Skincare Routine for Your Age

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Most of us probably start our skincare routine journey in our teens, right around the time post-puberty hormonal oil production starts making a nuisance of itself; perhaps a foray into some tea tree oil, or the occasional spot treatment. Then in your early 20s, we might have tried our hands at more advanced toners and SPFs, or even flirted with the idea of trendy moisturizers and creams. Then, things start to get serious.

In our 30s, the first signs of things going a tiny bit downhill skin-wise are compelling motivation to get a proper routine in place, statbefore every decade that follows rings in more changes once again. Whether you're in your early 30s and are just starting to scour the market for the best eye cream you can afford on a post-college budget, or whether you're well into your golden years and have a sophisticated regimen down pat, it's a good idea to regularly readdress your skin's needs and reassess your routine to match.

Basic skincare routine: where to start

Begin by building on this six-step skincare routine for your 30s (three steps for the morning, three for the evening), then update and upgrade it for each decade.

Skincare routine for your 30s

Dakota Johnson In your 30s, your skincare routine should focus on long-term protection and prevention, with a short-term focus on brightening and hydration.

Morning skincare routine

Cleanser: Pick a foaming cleanser you can use in the shower for ease, but make sure it has gentle ingredients and doesn't strip skin. We like the paraben- and sulfate-free formula of Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash.

Serum: Typically applied after toner and before moisturizer, serum is a great vehicle for you to integrate your 'actives' into your skincare routine. Pick one with Vitamin C, an antioxidant that defends your skin from environmental stressors like UV and pollution as well as offer up some brightening effects. Hyaluronic acid (HA), the best hydrating ingredient going, should be in there too. Amazingly so, The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, has both and costs under $6 (!).

Day Cream with SPF: Fun fact: Only 10% of aging is attributed to genetics; a whopping 90% is caused by sun damage. That said, sun protection is the most crucial thing you can do to keep the damaging effects of sun exposure at bay, so at the very least it should be in your moisturizer and primers from this point on. As far as consistencies go, cream is about making skin feel comfy, as well as look plump and protected, particularly at the barrier layer. Elemis Pro- Collagen Marine Cream SPF30 succeeds on every level.

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