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What Is the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type?

As you may already know, you need to wear sunscreen every day and year-round, even when the sun isn’t out. UV rays have been proven to be the leading cause of skin cancer and aging skin. But how do you know which sunscreen is the best for your skin type?

First off, there are two types of sunscreen, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen contains ingredients such as avobenzone and oxybenzone, absorbs UV light so it cannot penetrate the skin and needs about 30 minutes to start working. Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, “bounces” sunlight off your skin, starts protecting immediately after application.

  • Acne-prone skin: Look for products labeled non-comedogenic. Physical sunscreens are best for acne-prone skin because they can actually help fight acne. When picking a sunscreen, try to avoid coconut oil, octyl stearate, and isopropyl palmitate.
  • Normal-to-Oily: Pick a lightweight or gel sunscreen if you have oily skin. Instead of reapplying every hour, you can also purchase a powder sunscreen to lay on top of your skin to absorb oil. Don’t replace normal sunscreen with a powder sunscreen though. The powder is simply there to help oil, it won’t provide enough protection alone.
  • Sensitive-Dry: Before you apply sunscreen, apply a moisturizer on top. Avoid any sunscreen that contains alcohol, because after you’ve reapplied countless, your skin will be even dryer than before you applied. Try heavy, cream-based lotions and make sure your moisturizer has SPF.  
  • Combination: Tailor your sunscreen usage to the condition your skin is in the day of. If you’re on the drier side that day, try one that is a richer formula to lock in moisture. If your skin is rather oily, do a light-weight SPF.
  • Darker Skin Tones: While darker skin tones have natural protection from the sun, it’s not 100% safe. You should still be applying sunscreen to combat aging and protection from skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type above, especially if you’re in the sun for a long period of time.

Dermatologists Swear by These Skincare Tips for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Aside from your basic skincare needs- washing your face, taking off your makeup before you go to bed, and moisturizing- there are a few simple things you can do to achieve that healthy glowing skin you’ve always wanted. You don’t need an Instagram filter or the ever-so-flattering “golden hour” to achieve model worthy skin. Follow these 5 simple tips from leading dermatologists to do so.

Please wear sunscreen! Be sure to wear a sunscreen every single day. You want to find one that has an SPF or higher. Wearing sunscreen protects your skin from sunspots, wrinkles and most importantly, skin cancer. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all areas of your body exposed to the sun. You can even get sun damage while driving in the car, so be sure to apply it everywhere. Find a mineral sunscreen that relies on titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Also, take whatever measure you can to avoid the sun. Wear a shady hat, sunglasses, cover-ups that aren’t see-through and staying in the shade whenever possible.

Exfoliate according to what works best for you skin Exfoliating is a major step in your skincare routine that you need to add if you haven’t already. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells making way for newer, fresher skin. For normal to oily skin, use products containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). If you have sensitive skin, look for an exfoliator that doesn’t have any harsh beads or pits, but does have polyhydroxy acids (PHAs). Exfoliating a few times a week will help with cell turnover and help you achieve a healthy glow.

Add an antioxidant cream to add to your skincare regimen. We all know antioxidants protect your skin against free radicals. If you use an antioxidant cream, as well as eat antioxidant rich foods, you’re helping your skin fight off damage. A Vitamin serum or cream is your best bet. This powerful ingredient will help protect you skin against cell damage and sun exposure. You can also try finding a moisturizer that contains Vitamin E. It will help keep your skin hydrated and give you the dewy finish you want.

Another antioxidant cream, and probably the most important one, is a Vitamin A cream. Vitamin A products (retinoids) brighten your skin. Retinol is another form of Vitamin A and commonly found in anti-aging products. It works by ramping up the normal skin cell turnover process, which can help with concerns like fine lines and dark spots, as well as acne. Use your Vitamin A cream at night though, because you might have some irritation or reaction to it.

