The Basics: A Simple Skincare Routine for Your 30s

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“Girl, wash your face!”

If you spent your twenties lathering up your face with any random face wash you grabbed at the grocery store, putting on some vaseline on your lips, and calling it a skincare routine, it is time to stop and be serious about your skin now!

When you are in your twenties, your youth and ample collagen in your skin keep your skin looking great even if you do not treat it with proper care. Your thirties, however, are when you start seeing the results of your lack of skincare. This is around the time you will start seeing signs of aging on your skin such as fine lines, dryness, dullness, and uneven skin tone.

Aging is inevitable. However, with a little bit of love and care, you can delay getting visible signs of aging on your skin.

Here is a simple (yup, 5 steps is simple when it comes to skincare!) routine that you can use as a general guide to make your own.

(There will be no product recommendations in this article since it is meant to be a general guide. I will put together a more detailed routine with product recommendations soon.)

Step 1: Cleanse

Start your routine with a mild cleanser. Take your time—at least a full minute to really get the product on your damp skin, and let it do its work taking out all dirt and impurities. If you wear makeup, use an oil-based cleanser to break down your make up and follow with a hydrating water-based cleanser.

A good cleanser for your skin should be free of fragrance, alcohol, and ideally has a formula that does not foam too much. Stay away from soaps and face washes with harsh detergents that strip the moisture off your skin. (I’m looking at you, Clean and Clear!)

Once you wash your face with the right cleanser for your skin, you should not feel any tightness or dryness. The surface of your skin should feel and look clean and hydrated. 

Step 2: Hydrating Toner

Hydration. Hydration. Hydrations. In your 30s, your skin cannot get enough hydrations. It is time to stop using astringents as toners. They can be extremely drying on your skin. Follow up cleansing with a hydrating toner to put back the hydration your skin may have lost during cleansing.

A hydrating tone re-introduces moisture back into your skin, making it ready for the actives and treatments that come after. 

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Step 3: Anti-Aging Skincare Actives

Actives are the ingredients that help change the structure of your skin at a cellular level. To slow down the signs of aging, you need to use products with active ingredients that will help repair, protect, and nourish your skin cells.

Some of the active ingredients you need to look for when you buy serums and skin treatment products after 30 include retinol, Vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E.

(I will put together a proper guide for anti-aging skincare actives and product recommendations soon.)

Step 4: Lock in with Moisture

The next step is to use a good occlusive moisturizer to lock in all the hydration, actives, and other good stuff you put on your skin during the previous step. Occlusive moisturizers create a protective physical barrier between your skin and the outside environment, preventing any moisture loss. 

Step 5: SPF/Night cream

You simply cannot have enough SPF in your thirties. Lather your skin up with a really good sunscreen that has an SPF count of at least 30. Make it a habit to apply sunscreen as the final step of your skincare routine, even on the days that you stay in. Even during winter. Every. Single. Day.

At night, you can add a rich night cream as your final step. A good night cream should penetrate deep into your skin and makes your skin feel supple and hydrated. 

There you go, this is the most basic level of skincare you have to maintain in your 30s to keep away the signs of aging.

As always, let me quickly remind you that you are beautiful no matter what. This is just a little help to make you look the same way as you feel inside.

xo, Vindy💋

A relentless optimist with an affinity for red wine and red lipstick.

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