CONGRATS, GIRL! You survived your very messy 20’s and now you’re thirty, flirty and thriving! Your 20’s were probably kind of a mess but 30’s?
Well, it’s still a mess but its different but better mess.😬 It’s awesome! Today, I’m sharing how to look good in your 30s because while I’m sure you currently look amazing, there’s nothing wrong with a little 30’s glow up either!
Fact Did you know your skin cell turnover slows down in your 30s? What does that mean, you ask? It means your skin won’t repair itself as quickly it did in your 20s.
Skincare in your 30’s may not be a whole lot different than it was in your 20s, however, it should be. There are definitely some different things that need to be considered when it comes to your skincare routine when you’re in your 30’s.
Don’t worry though. As a 30-something (I’ll nevaaaaaaaaaa reveal my true age) year old, it’s not all bad and today, I’m sharing all my secrets *evil laugh* to looking young and glowing.
Let us begin.
How to look good in your 30s
1. Stay Hydrated.
Are you surprised this is number 1? You aren’t right? Because you know the most important beauty tip (besides self-love) is that you have to stay hydrated and DRANK (not drink), DRANK YOUR WATER!
Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it’s mostly made up of that good ol’ H20. Without water, your skin can’t function at its best and prone to becoming dry, dull, and flaky. Ewwww.
One way I like to stay hydrated at home and on the go is a collapsible water bottle. These are great because you can fill it up and drink while you’re’ on the go. When it’s empty, simply smoosh it down to a smaller size and throw it in your bag or purse. Plus this water bottle is BPA Free (super important to me!) and can withstand extreme temperatures from -40ºF to 248ºF without compromising the integrity of the foldable water bottle.
There are so many benefits to drinking water such as tighter skin, smaller pores, clearing adult acne, reducing puffiness, improving complexion and maintaining a healthy PH balance. When it comes to how to look good in your 30s, drinking plenty of water is always on the top of my list.
2. FULLY remove your makeup (Consider double-cleansing if you wear a full face of makeup!)
Gone are the days of sleeping in your makeup. As you get older, it’s extremely important you fully remove all of your makeup so your skin can breathe.
If you’re simply wiping your face with a makeup wipe, it may not be enough. Throughout the day, airborne bacteria and pollution are attracted to your skin, and if you don’t wash that gunk away properly, it could contribute to pigmentation and breakouts. No, thank you on that.
These days when I’m wearing a full face, I double cleanse which is quite simply using two different types of cleansers, one after the other to fully remove your makeup and sunscreen.
How do you double cleanse?
1. First, you want to use an oil-based product that breaks down your make-up, SPF and dirt on the surface of your skin such as a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water.
You can use expensive products…. but wanna know what I use? Good ol’ coconut oil. Yup, I use coconut oil to break down my full face of makeup and mineral SPF sunscreens.
Be sure to massage your cleanser into your face about a minute to thoroughly remove build-up dirt, make-up, toxins, and gunk. After you’ve washed off your coconut oil, you want to do a second round of cleansing which will clean much deeper into your pores and remove any impurities. I like to use all-natural products on my skin and one thing I love is Simple facial wash! I use it daily.
I then follow that up with the Simple toner.
Face toners prepare your skin for moisturizers and serum while also helping to remove any stubborn dirt or leftover makeup. Once you’ve cleansed and applied a toner then you moisturize or apply a serum.
3. Start using Anti-ageing products
Yes, the time is NOW… like RIGHT NOW to start using anti-aging products.
I’m picky when it comes to the ingredients in my skincare products. My facial mask are usually aloe vera juice from my home-grown aloe vera and when it comes to serum, I want something natural and preferably organic. One of my favorite Anti-ageing products includes Vitamin C Serum, Retinol Serum, and Hyaluronic Acid Serum which are all amazing when it comes to combating dark circles, hyper-pigmentation, dull skin, and aging.
4. Make eye cream apart of your life
I was the tender age of 25 when I first received some eye cream in a gift bag. I was offended (and now looking back, I guess over-dramatic too).
The skin around your eyes ages faster than the rest of your face.
Eye creams can help protect the skin under your eyes which is very thin and help reduce things like dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. However, be sure to check the ingredients when it comes to eye creams and add it to an already awesome face routine (which you will have by following this post).
5. Chill out with the Concealer
As we get older, dark circles may become more apparent but that doesn’t mean you should smack on even more concealer.
Why not? Well, the more concealer you apply, the more it’s prone to wrinkling and settling into your fine lines which is equally not as cute and even more aging. Instead, focus on a concealer that has a heavier coverage or designed to be luminizing. I, personally, prefer liquid concealers for the thin skin around our eyes.
Two of my favorite concealers are NARs creamy radiant concealer and Born this way multi-use concealer because they’re luminizing and long-lasting. I apply by adding a few dots and lightly blend with a damp beauty blender sponge.
