How To Look Younger: Best Anti Aging Regimen For 30s

How To Look Younger Best Anti Aging Regimen For 30s

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Millenials, we’re only getting older. I’m 31 now! It’s getting crazy, time just seems to start slipping by at this age with all the responsibilities and demands from life. My anti aging regimen for my 30s is not only going to keep the stress away but the wrinkles too, I mean, that’s my goal. “How to look younger” has been the question on my mind lately.

Looking in the mirror as a 31 year old millennial has been an act of self examination. One day the person looking back at me didn’t have that youthful gleam to her. My reflection started looking more mature, womanly and adult-like. But if I had to be 100% honest about it, I think I look WAYY better now than I did at 20. I now have the means to splurge on beauty and better fashion choices. And I’ll take looking womanly at 31 over looking child-like and barely legal at 20 any day.

For right now, I want to maintain this “womanly glow” for as long as possible before I start falling into the elderly look that most women start to get after 45. Looking younger isn’t necessarily the goal but maintaining this perfectly aged womanly look I have going on definitely is.

How to look younger at 30? How to look better after 30? How to maintain yourself in your 30s? As women I wish we didn’t have to care so much about our appearance but that’s society for you. If these are the questions you have in mind, here are some tips on how to look your best after 30:

Sunblock
When I was 22, I got my hands on this random sample of Bare Minerals powdered foundation. I loved it because it was super easy to use. I realized it had SPF 15 in it and I thought, hmm why would that be a benefit to add to makeup? I looked it up and I realized SPF had some major anti aging benefits. I thought, why stop at SPF 15? I want to be young forever! I picked up a bottle of Neutragena’s facial moisturizer with SPF 50 and I never looked back.

Having used sunblock on my face and body for nearly 10 years has made a huge difference. I don’t have smile lines or major forehead creases. My eyelids don’t droop beyond my eyelashes or look hooded. My tear troughs haven’t deflated much to the point where I need fillers.

This one trick of ALWAYS using high protection sunblock has definitely contributed to maintaining my looks in a way that is natural.

I remember back in my early 20s, my friends would literally bake at the beach for hours. I would lay next to them in the hot midsummer day sun and wonder, how the f*ck is this enjoyable, I feel like I’m suffocating under this heat. I rarely went sunbathing because I just didn’t enjoy it.

That was a blessing in disguise because my skin is pretty good due to lack of sun exposure.

The best thing women can do to maintain their looks is to start using sunblock in their teens and 20s. Once skin is damaged and starts to dull, you can’t really get it back without expensive laser treatments and even then the results aren’t guaranteed.

But sooner is better than later and if you haven’t started protecting your skin, now is the best time to do it.

Moisturizer
Too many people skip this step. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. On top of sunblock during the day, you need to moisturize your skin at least 2X a day. I recommend trying out a few different ones to see which one is most effective on your skin.

For those of you living in the tundra parts of North America, don’t let your skin get dry! This is almost as bad as sitting in the sun all day. Your skin will age more from the cold harsh winters. What you want is to keep a handheld moisturizer on you to keep your skin as nourished as possible.

I’m not saying you need the most expensive facial products to keep you young. I kept it simple and use this Olay eye cream that I feel is perfect for night time and even during the day. I know it’s an eye cream but I have no issues using it all over my face or using a concentrated amount on my problem areas. I’m pretty wrinkle free at 31, other than my crows feet (which I think adds character) so I would say this stuff works.

I also recommend a face mask. This Blue Lagoon face mask is pretty expensive, it’s $115, but it’s by far my favorite. I love this face mask because it only requires 5 minutes on your face. (I leave it on for 10). It’s not a FOREVER mask that you need to keep on to feel like it’s doing something. Then you wash it off and your face is literally GLOWING!!! For a cheaper result, I use this Korean collagen mask that I sit in for like an hour or until the liquid dries on my face LOL. The instructions say NOT to wash it off and sleep in it until the next morning. I think it’s like $30 for 5 masks, not too shabby either.

Less Makeup
In my teens and 20s I was obsessed with makeup. I had so many palettes, brushes and liptsticks. It was like a toy collection to me, I needed to have it all and learn how to blend, contour and make myself look as good as possible with makeup. I felt like it made me more mature.

But now in my 30s, my best anti aging regimen and advice is to lay off the makeup, I just can’t cake it all on. Foundation and concealer tends to find it’s way into my fine lines and creases creating this ultra, obvious, madeup look that looks bad. I just can’t wear several layers of makeup without it making me look older or tired. But I also can’t get away with no makeup without looking tired and older either. So it’s a bit of a catch 22.

