy maintaining a youthful look, but with a few simple tricks and easy changes to your beauty regimen, you too can look young, fresh, and age appropriate.
Visible signs of ageing can creep up quickly. That first gray hair or wrinkle can jolt you into realizing that a few changes are in order. While 20 year olds tend to take a more carefree attitude with their beauty routine, women in their 30s know it’s worth taking extra steps to nip ageing in the bud.
Taking Care Of Your Face, Hands and Hair
Skin And Ageing
Skin typically shows signs of visible ageing first, so your skincare routine is a good place to start. When wrinkles, fine lines and age spots start to develop, it can be troubling. Luckily, there are tons of options for diminishing them and preventing them from worsening.
Experts say the sun is responsible for 80 percent of skin damage. Leaving skin exposed to harsh UV light certainly takes a toll on skin. The sun breaks down collagen and elastin, both of which are necessary for skin health.
If you’ve spent a lot of time outdoors unprotected, now is a good time to start slathering on the sunscreen. But you don’t have to grab the Banana Boat just yet. Simply opt for makeup that contains SPF and choose a body lotion with sun protection. Avoid strong sun, especially between peak hours from 10am to 2pm
It is also a good idea to add some antioxidants to both your skin care routine and diet. Topical Vitamin C can reduce free radical damage and keep skin healthy looking. Antioxidants also protect skin from pollution, which, along with the sun exposure, can lead to age spots. Regular use is key to keeping skin protected.
Ageing skin also tends to be dry. Loss of moisture can make wrinkles and fine lines appear more obvious. Keep skin plump by drinking plenty of water, and be sure to invest in a rich night cream and a good daily moisturizer. In just a few weeks, skin will show improvement.
Beautiful Hands And Nails
While many women focus on facial ageing, wrinkled hands are a dead giveaway of age. Hydration and sun protection are super important for youthful-looking hands. It’s a good idea to keep a moisturizing hand cream near your sink so that you can lotion up after washing your hands. Protect hands from cracking and dryness by wearing gloves when washing the dishes or cleaning the house. If hands are really dry, apply a thick moisturizer before bed and slip on a pair of gloves. By keeping hands hydrated, wrinkles and lines will be much less obvious. Plus, skin functions best when it is hydrated so doing so will keep hands healthy and happy.
Who knew nails can change with age? After age 30, brittle, thin nails are common and ridges may develop. Buff nails minimally to avoid nail damage. Ridge filler may also be used to give nails a smooth surface. Oils and creams can help strengthen nails and reduce breakage and peeling. One of our favorite tricks is to swap your regular hand soap for French oil soap, which contains nourishing essential oils to keep nails in tip-top shape. Keeping your nails short and well-manicured will ensure your hands and nails age gracefully.
Maintaining An Amazing Smile As You Age
Lips need hydration to look healthy, too. The thin skin of your mouth becomes even more delicate with age. Keep lips supple and plump by moisturizing several times throughout day. Look for a nourishing lip balm with SPF. It will literally plump lips with moisture and give a fuller, younger appearance to your pout and keep your smile looking amazing, after all our smile is the first impression we make on a person!
Hair And Ageing
Ah, gray hair. Fighting it can seem like an uphill battle, especially for dark-haired beauties. Don’t bother plucking – there are better options! Many women choose to embrace their grays by blending silver strands at the salon with subtle highlights or balayage. A skilled hair dresser can make grays way less obvious using these techniques, and you won’t need to commit to a full dye job, which can save you money and time in the salon chair.
There are also tons of products on the market to conceal gray hair. Products like Hairprint promise to restore hair’s original color without dye. Home remedies can also reduce the appearance of gray hair. Henna is a popular choice.
For a super low maintenance approach, powders and sprays are the way to go. Look for one that matches your natural shade best. There really couldn’t be anything easier for a quick touch up on the go!
If you're going to bite the bullet and dye your whole head, reconsider going too dark. Black hair can look severe unless it is your natural color. Darker shades tend to look ageing on light complexions. Keep in mind that drugstore dyes often turn out darker than what is advertised on the box, so err on the side of caution when choosing a shade.
As with your skin and hands, your hair also needs heaps of moisture, especially if you choose to cover the gray with color! Whether you wash your hair daily or a couple of times a week, it’s important to choose a great shampoo and conditioner to nourish your hair and keep it replenished. A weekly treatment or hair mask will help to repair damage from coloring, over-ironing and over-brushing.
Choosing The Right Makeup
Everyone knows baking in the sun is not a good idea when it comes to skin health. But many people look a little younger and fresher with a healthy glow. What’s a girl to do?
You might try adding some tanning drops to your lotion. One of our favorites is Clarins Golden Glow Booster, which is absolutely foolproof and gives a streak free dose of color. Its gentle formula won't cause breakouts or dry skin, and it adds a nice, subtle tint to skin which can help you look revitalized. Best of all, you can customize how much or little color you want. Three drops are recommended for a natural glow.
Remember when you first started wearing makeup in your teens or 20s? It made you look older and more mature, right? As you approach age 30, that’s likely not the look you’re going for. Now is a good time to dial back your makeup look.
Skip dark eyeliner and black mascara, which can look a bit harsh. Instead, choose brown shades for a more natural look. Foundation and under eye concealer can also become trickier to manage as skin ages. A good primer and finishing powder will set makeup and reduce creasing, especially in the eye area. Toning down your makeup can do wonders to turn back the clock.
Remember beauties, while these are all amazing tips for anti-ageing, loving the skin you’re in and embracing ageing is really the ultimate beauty treatment.