Above all, you need to make sure you know your skin type and know what works for you. If you have sensitive or dry skin, you might have to stop exfoliating so often and instead invest in a really good moisturizer. If you are on the oilier side, exfoliate more often and possibly opt for a matte finish foundation. If you’re unsure on what you should start with or what kind of skin you have, talk to a professional skincare specialist or a dermatologist to get started.

Moms in their 30s Love these Top 10 Make Up Tricks

It’s time for moms in their 30s to shine. Last week we went over the best make up tips for women in their 20s. It’s hard to know what to keep from your 20s regimen and what to let go of forever, but your needs change in your 30s. 

1. Face. Instead of spending 5 minutes putting on your make up in your 20s, count on spending 10 minutes doing it in your 30s. You want to spend a little more time on your face come 30-something. 

Begin by using a primer under your make up. You can use it in your T-Zone if you don’t want to put it all over your face. It will make your make up go on much more easily and last a lot longer. 

If you don’t already use concealer, now would be the time to add it to your routine. Apply with a brush under your eyes, in the inner corners, and to cover any under eye blemishes or bags. Use a loose powder on top to lock everything in and try to pick one that feels light and breathable. 

2. Eyes. Spend more time concentrating on your eyes when you reach your 30s, rather than your lips. Gravitate more towards neutral colors and try to stay away from metallics or colors with a sheen. Also try a volume boosting mascara and work on thickening and curling your lashes. A dark liner is still okay as long as you try to blend it into your shadows. Practice before going to a special event or for any close ups. 

A pro tip if you use liner: make a slight cat-eye look and have the liner curve up towards the end. It helps your eye look lifted rather than droopy.

3. Brows. Your brows are very important when you reach your 30s. Upkeep with waxing and shaping is a must. Choose an eye shadow color a shade lighter than your eyebrow’s tint to fill in the brow, rather than drawing it on with a pencil. Make sure you have a definitive arch and try to avoid making them look round. 

Your brow should start at the inner corner of your eye. The arch should be at the outer portion of your iris and the end should be diagonally out at a 45-degree angle from the outer corner. 

4. Lips. Fine lines and wrinkles appear in your 30s around your lips, which can make your lipstick run or feather. Use a lip liner before applying any lipstick and possibly consider putting some concealer on your upper lip to help prep your lips for color. This will make the lipstick really pop and stay in place. You can also consider using a lip plumping serum. 

If you’re going the lip liner route, be sure to choose a shade a tad darker than your lipstick.

5. Cheeks. Contouring is all the rage in your 30s. Use a bronzer to hollow out the sides of your cheek and jaw line. This helps add depth and makes you look thinner. Use a blush to bring life to your face and give you a little color. A highlighter will also add dimension and highlight the parts of your face you want more noticeable, like the tops of your cheeks and your brow bone. 

6. SPF. An SPF should already be a part of your daily skincare routine. If it isn’t, now is the time to add one. Most moisturizers come with an SPF, so if yours doesn’t, make the switch immediately. 

7. Cleanse and Moisturize. Be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night, to remove all impurities or make up. Add an under-eye cream to your routine and try to exfoliate, if you haven’t been already, two to three times a week. There are tons of exfoliating brushes you can buy, or you can use an exfoliating facial scrub, as long as it isn’t too harsh or course. 

8. Wax. Women in their 30s tend to see more facial hair. Makeup also sticks to peach fuzz, so if you’re seeing it build up, you might want to think about waxing it off. 

9. Stay Fit. Eating well, drinking lots of water, and daily exercise are the best things you can do for yourself to keep you looking young and refreshed. We’ve been told this a thousand times, so make it part of your life now before it’s too late. 

10. Seek Professional Advice. Make this a girl’s night out with your friends and book an appointment with a professional makeup artist. Try to avoid the saleswomen at drug store counters who only want to sell you product. Have a professional do a full face of make up on you so you can learn from them. This will help you keep your look current and age appropriate.

30 already? Be sure to keep up with your skincare, now more than ever!

