Well here I am.. in my 30’s I would like to say I made it here quite gracefully–HA!
If I am being honest my 20’s were good to me, when we are talking about the world of skin. My 20’s was all about PREVENTION and SIMPLICITY! I did my best to prevent fine lines from getting deeper with botox and a good skincare routine. I don’t know about you but when I hit 30 and all of the sudden I was seeing slower cell turnover rate slows, major dryness, dullness and discoloration. It freaking sucked and I was using facetune way more than I needed to be #truthbomb
Life now is totally different than in my 20’s —babies, stress, just not having the time to care. But it kind made me fall even more in love with the world of beauty, more importantly my skin. I’ve been watching my mom proactively take care of her skin for years, so I said to myself it’s time to get serious about your own skin.
I guess this would be an overall skin care routine I am going to share with you. I’m not going into major details, like this is AM or what I use in the PM. That is a whole different post and maybe I’ll work on that next. I really just want to share what I am using and why I use them.
▴ Hydrating Toner– Okay guys lets talk toner, there is nothing better than lathering on a bunch of toner in the AM. I literally can feel my skin drinking it up. I naturally have super dry skin, that plus being in your 30’s talk about DRY. Recently I have jumped on the Korean skin care train and I am obsessed with this toner by Hanskin, it’s just so soothing so after I wash my face AM and PM, I use a huge cotton pad and basically soak my face in this an essence toner 7 times. When I jumped on the K-beauty bandwagon I went full force doing the “7 Skin Method,” a multi-application toner technique. Guys- this sounds a little crazy but its fantastic, you are just putting layer upon layer (7 to be exact) of hydration on your skin. So if you are like me and have super dry skin, try this method and let me know what you think.
▴ Exfoliation will become your best friend! This has been the biggest game changer for my skin, it’s about boosting cell turnover to have that fresh and glowy skin. I have three different exfoliation methods I have tried over the last 6 months and I really love them all, don’t make me choose what one is my favorite! First Dr Lancer’s the method, Dr Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peel Pads and lastly Exfolikate by Kate Somerville. All of these will wonders for your skins texture, I promise.
▴ Say Hello to the Best Acid: Glycolic Acid. The smallest of all the acids, which means the molecule can more easily to get into the skin, which gives us the most dramatic results. It helps to clear pores, retexturize skin and is in most anti-aging products on the market. I’m obsessed with KD Glycolic Acid Cleanser, which has 10% Glycolic acid and blend of antioxidants, vitamins A,C,E and Green Tea extract in combination with Co-Q10. It leaves my skin so smooth after using it, and who doesn’t want to use a product that regenerates collagen & evens skin tone.
▴Brighteners are now a must have in my daily routine. Unfortunately, the melasma train hit me hard when I was pregnant. I’m just constantly battling the build up of pigment under my eyes and on my forehead. I’m all about a good concentrated serum for this issue, serums are the best because your gonna get a higher concentration of active ingredients on your face– and after you put on a serum you can build on top of it with other products.
▴ Retinol- I’m fighting the good fight of fine lines with a retinol and lots of collagen too. I’m all about retinol because it helps with pigmentation, dullness and yes fine lines– I mean who doesn’t want that. I’m currently out of my favorite and that shows you how often I use it, it really is a winner
. And of course I can’t forget my favorite collagen
right now, which I throw in my HUGE pill case
▴ Sunscreen + Supplements– talk about something that is crucial to your daily routine. Random side note, I wish I could go back in time and be that girl that was just way to cool to sit out in the sun with the rest of the crew. We all remember that friend and if your like me, you would totally kill for her skin now! Okay back to it, the main thing you should think about is the sunscreen formula. Get a physical sunscreen which contains minerals ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. I like a physical sunscreen because they deflect and scatter UV rays away from the skin, there are just so many pros the list could go on and on.
Also, don’t forget that you can help your skin by supplementing with products like Arctic Repair and Red Carpet from HUM Nutrition. I’ve was given some products to try a month ago and I am totally sold on them. They are packed with things like antioxidants, vitamin E, lingonberry seed oil– all the good stuff to really give your skin a boost. I personally take Arctic repair everyday, plus their Raw Beauty Green Superfood powder, man what a combo I love them.
▴KD Glycolic Acid Cleanser
▴HANSKIN- Hyaluron Skin Essence
▴Dr Lancer’s- The method
▴Dr Gross – Alpha Beta Universal Peel Pads
▴ Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
▴ SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum
▴Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution
▴ COSRX- Triple C Lightning Liquid
▴ Biossance-SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL
▴Drunk Elephant – T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
▴Replenix- Antioxidant Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 50
▴SUPERGOOP! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist With Vitamin C SPF 50
Okay guys I know this was a long post but there was a ton of info to tell you. Let me know what products you like from my list or if there are any I should try out– I’m always up for that. Have a fabulous week!