Managing your skin once you hit your 30's can be a little daunting. So many of us still have the same concerns as we did in our 20's, but we are also trying our best to prevent signs of aging. After being on birth control pills for nearly all of my adult life, my skin has changed drastically in just three months time. I used to battle dryness, and now I'm more oily and prone to cystic bumps along my chin and jawline (in fact, I'm nursing a giant monster right now). Talk about an identity crisis! Just when I had my skincare routine down, my hormones shifted and now I'm back to feeling like a teenager again...A teenager that is worried about fine lines and wrinkles on top of breakouts.

Everyone's skin needs are different of course, but I think it's imperative that we all take great care of it. It's the first thing people notice! It's easy to be careless when you're younger, but once you reach 30, it's high time to lock down a routine that works for you, invest in some quality products, and really take skincare seriously. Here is what I do for a healthy, youthful glow:

Step 1) Cleanse

I wash my face morning and night. At the moment I'm using a cleanser by L'Oreal, but I also love Cetaphil, First Aid Beauty, and Glo Skin Beauty. I don't think the brand matters so much as the effectiveness. Use whatever works for you, but don't forget to wash off the day's makeup! This is the key to having great skin.

Step 2) Exfoliate

I don't exfoliate every single day, only twice per week but it definitely makes a difference! If you have sensitive skin, once a week is good enough to slough off dead skin cells. Out of all the products I use, Exfolikate is the one I recommend to absolutely everyone. It's pricey, but a little goes a long way and it's the best I've used.

Step 3) Moisturize

Moisturizing has been the area in my new routine that I've been struggling with. My old moisturizers are fairly thick and heavy, and I've been so paranoid about developing a breakout. However, keeping your skin hydrated is important for all types so I've been using my moisturizers sparingly and with a lighter hand. I apply before makeup in the morning (I use one with SPF) and at night before. I also use an eye gel to help keep my undereye area soft yet firm.

Step 4) Treat

My problem areas include some discoloration on my cheeks and around my nose, as well as old acne marks on my chin. Lately I have been using a spot treatment on my chin to get rid of blemishes, but I don't use it nightly because it can be very drying to the surrounding skin. If you have any concerns like these, a great serum can help lessen the appearance of unwanted marks.

Step 5) Prevention

Lastly, the best time to prevent lines and wrinkles is in your late 20's and early 30's. Your skin is most resilient! I use a serum with retinol and fatty acids. Below are some newer products that I'm excited to try and two of them moisturize while you sleep. I'll let you know how I like them but i've only read positive things.

Is your skincare routine similar? If you have any specific questions let me know!


  1. I recently added a very rich face oil to my routine that I use at night but yep my routine is pretty intensive, I also use a toner twice daily.


  2. OK, how adorable are your pink cosmetic items in the last picture? I love that! Sounds like you have a really great skincare routine and some products that work well for you! I am so reluctant to ever try anything new because I feel like it inevitably causes breakouts. So I've been using the same products for...too long. LOL!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. I agree with Gina above. You are way better about this than I am! I use a retin A and the same moisturizer I have for years. That's it. Whoops!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. These are such great tips! I have been trying to take better care of my skin as I get older. I wish I had started much earlier though! Hopefully I can teach my daughter good habits while she is young!

  5. Love how you put down all the steps. I've been pretty good at moisturizing my skin - but i used to worry about trying new ingredients - and I've found that a basic moisturizer doesn't cut it - I need the serums now too lol!

  6. Now that I'm in my 30's I've gotten pretty religious with my skin care routine. I also find that drinking plenty of water helps my skin to not be as dry. Which serum with retinoo do you use?



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