Well goodbye 20s. It’s been a good run. As I enter my 30s, I look back on the past ten years fondly. My twenties was filled with highs and lows, but above all, memorable experiences. I won’t bore you with an emotional trip down memory lane, but when I look back at my 20s, I smile with satisfaction (my Mum probably cries at the thought of my antics).
Turning 30 hasn’t been a welcomed transition on my part. So much so that the husband and I have jetted off to the tropical beaches of Barbados just to soften the blow. I dreaded the big 3-0 and what’s not to fear?! I’ve developed a few more grey hairs, I can no longer party until 6am without hibernating for a week after and my idea of a great night is falling asleep on the sofa in front of the tv. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting older, but I considered myself somewhat of a medical marvel, age only caught up with those around me.
Low and behold, my theory has proved incorrect and I am now a fully fledged member of the over 30s club. However, rather than shy away from the truth, I’m embracing my new found age and adopting a few healthy beauty habits along the way. Gone are the days when I could sleep with a full face of makeup or quench my thirst with copious amounts of wine. My 30s require more attention to my beauty routine, because when I’m 40 (crying a little inside) I want to look as youthful as possible.
So as I lay here on the beautiful white sand of Barbados, I watch my 20s wash away and hello to a happy, healthy and beautiful decade ahead. Here are my beauty resolutions for my dirty thirties…
1. Wear sunscreen every day
We hear it all the time and, more often than not, we turn a blind eye to this vital bit of advice. The sun causes 90 percent of wrinkles, and prevention is easier than curing. Wearing sunscreen on the daily basis not only reduces the risk of skin disease, but it prevents premature ageing and sun spots. I’ve struggled in the past to find the perfect non-greasy sun protectant so choosing a moisturiser with added spf will make life a whole lot easier.
2. Learn how to blow-dry my hair
I learnt the fine art of hot rollers at a young age. Fed up with spending most of teen years with poker straight, limp hair (thank you 90s), I learned that big, bouncy curls are my thing. However, I could never achieve the L’Oréal “I’m worth it” effect that I got with a great blow-dry at the salon. Practise makes perfect in this situation, but I will make it my mission to become a pro.
3. Find the right shade of red
I’ve never really been much of a red girl. I’ve always indulged in berry pinks and muted mauves, but this year I will spend time investigating into my perfect red lipstick. I’ve dabbled a little into the classics, Ruby Woo and Russian Red, but neither have I found to be particularly earth shattering.
4. Amp up my eye cream
The skin under your eyes is delicate and thin so treating your peepers to an anti-ageing eye cream which contains a power ingredient called retinol will keep those pesky lines at bay. Retinol thickens the skin and also makes dark circles appear less prominent.
5. Buy quality makeup brushes and take time cleaning them
I’ve always been into quality makeup brushes, but keeping them clean is a different story. I’ve tried making it into a repetitive habit, but I find myself getting lazy. Perhaps because I have more makeup brushes than sense, but this year I have decided to give my brushes a deep clean once a week, who am I kidding?…twice a month to ensure the longevity of the brushes and keep bacteria at bay.
6. Remember that every drink shows on your face
I’m not saying go teetotal, but indulging in a bottle of wine (or two) will have adverse effects on your skin. After a night out, my skin looks dull, dehydrating and overall blah. Hydration is important, but you won’t find the hydration you need at the bottom of a wine glass. Water, water and more water is key. At least two litres a day if you want to look young, plumped and glowing. If you are going to have a messy night one day, treat your skin to a hydrating face mask the next.
7. Remember that beauty is work
If I could go through life with a mere splash of water, a cheap and cheerful moisturiser and a slick of mascara I would be a happy bunny. However, the truth is, I’m not that kind of girl. I take time in my grooming. I spend a fair bit of time in the evenings putting on my lotions and potions and although it can get quite annoying, I must remember that it’s all for the greater good. It’s always slightly cringe worthy listening to women my age or even older who think that they can get away with the same routine they had in their teens. Sure, they may have a few more coins in their pocket from saving all their money and they have more time to catch some zzz, but I would rather invest my time and finances into my looks now than regret it when I’m older.
8. Get regular facials
Along with a great skincare routine, I have vowed to make facials a regular occurrence in my life. Sure they’re a little expensive, but along with getting pampered, I’m giving my skin the added push that it needs. Researching into the latest trends and facials tailored into my skin requirements will put me in the right direction.
9. Mourn your twenties, but celebrate what’s ahead
They say that your 20s are for learning and your 30s are for living. Put your mistakes behind you and look forward to what lies ahead. Your thirties are there for you to confidently strive in life knowing what you want and how to get it. So put your best foot forward and learn to be the best possible version of yourself. Don’t forget that the best beauty accessory you could ever adopt is a cracking smile and a lot of confidence.
So there we have it. Those are my 9 beauty resolutions that I am determined to stick to over the coming year. Thank you to everyone for the birthday love. This has by far been the best birthday ever and I’m forever grateful to be able to share my day with you all. Here I come 30s, watch out!