You turned 30 already? Why are you using your 20-something year old skin care products!? Did you know your skin changes when you’re 30 even if you still see some of the same problems? Now is the perfect time to get serious about your anti-aging treatments. If you have not already incorporated anti-aging skincare essentials that target fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and other premature signs of aging, now is the time to do so!

We spoke with top board-certified dermatologists who gave us some tips on must-have skincare products for your fabulous 30’s. Let’s see what they say..

1. A more targeted cleanser

You still need a daily cleanser in your 30s. Be sure to switch to a cleanser that’s suitable to your skin type, if you aren’t using one already. Ask your local skincare specialist for a cleanser that works with your skin. If you have problematic skin, make sure you speak with a dermatologist. Any skincare specialist, whether its drugstore or professional, will tell you to stick with a sulfate-free, gentle cleanser, that won’t clog your pores or dry out your skin.

2. Antioxidant Serum

As we start to age, you’ll will notice that your skin will take a bit longer to recuperate. Your skin cells take a much longer time to regenerate themselves, which delay preventative anti-aging measures. An antioxidant serum is a perfect additional layer of protection. It’s important your serum has both Vitamin C and E; both help against photo-aging, light pigment and the worst aging enemy of them all, the sun!

3. Retinol products

Now for the signs of aging we’re all most concerned with, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, you will need Retinol to regenerate skin cells. Also, knowns as Vitamin A, Retinol regenerates you skin, promote collagen productions, minimizes your pores, prevents skin damage against free radicals, and targets dark spots, blemishes and discoloration. Remember to add it to your nightly routine!

4. Moisturizer

At any stage of your life, moisturizer is a must! It’s important that in your 30s you look for one that is a multipurpose moisturizer. Not only will a multipurpose moisturizer help smooth your skin, but it will also clear oil to target acne, combat fine lines, blackheads, blemishes and prevent wrinkles. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin will outlast aging.

5. Sunscreen

Many women in their 30s are fighting melasma (skin discoloration and dark spots) and need the most sun protection they can get. Try to find a beauty balm with SPF 50, if you don’t already use a sunscreen and foundation. This will provide both light coverage and sun protection. Sunscreen has zinc, natural minerals with a UV filter, and anti-aging antioxidants, including vitamin C and E. Not only is it recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, it will also cover imperfections, control shine and mattify the complexion.

7. Eye Cream

Unfortunately, the first signs of aging appear around your eyes. We all have seen the first signs of those scary crow’s feet around our eyes. An eye cream will help reduce crow’s feet, under eye bags, dark circles, thin skin and inflammation. Stick with an under-eye cream with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and anti-aging peptides.

6. Masks and Peels

Add a detoxifying mask to your weekly routine. If you have issues with blemishes, try a numeric mask. If your skin is too dry, try a moisturizing sheet mask with aloe. A mask can help reset your biological clock and help your skin get the antioxidants and minerals it needs or is missing from your nightly skincare routine.

8. Optional: Acne Treatment

Some say goodbye to acne once they hit 30 but not all are as lucky. Sometimes, suffering from pimples on the lower half of the face around menstrual cycle is normal and when your hormones change it could cause blemishes or blackheads. Your Dermatologist can prescribe something that will treat adult acne if you can’t find an over the counter treatment that works for you. Remember to use one with a low percentage of benzoyl peroxide to prevent too much dryness.

Groundbreaking Makeup Tips to Adopt in your 30s

You’ve reached a place in your life you’re proud of and did it while aging gracefully! You don’t need to be a supermodel to want to know the secrets of makeup. This list has our favorite tips for making you look brighter, lifted and youthful.

Begin with the right primer. A light-reflective primer will help your complexion glow before you even put on your makeup. In addition to filling fine lines and wrinkles that have started to form, it’s the fastest and easiest way to create a clean, smooth base.

Prep your lids before your eyeshadow. Creased eyeshadow can make other fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent. Use a small amount of eye shadow primer to help prep your lids for your favorite pallet and lock everything in place.

