My birthday is next month and it’s a little hard to believe I’ll turn 37. As clichéd as it sounds, it’s true: time goes by faster with age, and my thirties were no exception. On the one hand, I feel the same as I did after graduating from college – luckily, my energy levels haven’t dropped and I still sometimes feel completely clueless about the basic principles of growing up. But when I really look back at who I was in my 20s, I am so grateful for the wisdom and confidence that the past few years have brought. And I feel like things only get better from here. Do you know what I’m not so grateful for? The fine lines around my eyes and the hyperpigmentation on my forehead and cheekbones. So I am always on the lookout for the best anti aging skin care products for your 30s.
Don’t get me wrong: there is nothing more beautiful than a woman whose face shows the wisdom and experience of a life well lived. And I definitely want to embrace the process of graceful aging and grow into myself more with each decade.
But in my 30s, I want my skin to look fresh, wide awake, clear, and as radiant as possible. And until now it has been possible to achieve all of that by basing my skin care routine on products that are packed with powerful antiaging ingredients.
Of course, sunscreen is the most important product that everyone should wear. Nothing will improve your antiaging efforts, as well as preventive sun protection. And if you are on a budget, remember that when it comes to skin care, quality beats quantity every time. (And this article proves that good quality doesn’t have to be very expensive.) Read on to learn more about the best antiaging skin care products for your 30s that I use in my everyday life. These have been tried and tested and I swear how well they work. Comment below with any questions, and I’d love to hear what antiaging skin care products you swear by!
The Best Anti Aging Skin Care Products For Your 30s …
While there are many products on my list, you certainly don’t have to buy all of them. When it comes to skin care, all you need is a good quality cleanser, toner, moisturizer (or face oil), and sunscreen – keep it simple. The serums and masks are the icing on the cake and a great way to level up if you want to add more active ingredients to your regimen.
When it comes to detergents, my goal is to remove makeup and dirt, detoxify and clog pores without drying out my skin. This one from Bliss is gentle and cleansing, with BHA and Brazilian sea water. It keeps the pores free of excess oil and the skin in balance without overdrying. And it’s made from clean ingredients that won’t irritate even sensitive skin. Since the detergent doesn’t stay in contact with the skin very long, I usually go for a cheaper option and save the more expensive ingredients for later steps in my routine.
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The P50 lotion is a cult favorite, though it has been a bit controversial over the years. It works great for me though and has never caused any irritation. I soak a cotton ball in this toner and wipe my entire face (avoiding the eye area) for an instant exfoliate, moisturize, and balance prep step that helps the rest of my skin care routine penetrate. When looking for the best anti aging skin care products for your 30s, it never hurts to start with the tried and true classics.
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I have to admit that I let out a cry of joy when this (gorgeous) serum showed up on my doorstep to try it out. This new, highly potent formula is made with a strong concentration of 50% stem cell conditioned media. “Regenerative peptides and growth factors are said to increase collagen production and stimulate the skin’s natural reparative properties by accelerating turnover.” To use it, I inject two drops into my hand and then gently massage my skin after the toner. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks, but I’ve already noticed more plump, lighter, and more radiant skin, and I give this serum the credit.
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Is Clinical is one of those dermatologist’s favorite brands that you can rely on every time for results. This serum is incredibly rich in antioxidants and I consider it the healing, soothing layer that protects my skin from environmental damage and helps repair its moisture barrier. It contains time-delayed vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and a blend of botanicals to provide maximum antioxidant protection and health benefits. Zinc sulfate reduces inflammation, kojic acid prevents skin blemishes and vitamins E and A, nourishes and neutralizes free radicals. I just flatten a few drops before applying moisturizer.
For the past year I’ve been a little obsessed with acid peel. They’re the easiest, most effective way to remove dead skin buildup, brighten the complexion, and keep oil in check. I’ve tried many “peel pads” at home, but after discovering this liquid version, I’m a total convert. You put about half a pipette in a small bowl and use the fan brush (sold separately) to rub the bowl evenly over your face and neck. There is a satisfying tingling sensation and that’s it! You don’t rinse – in fact, I find this product to be most effective when I use it and then don’t apply any other product to it before bed. I wake up in the morning with impossibly smooth and glowing skin (I usually do this about once a week – see my Sunday night scrub routine here.)