I have a very simple routine now that works to keep me looking fresh and alive. I just touch on the essential makeup that I need to make the most difference in my face. That includes a good amount of under eye concealer, mascara, eyebrows, a pinch of blush and lipstick. No more blending in eyeshadow bullshit or contouring.

At the end of the day, youth is generally characterized by a fresh and natural face. Tons of makeup is not going to recreate that.

By the time you reach 30, less is more.

Fillers
Let’s talk fillers because now everyone and their mother is using fillers like Botox, Restalyn and whatever else they use now. Can fillers really make you look younger?

Yes they can. But in my opinion they should be used as a last resort. The thing about filler is that once you start using them, you kind of need to keep it up. You’re face will continue to age and depending on where you’ve gotten filler done it might even age faster due to the weight of the filler in your face or the trauma of injection.

If you want to make a measurable and immediate difference in how young you look, fillers are kind of like a cheat sheet. Quick and easy, but costly.

Less alcohol, more water
Alcohol is so delicious, I’m a big fan of wine, but it’s so dehydrating. If only we could drink water with the type of enthusiasm we drink wine with. This is something I’ve done for my 2020 goals.

No more alchohol or a very limited supply of it in exchange for water. Water is FREE, liquor is not. At 31, I’m tired of waking up with a headache after drinking a few glasses, like OMG why am I so dehydrated.

Drinking the recommended daily amount of water is known to help you look better and keep you healthier long term. This absolutely free beauty hack is ignored by so many women who are just too busy in their day to day to stop, take a break and drink some water.

Tasteful style
Finally, I’m at an age where I’m not dead broke. My 20s were a nightmare, I was literally counting pennies and constantly depressed and worried over my finances.

Now that I’ve finally “made it” as an adult, I can kind of relax my wallet and buy more tasteful clothes, shoes and accessories. I can finally invest in a haircut more than 1X a year and maybe get a hair treatment or two. These small added benefits definitely help you stay fresh and younger as you’re able to keep up with the trends easier.

Quality over quantity. I used to spend my money at Forever 21 and H&M to get the most bang for my buck. The clothes would shrink after the first wash or catch snags too easily. Their clothes never fit properly because they were made for the masses and quickly designed for the season and style of the month. Spending time buying clothes that FINALLY fit and building a closet that says I can dress well, is amazing and confidence boosting too. Looking and feeling good in what you wear will definitely keep you fresh, happy and youthful!

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Use all these tips and tricks CONSISTENTLY and you’ll find that you’re going to look AMAZING in your 30’s. They say 30 is the new 20 and I couldn’t agree more with it. I feel and look better than I ever have. I have more confidence in myself and a stronger understanding of who I am. And with these tips that I implement into my life, no one can ever guess my age accurately!

They say “youth is wasted on the young”…not if you’re still looking good in your 30s!

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What It’s Like to Marry Your Soulmate

I’m thirty, and I’ve known my husband since I was 18. He’s the love of my life and my soulmate.

We had met the third day of our freshman year in college. My husband (K) had been in orientation with my roommate, and he invited us out to hit the city and go to this place that allowed japanese sake for the underage college crowd. Of course, I decided I wanted to wear these new pointy toed shoes that I’ve never worn before. I think I bought them from some discount fashion store. Well, halfway through the night, my feet are blistering at the heel and the shoes are feeling too small. K offered to give me a piggyback ride after all my suffering and complaining. I thought it was so sweet and from that moment on we were inseparable.

How do I know my husband is my soulmate?

Now that I’m trying to put this in writing I realize it’s hard to conceptualize but I just can’t imagine my life without him. And if I did have to live without him, I’d probably live alone because, in my heart and soul, I know there’s no one else who will love me like he does. Our relationship is special and not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful for it.

This is what our relationship is like:

Sometimes we fight

But not very often. We both have flaws but the problem is we’re both comfortable living with our flaws. When we fight, it’s always one of us calling each other out for piss poor behavior. Even our fights I can appreciate because it helps us grow and get over the habits that hold us back. Without the love of my life, I would be stagnant.

Some people fight on the regular, constantly tearing each other apart for being themselves. It’s amazing for me to be with my soulmate who appreciates me for who I am but also calls me out when I’m being crappy.

We end every phone conversation with “Love you.”

This sounds really sappy but we still let each other know that we love one another. It’s so easy to fall into a routine and forget to show affection. We can’t be apart even a day without checking in on each other, seeing how each other’s day went and saying “Love you.” Just hearing someone reaffirm those words to you can change your whole mood and make your day better.

