They say your thirties are the new twenties, and who doesn’t love a glass of independence with all the fun? Your thirties are a celebration of womanhood, and all the goals you’ve achieved over the years. The one downside? This is when your biological clock starts ticking a little quicker. The skin’s reparative abilities begin to weaken in our thirties, which means that the aging process begins to show. Fortunately, with some love and care, your skin can continue being the best thing you ever wore.

Follow these tips to design an ideal skincare routine for your thirties.

Sun Protection Is Non-Negotiable

This habit should start at an early age, but in your thirties it is more important than ever. This is when your skin starts to become susceptible to lines and spots, so you need to protect against harmful UV rays.

Gently Exfoliate 

A gentle scrub removes dead skin cells and encourages the growth of new, healthy cells. Exfoliate twice a week to keep skin looking and feeling energized. Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Lancer says, “You have to stimulate your skin in order for it to repair itself. It’s just like exercise — you have to get the muscles burning in order to promote cardiovascular muscular growth. Make sure to use a scrub at night, so your skin has time to recover.” Just keep in mind that when in doubt, scrub longer, not harder. Over-buffing the skin will strip away healthy oils, and it will cause red skin.

Get Friendly With Antioxidants

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which affects collagen and pigments in the skin. Free radicals come from sunlight, pollution and heat, so are unavoidable, but using products with a lot of antioxidants will protect your skin.

All About Eye Cream

The skin around the eye is thin and delicate, and as we age it becomes thinner – not to mention we tend to get less sleep with busier schedules, which contributes to bags and dark circles. An eye cream can be applied twice a day with a pat of the ring finger to plump out the skin and hydrate it.

Hydrate With An Essence

An essence is a great way to hydrate maturing skin that dries more easily. New York dermatologist Doris Day says, “Many women grow into rosacea during this phase and suffer flare-ups from stress, exercise, or eating and drinking certain things.” Keep skin happy under these conditions by hydrating with an essence.

Collagen Serum is Your Best Friend

As our skin sees more days and night, its collagen and elastin structures weaken. Replenish what’s lost by using a serum that contains collagen. This will help fend off wrinkles and keep skin smooth and healthy. A serum is like moisturizer but supersized, giving thirty-something skin the boost it needs. Put a collagen serum on underneath your SPF to start the day, and then again underneath your night cream before going to bed.

Natural skincare products are better for our skin, and at New Zealand Secret, we believe in an idea of beauty that is found in nature. Be beautiful the way Mother Nature intended, and feel the difference for yourself.

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