Your Face in Your 30s continued...
Best Self-Care: Increase the use of retinol products to three to four times a week, Marmur says. And if you're still using oil-free moisturizers and foundations, Goldberg says toss them.
"This is the decade you need to get serious about using moisturizers, so choose one that is light but does have some oil because your skin needs that," Goldberg says. And, he says, be sure to keep using sunscreen.
Best Pro Care: If brown spots are your problem, Goldberg says don't waste your time with bleaching agents. Nip them in the bud with a chemical peel or a laser, which, he says, is also the best treatment for visible blood vessels on the face.
Schlessinger says give your face an overall boost of youth with microdermabrasions or a chemical peel, which can also get rid of small imperfections and keep that "youthful glow" a few years longer.
And while it may seem a bit early to consider "serious" anti-aging treatments, some experts say this is the decade to go after those lines and wrinkles with muscle relaxers like Botox and Dysport and line fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, and many more.
"The argument for having these treatments this soon is that, first, you need very little to get a very good result, and, second, there is increasing evidence that, if you start at this age, you can actually stop things from getting worse. In the long run, you'll need much, much less to maintain a youthful appearance," Goldberg says. In fact, Goldberg and others report that some women are now beginning to have Botox or Dysport injections in their brow starting as early as their late 20s in an effort to stem the tide of aging.
Remember, though, these options don't come cheap, with costs averaging about $2,000 per treatment, depending on the extent of what you have done.
Also, if you are considering these treatments in your 20s or 30s and anticipate continuing them for some time, note that there are few studies on the safety of decades-long continued use of facial rejuvenation injections. While doctors don't anticipate any problems, there are no guarantees. Since 2009, the FDA has required all of the botulinum toxin products -- including Botox, Dysport and Myoblock -- to include a special warning on their labels. It states that the toxin may spread from the area of injection and cause problems with breathing or swallowing or even death. Most of these problems occurred in children with cerebral palsy, however, and not when used for approved cosmetic purposes.
Again, the best way to optimize results and ensure safety -- at any age -- is to seek treatment with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.