Best Skincare Routine for Your 30s
I’m sure we’ve all seen the meme’s – “if this exclusively late 80’s/early 90’s toy was a favorite of yours, you’re at the age where you need to have a solid skincare routine.” And to be honest, they’re not wrong. You should have a good skincare routine in your 30s, and earlier is even better.
I started a little late with my skincare, mainly because I really had no idea where to start, but it was clear to me that making sure you are protecting your skin and giving yourself a little TLC, becomes even more important as you get older, regardless of how well your skin has held up thus far. Plus, if you’ve been lucky enough to have great skin, we want to keep to it that way!
So what skincare products should you use in your 30s and what should a skincare routine in your 30s look like? If you’re a skincare newbie, don’t worry – it’s not necessary to go crazy and add tons of products to your daily list, but there are some basics you’ll want to use regularly. So let’s get to it and talk about the five skincare products to add to your skincare routine once you hit 30.
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Remember when people used to go tanning every other day after school? I think it makes a lot of cringe now, knowing just how much damage tanning was doing to our skin.
Now, if you weren’t into tanning, that’s great, but – and this is something a lot of us darker skinned gals can easily forget – the harshness of the sun can still very much wear on – and damage – your skin.
A lightweight sunscreen to go on under your makeup is key for protecting your skin, especially the extra delicate areas of your face, like the area under your eye. Make sunscreen a part of your morning routine, and feel confident that you are not aging your skin when you sit out in the sun for a few minute during the day.
Supergoop has several fantastic sunscreens that we’re currently using for our whole family, but “Unseen” was the first I tried, and is what sold me on the brand. It is super lightweight and completely invisible when applied. Perfect for using on your face and has become an easy staple in my morning makeup and skincare routine.
2. A Good Moisturizer
A quality moisturizing lotion for day and night is a must-have. Let your skin soak up that goodness, and just remember that it doesn’t need to be fancy, as evidenced by my pick…
Dermatologist recommended to us many many years ago, and I haven’t looked back since. Lightweight and super effective, I love this lotion. At night, I add an oil serum for a little extra overnight nourishment.
3. Girl, Wash Your Face (With a Good Soap)
Cleansing your face at least once a day is really important. If you do anything (besides put on sunscreen), please wash your face so that you get rid of the grime from makeup, sweaty days, and any other natural build-up on your skin.
A facial cleansing brush is a bonus (but not a must-have). They are great for getting a little extra deep clean in. PMD has a great, powerful little brush that’s not too pricey, and is my daily go-to. It’s also frequently on sale, so if you can, wait for a sale and don’t pay full price!
I am loving the Cerave Hydrating Face Cleanser. I have fairly dry skin and this makes my skin feel immediately softer and moisturized after I use it, while basically every other soap I’ve used in the past has made my skin feel tight and dry.
Toner is great to apply after your face is clean, and before any serums, moisturizer, or makeup.
So what does it do exactly? Well, toner is an additional light cleanser for your face that can make your skin feel fresh, light, and hydrated. It cleans out any leftover makeup, oil, and dirt, while also prepping your skin to absorb the serums and moisturizers that follow.
I keep it simple with this hydrating, witch hazel/aloe vera toner. It feels amazing and is only $7.
5. Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C serum is a magical little thing that helps build up collagen in your skin, which in turn helps your skin look fresher and younger. Some of the benefits: helping reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation, sunburn, and wrinkles. If you’re searching for an anti-aging product, vitamin C serum can be a great option.
These serums run from $20 to well over $100. If you’re going with one of the more expensive brands, I would see a dermatologist and get their recommendation before spending the big bucks.
I’m currently trying out this mid-range serum by Biossance, and after a few weeks of use, I’m starting to notice small changes/lightening in some of the darker spots on my face. You most likely will not notice any changes right away with any vitamin c serum, so consistency is key.
What are your go-to skincare products and what does your daily skincare routine look like?