This is the second installment in my “Prescription for Good Skin” series. I’ve broken down the most tried-and-true tactics for maintaining great skin at any age. Today, we look at women in their 30s, and the best regimens and products for skin in this age range.
Good news, 30-somethings. Your skin is still in great shape: soft, supple, full of elasticity, and firm. Start an anti-aging regimen now to set yourself up for a life of great skin.
1. Use a gentle facial cleanser morning and night, like philosophy purity made simple ($20). Using a face brush (I love my Clarisonic Mia 2) once a day will exfoliate and can help speed up cell turnover, resulting in healthier-looking, brighter skin. (Some face brushes recommend using twice daily, but that can be too much, especially for sensitive skin. I suggest using it once a day.)
2. Broken record: daily SPF. Two formulas I’ve been using lately and love: Peter Thomas Roth Clini-Matte All Day Oil-Control SPF 20 ($48) and Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Moisturizer SPF 20 ($48), both available at Sephora.
3. To enhance the power of your SPF, combine it with an antioxidant serum for added protection. A powerful, wallet-friendly version: Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum ($24).
3. Cleanse skin at night before bed with your morning cleanser.
4. If you’re not using a retinol/retinoid yet, now is the time to incorporate it into your skincare routine. Why you need it: retinol is a multitasking anti-aging ingredient, and one of the best and most powerful ingredients we have in the fight against aging. It visibly reduces fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, crepiness, sagging skin, dullness…pretty much every sign of aging. It sloughs away dead skin cells and works to repair cells at the deepest level. You definitely want to start using on the thin skin of the eye area in your 30s, and any other trouble spots you may see (nasolabial folds, forehead lines, etc.). I use RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($23). Apply it 3 times a week to start, working up to every other night. You may notice some initial redness or flakiness, but this will fade as your skin gets accustomed to the retinol.
5. A hardworking nighttime moisturizer will help You can also use a face oil in place of moisturizer (see my guide to face oils for the lowdown). If you go the oil route, apply it BEFORE you apply anything else. Smoothing it onto freshly-cleansed skin will help other products sink in and absorb better.
6. Wage war on the occasional pimple with a spot treatment like Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 ($6).
Ladies, time for you to sound off. What are your trusted products? Why do you love them so much? Hit up the comments and share your skincare wisdom!
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information in this post is not monitored by a medical provider. It is provided for informational purposes only.