I can see our future of bad times and I’m not scared

The honeymoon phases is said to be the best period in a relationship, when everything is new, exciting and overly romantic. But for K and I, that period came and went a long time ago. Now we’re a couple caught in the routine of life and day to day errands.

The material aspect of our lives doesn’t matter as long as we have each other. We lived with nothing when we were 23-26 and yet I look back at that challenging time with love because even though things were hard we still found ways to have a good time.

Looking forward, I see us getting older, dealing with elderly and sick parents, watching our kids grow up and move out, and our own health scares. All these things are inevitable and sure to happen. And though they’re not necessarily happy things, I’m ok with it because we’ll go through it together.

We still have moments of laughter

You would think that after 12 years we’d run out of things to talk about, let alone laugh about, but we haven’t. Maybe K is just a funny guy but I know for a fact I’m not particularly funny, yet he finds things to laugh about with me. It’s nice. I personally think laughter is the glue that holds relationships together. Once you stop laughing, a relationship just starts to die. He still cracks jokes and I’ll poke fun at both of us.

The moments I remember more than anything are the happy and fun ones, the arguments and challenging times just fade away in my memory.

It’s not just sexual

After 12 years, sex is a little more routine. We have two kids and we have to find time when they’re either away or asleep to get it in and be intimate together. We also know exactly what the other person likes and aren’t selfish in our intimacy. There’s no beating around the bush or floundering to figure out what turns the each other on.

But sex isn’t the foundation of our relationship. So many relationships are based mainly on sex and what the other person has to offer sexually. The reality is that, in a long-term relationship or marriage, sex will wax and wane. Sometimes one person will be going through some stuff and not have much of a libido. Things like illnesses, work issues, family problems, pregnancy and a new child can affect libido. People who base their whole relationship on sex will see their relationship fall apart at the first hurdle.

As my soulmate, my husband doesn’t guilt trip me if there’s a dip in intimacy. Thankfully, he’s understanding. I don’t have to constantly worry that if I can’t have sex he’ll go somewhere else. Our relationship is based on much more than that.

We have things we love to do together

I’ve never understood why people stay together when they can’t find shared interests. To be honest, both K and my interests have changed over the years but we’ve always been able to share something together. Like a favorite show or a restaurant that we love. He entertains my fondness for street carnivals and visiting the rinky-dinky summer carnivals that visit our town. His interests seem to change like the flavor of the week but I’m good at being curious about them. It’s great to have something to bond over and share memories with. These memories will last a lifetime.

I feel at peace

Most of all, I feel a sense of comfort with my soulmate. Having someone who completely understands me is such a blessing. I don’t have to explain myself constantly, he already knows and understands my motivations. I know he’ll always have my back and that I’m not left to face this world alone. Everything we do, we do as a team, not as adversaries trying to one up one another. And I don’t have a sense of insecurity in my relationship because of everything we’ve been through and had to overcome. K is the love of my life and knowing that he will always be there for me has given me an immense sense of peace.

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Overall our relationship has been through a lot. There have been ups and downs along the way and we’ve changed as individuals over the years. Meeting your soulmate doesn’t mean everything will be happy all the time, it does mean that they’ll be able to appreciate all that you offer and be able to complement you as a person. I would describe our relationship as a ying and yang dynamic and I know I’m blessed to be in such a harmonious relationship with the person I love.

I don’t know if there are multiple opportunities to meet your soulmate or whether are multiple people you can be soulmates with. But when you do meet that person, it would be a mistake to let them pass you by. For me, meeting the love of my life was a once in a lifetime experience and a life changing one too.

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This is 30: Turning 30 Year’s Old

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I’ve been reflecting on my age. This year I turned 30 and was expecting some sort of wow moment but it hasn’t happened yet. I remember being 20 and looking towards my 30th birthday with distain. Wouldn’t that make me middle aged? But 30 definitely isn’t as bad as I would have thought. It’s kind of like being in your 20s but with more confidence, money and grace. There’ll be some things I would miss from my 20s, but 30s has been pretty awesome so far.

I definitely miss being young and flirty. Life got serious for me early when I had my first daughter at 24 and married; but I still enjoyed being carefree, managing to grow my career and being free to move around.

I’ve enjoyed the benefits of being considered conventionally attractive and now that I’m over 30, I definitely notice I’m not as much on the radar. I don’t really need to be as noticed anymore, as a mother and a wife, but you can’t help but miss the days when your whole future was ahead of you and possibilities seemed endless. I’m not someone chasing after my youth but keeping up my appearance was so much easier in my 20s. There was more free time to look after tweezing, waxing, and shaving; beautifying was generally easier. Nowadays, I can go weeks looking like Godzilla. I’ve also cut back on the makeup time. I used to blend, sculpt and contour every day and, goddamn, I was able to look extra flawless after 20 minutes of caking it on. At 30, with 2 kids in tow, I can barely manage to throw on mascara and lipstick.