Use the proper tools. The fastest way to make yourself look older is by using a tool that leaves your foundation cakey or blotchy. Use a dampened make up sponge to apply your foundation and then your concealer. The dampened sponge helps you achieve the most accurate and even coverage, while leaving your skin look air brushed and flawless.

Try a yellow-toned foundation to warm up your skin. As long as you don’t stray too far from your skin tone, a yellow undertone will help you get that sun kissed glow, which immediately makes you look more youthful and vivid.

Consider rethinking where you put your blush. Rather than applying on the apples of your cheeks when you smile, apply a little higher underneath your bronzer to make your cheeks look lifted and lively.

Use your favorite highlighter strategically. It isn’t just for your cheeks: use on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten, underneath your brows to bring eyes upward and around your smile lines to lighten the appearance of wrinkles.

Tone down the brow shade. Strive for fuller-looking brows instead of fake ones. Take a shade lighter than your normal brow shade, fill in your brows with short, sparse motions, and extend all the way to end.

Try a new mascara that helps lengthen your lashes. Heavy, thickening mascara can weigh down your lashes. Focus more on a lengthening one to help give you a wide-eyed effect.

Lighten up that lip color! A pinky nude or soft berry color is the ideal color to brighten your face. Add a touch of gloss to your lips for the allusion of a pout. Darker shades tend to make your lips look small and are too severe.

6 Anti-Aging Practices to Start at Any Age

Even in our late 20s, we should be thinking about ways to help keep our healthy and youthful glow for as long as possible. These 6 anti-aging hacks are ways you can prolong the aging process and start at any age. Who knows what kinds of things we would be willing to do when we’re older to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? So, let’s begin now, and prime our skin for the future.

1. Moisturize

We’ve all heard the best thing for our bodies is water, and that’s not told to us from a child for no reason. Moisturizing and hydrating your body promote detoxification and helps us feel our best. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, add fresh fruit if you’re struggling and want to change it up. Apply lotion when your skin is dry, or you live in a cold climate. Remember to hydrate yourself when you’re sick.

2. Anti-inflammatories

If you’re struggling to consume omega-3 fatty acids or don’t like fish, consider taking an anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories improve heart and immune health, keep our skim looking young and youthful and help our hair and nails grow. Also note, look for an anti-inflammatory supplement that is “molecularly distilled for purity”, or free of pesticides.

3. Wear make up

Not only does make up make us look younger, it also acts as a second barrier between our skin and free radicals. As you get older, lighten up your eyes with neutral colors, ditch the dark liner and concentrate on lengthening your lashes. Stick with nude or berry lip colors and invest in a good lip scrub. Consider using a bronzer for a more sun-kissed appearance and move your blush application to the tops of your cheek bones rather than the apples.

4. Eat more colorful foods

Antioxidants are nature’s best way to prevent free radicals from penetrating our skin and making us age. Eat more colorful foods that are high in antioxidants, like berries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not only do they help you prevent aging, but they also help fight other diseases.

5. Use an anti-aging product with Retinol

Retinoids, or over the counter Retinol, is the only proven ingredient to help fight aging. Find a product over the counter first and make it the foundation of your skincare routine. Remember to remove your make up each night and wash your face beforehand. If you think you might already see signs of aging, consider talking to your dermatologist about getting a prescription strength Retinol cream, like Retin-A.

6. Sun Damage

Wear a sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are our skin’s worst enemy. Reapply your sunscreen as directed and limit sun exposure. Overexposure can lead to sunspots, skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.

13 Tips for Younger Looking Skin in your 30’s

Your 30s are often approached with a bit of panic. Although, people always say 30 is the new 20 and as you are moving on in your years, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging gracefully. It’s time to change your skincare routine to cater to your mature skin. Your facial routine will require a little more effort, so don’t be overwhelmed. Starting a daily and nightly regimen will help prevent serious signs of aging and prolong the state of your youthful appearance.

