Well, hitting 30 was a milestone for me. I was in the best shape of my life, I was eating very healthy, I got engaged and my career was doing amazing. I honestly could not have been happier. The one thing I couldn’t help but noticed were the unavoidable signs of aging on my face. Those smiling lines were not getting smaller, my expression lines were more permanent, to be honest with you I don’t even know where the hell those crows feet came from. I swear these things just popped up on my face one morning and decided to stay. That’s what happens when you turn 30…and I came to truly understand that the care I have put into my beauty routine is key to keeping my face as youthful as possible!

All thought I have always taken very great care of my skin (no sun EVER on my face, moisturizer & eye cream since 15 years old) it is inevitable to avoid lines & wrinkles. Skin just becomes less “energetic”, collagen stops producing, inflammation develops, and your skin does not have the ability to repair itself like it used to. If I could go back in time, I would listen to my mom, REALLY LISTEN to her. “Don’t Rub your eye makeup off” or “alcohol dehydrates your skin” were not as important to me when I was in my 20s but now seeing the effects of just simply aging, I should have payed more attention. For all of my readers in your 20’s, if you don’t listen to your mother, listen to me. These are a few things I did learn in order to Age Gracefully, as they would say & I hope they help you from signs of aging in your 30’s…

  • You are what you eat – This holds very true. I would have to say the majority of issues I have in my 30s is from the food I ingested over the years. Your gut takes a toll from the food you eat, the alcohol you consume & you see that result in your skin. Break Outs, Dehydration, tiredness…Eating more leafy greens & vegetables will keep you filled with vitamins and minerals that keep your skin looking young. Looking beautiful on the outside is a reflection on how you feel on the inside. 
  • Stress Management – Stress literally reads on your face. Not just when you are annoyed and you can automatically tell,  but it creates inflammation & irritation & builds acne break outs. Healthy foods help to keep your stress levels down. Almonds, Pistachios and Walnuts all help “minimize the adrenal, response provoked by stress”. Vitamin C boosts your immune system & normalizes blood pressure. Bright colored Fruits & Vegetables are rich in antioxidants which are essential to capturing free radicals & protect the skin against premature aging & disease. Try to keep your stress down to a minimum. If you can remember to breathe, stress is something over the years you learn to control before it controls you…
  • Hydrate – Most of your will probably say, this is obvious, but so many of us need a reminder to drink plenty of water. Dehydration stresses the body & creates dryness in the skin. Plump, suple skin is a reflection of youthful skin. If your skin is dehydrated, you are going to notice lines & uneven complexion more.  A rule of thumb, your body weight in half is about how many ounces you should be drinking a day! Invest in a reusable water bottle & keep it with you at all times. If you need to add some kind of flavor to your water, slice up a lemon & add some mint to your water bottle.
  • Sleep – At night is when your skin is in repair. It is recovering from the day’s stresses & skin regeneration is taking place. Just before bed time, your body starts producing melatonin which increases our skins ability to work & repair itself at night. “The Human Growth hormone starts to do its job of accelerating skin repair & cell regeneration between the hours of 11 pm and 4 am”. That being said, if you are out and about at the early hours of the morning, you have lost a day for your skin to repair itself. Getting to bed at a decent hour and having 8 hours a sleep, not only allow you to have the energy you need, but also repair your beautiful skin! Also a reminder, try to sleep on your back since side sleeping can create lines on your face & décolleté.
  • Sun Protection – Always, always always wear sunscreen. Initially I would  say, every time you are going to leave the house but because of the amount of blue light exposure we have at home, I would recommend sunscreens specific for both. Sun expose if so harsh on your skin, especially on your face. The easy way to combat this is to create a regimen with products that include spf. If you are in the sun all day, remember to reapply every 2-3 hours, a good tan is getting a little color not burning your skin.
  • Facials – are recommended every 4-6 weeks with a certified aesthetician to deep clean the skin, exfoliate the epidermal layer & get a perfect base to allow your home routine to penetrate efficiently. Find a spa or aesthetician you trust. Your future self will very much appreciate this investment. 
  • Creating your beauty routine – Find products that work for your and your skin type but make sure to add essentials that will keep your skin radiant. Create a regimen that always includes the following steps for Day: Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturizer, Sunscreen & For Night: Pre Cleanser, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Treatment, Moisturizer.

I hope these tips truly help you keep your skin as young looking and feeling as possible. I have created a shopping list w/ some of my favorite products. Feel free to shop my favorites below…