By the age of 30, many women start to think about anti-ageing strategies to reverse the signs of ageing and look and feel younger for longer. However, this is also the time where couples start families, which means a decade spent on juggling a young family with a career. While it’s generally an exciting time, it can also be filled with sleep deprivation and stress – which can have a negative impact on our physical and emotional well-being.
“In the midst of our anti-ageing strategies, hormonal imbalances often show up too, which can affect skin particularly,” says skincare expert Dr Terry Loong. The truth is, whatever your age, women have many of the same well-being wants – more energy and sleep, a balanced mood, fewer infections – oh, and it might be nice if our skin behaved, too!
Try these smart anti-ageing strategies for your 30s
One of the best anti-ageing strategies to stay healthy and boost your well-being is to practise Saucha. Kids pick up twice as many colds as adults do, exposing you to them, too. Combine that with immune-sapping stress and it’s a recipe for sniffles.
Saucha is a yogic idea that fights both problems, says Carol Krucoff, author of Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less.
To do it, simply soap your hands and rub them for 20 seconds and, while doing that, repeat a calming mantra or focus on your breathing. Try it six times a day and you’ll create a few moments of stillness – and fight those dreaded bugs – all in one.
Try Spirulina. Iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies for women in their 30s – and low iron causes low energy and tiredness.
A great way to naturally increase iron levels is by taking Marcus Rohrer Spirulina, R210 for 180 tablets, which provides up to 40 times more iron than spinach, plus protein for sustainable energy.
If you prefer power, try Organic Spirulina Chlorophyll Protein Powder, R277 for 200g.
Try cycling. No, we’re not talking about getting on your bike. Instead, it’s Dr Loong’s recommendation to tackle the havoc hormonal imbalances can create by tailoring your needs to your menstrual cycle. “The skin does alter week by week,” she explains.
Try this cycling skincare regime:
Dry phase – use plenty of hydrating products.
Skin improving – focus on renewing/exfoliation.
Building – collagen production is strongest now; use skin-boosting products like Vegan Collagen Boost Skincare, R376 for the duo. This serum and moisturising gel contain a host of natural ingredients and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and boost the body’s natural collagen production.
Week 4: Oily/breakout phase – don’t over-cleanse or moisturise.