1. Drink Plenty of Water – The moment you’re dehydrated, it will take a huge toll on your skin. Not drinking enough water will leave your skin looking dull, flakey, saggy and loose. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

2. Daily/Nightly Skincare Routine – Follow a skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Cleansing gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and makeup. Toning handles pore issues and helps your pH levels. Moisturizing is important for skin texture and replenishing your skin with hydration.

3. Be Sun Safe – Sunscreen is the best and easiest way to prevent early signs of aging and skin cancer.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen as required, usually every 4-6 hours

4. Get Plenty of Rest – If you’re tired and your body doesn’t get plenty of rest, it shows first through your skin.

5. Eat a Balanced Diet – Be sure to have a healthy meal, each meal of the day, that includes foods containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from fatty or fried foods and limit your sugar intake as much as possible.

6. Quit Smoking – Smoking leads to wrinkles, pigmentation and bad skin. Not only is it terrible for you, but it’s terrible for you skin and speeds up the aging process dramatically.

7. Be Fit and Healthy – Exercise regularly for healthy body and skin. Try yoga, meditation and deep breathing to keep calm. Stress is also one of the biggest enemies for your skin.

8. Take Care of Your Makeup Brushes – Clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw away old sponges.  Brushes filled with old makeup may contain bacteria and cause breakouts.

9. Exfoliation – Have a regular exfoliation and cleansing routine. Try exfoliating two to three times a week as long as your skin doesn’t get too dry. If you don’t find one you like, you can always make one at home with organic coconut oil and sugar.

10. Moisturize – Use the proper moisturizer for your skin type to help boost your skin’s cell regeneration. During the day, choose one that has sunscreen in it. For your nightly routine, a thick and creamy moisturizer does wonders. Use an under-eye cream and firming serum to pamper the skin under your eyes and keep your neck looking young and lifted.

11. Avoid Sulfates – Sulfates are surfactants that can be found in most market-based cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry, flaky and even itchy. Look for products that do not contain parabens, sulfates and silicone.

12. Use the Right Pillowcase – Change your pillowcases frequently. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture from your skin and leave it dry. They can also leave sleep lines and tug at your skin, making it loose. Try and use silk and satin pillowcases or even a hypoallergenic one if you’re having issues with breakouts.

13. Get Help if Needed – Seek advice from a dermatologist if over the counter anti-aging products aren’t working for you. Most will do a consultation for free.

Skincare in Your 30s…. What now?

Since you’ve surpassed your 20s (gracefully we might add!), now is the time to establish a skincare routine that will prolong aging and help you achieve lifelong happiness with your skin.

Your 30s are a stressful time no matter your circumstances. Your body is going through hormonal changes, so your skin can’t repair itself like it used to. Breakouts become more common, age spots appear, fine lines and wrinkles grow more noticeable and your skin grows thirstier for hydration. No more neglecting your skin!

That’s why we spoke to a handful of industry leading experts, who gave us their best advice on how to change up your skincare routine now that you’ve reached the big 3-0 milestone. The good news? It’s easier than you think to maintain great skincare well into your 30’s.  It’s all about establishing good habits and maintaining an easy routine. 

Use your foundation as a shield! Many women avoid wearing makeup on a daily basis in order to let their skin “breathe,” but experts say makeup can actually help protect your skin. Sun damage is the number one cause of aging. Foundation can act as an extra barrier between your skin and the sun. Most people don’t wear sunscreen, if any at all, so foundation as a back-up is your best insurance policy.

Don’t worry about makeup clogging your pores. Most foundation now is non-comedogenic and will be fine as long as you’re using the right kind for your skin type.  

Don’t forget your neck! Estheticians agree that as you age, it becomes especially important to treat your neck and décolletage. The more delicate areas are the ones that tend to show the first signs of aging. Think of your “face” as beginning from you hairline and going all the way down to the center of your breasts. Be sure to give your neck its own step in your daily skincare routine, using leftover moisturizer that you applied on your face isn’t good enough. Also, don’t forget sunscreen!

