The early 30s are the time when the usual signs of ageing start to form. Spots, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, very fine lines and a loss of firmness are signs to look out for. You can try retinoid, a powerful antioxidant that interrupts free-radical damage, arrests formation of lines and increases the skin’s collagen and elastin production. Now is a good time to work a serum that suits your needs into the mix. Serums have a higher concentration of active ingredients and are able to penetrate the skin better because of their molecule size.
Shop around for a night cream and an eye cream for your skin type and its requirements after browsing through our picks of the best products in the gallery (above).
You can also make a few tweaks in your daily routine to step up your skincare game.
Best skincare habits for your 30s
Drink the stipulated 2 litres of water a day to flush your system of toxins and prevent build up. Juicing your fruits and veggies is a good idea as well. They’re packed with nutrients that help your skin hang on to the hydration you’re providing it with.
Omega 3 fatty acids are great anti-agers and help maintain the skin’s barrier against pollutants, irritants, bacteria and UV rays. Delhi-based dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia recommends walnuts, flaxseed and salmon to amp up your natural Omega 3 reserves.
Take a breath
Stress causes cells to age faster, and its effects definitely show on your skin as well. Anything that relaxes you — meditation, yoga or even taking a pottery class is always a win-win.
Sunglasses don’t just look good, they also do the important work of protecting the thin skin around your eyes from sun damage. Every time you squint because the sun hits your eyes, you’re making it that much easier for permanent lines to form.