Bonus: This scrub also contains retinol to help boost collagen and the antioxidant vitamin C. Home scrubs just don’t get any better than this.
I love a gorgeous mask, but then I can’t argue with the effectiveness of this affordable mask that I picked up on on my Target runs. A couple of times a week I take a long bath and smooth it over clean, almost dry skin. I let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing and then applying my serum and moisturizer. With lactic acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, plus lightening enzymes, this is a gentle way to really combat early signs of dullness and aging. The fact that it’s made with clean, non-toxic ingredients makes me love it even more.
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I tend to turn away from physical peels in favor of chemical peels (like the acid peel and mask listed above). With the exception of this peeling. I’ve been using GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator since I discovered her first ad of glowing gwyneth spreading all over her face and feeling the burning sensation. I ordered my own glass and it really is that good. And since I’m a sucker for a third-party clinical study, I also think it’s great that 92% of women in such a study showed improvement in skin barrier function after a single use.
The result lies in the high concentration of glowing micro-peeling minerals (quartz, garnet, aluminum oxide, and silica) as well as glycolic acid, which help remove dry, dead skin cells and refine the appearance of pores for softer, smoother, and more radiant skin. It’s expensive to exfoliate, but it really works. In addition, a little bit is enough.
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I always have a bottle of this beautiful, clean, and relatively affordable organic plant facial oil in my bathroom drawer. It’s really simple and just plain nutritious, and that’s what makes it so good. And I love that, since it’s not very expensive, I can stroke everything over my neck and chest without feeling like I have to “conserve”.
Speaking of pampering: This oil is like a pampering, liquid hug that fills and firms your skin on contact. It smells amazing, looks amazing, and with just a few drops your skin will feel amazing. The two “phases” (water and oil) are filled with rejuvenating organic botanicals, nutrients and antioxidants that help fight free radicals, lighten, deeply hydrate and plump the skin.
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I’ll be honest, red isn’t my favorite color, but I’m more than willing to overlook this tiny detail when it means applying this nutritious but non-greasy moisturizer to my face every morning. Tomorrow you ask Doesn’t “ultra-rich” sound more like something you would use before bed? That’s what I thought until I tried this pre-makeup and noticed how much better my foundation felt when I applied it – no flakes or pilling in sight. I always use this moisturizer as the finishing touch to my skin care routine after cleansing, toning, and seruming (usually instead of oil). It melts on contact with the skin and thanks to the vitamin B3 + peptides the product supports all of your anti-aging efforts.
As I mentioned above, the fine lines that show up around my eyes are currently my main skin care concern, and I’ve found that these fine lines all of a sudden almost go away when that area is properly moisturized with a really rich under-eye cream (the Hydration magic)!) But I also like to wear a bit of concealer under my eyes and on top of my eyelids, and I couldn’t find an under eye cream that did the job but didn’t pill or looked too heavy even under makeup. Take part in this 3-in-1 total eye renewal therapy that combines moisturizer, treatment, concealer and sunscreen in one perfect little applicator. You smooth it out with the metal roller (which has an instant cooling and depilatory effect) and then gently dab in the moisturizing, brightening, simply magical treatment. The results are instantaneous and get better over time.
GET A GLOW
Let’s be honest: Nothing looks more youthful than a golden glow – a light tan not only feels more carefree, but also seems to balance out the skin tone and reddening of the mask. Of course, getting a real tan is counterproductive to all of our antiaging efforts, but luckily, sunless home tanning formulas have come a long way in recent years. (I should know that I’ve been using them weekly since high school.) Currently, these tan drops from CLEANTAN are the most seamless and easy way to give your face an even, natural glow. Just mix a few drops in a skin care product (I like adding it to my moisturizer as this is the last thing to do), then rub it evenly over the face, mixing it especially well at the hairline. Your tan develops within a few hours and is wonderfully subtle. Don’t forget your neck!
I’d love to hear from you guys: What are the best anti aging skin care products for your 30s? Leave a comment and let me know if there are any new ones to discover.