Eye cream is a must! Under your eye is the most sensitive and thinnest skin on your face. These areas show the first signs of aging because of smiling and other facial expressions. Be sure to add a well formulated under eye cream to your skincare routine and apply it properly. Sweep under the eye with your ring finger, around the orbital bone, and avoid tugging or pulling your skin. Lightly dab until absorbed and remember to also get the corners of your eyes where crow’s feet form.

Swap out those make up wipes for a real cleanser! You were lucky if you remembered to take off your makeup at all when you were in your 20s, but now we’d like to think you’ve learned from your mistakes. Try to use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser to wash your makeup off rather than a makeup removing wipe. Wipes tend to push dirt around your face and don’t do a good job at removing makeup anyway. The cleaner you get your face, the better your moisturizers and serums will work.

Retinol! Retinol! Retinol! Aside from sunscreen, a Retinol product would be your best protection against aging. It’s important to start using anti-aging products now, before the serious signs begin. This ingredient has been proven countless times to smooth your skin, make your pores appear smaller and diminish wrinkles. Start by using a Retinol cream you can get over the counter and then if need be, upgrade to a stronger prescription form.

Switch to a night cream! In your 30s, you want to make sure you change up your skincare routine to tailor it to mature skin. During the day, our skin is exposed to UV rays and environmental stressors that age us; then at night, our skin goes into repair mode to rejuvenate and recover. Thus, your morning skincare routine should be all about protection, involving an antioxidant serum and sunscreen. Then your nighttime routine should focus on rejuvenation, incorporating products like retinol, peptides, and chemical exfoliation, followed by night cream.

Beauty rest is essential! Odds are you didn’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night in your 20s, and that undoubtedly took a toll on your skin. As our experts mention, the late hours are when your skin repairs itself. Consistently getting 8 hours of sleep at night ensures your skin has adequate time to do so. You can also sleep on a satin pillowcase (fancy!) to help make sure you skin doesn’t tug or go bump in the night.

5 Imperative Skincare Musts to Start ASAP

Aging seems to have a negative connation in the skincare community these days. We’re constantly told we need to find a skincare routine that helps us look younger longer and makes us feel bad about what comes naturally to us as we get older; our skin tends to age. While we all want to look our best, we shouldn’t feel bad about aging or the changes our skin goes through as we get older and approach our mid-30s. Our skin is not going to look like we’re 18 anymore, and at this point in our lives, we don’t want it to. These 5 skincare tips are the best ways you can pamper yourself and treat your skin to some self-love. Take pride in knowing you’re making these changes not only for your skin but also for yourself and remember that some extra TLC can not only prevent signs of aging (if that’s our concern) but also help us appreciate ourselves in ways we never thought we would.

1. Increase Hydration

Not only do you need to be sure you moisturize properly every day and night, you also need to make sure you’re drinking enough water. H2O will keep your skin hydrated, yes, but it will also help overall production of collagen, cell turnover, and most importantly, your body to stay and feel healthy. You can also consider taking a daily supplement that will ensure you get other essentials in your daily diet, like Resveratrol, Vitamin E and more Collagen. Keep in mind, even if you don’t consider your skin dry according to your skin type, once you’re in your 30s, your skin will need a moisture boost to help ward off other skincare concerns. Even if you have oily skin, it’s still possible your skin is dehydrated. Your collagen and elastin levels tend to fall, so your skin needs more help retaining moisture. To keep your skin hydrated, try incorporating a hyaluronic acid serum or antioxidant oil into your daily skincare routine.

2. Marry Your Acids

A Vitamin C serum at this point in your life is completely necessary. Consider splurging and investing in one that is of high quality. This ensures the formulations are stable and the ingredients are high quality. Ascorbic and L-ascorbic acids are best to wear during the daytime, after sunscreen and before makeup, because they act as free-radical fighting antioxidants. They won’t build up under your make and will be a second barrier to fight off UV damage. Glycolic and Lactic Acid are both Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which are best when incorporated into your nighttime routine, because they act as an exfoliator. They work best when your skin is going through its repair cycle and regenerating cells while you sleep.

