The 5 Skin Care Products You Need in Your 30s
If our 20s are a decade of discovery when it comes to our skin care routines, our 30s are a decade of the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. Whether you started good skin care habits early—like wearing sunscreen every day, moisturizing every night, and always washing your face…the right way—or you’re hoping to address some of the signs of aging skin that are just beginning to show, there are a few skin care must-haves we think you need to add to your routine once you enter your 30s.
First things first – the basics that you needed in your 20s still apply. Quick refresh: SPF all day, every day—broad-spectrum of 30 or more—an exfoliator—chemical or physical, your choice—a moisturizer and an eye cream—because, wrinkles—a cleanser—because, pimples—and a vitamin C serum—free radicals are not your friend. But, now it’s time to add some goodies to the mix, to either continue to fight the signs of premature aging skin or work to diminish the appearance of any that may have cropped up.
Anti-Aging Night Cream
While hydration was key in your 20s, now it’s even more important to seek moisture-rich creams, lotions, and serums…especially at night. We love Vichy’s Idealia Skin Sleep. This fresh-feeling night recovery gel-balm formulated with caffeine, hyaluronic acid, micro-exfoliating LHA, and vitamin B3, works overnight, helping to counteract the signs of fatigue that can often plague the over-30 set. Skin tone appears more even, pores are visibly reduced, and your skin feels deeply nourished. Warm a pea-size amount in your hands and gently massage the gel-balm over your skin before bedtime.
Remember those hours of worshiping—read: baking in—the sun during your teens and 20s? Chances are, once you reach your 30s, you’re sporting a few dark spots as evidence of your past sun sins. To help reduce the appearance of some of the damage, consider peels. Not to be confused with a chemical peel at a dermatologist’s office—more on what to expect from chemical peels, here—at-home peels work like overnight exfoliators to remove surface buildup and brighten the appearance of skin. We share some of our favorite at-home peel picks, here!
By the time most of us reach 30, our life is so much more stressful than it was in our early 20s. Suddenly we’re juggling bills, growing families, and more professional and personal responsibilities than ever before. The stress is real ya’ll—and it may even show as signs of skin aging. Dullness, fine lines, and tired-looking skin are often tell-tale signs of a stressful lifestyle. Pull double-duty by introducing facial oils into you skin care routine. Not only is the sheer act of using a facial oil relaxing—really, the facial massage feels like bringing the spa home—some of the oils you can pick from can offer your skin the pick-me-up it’s after. We love L’Oréal Paris’ Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil. Formulated with eight essential oils, the lightweight oil helps to nourish skin and to restore a youthful-looking glow. Use it morning on clean skin before applying your makeup or at night to under your cream.
If you’re interested in diminishing the signs of aging skin, get ready to meet the MVP of your skin care routine. Retinol—vitamin A of the skin care world—is known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots with continued use over time. Introduce it into your skin care routine slowly, since this is an ingredient that takes getting used to…literally. We share a step-by-step guide for using retinol for the first time, here.
Okay, this one may seem like a major basic, but did you know that your hands are one of the first places to show the signs of skin aging? Between washing throughout the day, using cleaning products around the house, subjecting them to sun exposure, and just general wear and tear, our hands can often be a dead giveaway that we’re no longer in our 20s. If you don’t already, use a hand cream with broad-spectrum SPF—and reapply often!