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The skincare you need in your 30's

The SKINCARE you NEED in your 30's

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“Having good skin in your 20s might come down to genetics…but good skin in your 30s is most definitely earnt!”

Dermal Facialist Madonna, founder of Sydney’s beautiful spa-like clinic KAELON, stopped us in our tracks when she dropped that bombshell. After a decade of probably not looking after our skin the way we should have (and thinking that natural glow - even after a few too many late nights - will last for years to come), our 30s is inevitably when we start to see a real change.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, babes. We spoke to Madonna to get the low down on how we should be treating our skin in our 30s.

Firstly…what happens to our skin when we hit the big three-oh?

“What we hear most is ‘tired looking skin’, enlarged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, and even worse for some – adult acne. Three decades of sun exposure will also begin to show by this stage.” Add in the stress of careers, changes from pregnancies, or general life strain, and it’s no wonder that our skin can start to lose the lustre it had in previous years.

Sound familiar? Here are five skincare products Madona recommends adding to your routine.

1. Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals, which in turn can damage healthy skin cells. In other words, a good antioxidant will protect your skin and reduce the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles – all the tell-tale signs of ageing. Get some antioxidants into your life with Pro Heal Serum Advance by IS Clinical. Use it in the morning after cleansing.

2. Sunscreen

“70% of people don’t use sunscreen until their 30s…” says Madona. If you’ve shuddered in horror because you apply sunscreen rain or shine, give yourself a gold star. But if you’re left thinking ‘er…that’s me?’ – read on. Sun exposure is one of the (if not THE) biggest factors in premature ageing (it’s all those harmful UV rays that penetrate the skin). And it’s not just days at the beach either – you should be wearing a sunscreen every day, even when it’s grey and cloudy. We love Colorscience’s Sunforgettable Face Shield SPF 30, a 4-in-1 moisturiser, sunscreen, colour corrector and primer. It not only protects the skin from sun exposure but leaves your skin looking and feeling hydrated and dewy.

3. Retinol

No doubt you’ve heard about the wonder ingredient that is retinol (and if you haven’t, firstly – where have you been? Secondly, read our guide to the most common retinoid here). From enlarged pores to fine lines, uneven tone and texture, and blemishes and pigmentation, there’s not much this baby can’t sort out. But don’t go overboard with this one, as it can become irritable for the skin. “It’s best to start slow and increase frequency of use”, says Madona. “My philosophy on retinol is to use it for the number of nights in your decade - so if you’re in your 30s, use it three times a week.” Ready to start seeing great skin? Use Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6, which can deliver results up to 11 times faster that classic forms of retinol.

4. An exfoliator

Yep, exfoliate. Our skin cell turnover slows down in our 30s, which means we’re not getting that renewal that we used to (hello, dull skin and uneven texture). To speed up the process, exfoliation gets rid of those dead surface skin cells – but not all exfoliators are created equally. “There are three types of exfoliation: chemical exfoliation, physical exfoliation (i.e. scrubs), and enzymatic exfoliation,” says Madonna. “My preference is chemical and enzyme over harsh scrubs but often the best products are a mix of either two or three combined.” So that’s a no to everyone’s favourite apricot scrub then…

Instead, look to AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids). AHAs, like Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, are chemical exfoliators and tackle signs of ageing. Oily skin? BHAs will become your best friend. Salicylic Acid is the favourite in this category.

5. Eye cream

If there’s one place we start to show our age most, it’s the eyes – and that’s because the skin around our eyes is the most delicate. We can’t hide behind a pair of sunnies forever, so start using a good eye cream to do the job. Different eye creams will do different things, but if it’s ageing you’re looking to combat, look no further than Medik8’s R-retinoate Day & Night Eye Serum. Brightened eye contours, softened lines and wrinkles…it’ll be like reliving your 20s all over again (sign us up).

Article Image Credit @michelleinfusino