Taking Care of your Skin in your 30’s and what I am learning so far…

I could say a lot about entering my 30s. I started to ponder the meaning of life, wonder about my career, think about when I was going to have a baby and the list goes on …

I also started thinking about aging. I dunno, it’s like I woke up one day, looked in the mirror and thought to myself, wow, my skin looks awful! This is coming from someone with super clear skin, not a pimple in sight, and no visible pores. Wait, what are those squiggly little things under my eyes? Fine lines. Holy crap! Yup that is what happens when you hit the 30s. You start noticing your enlarged pores, and your hair falling and the lines showing. But, after countless reading on anti-aging products, there is still hope for your skin! In fact, good thing you noticed, now is the time to take some preventative and corrective action. 

Ok, so I hate using sunscreen. I really do. It’s an extra step in the process and I honestly forgot (or did not bother to be more accurate) to put on sunscreen. I have dry skin which doesn’t help either. But if there is one thing all skin experts, dermatologists agree on, it is this – wear sunscreen and wear it everyday, summer or winter, cloudy or sunny.

I had this false belief that if I don’t get any sun exposure, I don’t need sunscreen. Wrong! You can still get sun damage. Now that I know this information, my first step is to try and find a moisturizer with sunscreen. Ok, but wait a minute, how much do you need? At least SPF 30 – that is what dermatologists recommend. I am actually having a difficult time finding a moisturizer with SPF 30. I have narrowed down the following so far:

  1. Origins

    A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea  , OK I know it isn’t SPF 30, but does the 5 really make a difference? I think it actually does. I did try this for a few months, and well, it just doesn’t sit well with my skin. Not to say it won’t work for other people, but wasn’t the match for me. 

  2. First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 – I love this brand. I have dry skin and slight eczema and their other cream worked well. Guess what, it isn’t available in Canada. Must keep looking.
  3. Murad – Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 – this might be the winner. It is available in Canada (extra points for that), it provides hydration and sun protection. It apparently contains anti-oxidants, which I have learned work wonders for anti-aging. I think I am going to give this a try. The reviews on Sephora seem fairly good.
  4. There are also a number of BB and CC creams available at Sephora with higher SPF. The only issue is that I need to go to the store, get someone to help me find a correct shade match and then I am going to come home and realize the colour doesn’t match. I think I will stay away from the BBs and CCs for now.

Kiehls and Dermalogica also have some creams with SPF 30 and above. Right now I am lazy and have invested all this time on the Sephora website. So, I think I will give the Murad a shot and see what it is like.

Ok, now that day cream with sunscreen is covered, have you heard of serums? Ok, I had but honestly didn’t know how to properly use them until recently. You wear the serum first and then apply your moisturizer on top of it, giving the serum a few minutes before you apply your moisturizer. Serums treat your skin. They can treat it with anti-oxidants, with retinoids, and with hyaluronic acid (good for hydration). That Sephora bill is increasing very quickly.

What do I want in my serum? I want hydration – I have dry skin. I want anti-oxidants – who doesn’t? I would like retinoids, but this might be overkill? This is what I have narrowed down so far:

1. First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum $45.00 : I love FAB products. Plus this has excellent reviews on Sephora. Ok now to the technical part – this is supposed to increase hydration, improve fine lines – perfect! It also plumps. I like plump. It also contains collagen which helps with firmness. It also relieves irritation, for you sensitive types (me included). I am sold.

2. Biotherm SKIN•BEST SERUM-IN-CREAM $65.00 : this contains a mix of anti-oxidants, and the one of two sephora reviews says it is hydrating for the Canadian winter. Hmm, we gotta give new products a chance right?

3. Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM -$81.00 – who was I kidding, I want to know what all the fuss is about Retinol. This serum contains retinol, Vitamin C and E, and apparently assists in collagen production and reduces lines and wrinkles. This has a lot of positive reviews on Sephora and I am seriously considering giving it a try. It is a bit pricey though.

I think this will be a game-time decision at my Sephora visit tomorrow.

As for cleansers, I currently use the staple Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, not because I really like it, but because I am lazy and apparently it eliminates the toning process. It doesn’t remove makeup (foundation yes, eyeliner no!) as claimed. I think it is time to switch up the cleanser. I love Dermalogica cleansers. But since I am going to be at Sephora, I will just purchase the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. It is good for dry skin, I have tried and tested it before and it is $25.00.

I think that covers most of the skincare regimen, unless I want to go all crazy and start peeling and all. I am going to start with my SPF day cream, my nighttime serum and use my Neutrogena moisturizer on top of the serum.

Next month, I will try peeling.

Do you have any anti-aging products you swear by? Let me know in the comments section.