Skin

Updated 20 July 2014

Skincare in your 30s

During your 30s, any persistent skin breakouts should dwindle. In their place will be the first signs of ageing. A decade ago you could party the night away and hide the damage

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During your 30s, any persistent skin breakouts should dwindle. In their place will be the first signs of ageing. A decade ago you could party the night away and hide the damage with eye drops – now you get puffy, dark rings under your eyes.

If you still being treated for acne and you fall pregnant or plan to fall pregnant, you need to consider the dangerous effects of some drugs on the foetus. Consult both your dermatologist and your gynaecologist for acvice. Your doctor may decide to change your treatment plan.

Keep your skin well hydrated, especially if you live in a dry climate or during winter when skin is driest.

Be diligent about covering up in the sun. Make a big hat your favourite accessory. Bronze was last beautifil in the '70s.

See a dermatologist for solid advice on straight answers about skin care in the coming years.

What’s happening within your skin is this: the skin's natural process of exfoliation is slowing, and collagen and elastin levels are dropping. Your skin also loses moisture and elasticity. Any exposure to the sun requires comprehensive use of sunscreen. Maintain your regimen of cleansing and toning, hydrating, moisturizing and firming.

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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