Skin is In - How I Take Care of My Skin at 36
Let's take it back to the basics, shall we? My skincare routine is constantly evolving and that's because as I get older, my needs are different. What I used in my 20's or even my early 30's has changed - a lot! But if there's one thing that has remained a constant, it's that I make my skincare a top priority. I like to think of my skin as my canvas. If it's set up properly and treated well makeup application will be that much easier and look that much better.
I have to mention that I started using anti-aging products pretty regularly around 25. My mom has always been adamant about her skincare regime and I took after her (she's turning 70 in January and looks 50!). Back then I would use a good moisturizer with sunscreen (my trusted Oil of Olay) and an eye cream (Kiehl's Avocado Ey Cream). A little goes a long way and it's just about prevention for most at this age but a good rule of thumb is that it's never too early to start! So all you 20-something's remember that! Also, now more than ever, is when I have no problem investing in my skincare products. I still love my drugstore budget finds but there are some good quality products you just can't find without spending the money.
Here are a few rules I like to keep in mind with skincare for my 30's
1- MAKEUP AS SKINCARE:
Makeup can actually be considered a skincare product! Most women don't use enough sunscreen so a layer of foundation or BB cream acts as a barrier between UV light and your skin. I learned this tip from this Byrdie article and have lived by it since! You don't have to go crazy with the coverage but it's a different way to look at how you use your makeup.
2- DON'T STRIP YOUR SKIN:
I used to use an exfoliator as a cleanser daily (this doesn't mean stop exfoliating all together) and realized I needed to lay off a bit. Most women in their 30s can encounter rosacea so you want to boost hydration. I love the INSTYTUTUM cleansing milk and FRESH Soy Face Cleanser
3- USE A PEEL PAD TO EXFOLIATE:
Instead of preventing breakouts, now in your 30s you want to use this method to help skin cell turnover. I love INSTYTUTUM Flawless Pads (you're going to hear a lot about this line because I was introduced to it and am loving everything!) I do this about twice a week.
4- DON'T FORGET YOUR NECK:
Our neck and hands tell our age too and often times women forget to pay attention to this area. Just remember to drag down your products down a little to make sure you're showing some love to that area. You'll reap the benefits down the line! When masking I always add some to my neck and always moisturize my neck too.
5- USE A WEEKLY MASK
I used to love masks to pamper myself but now it's something I need to do to really keep my skin plump and fresh. And nowadays they're more effective than ever. They really just help put a pep in your step. One of my faves is the Ranavat Botanics Eternal Reign Mask
6- PAY EVEN MORE ATTENTION TO YOUR EYES
A nice rich cream used to cut it but now we really need moisture around this thin-skinned area. I love anything with hyaluronic acid which helps retain moisture and plumps or fills the eye area.
7- ADD VITAMIN C TO YOUR ROUTINE:
Boosting collagen is huge at this time so incorporate some vitamin c into your routine. No 7 Youthful Vitamin C Serum is a drugstore find and I love it!
8- DON'T FORGET YOUR TOOLS!
I have been using my GloPro microneedling tool and have noticeably seen my skin's tone and texture improve. This is legit an at-home professional facial!
9- WE STILL NEED TO PREVENT BREAKOUTS!
If you still have minor breakouts it's normal. We may have outgrown our teens but our hormones are still changing constantly. I love the Neutrogena Light Therapy Pen to help prevent breakouts.
And now, I put this all in a little video for you where I'm showing my basic nigh time routine at the moment. Again, as I mentioned, my routine is contstantly changing and I usually introduce a new product every 3-6 months.
Hope you found this guide useful my lovelies!