3. Rekindle Your Dermatologist Relationship

At this point in your skin’s life, it’s time to make an appointment with your Dermatologist to get a new outlook on what your skin needs. At this age, your skin is going through a lot of changes and you might need some professional advice to see what you can do to ensure your skin’s best care. Your skin’s elastin and collagen levels are slowing down, so your skin could break out and develop acne. You will see inflammation and dryness in areas you might not have even seen before and your skin’s moisture barrier is thinning. While most over the counter skincare products work for us when we were in our 20s, our 30s need more concentrated, active ingredients. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you with products that will give you a steady, youthful glow and help your collagen productions level out. In addition, if you’ve never had a skin cancer screening, now is the time to do so!

4. Find an Esthetician

Finding an Esthetician that you have a good relationship with is going to be really important for your new skincare journey. If you’ve never heard of or been to one before, an Esthetician is someone who specializes in the beautification of skin. As you use new products and try new routines to keep your skin healthy, a monthly appointment with an esthetician will help you see if what you’re doing is working. A licensed skincare specialist will be able to tell you if what you’re using is working for you skin, will give you someone to talk to and consult with any questions or concerns about ingredients and technique, and most likely be the most beneficial thing you can do for you skin. Your skin regenerates itself every month, exactly 27 days, so seeing one every month or so will really do some good.

5. Worship Your SPF

It isn’t easy to reapply your SPF as needed throughout the day when you’re at work and wearing makeup. But sunscreen at this point in your skin’s like is more important than ever. However, cosmetic companies have finally jumped on the SPF bandwagon and are now making makeup with SPF. Be sure to choose a foundation, concealer and loose powder that has an SPF. They more than likely will have an SPF value of 30 or higher, so in addition to your am SPF application, these products will help ensure you escape sun damage as long as they have SPF in them. Also, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, hats if you’re going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen on every part of your body that’s going to be exposed to the elements.

What’s Your Skin Type?

We all know the best way to keep ourselves looking young is to take care of our skin and beginning a routine as soon as you can. But how do you know what kind of skin you have and how do you know what you need to keep it looking youthful? This simple quiz will help you find out what kind of skin you have, what you need to do to keep it looking great and allow you to live up to your best potential!

Your skin type will all be affected by a multitude of things, but keep these three in mind: how sensitive your skin is, how much water is in your skin (not how much you drink, but how much water is absorbed to help elasticity) and oil (which effects softness).

1. Normal:

Normal skin is in between dry and oily. This is the skin type we all strive to have.

  • Glowing complexion
  • Barely visible pores
  • Few or no imperfections or blemishes
  • Unsensitive

2. Combo:

Combination skin can be oily in some areas, like your T-zone, and then dry in others, like on your cheeks or neck. This is the most common skin type.  

  • Normal sized pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shine or oil

3. Dry:

Your skin is very dry and tight. It can crack, peel and itch. This skin type can also be confused for a sensitive skin type but doesn’t necessarily mean you have sensitive skin.

  • Red patches
  • Dull, tough complexion
  • Invisible pores
  • Wrinkles and fine lines more visible

*Keep in mind, dry skin can be caused by weather, UV rays, your genes, hormonal changes and even other skincare products you’re using, like your makeup.

4. Oily:

Oily skin can be prone to acne and blemishes, have major shine at the end of a day and have a hard time keeping makeup in place without proper primers.

  • Large pores
  • Shiny, thick complexion
  • Blemishes, blackheads, imperfections and even acne

*Keep in mind, oily skin can be caused by weather (extreme heat or humidity), puberty or hormonal changes and stress.

5. Sensitive:

Your skin is very red and rough. You have a hard time finding product that doesn’t cause irritation or allergic reactions.

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Dry
  • Burning sensation after product application