Getty ImagesBy Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
Kate Middleton is celebrating her 30th birthday quietly - and who can blame her? Turning the big 3-0 isn't as exciting a milestone as your first kiss, or, say, marrying a prince. To make matters worse, even princesses can expect to see the first signs of aging right around the time they hit 30. Here's how to give your skin the royal anti-aging treatment:
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Crow's feet: Most women begin to notice fine lines and crow's feet when they turn 30, when collagen and elastin production slows. Still, if you haven't had a ton of sun exposure, an eye cream with hyaluronic acid will be enough to temporarily plump fine lines. Try La Roche-Posay Redermic Eyes. If you've got more pronounced wrinkles, switch to a treatment with retinol. The ingredient can be irritating, but RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream time-released formula is suitable for even sensitive skin.
Dullness and fine lines: In your 30s, estrogen levels begin to drop. Couple that with past sun exposure, and you get drier, duller skin-and around 35, fine lines usually begin to appear on the forehead's thin skin. To treat dullness, dryness, and fine lines in one shot, trade in your daily moisturizer for one with 10-percent glycolic acid to exfoliate, suggests Howard Sobel, clinical attending dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Try Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer.
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Sun spots: Freckles that used to fade in winter turn into more permanent sun spots. In your early 30s, this is especially common on the chest, which tends to ages earlier than other body parts because "the area is so exposed and sensitive," says Amy Wechsler, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. It's time to start using a prescription hydroquinone, which fades superficial spots in four to eight weeks.
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