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.

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