6. A really great primer is your friend
There are so many benefits when it comes to primer. For example, primer can compact oiliness, create a smooth base for your makeup, reduce shine, even out skin tone, disguise flaws, make pores appear smaller, fill in wrinkles and fine lines…. a lot. Before applying your foundation and concealer, you first want to apply a primer (the same way you would apply primer before painting a wall). Primer preps your skin.
My favorite primer hands down, without a doubt, we-are-not-about-to-argue is Dr. Brandt Pores No more.
Yes, it’s a little pricy but a tiny bit goes a LONGGGGGGGGGGG way and it actually works.
I prefer to buy a pricy primer that works and requires very little product over a cheap primer that doesn’t work well and requires a lot of product. Why? Because you still end up spending more and getting less in the long run with cheap, ineffective primers.
7. Body exfoliation gloves to scrub are a game changer!
I love a good ol’ body scrub and honestly, I tend to make them myself with oil, essential oil and some salt. Body scrubs should not be $95 especially if they’re full of chemicals that do more harm to your skin than good.
Exfoliating is important because it removes dead skin cells clogging the skin. When you exfoliate you uncover fresh new cells below which gives you softer, glowing skin. Additionally, by exfoliating, you open the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin which makes them more effective.
I recently discovered exfoliation gloves and its a game-changer. At first thought, it seems ridiculous but listen, I’M A BELIEVER! You can use them dry (like dry brushing), however, they work best on wet skin.
Exfoliating gloves are meant to be used with water and body wash so I recommend wetting your entire body, as well as your exfoliating glove, then start scrubbing.
Your exfoliator glove is your exfoliator. Be sure to use circular motions and replace them often to prevent built-up bacteria (the gloves below are washable so you can reuse! Yay, for the environment!).
When it comes to how to look good in your 30s, exfoliating and removing dead skin cells is super important!
8. Lip scrubs are everything too
I want ugly lips that are flaking, crusty, crack up and bleed when I smile. Said absolutely no one ever.
Lip scrubs make lips soft, smooth, and kissable because they help remove dead skin from your lips and reveal a fresh layer of skin. Don’t exfoliate your face and body, and forget about your lips!
9. Consider a light cleanse in the morning
#Storytime I use to wash my face every morning and night with heavy cleansers and it actually wasn’t beneficial because I was over-cleansing (yup, it’s a thing).
If your skin is naturally oily but dehydrated, it will then try to produce even more oil to compensate which means your oily skin only gets oiler when you’re constantly trying to remove the oil. Wonderful. So in the morning, I skip my face wash and use a toner instead.
I splash a little water on my face, dry and then take a cotton ball with toner and wipe all over my face to remove any dirt from my face while I snoozed. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin since doing this and the amount of oil my face creates (I have oily skin).
Note: If you have highly acne-prone skin or skin that has excessive oils then I do recommend a gentle cleanser in the morning.
10. Body luminizers for instantly glowing skin
One of my beauty secrets in the summer is I apply luminizer all over my body (paying extra attention to my legs and shoulders).
You can make your own (check out my video here:)
or if you’re not a fan of DIY (or lazy like me sometimes), here’s a great organic body luminizer. The key is the shimmer. When the sun hits your skin that shimmer starts glistening and you’re glowing!
11. Say YES to serums
Serums are great because they’re able to pack in beneficial ingredients such as more antioxidants, and skin-restoring ingredients without needing other ingredients such as SPF, emollients or texture-enhancing ingredients that general moisturizers need (which is why serums also tend to be more expensive).
Look for serums with active ingredients in high concentrations. How can you figure this out? The higher the active ingredient is placed on the ingredient list, the higher the concentrations within the product.
Retinol is great at helping to fight acne, even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and promote cellular turnover. I tend to use retinol during seasonal changes when my skin needs a little extra.
For active ingredients like retinol, too little of it and it’s a waste (real-life experience talking here) so make sure you’re choosing a serum with more than .000000001%. of active ingredients.
12. Get your 6-8 hours of sleep
If you struggle to sleep well, here are a few things I use to help me fall asleep faster and better:
You can also check out my peaceful night routine here. GOOD sleep is vital when it comes to how to look good in your 30s!
13. Move your body
Ever heard the quote “If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.”
Even just 10 minutes of exercise a day can help reduce your risk of age-related diseases and keep you looking young. If the gym is not your thing, there are other ways to move your body such as taking a walk (the sidewalk is free), dance around to music, and working out from YouTube videos.
When I’m too busy to hit the gym, I like to work out at home. You can get a great workout anywhere and for less than $100 you can create your own mini at-home gym.
Check out my Pinterest board with different full-body workouts you can try.
If you’re interested in at-home workout essentials, these are my recommendations and what I currently use to stay in shape:
I also have a DIY workout storage you can make to store your equipment.
Your 30’s are an exciting time! Getting older doesn’t mean you cannot continue (or start) feeling your best and looking your best! When it comes to how to look good in your 30s, I say eat nutritionally dense food, drink plenty of water, work out, speak kindly to yourself and use natural products that help you glow up too!
Are you currently in the 30+ club? If so, please share some of your tips and secrets below when it comes to how to look good in your 30s!
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