While your 20s are a time for experimenting with edgy haircuts, lip colors, and questionable sexual partners, in your 30s, it's time to get serious about your long-term health and your long-term beauty. As soon as you accept that, the easier it will be; plus, it's an excuse to buy more beauty products. So keep calm and read on for 22 beauty rules to follow in your 30s.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
No, really. Every day.
Wear a Hat in the Sun
Even if you're wearing sunscreen, you'll want more protection for your face. Even if you aren't seeing sun damage yet, we promise you it's there.
Have a Hairdresser Who Gets You
No joke: several of us over-30 editors at POPSUGAR fly across the country to get our hair cut, because our favorite stylists live in cities we used to live in and still visit frequently.
Find a Good Dermatologist
Your skin concerns should no longer be considered cosmetic. They're medical now! Make sure you are getting regular skin checks and that your doctor is willing to talk cosmetic dermatology and recommend the treatments that are best for your skin.
Relax Your Face. Repeat: Relax Your Face.
As soon as you start to notice lines that don't go away, you'll learn to relax your face, especially when concentrating on something or when angry or stressed.
Embrace Moisture in All Forms
Moisturize your neck just like you would you face. Slather yourself in serums. Pounce on anything with words like "antiaging," "firming," and "brightening."
Always Carry Tweezers
At least twice a week, I discover a startlingly long, thick, dark "witch hair" growing from my chin that I must extract immediately.
Find Your Red Lipstick
As an adult woman, you should graduate from sparkly lip glosses to luscious lipsticks. If you haven't already, by the time you turn 30, aim to find the perfect red lipstick that works for you.
Buy Nice Makeup Brushes and Wash Them Often
While fingers work for some application tricks, the secret to having a smooth, polished makeup look is using the right high-quality brushes and cleaning them at least once a month, if not more. I make it part of my Sunday chores.
Remember, Every Drink Will Show on Your Face
Even if you become a more sophisticated drinker in your 30s (eschewing shots, knowing your limits), your face won't care. The day after a big
night out, my face looks puffy, ruddy, dry, and just overall bleh.
Drink Lots of Water
In fact, now would be a great time to go refill your water bottle.
Get Regular Facials
Like, every three months. I don't do this, but I should. Because no matter how well I take care of my skin, I never look as fresh-faced as I did in my 20s, but a facial brings me pretty close.
Start Wearing Night Cream Different From Day Cream
Remember what we said about moisturizer? Nighttime is the right time to let your skin soak up the really serious stuff that you would never wear during the day under your makeup.
Start Using Eye Cream ASAP
You will become obsessed with eye cream to keep your skin as elastic, moisturized, and wrinkle free as possible. For those days after a night of drinking, a depuffing eye treatment also comes in handy.
Moisturize Your Hands
Apply both lotion and sunscreen to your hands, just as you would you face. Your hands can show signs of aging faster than pretty much anywhere else, so pamper them beyond just getting manicures.
And Also Your Hair
Yes, hair ages too, so just as you want to moisturize the heck out of your skin, you should be deep-conditioning your hair. My beauty resolution for my 36th year is to start using a deep-conditioning mask every few weeks.
Stop Smoking, Even Socially
We know, we know, we should have already stopped smoking or never started. But if you have trouble kicking the habit, like me, make your 30s the decade to quit. I was amazed how much better my skin looked even one month after I stopped.
Always Wash Your Face Before Bed
At the very least, wipe it down with a cleansing wipe. You really have no excuse.
Wear Sparkly Makeup With Caution
While you don't need to forgo all sparkly makeup, approach it carefully. Not only can it look juvenile, but when sparkly stuff settles around your fine lines, the wrinkles can look even more defined.
Though we always want to look our best, when it comes down to it, there's really nothing you can do about aging; it just happens. So just embrace it, and be glad you're not 25 anymore.