I don’t miss being broke and unestablished though. That was the worst. For the longest, I could barely maintain a balance of $500 in my bank account. It was so stressful not knowing if I was ever going to make it. I spent years going into debt. Sometimes, I would imagine what my life would be if I had a job that was stable. I always imagined I’d have more in my life; a bigger apartment in a better location. But things aren’t too bad. I’m now more established in my career and could job hop to most comparable companies.

I recognize that the next 10-15 years I’ll be the most marketable based on my experience and age. Just trying to capitalize on that and make as much money as I can, while I can. Then I’ll probably get an masters or law degree if I feel I’m aging out of being competitive. Or I can start a whole second career; to be honest, real estate is starting to feel tired.

Compared to my 20s, the relationship side of my life is pretty stable. From 20 to 23 it was fun to date. Parties and meeting people seemed so exciting like I can meet the love of my life at any time. Nothing happened because I actually met the love of my life at 18, who I married at 24; but the idea that I wasn’t settled yet and living spontaneously was amazing.

I also hadn’t mastered the concept of “all in good moderation” when it came to drinking. I was drinking garbage $5 vodkas like Smirnoff and watered down wine coolers. 30 year old me would prefer Grey Goose and Cranberry or an aged wine.

Being 30 years old, parties are fun. I mean, not in the same way they were in my 20s, but I finally learned how to relax and just enjoy the moment, and that’s pretty amazing. I also learned how to small talk. I’m not socially awkward anymore and I no longer have high expectations that I’ll either be meeting my partner for life or my new best friend. I can just enjoy people as they are and that is a gift.

On the other hand, I don’t miss being naive and unexperienced about life. I spent a lot of time in my 20s not knowing how life works. I couldn’t accept that life was unfair and I wanted to correct it so badly. Questions like: why are there homeless people, why are people so greedy and selfish, and why does that guy ignore me but like her? Now I can accept the answers as they are: the world is complicated and imperfect, not all problems can be fixed and the world doesn’t revolve around me. The world’s darkness doesn’t disturb me like it once did. I guess I’ve gotten used to imperfection.

I have a good handle on what’s happening around me and feel confident that I have enough life experience to handle confrontations/disagreements at work and in my relationships. I used to feel like I didn’t have much to offer and constantly allowed others to walk all over me. I can stand up for myself better now. I’ve also learned how to let things go when they aren’t going my way and not to dwell on the negativity that other people bring. That’s a skillset I wouldn’t trade for anything.

For me, my 20s was about being independent, learning about myself, enjoying my youth and beauty, and trying to get established. My 30s are going to be about gaining security, growing in self-confidence, gaining perseverance and taking my life to the next level. Looking forward, I finally have the resources and experience I need to do those things. There are really no excuses. The next 10 years are going to determine whether I spend my 40s in a midlife crisis or whether my 40s will be the most exciting years of my life. But overall I feel like my best years are just ahead of me.

So this is 30. I’ve made it to the 30 club.

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The Biggest Red Flags In A Relationship

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Have you ever found yourself in a relationship with someone who checked all the boxes you were looking for, but after a few weeks together you start getting uneasy feelings about them? Like something isn’t right… Chances are it wasn’t. I wish I knew the biggest red flags in a relationship before I got involved. This is my top 2020 dating advice.

It’s actually fairly common for people to stay in relationships WAYY longer than they should. If you’re someone looking for true love, avoid wasting time with duds by keeping an eye out for these red biggest flags in a relationship. This advice should be taken with some intuition and a pinch of salt, exhibiting one of these signs does not mean the relationship is unsalvageable. But a LOT of these signs is a good reason to run and cut things off without a second glance.

Compulsive Lying

We all tell white lies once in a while and it’s not uncommon for people to tell each other what they think the other person wants to hear. But what we need to keep an eye out for is consistent lying, dishonesty, and falsehoods. One lie could easily be the start of larger lies or omissions.

To be honest my husband used to lie compulsively, mainly about little things and nothing at all. He would just give me an answer he thought would be the easiest to digest. I always caught his lie and called him out on it. We’ve fought over these useless lies too. “If you can’t even be honest about a small thing, how can I trust you to be honest about bigger things.” He realized I had a point. He really doesn’t lie anymore and we’ve found his triggers and have dealt with them for the most part.

