WHAT IS SKINCARE?
Skincare is, well, care for your skin! We’re supposed to take care of our bodies and that includes our skin and hair. Skincare includes washing your face, using an SPF, and everything in between those 2 steps.
WHY IS IT DIFFERENT NOW THAT I’M IN MY 30s?
Skin in your 30s becomes dryer than it was in your 20s because cell turnover takes longer. You might notice your skin looks duller and doesn’t have as much bounce to it. You’ll start noticing wrinkles in your 30s, eye bags become heavier, and you may even find your skin more sensitive than it has been in the past. Even though your skin is maturing, though, it doesn’t mean you won’t get blemishes, yay!
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING NOW?
When you enter your 30s it’s a good time to introduce more exfoliation and possibly even acids for a deeper-than-the-surface exfoliation. Brightening serums and Vitamin C is great to help bring back that youthful glow. But you’ll still want to have products on hand that help with breakouts; like a spot treatment. Moisturizer is extremely important to keep your skin from cracking and flaking, I like something that’s really rich but not enough so that it makes me break-out (looking at you LaMer).
MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Furtuna Skin Porte Per La Vitaliá Face and Eye Serum
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum
Kate Somerville Exfolikate
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
WHAT DOES A ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
A good skincare routine doesn’t have to have 1 million products. It doesn’t have to be full of products that break the bank or strip your skin. I like to have a mix of affordable and high-end products, and day-to-day I focus on caring for my skin with moisture and protection, and I will throw in exfoliation here and there. If I use acids like AHA too often my skin hates me because I literally get burned!
The way I like to apply my skincare is:
Oil Cleanse: This removes makeup like regular cleanser can’t, plus it reduces waste by helping you avoid makeup wipes AND it means you can wash your makeup off with ZERO tugging!
Cleanse: I like to experience with cleansers but I prefer to use things that focus on clearing skin. I feel like it helps get deeper into my pores to really get the dirt, makeup, and grime out while also treating anything that may be lingering and ready to turn into a blemish.
Exfoliate: Only do these 2 times a week. Or less if you have really sensitive skin. A gentle scrub works well, or you can use an exfoliating acid serum which will get deeper into your skin that a surface scrub will (a serum acid would come after toner).
Toner: I have two toners I like to use, one is for hydration and the other is for blemishes. I only use the harsher toner when I need it, if I feel a break out coming on I will switch from the hydrating toner to the acidic one.
Serum: My favorite serum at the moment is Furtuna Skin Porte Per La Vitalia Face & Eye Serum (above) which is great for daily use, and can be used at night too. Vitamin C serums are great for skin brightening so I try to incorporate one of those. Harsher products like acids are good to use a couple of times a week but never on the same night as each other. So I might use an AHA mask once and a serum 2 other nights of the week.
Moisturizer: I like a good cream, some prefer oil…others like both and sometimes that’s me! I don’t use face “lotion” but a cream I can feel really getting inside my skin and adding back the plump moisture I’ve lost. I used to have really dry skin but now I rarely have any issues.
SPF: You want to do your research on if you want a chemical sunscreen vs mineral sunscreen but my favorite is Farmacy Green Defense SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen (they also have an amazing balm to oil cleanser here!)
WHERE DO I START?
Get yourself the basics; an oil or balm cleanser, a foaming cleanser, a gentle face exfoliating scrub, a toner to suit your needs, a moisturizer, and an SPF. Everything else can help specific targets you may have but they aren’t ESSENTIAL.
One method I have always really enjoyed is using K-beauty products. They focus more on cleansing and pampering with hydration and moisture. COSRX is a great K-beauty brand and if you really like routines I would definitely look into a K-beauty skincare routine.
I hope this helped give you an idea of the basics we should be using now that we are women in our 30s. We don’t need 1,000 products but there are a few simple steps that will help us in the long run if we start doing them now. Oh and one more thing…