Defend your face
Take decades of environmental exposure, add a quickening rate of collagen breakdown, and behold: In your 30s your face may show more sagging, fine lines, and early wrinkles than you’d like, says Bobby Buka, MD, a New York City dermatologist.
His turn-back-the-clock recommendations: Use a strong sunblock every day, eat lots of vitamin C–rich citrus (the vitamin helps prevent collagen loss), and apply cream with a retinol or retinoid (a vitamin A derivative) every night to promote skin-cell growth.
Dr. Buka often prescribes tretinoin 0.25% (also known as Retin-A, about $20 for a month’s use). Or try this nonprescription version: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 ($19.99; drugstores).
Baby your breasts
Let’s face it: Pregnancy, breast-feeding, and simple gravity can be a bit of a downer for your girls. But the right brafitted with the help of an expertcan make all the difference. (See Health.com/bra for fitting tips.) What else can help your breasts as the years go by? Remember to work your pecs at the gym. “Toning the pectoral muscles won’t revive sagging tissue or skin, but you’ll look better with definition in that area,” says Colette Cole, a senior personal trainer and director of the Female Focus Program at the Cooper Center in Dallas.
Make sure to pump that iron while wearing a supportive sports bra that limits bounce, which can put stress on connective tissues and lead to even more sagging. Compression sports bras are recommended for small-busted women. Women who wear a C-cup or larger should opt for an encapsulation bratry the Asics Abby Bra ($42). Also, it’s best to replace your sports bra every six months if you use it frequently.