IN YOUR 30s
Youthful skin has abundance of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. As the years go by, these three components decrease in amount. After the age of 30, our skin loses about 1% of collagen a year. Smoking, unmanaged stress and a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle can speed up the degradation.
2 important hormones involved in the youth of the skin are oestrogen and testosterone. Oestrogen increases skin thickness, collagen, blood flow and glycoaminoglycans (which hold the skin’s water content). From 30 onwards, oestrogen levels start to drop and we start noticing the first signs of lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes.
In our 30s, as oestrogen starts to fall, testosterone - the hormone in charge of muscle strength, growth spurts and confidence become relatively higher. And if we don’t balance our hormones through a healthy lifestyle and appropriate stress management we can get adult acne.
In this decade you may start to notice fine lines around your eyes or even on your forehead. You may also notice your skin becoming more uneven in type and tone, with a mix of dehydration on the cheeks and jawline and oily on the T-zone. The skin tips below aim to help your skin stay looking its best.