The Best Products for Your Skincare Routine in Your 30s

You made it to the 30s! This is a major life milestone, that comes with a lot of changes. It’s a decade with career climbing, baby shopping, dinners with guests and lots of other cool stuff. All this new type of fun also means that what worked for your skin in your 20s is probably no longer cutting it. Skin won’t repair itself as it did in your 20s and you might have to deal with some fine expression lines, acne scars or some dark spots, but don’t worry! You’re still on time to keep that beautiful skin as it is, it just takes a little work.

Building a skincare routine should be part of your daily — and nightly — self-care duties in your 30s. Here’s a simple primer on skincare tips you need in your arsenal to fight off wrinkles to keep your face looking young and firm. Once you’re done, you can stock up on the best products on the market for your skin here.

Whether you’re in your 30s or your 40s, Allure Beauty Box is a great way to go! They send you monthly boxes with the best high quality products you can imagine! So go check them out! Now on to the other important factors that play into my skincare routine apart from Allure Beauty Box!

1. Lifestyle

Although I do have a set skincare routine, I don’t solely rely on products to keep my skin firm. Mother Nature is definitely my friend when it comes to fighting wrinkles. Here are three lifestyle changes you need to adopt before you dive headlong into facial cream.

Hydration and Sleep

Drinking water helps your body in more ways you can think of: digestion, circulation, and mood. Add “healthy skin” to that list too. Your skin, just like any other organ, is made of cells. Cells need water to survive and replace the fluid lost from everyday activities. I make sure to drink 4-8 cups of water a day in addition to using moisturizers to keep my skin hydrated.

Sleep is essential not only to function, but for your skin as well. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face, resulting in dull skin. Those circles under my eyes didn’t form themselves! People who sleep less also recover more slowly from skin nuisances such as sunburns and cuts.

Vitamins A, C, and E

This trio of vitamins helps create and maintain collagen, the main structural protein in your skin. Collagen keeps your skin tight and firm, resulting in less wrinkles and a more youthful appearance. Orange-colored vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which helps restore destroyed collagen. Dark leafy vegetables such as kale and other green produce like avocados and kiwifruit are loaded with vitamin E, which slow down the free radicals that cause wrinkles. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, which helps your skin recover faster from bruises and abrasions faster.

2. Morning routine

Cleanser

Every morning I start out with a cleanser. Other than removing make up and get rid of dead skin and dirt, it also helps to unclog pores and prevent acne. I keep mine practically fragrance free so my sensitive skin doesn’t turn red and itchy.

Believe it or not, your rigorous night routine still might not remove every product from your face. Try to go for fragrance free and natural product, even enriched with vitamins and minerals to help you prevent wrinkles and retain the water.

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Philosophy Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser (16 oz.)
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TruSkin Naturals 15% vitamin C daily facial cleanser (4 oz.)
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Kalame Naturals Refresh gentle facial cleanser (6 oz.)

 

Toner

Next comes a toner. What is toner, you ask? Well before my meticulous skin routine, I had no idea what it was either. Think of toner as water, but packed with antioxidants that help fight off skin diseases and legions (e.g., rosacea). Toner strips away dead cells for plumper, silkier skin. I use toner immediately after my cleanser to rehydrate my skin, because sometimes cleansers can take too much moisture away. Use toner once a day after you use a cleanser. I like the rose water ones, they leave a fresh and classy feeling right away!

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Thayer’s alcohol-free rose petal witch hazel with aloe vera (12 oz.)
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Poppy Austin pure rose water facial toner (4 oz.)

 

Serum

Face serum has a very specific job done in a very specific order. Serum is used right after using a cleanser and toner. During the in-between time for using a cleanser and moisturizer, your pores are the largest. That makes serum the perfect agent to get deep into your pores and deliver nutrients directly. Although I don’t need something too aggressive to fight wrinkles, in my 30s I use a vitamin C-enriched serum to boost collagen production. Use serum twice a day, right after toner in the morning, and right before you go to bed.

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Serumtologie vitamin C serum 22 (1.15 oz.)
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Skinceuticals C E Ferulic 1 Fluid Ounce
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TrueSkin Naturals vitamin C serum

Day light cream

Once I get to this point in my routine, I’m focusing on all the outside factors that can wreak havoc on my skin. One of the biggest culprits is UV rays from the sun. That’s why a day light cream comes next. A day light cream must be lightweight with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 (30 times your skin’s natural UV protection) to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Look for products that protect from UVA/UVB rays. Use day light cream whenever you plan on going out during a sunny day, once a day.

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Murad essential-C day moisture broad spectrum, SPF 30 (1.7 oz)
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Philosophy Renewed Hope In a Jar moisturizer (2 oz.)

 

Eye cream

Next is eye cream. The area under the eyes is some of the first to get wrinkles, and eye bags are a common occurrence too. Starting an eye cream early develops a good beauty habit. Even if you’re not treating a visible wrinkle, it hydrates the skin to plump it, so the wrinkles show less when you’re older. Use eye cream once a day.

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Pure Biology “Total Eye” anti aging eye cream
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NeoCutis Lumiere bio-restorative eye cream (0.5 oz.)

Night routine

OK, so it’s the end of a long day and you’re finally back home. Time to prep your skin for plumpness during your beauty sleep! Here’s what you need to do before you hit the sack.

Cleanser, tonic and serum

Remember when I said you need to cleanse and use serum twice a day? Use cleanser and then serum in that order to kick off your nighttime skin routine. This helps get rid of the makeup and other impurities you picked up during the day.

Night cream

Once I’ve washed off all your makeup and done a cleanser and serum, I use a night cream. A night cream helps with diffused redness, broken capillaries, larger pores, and loose skin, which begins in your 30s during those long days in the outside world. A day cream can help prevent more of these blemishes, but a night cream can repair them. Look for a cream high in antioxidants, glycerin, hylaurin acid, fatty acids, and retinol to speed up collagen production while you sleep. Use night cream once a night.

Bauty Routine in Your 30s
Murad environmental shield essential-C cleanser (6.75 oz.)
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Pure Biology anti-aging night cream (1.6 oz.)
DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture 1.5 oz. Net wt.

Once-a-week routine

Masks and peels

These two agents might sound and even look the same, but they have different purposes. Both are made to cover your entire face and help rejuvenate your skin. But how do they differ?

MasksI use an exfoliating mask 1-2 times a week. In your 30s, it’s really important to boost cell turnover, and a weekly and bi-weekly mask do the trick. But don’t overdo it, as some masks can irritate your skin because of the chemicals in masks. But don’t worry! As long as you’re only masking 1-2 times a week, the chemicals are harmless. A mild chemical exfoliation normalizes the skin’s moisture barrier so it’s better able to hold water and keep your skin moist.

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FineVine activated charcoal mud mask
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Origins Clear Improvement active charcoal mask (3.4 oz.)
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Charlotte Tibury goddess skin clay mask (2.53 oz.)

 

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PeelsUse these only once a week. Peels reduce the size of pores and banish dead skin and dirt like a boss. That means you can conquer the next week like a boss too.

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DERMAdoctor physical chemistry microdermabrasion + multiacid peel
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Philosophy The Microdelivery Microsurfacing Peel

 

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And that’s my skincare routine every day! It might seem like a lot, but the results are definitely worth it. Now that you’re armed with this information, you can stave off wrinkles in your 30s with your own routine!

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