As you say goodbye to your 20's and enter your self-assured 30's, life can feel like a swallowing of work commitments, weddings and baby showers. The last thing you need to worry about is your skin or how big it will look when you see your ex at your best friend's wedding. To help improve and improve your beauty regimen, we spoke to two of the world's leading dermatologists, Dr. Timm Golueke, founder of Dr. Golüke Clinic in Munich and Dr. Jessica Wu M.D, L.A-based dermatologist. But before we outline the ultimate routine, you must understand your thirty-one skin …
When you reach your 30's, your hormone levels, elastin and collagen levels decrease, so the skin begins to get thinner and can begin to slow down. Cell turnover also decreases, so your nice lines and wrinkles become more pronounced. You can also find that your skin type starts to change, usually it becomes less fat, but it varies from person to person. The main purpose of your regimen is to keep your skin toned and hydrated while lowering signs of aging. However, Dr. Timm Gouelke adds that you want to "avoid overuse and overcomplicate your routine." Here's what your daily regime looks like and the products you need in your beauty cabinet:
Step 1. Clean
If you are regular at Huda Beauty, you know that every good regimen begins with double cleaning, and Dr Timm Goueleke agrees. Hydration is the key, so avoid hard detergents (like foam that can dry) and look for mild, more moisturizing ingredients. As always, you should start cleaning with a cleaning oil: look for a plastic extractor cleaner, as these help hydrate the skin and are full of antioxidants, helping to fight free radicals that cause prematurity. For your second cleansing (or in the morning), if you have oily skin, hold on to a gel cleaner, and if your skin is normal or dry, hydration of formulas such as creams or milk is great.
Our cleaning agent: We love Tatcha, Clean One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $ 46, a pore cleansing formula that removes each drop of makeup or dirt while we approach the skin with vitamins A and E. We like to come with a cleaning that fits our skin type, If you have dry or normal skin, Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk, $ 33, is large. If you have oily skin, we recommend Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser, $ 35, made with clay and herbal extracts to remove contaminants and hydrate the skin.
Step 2. Ton
Dr Timm Goueleke insists that the next step in your routine will be toning. One of the most common skin problems among women in the 30's is uneven tons, which is usually a result of melasma. Dr. Jessica Wu explains that it is caused by the combination of "birth control and sun damage. It can also be a result of hormone changes during or after pregnancy," which causes dark spots and discoloration of the skin. In the morning look for a hydrating toner with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, and in the evening correct uneven skin tones with AHA formulas. Make sure you use a non-irritating toner, perfume or preservative.
Our go to toner: The Jelly Activating Water Essence, $ 55, is perfect for 30-something skin because it allows your skin to maintain moisture, so it does not get dry or looks boring. In the evening, we love using COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol, $ 12, which helps balance your skin and disappears the appearance of uneven tones.
Step 3. Exfoliate
To increase skin cell renewal, you must exfoliate with a chemical exfoliator at least twice a week. Because your dermis loses support and the skin becomes less smooth, it can often get wet because the outer layer is not renewed regularly. By introducing a chemical exfoliator containing AHA and BHA, you will prevent build-up of dead skin, improve tone and texture while minimizing pores. We like to exfoliate in the evening after double cleansing (no more than two or three times a week, and less if you have dry or sensitive skin), as it gives our skin time to recover and replenish overnight.
Our go-to exfoliators: We love Dr. Dennis Gross Smooth & Faulty: Shall + Moist, $ 48 because it helps remove dead skin that blocks your pores or makes it really boring without irritating the skin. The glossy solution, $ 24, is another great option: it contains three chemical exfoliants, AHA, BHA and PHA. It is designed to be used daily on oily or acnehair skin, but if it is not a skin feel, you may consider using it only three or four times a week.
Step 4. Antioxidant serum
When you reach your 30's, it's time to invest more in skin care if you can, and a serum is a perfect product to spend money because they provide a higher concentration of active ingredients which makes them more effective. Serum usually has a lightweight formula with a smaller molecular structure so that they can penetrate further, helping to repair the skin at a deeper level. Both Dr. Jessica Wu and Timm Goueleke recommend serum containing antioxidants "Vitamin C and E, which will brighten and improve skin tone and leave it with radiant glow."
Our amazing serum: The Drunk Elephant C Company Day Serum, $ 67, is a cool classic for a reason: it is filled with skin-letting antioxidants, essential nutrients and fruit enzymes that make the skin look like radiant AF. We are also obsessed with the WHB2 Power Duo Face Serum, $ 145, a two-phase serum that has probiotics, bioactive agents, niacinamide and tripeptides that have been shown to improve the skin – it's expensive but so worth it!
