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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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