Tips for taking care of your skin, dermis

During this decade, you will start to notice that your skin just doesn’t bounce back like it used to. And so, the formation of more permanent wrinkles began.

It is important to note that everyone’s skin wrinkles and folds when moving the face, regardless of age. We then speak of dynamic lines. “Examples include frown lines (often called the 11s) between the eyebrows, forehead lines, crow’s feet, lip lines (when drinking through a straw or pursing your lips) and wrinkles from the smile to the middle of the cheek,” says board-certified dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, MD, founder of Dr. Bailey Skin Care. “Over time, these lines will deepen and etch themselves into the skin, much like folded paper will leave a crease.”

And what we see in the 30s is that these lines slowly start to take a more permanent position, due to the decline of collagen and elastin. Plus, these are exacerbated by the less-than-stellar lifestyle habits we may have had in our younger years, such as sunbathing and lack of sleep.

That’s why many professionals consider the 30s a critical time in skincare: if you haven’t adopted a smart and healthy aging routine, now is the time. For most, that means going beyond moisturizing lotions and adding targeted actives. “Hydrating the skin can temporarily reduce the visibility of wrinkles, but it’s not a solution,” Youn says. “Make sure you [consider options like] a retinoid, vitamin C and exfoliation for true skin rejuvenation.”

Patricia J. Callender