How your skin changes in your 30’s

 

Your skin loses some elasticity. In your 30s, your body produces less collagen and elastin—two substances responsible for the firmness of your skin earlier in life—meaning your skin may droop and start to look saggy.

Here are a few things you need to note about the changes in your body. You need more sleep to function, hangovers are much more extreme, and your stomach just doesn’t respond well to certain foods (or is that just me?). Your skin is also going through a transition during this time. After 30, you might experience more dryness and irritation than you ever did. Not to mention strange spots seem to pop up from nowhere. But all this is perfectly normal, according to dermatologists.

This is a list of skin changes you can expect in your 30s:

1. You notice that your skin is looking a little dull
Your skin cell turnover slows down as early as your 20s. By the time you hit your 30s new cells are visible every 28-35 days, whereas they once turned over every 14 days or so when you were a child. Dead cells start accumulating on the surface of the skin.

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2. Your skin is dry, dry, dry
The top layer of skin has a more difficult time staying moisturized naturally, giving off a more dull look. Production of hydrating factors in the skin such as hyaluronic acid slows down.

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3. Your face doesn’t look as full as it used to
Forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, bags under the eyes, and more prominent laugh lines are all new things you might notice in your 30s. Changing hormones also contribute to many of these changes, specifically a loss of estrogen that causes us to lose volume and bone mass in our skull, cheekbones, and jawline.

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4. Your skin seems to get irritated more often
In addition to your skin being more susceptible to dryness, it is also less tolerant of external factors like cold and dry weather and harsh soaps. In other words, the cleansers you may have used on your face and body when you were younger without blinking an eye at the ingredients list won’t cut it anymore—they’ll quickly cause skin irritation and leave you hanging out to dry, literally.

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5. Dark spots appear from nowhere and take long to fade unlike before

You’ll also start to notice scars from things like acne fade at a slower rate. Those with darker skin types often notice these changes in pigmentation to a higher degree. Hyperpigmentation is often made worse by hormonal changes, UV exposure, and certain medications.

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5 things to avoid if you have sensitive skin

 

Does your skin get easily irritated?

You may not even know you have sensitive skin until you have a bad reaction to a cosmetic product, like soap, moisturizer, or makeup.

Conditions that cause sensitive skin are rarely serious. You can usually keep your symptoms under control with a few simple changes to your skin care routine.

Here are some things that cause a skin flare up:

Essential Oils

This is one ingredient that can cause a very bad reaction if used by someone with sensitive skin.

Cosmetologiss agree that even natural or organic ingredients can lead to irritation. Such oils are full of allergens.

Sulphates

This is a foaming agent found in shampoos, creams, soaps to cleaning products. Foaming agents in general can be quite tough, as they can upset the protective layer of oils on the skin.

Petro and synthetic emolients

They are derived from petroleum, chemicals such as liquid paraffin and mineral oil that irritate the skin by creating an oily layer on the skin to prevent moisture from escaping, leading to blocked pores and a build up of bacteria.

Perfume/ Fragrant agents

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While it may be tempting to buy a perfume off the shelf due to its pocket friendliness, this may be a bad idea for anyone with sensitive skin.

Many skincare products contain fragrance to mask less-pleasant scents that some ingredients have, but even if an added fragrance is natural, it can anger sensitive skin

Harsh exfoliants

If you have skin that’s easily irritated, using an exfoliator that is too abrasive can cause your skin to be immediately inflamed. Although you shouldn’t avoid exfoliating completely — it’s vital to removing dead skin cells and getting that glow — opting for gentler versions is essential in avoiding in any skin flare-ups.

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If your condition is really bad, always consult a dermatologist who will advise you how to tackle your skins worst enemy.

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7 common questions about sensitive skin

 

Many of us can attest to our family and friends saying their skin is irritant and easily irritated.

Here are all the questions that you have but probably don’t ask about your skin condition.

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1. What is sensitive skin?

Many people say they have sensitive skin because skin care products, or household products that contact their skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, or tightness.

Or they say they have it because even though they have no visible effects after contact with a product, it always makes their skin feel uncomfortable.

 

2. How do I know if I have sensitive skin?

Have a dermatologist check your skin. That’s the best way to find out if you have sensitive skin or whether something else is causing your skin condition.

