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The Best Skin Care Regimen for Your 30s

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February 5, 2019 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman in Congress, has revealed that she is passionate about serious skincare. At 29, she has a thoughtful 30-something's sensibility towards her beauty regimen, even embracing actives such as retinol and vitamin C. I have to believe that AOC is a secret member of the Truth In Aging community, after all she said: "Skincare is a straight-up hobby of mine. I’m a science nerd and I truly enjoy the science of it, reading about compounds and studies, etc."

AOC's 3-step regimen includes cleansing, "toning and actives", then moisturize and sunscreen. While I don't agree with 30-somethings loading up on retinol, I like her overall approach. Here are some Truth In Aging tested and endorsed suggestions for an AOC-inspired, 30-something regimen.

Cleanse

Priority no. one: Get rid of any harsh, foaming acne cleansers (even if your skin is still prone to breakouts).  They tend to be too drying and stripping, which is less than ideal when it comes to preventing aging skin. Instead, opt for a gentle and sulfate-free face wash. Enter Expurtise with a detoxifying cleanser that is natural and mostly organic: Expurtise Effective Anti-Aging Ultra Purifying Cleanser ($36 in the shop)

If you regularly use a toner, try Your Best Face Uplift Toner Mist ($22 in the shop). It has antioxidants and botanicals to fight signs of fatigue in the complexion, evening out blotchiness and brightening dull skin.

Exfoliate

Starting in your 30s, cell turnover and the metabolism of your cells will begin to slow down. The pileup of dead cells and debris can lead to clogged pores, dullness and accentuated fine lines. Twice-weekly exfoliation with alpha or beta hydroxy acids will give you a brighter complexion, refine your skin tone and help close enlarged pores. Mild chemical exfoliation also normalizes the skin’s moisture barrier so it’s better able to hold water.

Dr. Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel ($88 in the shop) is a great introduction to exfoliation. There's also a lovely exfoliating mask from Your Best Face called Prep ($50 in the shop).

Moisturize

As we age, our skin’s moisture levels begin to decline. Daily moisturizing is a must no matter your skin type — let us remind you that the production of oil is different than the skin’s water content. There are few things you want your moisturizer to contain: humectants like hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate and glycerin will help draw in and trap moisture; emollients — which can be fluid or thick in texture — and plant oils will thwart water loss and protect the skin barrier.

Skinveda Amlaki Cocoin Milk Facial Lotion ($48) is a light emulsion that is perfect for a T-zone skin type. Based on Ayurvedic practices, the formula helps impart a velvety feel, while holy basil oil acts as a COX-2 inhibitor and helps regulate oil production while Indian gooseberry fruit extract promotes a healthy glow. If your skin is oily, go for Your Best Face Boost ($65 in the shop), a lightweight moisturizer that's formulated to clarify the complexion, tighten and tone skin, prevent excess oiliness and discourage blemishes. Dry skin will drink up Replenish Plus SkinJuvenation ($45.95 in the shop), a nutrient dense moisture cream that proclaims to be especially helpful for younger skin that has been prematurely damaged.

Protect

Protecting your skin from sun damage is non-negotiable. Hopefully you’ve been diligent with sunscreen use, but now’s the time to step up your sun smarts as thirtysomethings are more susceptible to pigmentation and fine lines. The best approach includes both SPF and antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals —borne of environmental aggressors like sunlight, pollution, heat — shown to injure collagen and activate pigment. Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid and spin trap (which has the superpower ability to intercept free radicals before any damage is done) can help protect and repair the skin throughout the day.

Prana Reishi Mushroom Shield ($42 in the shop), a silky — never chalky — sunscreen and moisturizer that features the antioxidants from fungi. Another Truth In Aging favorite is Prana SpaCeuticals Purifying Day Lotion SPF 30 ($38 in the shop); it leaves an invisible, matte shield that is ideal for oilier skin types.

Content with your current sunscreen? Apply a serum, like Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate ($65 in the shop), before layering on your block. 

Treat

Don't stop there! Here are a few more steps you can take for a smooth, glowing complexion. 

Get ahead of lines and wrinkles

Start supporting your collagen cells now for major payoff later. Skinveda Calendula Horsechestnut Firming and Moisturising Crème ($70 in the shop) synergistically combines horsechestnut seeds and quinoa milk peptides provides firming action while giving the complexion a dewy glow due to licorice root.

Brighten up

Is your glow a no show? Sadly, dullness becomes increasingly common at this age. Consider applying a concentrated brightening serum with a modern form of kojic acid. Try Your Best Face Brightening Concentrate ($35 in the shop).

Keep an eye on your eyes

Because the eyes are the usually the first area to show signs of aging, focus on strengthening this thin skin. Go for a multitasking cream with plumping peptides, hydrating hyaluronic acid, dark circle diminishing caffeine and protecting antioxidants such as Expurtise Effective Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($65 in the shop). Your Best Face Nourish ($55 in the shop) is designed to address puffiness and dark circles with preventhelia, elhibin, leucidal, knotgrass flavonoids, and kojic dipalmitate.

I wish that Airelle's Eye + Lip Treatment ($68 in the shop) had been around when I was in my 30s. This twofer with a proprietary berry-based antioxidant, keeps the eye area bright and supple and the lips smooth and luscious.

Control hormonal breakouts

Blemishes, specifically hormonal cysts, can still be common for women in their 30s — so not fair! Spot treat with salicylic acid; it unplugs pores while reducing swelling and redness. Or, if your skin can tolerate it, try bacteria-killing benzoyl peroxide. Also beneficial: Blue light therapy. The rays have been shown to penetrate follicles and kill off the bacteria responsible for acne. Give it go at home with the Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop). 

  • February 22, 2018

    by Marta

    Good catch Mariel. It is $65 and the article has been corrected.

  • February 21, 2018

    by Mariel

    Is the price for Expurtise Effective Anti-Aging Eye Serum incorrect? It says 32 in the article but 65 in the shop

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