Why, hello there! Look who’s finally decided to sort her life out starting from skincare. Good for you! So you’re in your 30s and something got you worried about aging. You started feeling guilty about all those times when you slept with your makeup on, wiped it off with baby wipes, spent hours in a tanning bed. Been there! But establishing a good skincare routine for your 30s and actually following through is the only way to redeem some of those mistakes.
As you climb up the ladder in your 30s, your cell turnover slows down. The production of collagen and elastin is slower, causing a loss of firmness in the skin. Your skin takes forever to renew.
Plus, years of unprotected sun exposure wreak havoc on your skin. And the damage manifests itself in the form of dehydrated and dull skin with dark spots popping up everywhere.
As your skin gets drier, it will get thinner throughout your 30s, making lines more apparent. And dynamic wrinkles turn into static wrinkles and gradually settle on your face.
Phew! OK, this was the bad news. Here’s the good news. For some reason, you’ll look a lot better than you looked in your 20s. Because your facial features have settled and you’ve grown into your skin.
And your skin responds to your care and the products you use. So, no worries! It’s only a matter of dedication to regain that plump, youthful, and glowing skin. Below, find the best skincare routine for your 30s both morning and evening.
The Best Skincare Routine For Your 30s
Gone are the times when you were able to get away with a single skincare routine. This is the decade where you seriously take care of your skin day and night.
One thing to remember here; the order of products should go from the lightest to heaviest. Your skin’s most important job is to protect your body.
By default, it’s difficult to penetrate it deep enough to make the products work. Their reach is pretty limited. So stick with the format and don’t make it harder than it already is.
1. Cleanse gently
In the morning, you don’t need to double cleanse. There’s no heavy makeup to get rid of. Just wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove residual skincare from the night before.
Your skin is now clean and fresh. So it’s very vulnerable and the penetration is easier. It’s the perfect time to apply the lightest skincare products. Toners are water-based products that absorb easily.
They are supporting products that turn your skincare routine into a more targeted one. Some anti-aging toners even work as hard as serums! After cleansing, apply a toner to add a layer of hydration and balance the skin’s pH.
3. Apply an antioxidant serum
Now is the perfect time to slather on the actives. It’s not just your body’s metabolism that slows down as you age. Your skin also has its own metabolism that works relatively slower after you hit your 30s. Because of that, it takes longer for your skin to heal, rejuvenate, and produce collagen.
Antioxidants are incredibly helpful in restarting the process. There are some amazing anti-aging ingredients you should seriously consider in your 30s. But for daytime, focus on a face serum that has vitamin C, green tea, or any other antioxidants.
4. Apply eye cream
Use an anti-wrinkle eye cream. Make sure your hands are clean and free of other residual skincare products. Be very gentle and just pat the product onto the skin.
You don’t want to accelerate the formation of fine lines. If you can afford to be extra, use a hydrating eye cream in the morning and keep hardworking heavy stuff for the night routine.
Up until this step, you’ve applied lightweight products. Those are meant to penetrate the deepest compared to creamy products. Moisturizers, by definition, cannot penetrate as deep as a serum. But you still need to externally hydrate your skin.
Remember that there are different types of moisturizers. No matter what your skin type is, a good moisturizer contains both a humectant and an emollient. Don’t forget the neck area!
6. Apply sunscreen
SPF is an essential step in your skincare routine in your 30s. Other products improve your current complexion. But SPF is the only long-term game that can actually prevent wrinkles. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your hands and chest.
1. Double cleanse
By double cleansing, you can seriously turn your facial cleansing into a nourishing step. First of all, by using an oil cleanser to get rid of the makeup, you prevent excessively pulling and tugging your skin.
Second of all, oil cleansers are full of nutrients that actually care for the skin and don’t dry it out. And lastly, your second cleanser is less likely to irritate your skin. So, remove your makeup with an oil cleanser. And then wash your face with your regular cleanser.
2. Apply essences – capsules – ampoules – serums
As your evening cleansing is more nourishing than your morning cleansing, you can skip using a toner. If you’re using an anti-aging toner, go ahead and use it. But know that your pH is fine and you can just skip to more concentrated products.
Now that you have more time to layer products, bring out the big guns. You can pop open a vitamin C capsule and then coat it with an anti-aging night serum packed with peptides.
Or you can skip the middleman and try an anti-aging night serum made with retinol. It’s one of the most effective anti-aging skincare ingredients to tackle wrinkles and lines.
Also, take your time with it. Use a Jade roller to increase circulation and make your products absorb better.
3. Apply eye cream
This is a no-brainer. Don’t forget to apply your eye cream before bed. Hydrated and plump skin around the eyes is less likely to show signs of aging.
But as you (hopefully) have a long night ahead, you can try something more powerful like a retinol eye cream. You can also consider eye serums. Just like face serums, they’ll be more concentrated and effective.
4. Apply night cream
Now that we’re being anti-aging, retinol is vital! It has to be somewhere in your routine. A retinol night cream is the perfect addition to an anti-aging skincare routine in your 30s. The only important thing is not using different actives that might increase sensitivity when paired together.
So if you’re using a night serum with botanical antioxidants, you can use a night cream with retinol. Or if you’re using a retinol night serum, try a more restorative night cream made with non-irritating actives like niacinamide or ceramides.
How To Supercharge Your Skincare Routine in Your 30s
- Gentle exfoliation ensures new cell regeneration and it’s an essential part of your skincare routine in your 30s.
- Depending on your routine, use a chemical exfoliant on the days you don’t use other sensitizing actives.
- Make use of exfoliating peels, pads, and serums.
- You’re in your 30s now. Other than wine and skincare, what else is there to splurge on?
- Skincare tools are great investments. They’re perfect for amping up cleansing, increasing circulation, and lymph drainage.
- Indulge in binge-masking with anti-aging face masks and wrinkle patches.
- Supercharge your routine with a monthly facial.
- Consider anti-aging treatments like peels, lasers, and non-invasive procedures like Botox and fillers.
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