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3 Skincare Problems you’ll Face in your 30s

How your skin changes in your thirties – and what you can do about it.

If the big three-oh is staring at you, stop stressing – your face won’t fall off, your life won’t end, and you’ll probably look better than you ever have, thanks to a healthier lifestyle. Just look at glowing Natalie Portman (38) and always vivacious Gina Rodriquez (35). But getting older does have repercussions on your skin, from making it less resilient to it suddenly being drier. What to do?

First off, sorted your diet by adding lots of healthy fats, fresh fruits and veggies and lean proteins, exercising a few times a week, even if it’s just taking a long walk, and get a good night’s rest every night. Once you have these basics covered, you can turn to the power of skincare to help solve the most common skin issues you’ll face in your 30s:

The Dull Skin Problem

Skin turnover slows down from your middle 20s onwards. As a child and teenager, your skin cells turned over roughly every 14 days, which is why you had such bouncy, perfect skin… until it all skidded to a halt once you started earning your own money and buying your own groceries. Now, skin cells turn over every 28-35 days, meaning dead skin cells accumulate of the surface of the skin for much longer, making it look dull and interfering with the efficacy of the products you apply on top.

The solution: Exfoliation

You need to get rid of those dead skin cells – and fast! Exfoliate at least once, max twice a week to reveal newer, brighter skin cells and help your products sink in properly. Use either something physical like a muslin cloth or gentle scrub, or chemical like glycolic or lactic acid. You can also switch it up – one weekend you go to town with an acid peel, the next weekend you gently cleanse with a muslin cloth.

Our Pick

Sephora Collection Glow Peel Pads
The Inkey List Tranexamic Acid Overnight Treatment
Apple Seed Facial Scrub

The Dry Skin Problem

Not only do you have to contend with an accumulation of dead skin cells making your skin appear dull, it also contributes to dryness. Plus, as you hit your 30s, your skin slows down the production of hydrating factors such as hyaluronic acid.

The solution: Hydration

Now that you’re exfoliating diligently, you also have to pay extra care to moisturising your skin. Look for plumping, nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides and apply down your neck as well.

Our Pick

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydration Support Formula Duo
Salt by Hendrix Crystal Waters Mask

The Loosing Fullness Problem

This is one place where you don’t want to lose fat but sadly, with age, the facial fat pads start losing their age. Pair this with thinning of the skin and a loss of elasticity, and you could be looking at lines, wrinkles and sagging. This is because your body is producing less collagen.

The solution: Plumping hydration

Retinol and hyaluronic acid are your friends. Retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) stimulates elastin and collagen production. Also look out for ceramides, which hydrate and protect, and plant stem cells, which can help repair skin cells and make skin appear firmer.

Our Pick

Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Etude House Hyaluronic Acid Air Mask
Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair


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The Skincare Routine for Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Create More Sebum

The Basics

It’s natural to follow a morning skin care routine in this era of information, influencers, famous dermatologists, and techniques, tools and products being launched in the market everyday. With skincare routines that we should follow every morning (and night), we’ve really got to figure out what skin we are catering to.

Having oily skin and being satisfied with our early morning routine can be a challenge. Managing oily skin requires a consistent skincare routine that focuses on balancing sebum production and maintaining a healthy complexion. Start by cleansing your face twice a day with a gel-based or foam cleanser to remove excess oil and impurities. Incorporate a toner containing ingredients like salicylic acid or witch hazel to help control oil and minimize pores. Apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated without adding extra shine. Use a clay mask once or twice a week to absorb excess oil and unclog pores. Apply an oil-free sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

How Do I Know if I Have Oily Skin?

If you’ve been wondering what your skin type is, here’s a quick checklist: dry skin produces too little oil, normal skin has a good balance of oil, while oily skin produces an oversupply of natural oils. No wonder dirt and bacteria can get trapped in the skin, resulting in blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples, which are among the most common characteristics of oily skin!

The signs and symptoms of oily skin are very simple to identify. You will see a shine (not to be confused with a glow) on your skin that is very oily to the touch. You’ll tend to notice open or clogged pores, concentrated in the oilier areas of the face. There will be those dreaded whiteheads and blackheads popping out from time to time. And then of course there are the regular breakouts – a huge symptom of oily skin. On a serious note, some women also have a tendency to get pimples on the chest and back. Dull-looking skin especially during that time of the month is quite usual.

Step-By-Step Routine for Oily Skin

We have scouted for a lot of information and our endeavour is to simplify this process to the T (zone)!

Step 1: Cleanser – Get yourself a gentle cleaner. Possibly, one from your dermatologist or at least a dermatologist recommended one off the shelf. We would recommend that you try out a cleanser that’s formulated with ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil, which help to control oil production and unclog pores.

Step 2: Toner – For oily skin, this is an important step. The idea is to gently remove any residue post the cleanser. It’s a subtle message to your skin that it’s time to balance the pH levels. Since the skin is an intelligent organ, it will understand the command of a good toner and will start the process of refining the appearance of your pores. We suggest the use of alcohol-free toners with ingredients like witch hazel or niacinamide.

Step 3: Moisturiser – Counterintuitive, but integral. Women with oily skin shouldn’t skip a moisturiser. The key is to go with a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. Your skin essentially requires adequate hydration. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or gel-based formulas to keep your skin moisturized without adding extra shine. Dubai is famous for world-class dermatology and treatments, so getting a lab-tested doctor-recommended hyaluronic acid formula is pretty easy in the region.  

Step 4: SPF – Did you know that you need more SPF if you travel by air frequently?! Well, it’s true. Oily skin needs to be protected from harmful UV rays and this can be done simply by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or 50. Choose oil-free or mattifying formulas to avoid adding excess shine to your skin. Remember to reapply throughout the day if needed. And don’t forget to put it in your carry-on for those flights!


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Lessen Your Stress

Keep in mind that oily skin requires just as much care as any other skin type. While you have to find a variety of products and develop your own morning and evening skincare routine, it’s important to remember what to avoid.

Heavy and greasy products, over-cleansing, harsh cleansers that dry out your skin, and excessive exfoliation at the salon while getting your nails done is a bad idea. The worst thing you can do is touch your face constantly. That’s a BIG no-no! Lastly, don’t forget to incorporate a good diet, lessen your stress, hydrate your skin and sleep well!


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