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Beauty regimen for a 30-something new mom

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Dull Skin, Oily Skin, Dry Skin
February 15, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments

A comment from Trinh on my article for sleep-deprived 20-somethings went like this: “I am in my early 30s, 8 months pregnant and somewhat sleep deprived. In about a month, I can only imagine less sleep, more stress and less time to myself”.

Trinh’s question required some thought. The key criteria for her regimen are simplicity, reasonable prices, no nasty chemicals as she is breast-feeding and products that will keep her skin looking fresh and her eyes wide awake. Quite a challenge – especially as I erred on the side of caution as far as preservatives go as the FDA has specifically advised nursing mothers to avoid phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin.

After a few days of thinking, I came up with a basic regimen for a 30-something new mom.

The obvious starting point is cleanser and I wanted to find something that is natural and on those days when baby’s demands takeover, Trinh can at least feel that she has done something for herself – just by washing her face. La Isha’s Gentle Aroma Therapy Face Wash ($35 in the TIA shop) is good enough to drink with a lightly creamy texture. It has enough active ingredients (antioxidant rooibos tea, pomegranate, rosehip and a ton of vitamins) in it to justify leaving on for a few moments – whilst cleaning teeth for example – before rinsing off. It is made in small batches with cold-pressed oils.

OK, so I got the “keep it simple and inexpensive” message loud and clear, but I want to be sure that fresh and hydrated are also priorities. Skin-Lasting Super Hydrator ($28 in the TIA shop) is a multitasker that helps to keep a regimen as simple as it gets. Its unique liquid (spray on) formula is for face, neck, hands and body. It moisturizes with glycerin and urea. These ingredients also exfoliate along with lactic acid. There’s a base of aloe and antioxidant green tea and vitamin C. And no nasties. Nonetheless, it might be a good idea to switch it out from time to time with a moisturizer that doesn’t also have these exfoliating factors and Snowberry's Bright Defense Day Cream ($63 in the TIA shop) with botanical antioxidants including black tea, grapes and macadamia.

Tired eyes need to take eye creams seriously and I have a couple of ideas. One option is Your Best Face Nourish ($45). This is an eye cream for those twenty-something or 30-something people that are smart enough to begin preventative maintenance. Nourish is an economical way to give your eye area a daily dose of cutting edge antioxidants such as spin trap and Liprochroman-6, normally found in $100-plus eye creams. Although it doesn’t have the offending preservatives mentioned above, it does have parabens (although well under 1% of the formula).

The preservative issue can be avoided entirely with Sevani Ageless Eyes Revitalizing Serum ($54 in the TIA shop). This got two thumbs up from pregnant reviewer, Kim, who gave this verdict: “There is not a single thing not to like in this serum. And I think it is perfect for women in their 30s. It will absolutely help keep the delicate skin around your eyes nourished and very healthy.” It has evening primrose, an anti-inflammatory, sea buckthorn, which is high in vitamins A and C, pomegranate seed oil, a powerful antioxidant, and argan oil.

By the way, Reviva has just launched an affordable new range for pregnant women and new moms that includes stretch mark cream, Belly Butter and more. We are getting some testers and Trinh, of course, will be first in line.

  • May 10, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Stella - here is an updated regimen for 30-somethings:

    CE Tetra is great and if it suits your skin then there is no need to switch up at this point.

  • May 9, 2013

    by Stella

    I like Jackie would like a good beauty regimen for 30 something...there are so many products that I am kind of overwhelmed if I am using a C E Tetra I still need a stronger antioxidant, or should I alternate, meaning when I finish it I buy some other kind of antioxidant. vitamin C is a good antioxidant right?

    thanks Martha

  • December 2, 2012

    by Jackie

    I'm in my early 30s. I would like a skincare regimen to follow and so i have found myself on this page. I have super dry skin and I am not pregnant. Also have a lot of redness and I am starting to see lines around my eyes when I smile big. Can you recommend something for 30 somethings with really dry skin. Not sure if I should be using serums, oils, night creams etc and would like to start using eye cream to prevent further lines. At this point I am not happy with any of my products. Just found you site (which I love) but I am finding it difficult to decide what would be best for me.
    I would really appreciate a recommendation.

  • February 21, 2012

    by Trinh


    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a post to answer my question. I did get a sample of YBF Correct and I LOVE it, probably one of the best eye cream out there, too bad it is out of my price range. I was actually contemplating on trying out the YBF Antioxidant Concentrate.

    I have another question :) Normally I apply serum then moisturizer or something else on top. However, the Sevani Ageless Eyes Serum you recommended, since it is oil base, if I were to use it with an eye cream that is water base then I would need to do the reverse, apply the eye cream first then the serum? Otherwise the eye cream won't be able to penetrate through the layer of oil? It just feels weird applying serum/oil last.

    Thanks again for the post.

  • February 17, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Laura, thanks so much. 100% Pure is a great line and we'd love to get your verdict on the Corrective Cream.

  • February 17, 2012

    by Laura

    Thanks so much for this post. I am in my mid-30's and nursing an almost 8 month old baby girl. Yes, sleep is still a long and far-away dream, but it's getting better! I am a Floridian with some sun damage and minor wrinkles with some leftover spots on my face from pregnancy. I just started using the 100% Pure line of products and love them so far. I decided to try them after reading some posts here on the oh-so-yummy naturalness of their products! I've just bought a bottle of the Coffee Cherry Sun Damage Corrective Cream with the hopes of diminishing some of the spots on my face. I want a heavy hitter that doesn't have the preservatives and toxins that can potentially harm my baby while nursing. I'll send a note on my experience with the product to TIA when I'm done trying it out if you're interested!

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