What Nobody Tells You About Turning 30 — Except Us

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
All things considered, being in one's 30s is fantastic. You finally know who you are, you're starting to make serious strides in your career, and you're generally kicking ass. "You couldn't pay me to go back to my 20s," you and your friends probably declare while sipping wine. (The good stuff, because, hey, you're a grown-up. Also, the cheap vino gives you a headache these days.)

As wonderful as this time is, it's also a decade of self-discovery — and we don't mean in the personal-growth, know-thyself way. Nope, we're talking about that first morning when you look in the mirror and think, "Wait, why do I look so tired when I got plenty of sleep?" Or, that moment when your fingers brush your chin, only to feel a stiff little whisker sticking out. And, it's hard not to feel a little unsettled by the discovery of that first gray hair (no, we're not talking about the hair on your head).

The 30s are great, but we certainly didn't see some of these skin, hair, and dental changes coming. These shifts aren't bad, per se — a few are things to look forward to! — but they definitely deserve your attention. Getting older is a good thing, we say, but it's even better when you know what to expect.