30now

Congratulations, you’ve made it to 30 years old.   You might be thinking about getting married and having kids, or maybe you are already there.  With children comes new responsibilities.  Not only as a parent are you responsible for the health and well-being of your mini-me, but you also need to take a step back and reflect on your own health and other matters pertinent to the welfare of your child.  This is the time to have health insurance, a life insurance policy, make decisions about who should be the caretakers of your child if something were to happen to you and your spouse and have a will drawn up.  This is the time to start saving for retirement and setting aside money for your kid’s college AND mortgage payments.

At about 30 most folks start to comprehend that they aren’t 20 anymore, and they really need to start taking better care of themselves.  After all, you want to set a good example for your children too, right? Make a list of the doctors you should be seeing for health maintenance.   You need a primary care doctor, a dentist, and a dermatologist, for starters.  Annual dermatology visits are a must.  Did you know that once you have been diagnosed with melanoma you won’t be able to get life insurance or give blood anymore?  Statistically 1 out of 40 USA citizens will get a melanoma at sometime in their life.  That’s 1:40 !

As far as your skin goes, you aren’t too old for acne, you aren’t too young for skin cancer, and you aren’t too young for wrinkles.  You will likely see visible changes in your body’s metabolism, and your skin will be a little drier than it once was, and it will be harder to lose weight.  Your face is still probably making some oil, so you need light weight products for moisturization like hyaluronic acid serums (that do not contain dimethicone). You probably aren’t getting enough exercise or drinking enough water.   New growths are going to start showing up on your skin that weren’t there before.  You will start learning to identify what a angioma, a seborrheic keratosis, and skin tag look like.  Angiomas aka hemangiomas are the little red moles that start to pop out everywhere.  Seborrheic keratosis are the rough raised tan or brown bumps that look like dead skin, and often referred to as barnacles; they’re ugly, but at least they are harmless.  Skin tags develop where skin gets rubbed, and could be one more reason to try to keep that weight down.  Your brown flat moles called nevi are still at risk for melanoma, but now you are into the prime age group to develop a melanoma.

Overall though, you look great.  You are at your peak.  The age of 30 is considered to be the ideal for facial shape in our culture.  Young women apply blush under their cheekbones to look older.   Eighteen year old’s hate how big their cheeks are.  Truly, at about 30, your face should look pretty good, and its just downhill from here.  So now it becomes about preservation and prevention.  I hope you are using your sunscreen, and have developed the common sense by now to not use tanning beds, ever.  Trying to get a base tan before trips is not wise.  Smoking is terrible, not only because it causes lung cancer, but it makes your skin age rapidly too.

For men, if baldness runs in your family, and you don’t want to be bald, you should start talking to your dermatologist now (while your hair is still there!) about whether or not you want Propecia. For women, your hair is starting to thinning too.  You can take biotin, but Propecia won’t help you, you’ll just have to accept it, and find a great hair stylist.

For men and women, skin care needs to evolve to a new stage.  Your hands and legs are going to need more moisturizing CREAM (not lotion), and it might be time to say goodbye to Dial soap or any other soap that dries out the skin too much.  Just cleansing your face twice a day and slapping a little sunscreen on isn’t quite enough anymore.  Now you should be considering regular exfoliation, and if you are constantly frowning or squinting you should consider the preventive benefits of Botox.   Looking angry all the time isn’t good.  Waiting until 40 when the lines which some people call the “11’s” between the eyebrows are very deep is on the late side for best results.

If there is something in particular you’d like to change about yourself, feel free to ask your dermatologist.  There are new options all the time.  The latest thing to come out is Kybella to remove fat under the chin, a purely genetic thing, and it’s permanent.  So, happy birthday 30 year old, life feels great!    😀