No one wants to turn 30, look in the mirror and wish they would have taken better care of their skin in their 20s.  Unfortunately once the damage is done, its done.  I see so many women years younger than me or people my age who already have deep set lines that are visible in photos.  According to Dr.Oz, if you’re 30 years old and lift your eyebrows and see 3 or more visible folds, your skin is aging faster than it should be.  Please listen to these words…take care of your skin when you are younger so you’re not faced with looking older than you are when you’re in your 30s or 40s.

Of course genetics play a large role on how you will age but simply not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, wearing SPF 30 or higher every day, avoiding the tanning bed (who does that anymore anyways?), drinking plenty of water, eating fruits and veggies and sweating through cardiovascular exercise are your best bets on protecting your skin and keeping that youthful glow!

When Joanna Krupa (supermodel and star of the Real Housewives of Miami) was asked how she says so young looking her answer was “moisturize, moisturize moisturize”.  Aside from the obvious, exfoliating and keeping your skin well hydrated will lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  I am partial to all Kiehl’s products but there are many quality moderately priced drug store brands that are great too!  I moisturize with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream in the morning after applying my SPF 30 and the Midnight Recovery Oil at night.  Oil of Olay is always a great drug store brand to try.

Exfoliation is very important as well; when you exfoliate, you are removing all the old dead skin cells that dull your skin.  It would be ideal to get a Microdermabrasion Treatment every month or so but not everyone can afford that at $90-$110 per session.  I use Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial scrub and their Dermabrasion Scrub – it’s the strongest exfoliator next to getting a professional treatment.  Swiss St. Ives Apricot Scrub, always wins awards for best drugstore brand exfoliator.

Using an SPF on your face is so important!  It is recommended that everyone wears an SPF of 30 or higher every single day.  The sun’s rays are so harmful to our skin and no one realizes it until they are older.  I’ll admit it, I used to go outside and bake with accelerator oil on in the summer and go to the tanning bed 3-4 times per week when I was in High school.  Now I use an SFP on my face all the time – my face is much whiter than the rest of my body.  I also need to do a better job of using an SPF all over my body.  Kiehl’s has an SPF 50 for everyday use as well as moisturizers with SPF already in them like the Abyssine Cream.  I also use their SPF 50 Cross-Terrain UV Skin Protector when I go outside and run.  The consistency is that of Vaseline but it stays on and doesn’t sweat off when I’m running.  It’s also great for the beach, skiing or any outdoor activity where you’ll be sweating.

Using a vitamin C treatment at night is also a great idea.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage.  Free radicals cause dryness, fine line and wrinkles to the skin.  With using a vitamin C serum you are slowing down that damage and significantly reducing the appearance of fine lines.  I use Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate at night then use the Midnight Recovery Oil on top of that.  Dermalogica makes a great pure vitamin C serum but it is quite costly.

We should all start using eye creams in our 20s as well.  It’s your personal preference as to what kind you want to use; there are so many out there that target so many specific problems.  Using eye cream is important because the delicate skin under our eyes requires special attention and more concentrated moisture than a regular facial cream.  I am currently using Keihl’s Rosa Artica Eye Cream during the day and the Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate and the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado at night.  I’ve also used Clinique’s All About Eyes Gel and other Kiehl’s eye creams in the past.

I obviously love Kiehl’s!  I am partial to their brand because when you look at the ingredients, its all vitamins and minerals – no strange fillers that I can’t even pronounce.  I also like Origins and Philosophy products as well.

Don’t smoke, use SPF every day, drink lots of water, live a healthy lifestyle and make a few investments in some great quality products and you won’t have to look for the Botox needle at age 35!

XOXO The Glam Runner