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Smooth skin

3. What causes sensitive skin reactions?

Causes of sensitive skin reactions include:

Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis

Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions

Excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun and wind or excessive heat or cold

Genetic factors, age, gender, and race differences in skin sensitivity are less well-defined but still may play a role in causing skin reactions.

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4. Are there medical tests for sensitive skin?

Patch testing may identify signs of allergies that are causing or contributing to sensitive skin. Otherwise, it’s difficult for doctors to test for sensitive skin because so many factors can cause it.

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5. Should men be concerned about sensitive skin?

Yes. The look of healthy skin is just as important for men as it is for women.

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Black woman putting on face lotion

6. What types of cosmetics are less irritating to sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following:

Use cosmetics with a few preservatives and minimal risk of skin irritation.
Throw out old cosmetics; they can spoil or become contaminated.

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7. With an unfamiliar skin care product, how should I test for a sensitive skin reaction?

Before putting a new product on your skin, do the following:

For several days, apply a small amount behind an ear and leave it on overnight.

If your skin does not become irritated, follow the same procedure, this time applying the product on an area alongside an eye.

If you still don’t see irritation, the product should be safe for you to apply on any area of your face.

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Lilian Muli is having the biggest celebrity hair transformation of 2019 yet

They say that a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life, and this may be true for Lilian Muli.

Lilian shared a picture of a freshly shaved head, and visibly lighter looking skin that had alot of her fans excited.

Back in July she somewhat cut her hair into a mohawk, explaining that

“I shaved my locks because they thinned after I had a baby. I will miss them, though,” she said.

The anchor advised all those scared of trying something new to conquer their fears.

“You live once, have fun while you’re at it. Do stuff that makes you feel good. @wangarinick we are Twins now…well at least for a minute,” she wrote.

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This time round the hair is completely gone and she is spotting a completely short hair.

Lilian Muli has this year been on a rollercoaster of sorts with her life.

In June this year, she wished her first husband Moses Kanene, well after he posted pictures with his new girlfriend.

In an exclusive interview with Word Is, Muli said she is happy for her ex as they have both moved on and are happy.

“They look good together and I really don’t have anything more to say. We’ve been separated seven years dear. Plus, why should I deny him happiness and I found happiness too? It’s all good.”

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She has also been on and off with her second baby daddy Jared, and perhaps cutting off her hair this time round signifies something new in her life.

She has been slamming him on social media calling him a community husband.

The Citizen TV anchor later regretted her comments saying she is not proud of what she posted on social media.

“My recent outburst was my lowest moment, and I am not so proud of it because I had Kenyans speaking about it,” she said in an in an interview with Malkia Africa.

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We wish Lilian the best going forward.

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Biologist reveals the 11 natural nutrients for perfect skin

Many of us will not think twice about splashing out on expensive products to beat blemishes and aging and make skin glow.

But according to Mandi Nyambi, a US beauty expert, with a background in stem cell biology and nutrition, knowing what you eat and its effects on your skin can save you incalculable worry and money.

In her new book, Fresh Face, released today Mandi gives an extensive account of what to eat and what not to eat depending on your skin type.

On top of avoiding sugar drinking plenty of water and focus on eating the right kind of fats, she’s revealed the 11 essential nutrients that could save you a fortune on expensive products and treatments.
VITAMIN A

What it does: Eating food that are rich in vitamin A is great to protect the longevity of your skin, as well as to quicken your skin’s ability to repair itself. On top of its beneficial effects on the skin, its consumption is also important for vision, the immune system and reproduction.

Where to find it: Fish, eggs, beef and dairy are all filled with it, as well as spinach, carrots and sweet potato. VITAMIN B12

What it does: Also known as cobalamin, Vitamin B12 is present in the metabolism of every cell of our body, and plays a role in how we absorb protein. It’s important for our nervous system and the production of red cells in bone marrow.

When it comes to the skin, B12 helps preserve its elasticity.

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Where to find it: Meats, poultry, eggs, shellfish and dairy all contain Vitamin B12.
VITAMIN C

What it does: Being one of the most famous vitamin there is, vitamin C needs no introduction. A very well-known antioxidant, it is also plays an important role in the production of collagen.

