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The 30s is when skin care routine gets a little more serious. At least, if you’re anything like me. High school breakouts are the worst, but if you don’t really have the money to deal with them, you buy drugstore brands and hope for the best.
And then in your 20s you get a decent reprieve, in the form of glowing skin and few breakouts. Sensitive skin made me see some flare-ups, but it was mostly smooth sailing.
But once fine lines start making an appearance, you go all-in! Instead of maybe once in a while washing your skin at night, you put together a whole regime. You are in the battle, my friend.
To really make a difference, you need to be strategic. There are a lot of options out there, but there are a few specific things you can look for that will have the most impact. And you don’t have to buy everything on the market – look for the staples. Here’s a skin care routine for your 30s, plus product recommendations. I only recommend products I have used, unless clearly stated otherwise.
Quick note: These are mostly non-toxic skin care options. Why do I go non-toxic? My whole story is here, but basically for two reasons: 1) I want to choose the safest products for me and my family, without ingredients that are questionable or linked to health problems (the beauty industry has gaping loopholes that allow for such ingredients, more than you think). And 2) I have sensitive skin, prone to rashes and breakouts, and I am very particular about what I put on it. Check out my Switching to Safer Pinterest Board for more!
1. Cleanser. Go with mild and gentle on your cleanser, one you can use morning and night, that gives you a clean slate for the rest of your products.
Recommendations: Coconut oil – a handy and inexpensive option, with so many uses – I have not tried it as a facial cleanser, but I have used it otherwise; Cleansing Balm – definitely pricier, but with added ingredients like raspberry seed, jojoba, and sweet almond, and multiple uses as well, like as a hydration mask, skin soother, highlighter, and lip balm
2. Exfoliator. 2-3 times a week. It removes dead skin cells, instead of letting them build up, which contributes to wrinkles. It also brightens your complexion. Watch out for “natural” exfoliators with rough, uneven particles that can literally tear up your skin.
Recommendations: Nourishing Exfoliator – I have sensitive skin, and this one is always gentle on me; Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub – I have not tried, but I’ve heard great things about Acure as a non-toxic brand; DIY sugar scrub – go sugar instead of salt, since it’s a bit gentler on skin
3. Eye Cream. Since skin around your eyes is more sensitive, and shows wear and age quickly, it needs something a bit more specialized than the moisturizer you apply to the rest of your face. Find a good eye cream and hang onto it!
4. Moisturizer. Hydrated skin is happy skin, and it also prevents wrinkles. You can opt to use a more intensive moisturizer at night, for when you’re sleeping and get the most benefits.
Recommendations: Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizing Lotion – I’ve told you about my sensitive skin issue. This moisturizer lives up to the hype – it adapts to your skin to give it what it needs to stay hydrated 24 hours. You don’t need anything else; Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream – I honestly think you can get by with the Adaptive Moisturizing Lotion day and night, but this is great if you want something more intense at night.
5. SPF (daytime). Protect that skin! Even when it’s cloudy. UV rays are known to cause wrinkles and skin cancer.
Recommendations: If you like your SPF with makeup coverage, Dew Skin is my favorite (and an Allure Best of Beauty winner) – a light tinted moisturizer. But honestly most of the time on the go, I just use what I use on my kids’ skin: Babyganics.
Mask. Once a week. Use one with vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that gets rid of free radicals (from environmental toxins) that can break down skin cells. It also brightens and helps fight against dark spots.
Recommendations: No. 1 Brightening Facial Mask
Serum. A good serum allows a higher concentration of strong ingredients to be absorbed in the skin, and many fight wrinkles. Many have retinol, but you may want to avoid it – it is linked to damaging DNA and could speed skin tumors.
Recommendations: I still haven’t found a non-toxic serum I love yet. It’s hard to find, because many of the anti-aging serums contain questionable ingredients. I am currently using Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, which really has a beautiful effect. But I will accept any non-toxic recommendations!
What are some of your favorite skin products for your 30s?