Step 5. Retinol
Use of retinol should be mandatory during the 30's. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that enhances the deeper layer of the skin, increases collagen and increases skin cell renewal which is important during the 30's, as it naturally has begun to decrease. Although retinol-containing creams are ok in the 20's, it's time to ask your dermatologist about a stronger prescription retinol to use at night. Also, make sure that you apply it to the neck and décolletage, as these areas show early signs of aging. Retinol should only be used at night, and depending on the retinol (check the instructions) it should usually be applied to toned skin before your moisturizer.
Our fave retinol: We are currently obsessed with Inkey List Retinol, $ 13, which has 1% retinol and is effective but not too strong if you are new to retinol! If you already use retinol regularly, it's time to ask your bowel for a prescription. Remember, if you just start with retinol, you should introduce it to your routine slowly. Try two or three times a week the first few weeks, and gradually increase it to most nights. We do not recommend using a retinol on the day you use other potent ingredients, such as AHA shells or any salicylic acid treatment, as it may consider your skin.
Step 6. Eye cream
It's time to pay attention to your eyes on a daily basis – not just after you have gone up all night parties. The skin around the eyes is super sensitive because it is much thinner than elsewhere on the body, which means it loses moisture faster. Therefore, it is important to use a rich, hydrating formula to add moisture. Dr. Timm Golueke recommends bright ingredients like "Vitamin C, green tea and chamomile because these are good for puffiness and reduce dark circles." Be careful when applying your cream – paste the product into your skin with your fourth finger – if you rub it in, you will contract on the skin that can promote skin extinguishing. Remember to apply it in the morning and night after your serum and before your moisturizer.
Our favorite eye creams: Kiehl s, Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado, $ 48, is so rich and creamy, we are obsessed! The Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Moisturizing Eye Cream, $ 34, is also good and contains bright vitamin C antioxidant.
Step 7. Moistar
Keeping the skin hydrated is the key for all ages, but when you reach your thirties it's extra important. Moisturizers contain ingredients that lock in moisture and skin-filling ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate. Natural botanicals (plant-based ingredients from flowers, seeds, leaves and roots) will also help, so keep an eye on tea extracts or natural oils like grape seed oil or green tea extract. Check out the Drunk Elephant's Protini Polypeptide Cream, $ 75, a silky watermelon moisturizer packed with some seriously potent anti-aging ingredients.
Step 8. SPF
Another daily step you can not afford to skip is SPF. Particularly, considering that the most common skin problems in women in the 30's are pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, which makes significantly worse at sun exposure. Dr. Jessica Wu insists that you should "use SPF everyday" with 5-star UVA values every day – during the summer months you should use SPF 50 to protect against the sun's dangerous UVA and UVB rays.
Our fave sun cream: Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream, $ 23, offers amazing protection, yet the formula is not heavy so it absorbs easily into the skin. Similarly, Dr. Jart + Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream, $ 48, offers SPF 30 and is infused with minerals, helping to calm and moisturize the skin, plus color correction to interrupt any redness.
Treatments that you may want to consider:
One month scale: To increase skin renewal, a monthly salicylic acid or lactic acid shell is a good idea. It will brighten your skin, and it can also help clear all hormonal outbreaks.
Botox: If you're always wondering about Botox (find out more here), this is a great time to discuss your options with an expert. Botox can be very subtle and helps prevent further fine lines depression. If you have ever been tempted by filler, be sure to check out New York's leading dermatologist Dr Doris Days's guide on how to use fillers and injectables for the most natural look here.
Laser: If you have an acne-hard skin, the Isolaz laser is an effective treatment because it cleans deep into the pores and improves the overall structure of the skin. Similarly, if you have uneven skin tone, dark spots or hyperpigmentation, consider Fraxel 1927 Laser as it can help reduce any sun damage, which can also reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Do not forget to take care of yourself …
Good lifestyle choices are important during the 30's. As much as we hate to admit it, if you skip a night's sleep or do not drink enough water, it will certainly show! It's not just sleep and hydration counting, eating healthy, a little regular exercise, and just generally watching that number one is the key. When you sleep, repair your skin and fill and renew most importantly, so if you do not get enough sleep, cut this time. Check out our five favorite beauty-stimulating foods and five things you can do every day to make you feel happier and healthier.
Let us know if there are other skin problems, you want help or guidance in the comments below.