The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Ageing in Your 30s
As we enter our thirties, our skin starts to show early signs of ageing such as sun damage, fine lines, and loss of volume. This is partly due to lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, stress, and diet, as well as a decrease in collagen production which begins in our mid to late twenties. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin its strength and elasticity, and as we age, our body produces less of it. This leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, and an overall loss of volume in the face. Follow our list of recommendations to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy beyond your thirties.
Prevention is key
An important way to prevent further ageing in our thirties is to protect the collagen we already have. Collagen is essential for maintaining the structure and integrity of our skin, and when it's damaged, our skin loses its elasticity and firmness. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of collagen damage. UV rays penetrate the skin and damage the fibres that make up the collagen, causing it to break down. To protect our existing collagen, it is important to be diligent about using sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days. This will help to prevent sun damage, which is one of the main causes of wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of ageing.
Anti-ageing treatments in your 30s
Collagen stimulating treatments
At BalaBala Laser Clinic, we specialise in non-invasive collagen stimulating treatments such as Thermage FLX, ULTRAcel Q+ and Fotona 4D. These treatments are designed to stimulate collagen production in our skin, helping to tighten, lift and firm the skin. Here are three popular anti-ageing treatments that we offer at BalaBala Laser Clinic:
Thermage FLX is a non-invasive treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to heat the deep layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production. Thermage FLX is the gold standard for non-invasive skin tightening and is our most popular treatment at BalaBala.
ULTRAcel Q+ is a non-invasive treatment that uses high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy to stimulate collagen production. This treatment can be used to treat wrinkles and fine lines, as well as sagging skin on the face, neck, and body. Our clients love ULTRAcel Q+ for its ability to permanently reduce fat cells, helping to sculpt and define treatment areas.
Fotona 4D is an advanced laser treatment that targets multiple signs of ageing. The name ‘4D’ comes from the four distinct steps that this treatment involves - targeting texture, skin tone, skin tightening and firmness.
Skin maintenance treatments
To keep your skin healthy and glowing, regular maintenance treatments such as skinboosters and facials are also great options. Skinboosters are hyaluronic acid-based treatments containing a range of skin nourishing ingredients, including amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants. Skinboosters are injected into the skin to hydrate, plump and brighten the skin. They can also help to stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin to improve overall skin quality. Skinboosters are a favourite of our staff to hydrate and maintain healthy skin!
Facials can also be a great way to keep your skin in tip-top shape, as they provide deep cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration, to help improve the overall health of your skin, making it look more youthful and radiant. For those with a compromised skin barrier, facials can help to deeply hydrate and regulate our skin function.
Your skincare routine
In addition to professional treatments, a good skincare routine is also essential to taking care of your skin in your thirties.
Incorporate a Vitamin C serum
An antioxidant such as Vitamin C can be used in the morning to prevent and repair sun damage, as well as brighten dull skin and rejuvenate collagen. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which are molecules that can cause damage to the skin. Free radicals are environmental factors such as pollution, UV radiation and cigarette smoke. Applying Vitamin C in the morning can help to protect the skin from further damage throughout the day. BalaBala Laser Clinic stocks the full range of SkinCeuticals Vitamin C serums - ask our friendly staff about which serum is best suited to your skin type.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen
Sunscreen is arguably the most important component of any good skincare routine, as it helps to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. It is essential to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas of the skin, including the face, neck, chest, and hands. Remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, particularly during periods of prolonged sun exposure!
Evening skincare routine
At night, retinol can be used to stimulate collagen production. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, which has been shown to be effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol works by stimulating collagen production in the skin, which helps to plump up and firm the skin. It's important to note that retinol can be irritating to some people, so it's best to start with a lower concentration and gradually increase it as your skin gets used to it. If your skin becomes irritated or sensitive when starting out with retinol, it may be that you have started out too strong and damaged your skin barrier. See our tips for maintaining skin barrier health.