Doesn’t want to introduce you to family or meet your friends

This happens a lot in couples that are not fully committed like friends with benefits or f*ck buddies. Sometimes this happens in regular committed relationships too. If your partner isn’t able to let you hang with family or friends and you’ve been dating for a WHILE, consider this one of the biggest red flags in a relationship. Something to keep an eye out.

Partners who are committed to long-term prospects are more likely to want to meet friends and family. Getting to know you’re inner circle can give them insight into your background, how you were raised and your interests.

Gas lighting

When two people argue it can be hard to keep emotions straight or even keep to the facts but gas lighting is more insidious than occasionally bending the truth to your argument.

Gaslighting is the intentional misrepresentation or recollection of facts to make the other party feel like they are in the wrong. And doing this consistently.

Example:

“Mark, were you able to pick up my prescriptions?”

“Sally, we talked about this. You’re supposed to pick up your prescription every Friday after you go for your appointment.”

“I know we talked about running errands before that appointment but I don’t remember discussing the prescription. You had mentioned you would pick it up nearly 2 weeks ago”

“This isn’t the first time you’ve forgotten something, remember last week we talked about meeting for lunch and you totally stood me up! I don’t know how I can keep being your babysitter.”

“I’m sorry Mark, I swear I thought the time you said was an hour later. I would have met you on time.”

This systematic changing of facts to put you in the wrong is TOXIC. It requires social knowledge of the types of things you won’t remember and a manipulation of truths. This is probably the one red flag that if you see it happening, you should run without second thought. When gaslighting is done, it’s done purposely.

Nitpicking

It’s ok to have things that you like done a certain way. It’s ok to occasionally critique your partner for things that you want done in a specific way.

What’s not ok is when someone is trying to change everything you do and say into their “correct” vision of how people should act.  This kind of behavior is common in control freaks, type A personalities, and perfectionists.

They might correct how you behave, do things, speak, dress, etc.  We’ve all met that type of person:

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Inconsistent or hot/cold

So many people are just so inconsistent or unreliable.  I think this speaks for itself in dating life.  I used to wonder why people who were inconsistent or cold would treat me that way.  It used to be a problem with me that I felt I needed to resolve.  But really it’s not an issue with me, it’s an issue with THEM.

Someone who plays the hot and cold game is just showing you how unimportant you are in their scheme of things.  It has a lot to do with their own ego and narcissism. Stay Away.

Selfish with time

People who are selfish with how they spend their time are also solipsistic, they see the world as existing from only their perspective.  These are people who won’t meet you for a date unless it’s close to them, or will only call you if their weekend is barren.  They’ll make you just through hoops just to plan a date out. This is one of my top 2020 dating advice to consider

“It has to be between this time and this time.  Before I have this appointment and then after I’ll be meeting up with some friends I haven’t seen in 5 years.  Let’s meet up at this location because it’s close to the two places I have to be.  I can’t wait for our date!

Not gonna lie, my older sister is kind of like this.  She tends to prioritize her needs over the needs of others. If she’s visiting home, one of my parents will have to drop what their doing to pick her up from the train station and again to drop her off when she leaves.  Even though she’s a doctor and could easily afford a $10 Uber or cab ride.

My parents threw her a birthday party and she didn’t even help set up or clean up! She was too busy with her own appointments and catching up with friends.  Not cool! Red flag!

Doesn’t like your family

This isn’t obvious, especially when you’re young but if your partner has a big problem with your family, then it’s time to reconsider the strength of your relationship.

As relationships grow more serious both families will eventually become more involved in supporting you.  K and I, we’re both are close with our families.  Over the years our siblings and especially our parents have helped us and supported us.  If he or I were unable to get along with each others parents or siblings, I don’t know how our relationship could have worked.

Family drama can be avoided by choosing partners that are compatible with, not only you, but your family too.

Of course this 2020 dating advice should be taken with a pinch of salt. Not everyone is super close with their family so I would imagine this wouldn’t pose such a problem with them.

Keeps in touch with exes or has lots of girls who are friends 

This is one of the biggest red flags in a relationship.  A lot of people miss this and think, naively, that these relationships are platonic.

There are very few friendships between opposite heterosexual genders that come without strings attached.  You might disagree with this and think that your friendship is the exception, maybe it is, but most likely it’s not.

It’s even more of a red flag when there are multiple women who are in your partners life that were past love interests.

The past is in the past! Why keep them around?

In my honest experience, men and women who are keeping “friends” around, are generally keeping backup options who will fill your place once your relationship ends.  I’ve never found it to be a healthy dynamic and would generally say to watch out for people like this.  What seems innocent, can easily not be.

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That’s my list for top 2020 dating advice! Let me know your thoughts and own experiences with red flags you’ve found in your life.

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