Ahh, your 30s. It's an interesting time to say the least. On one hand I wish I felt like I still had all the time in the world like I did in my 20s. Now I feel like time is slipping by way too fast.
On the other hand, I'm so much happier now than I was back then. I feel better physically and much more in tune with what I want mentally and emotionally.
When you're in your 20s, being over 30 seems so old. And there are days when I think, omg, I am getting old! I don't feel only three years and a couple months away from 40. How is that even possible?
If there's one thing I've learned it's that we're always playing catch up with our body. We know we are physically getting older, but it's consistently a surprise that yup, it's really happening.
When I wrote the post before this, Beauty Rituals for Your 20s, I kept thinking of all the things I wish I had done better in my 20s. I'm happy to say there weren't many of them. Sometimes I do look in the mirror and think, damn I look old today! But for the most part, I feel like I played my cards right and am happy with my physical body at this age.
And sometimes it's hard to gauge what you've done right and what you didn't when you're right smack in the middle of it. I'm sure when I'm 45, I'll look back on my 30s wishing I had done some things differently. But since I'm a little obsessed with natural beauty (ha, ya think?), I believe I have a good grasp on what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong.
For instance, I spend way too much time staring into a computer screen. I know this and wish I didn't, but since this is how I make my living, there's not much I can do about it other than take frequent breaks. Hopefully it won't come back to bite me in the ass in the next ten years!
Instead I try to focus on the things that I think will make a positive difference. So let's take a look at what I've learned so far.
By now I think we all can agree that diet is not about trying to lose weight. It's about lifestyle. It's less about how much you eat and more about what you eat. So I try to eat good. I'm not as anal as I used to be (although, hmmm, it would be nice to get there again...). The 30s, I've found, is all about sticking to a healthy diet.
The thing is the older you get, the harder it is to stay in shape. Those little treats here and there add up. It's harder to keep your skin soft and supple so eating enough fruits and veggies, and getting enough water is essential.
Something else I've realized....in your 30s, it's really difficult to let loose without paying for it the next day.
I've always been the type of person who likes a treat, a beer, a margarita, etc every once in a while. In the past eight years or so my balance was healthy living 90% of the time and living it up the rest. Prior to age 27, well, you could say I was a party girl (more about my journey to wellness in my newsletter).
Ultimately I don't miss my partying 20s. I'm happily relishing the homebody life in my 30s with the occasional craft beer on the weekends and next to no hangovers (which get SO much worse by the way, it sucks).
For the most part, I'd say nowadays, I'm pretty good with my diet about 85% of the time (now my bad habit is vegan ice cream treats). I'd like to get it up to 90% again, but I've been in a little food funk lately (I need a food reboot!).
I stick mostly to a vegan/vegetarian plant-based diet (recently I've added the occasional fish or eggs). The one thing I can say for me is that cutting out meat and dairy did wonders for my health. Although I think having it every once in a while is completely fine if you do eat those things.
My 30s have confirmed that diet and exercise (yup, boring answer, I know) are the most important things you can do to hang on to your youth, beauty and vitality in your 30s.
The bottom line: what you thought you could get away with in your 20s quietly starts to slip away in your 30s until you realize, crap, I can't not exercise and not eat well and still look good.
I've just now gotten back into yoga (after a very sad year off, read more about in this article, Finding the Motivation to Workout Again) and man, my body was so weak. Now after a month of it, I finally feel like I'm getting back into the groove of it and am getting stronger. This is after feeling like I was going to pass out during a couple classes of yoga sculpt. I surprised myself and kept going and low and behold, I can make it through class now!
Be Kind to Your Skin
Lastly, I think a major beauty ritual to focus on in your 30s is treating your skin with natural products, whether you make them at home or buy them. I think the fact that I've only really used natural oils on my skin (with a brief exception here or there) over the past eight years has made a huge difference in my skin. (If you're new to natural beauty, I highly recommend you sign up for our Free Clean Beauty Challenge starting October 1st!)
Plus I wash my face with honey and use coconut oil to remove makeup so that nothing harsh ever touches my face other than a natural facial exfoliator and Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Andalou to remove dead skin (I've needed to do this much more in my 30s).
The Real Deal, The Magic Trio
So to round up beauty rituals to focus on in your 30s, I believe treating your skin gently with natural products is so key to keeping your skin looking good. That combined with a mostly plant-based diet, plus consistent exercise. This is the basis of beauty/health rituals I would recommend focusing your energies on once you hit 30. And if you're smart, you'll start this in your 20s.
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