Collagen is a major component of our skin, but over time, its production decreases, which causes wrinkles to appear. Taking collagen supplements or eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C can help prevent the appearance of crows feet.

Where to find it: Fruits, especially oranges, strawberries and blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, as well as vegetables lie spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes and Brussels sprouts.

VITAMIN D

What it does: Also well-known, Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate present in the body.

The vitamin can also help fight infections.

Lack of Vitamin D can result in muscle and bone pain, as well as acne. Eating foods rich in this particular vitamin will keep pimples and blackheads at bay.

Where to find it: Fortified foods, such as milk, cereals and orange juice can help avoid vitamin D deficiency. And a bowl of sunshine will do the trick too.
VITAMIN E

What it does: Try to see Vitamin E as your skin’s personal knight in shining armour. Its role is literally to keep your eyes and skin healthy.

This nutrient offers a number of skin care benefits. Not only does it help preserve your skin’s longevity, it’s also full of antioxidants and helps prevent the formation of scars.

Where to find it: Almond, sunflower seeds and vegetale oils contain vitamin E, as well as salmon, avocado and trout.

VITAMIN K

What it does: Perhaps a less appreciated vitamin than C or D, vitamin K present a lot of benefits when it comes to preserving your skin.

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K helps with blood clotting, which means it plays an important role in how our wounds heals. Therefore it helps to reduce scarring, dark circles and spider veins.
Dark circles are caused by sleep deprivation. The skin becomes paler, and the patches of dark skin and blood vessels underneath start to show.

Just like it treats bruises, vitamin K is proven to help dark circle become less apparent. For that reason, it should be your new best friend after a short night.

It can also help with spider veins.

Where to find it: Thankfully, a varied range of foods contain this little helper: kale, for instance, is rich in Vitamin K, as well as dairy products and fruits like blueberries. It’s also contained in liver, although it might not be everybody’s cup of tea.

ZINC

What it does: Studies have found that zinc deficiency could lead to acne, so you might want to make that this nutrient makes an appearance in your diet.

Where to find it: Turn to meat, shellfish, dairy and wheat germ to get your zinc intake. If you have a vegan diet, you can also take zinc supplements.

OMEGA 3, 6, 9

Omega 3, 6 and 9 are three types of fatty acid that play a crucial role in the well-being of our cells. Each type of Omega has different health benefits. Mandi states they help with skin elasticity, skin barrier repair and with the retention of moisture.

The body cannot produce Omega 3 acids itself, which means they have to be ingested by humans. They’re considered ‘essential fats’ and the World Heath organization recommends that we eat two portions of fatty fish per week in order to get a balance Omega 3 intake.

Omega 3 can help with a number of things, but as far as the skin is concerned, it is particularly good for inflammation.

The body doesn’t produce Omega 6 either, and they also are considered essential fats that need to be part of our diet.

The body produce Omega 9, which means it’s not necessary to have some in our diet. Where to find it: Various types of seeds, such as flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds contains omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as vegetable oils, pistachios and walnuts.

You can also find some in fatty fish such as salmon and avocado.

LACTOBACILLUS

What it does: Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria, but the good kind. According to Mandi it helps with repairing the skin barrier and fight inflammation all over the body.

Where to find it: Fermented food such as yogurts and kimchi contain all the lactobacillus you need.

TURMERIC

What it does: Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family helps balance body energy and boost the immune system.

It is not a nutrient itself, but packs vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, zinc and others.

Where to find it: Unlike the other items on that list, Turmeric is not contained in food, as it is a plant. You can buy turmeric in almost every supermarket.

ASHWAGANDHA

This mouthful is a medicinal plant and is classified as an ‘adaptogen,’ meaning it can help with stress.

It therefore reduces the production of cortisol and its effects on the skin.

Cortisol, which is commonly known as the stress hormone, is produced naturally by our body, especially when we wake up in the morning. When we are stressed, we produce extra amounts of cortisol.

This extra cortisol makes our skin prone to acne and wrinkle, which is why plants like Ashwagandha can be a good ally.

Where to find it: You won’t find the plant in your everyday supermarket, however, a quick look online will get you what you need.

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