Oh hey! This is 30! Thirty has always sounded SO OLD to me. Good news. I didn't feel any different the day I turned 30. A lot of people tell me that I don't look my age. I think it's a compliment. I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I'm really not.
My grandmother cared a lot about looking your best. She insisted I start using an eye cream and sunscreen at 14. She said it was preventative. I started small with drugstore brands like Neutrogena and my mom upgraded me to Mary Kay in my teens. I'll definitely post more on skincare in the future but here are the top 3 products you should be using in your late 20s and early 30s for great skin.
3 BASIC SKINCARE NEEDS
1. Eye Cream - The skin under and around the eye is delicate and prone to signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. Eye creams can assist with brightening and hydrating that area.
2. Glycolic Acid - An Alpha Hydroxy Acid that makes the skin appear brighter, exfoliates, and improves texture. *I'm over physical exfoliants also known as face scrubs. They make my sensitive skin so red and aggravated for days. All about the chemical exfoliants now.*
3. Moisturizer with SPF - Hydrate and protect your face from skin cancer and age spots
Clinique Pep Start $26.50 @ Sephora One tube lasts me about 3 months of 2x daily application. I love the round tip applicator, very gentle on the eye area and you don't have to use your fingers! I also love the capped tube, great for travel.
Drunk Elephant Eye Serum $60 @ Sephora One tube lasts me about 3 months of 2x daily application. This is a product I have truly seen dramatic results with. My dark circles are noticeably lighter and the skin feels firmer in the delicate eye area. It's pricey but lasts a long time and really has visible results, which can be hard to find in some eye creams.
Neutrogena Hydro Gel Eye Cream $20 @ Ulta One tube lasts me about 6 weeks of 2x daily application. I used an earlier version of this a long time ago and found it very hydrating but no dramatic results.
First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads $30 @ Sephora for 60 Pads - lasts 2 months nightly usage. If you aren't familiar with Glycolic's this is Baby's First Glycolic. *Not to be used on actual babies.* You open the cap and wipe a pad all over your face once a day. You seriously can't mess this up. Oh, but it's not a makeup remover wipe. Clean your face first and then use this once a day and you should notice visibly brighter, tighter skin.
Drunk Elephant TLC Glycolic Night Serum $90 @ Sephora One tube lasts me 3 months every other night usage. This stuff is magic. I started using it a year ago and continue to repurchase. I've tried other glycolic acids but nothing works as gently as this with such great results. I used to have more flakey, dry skin but this has really evened out my skin texture overall and minimized fine lines and wrinkles where they start to crop up at this age.
MOISTURIZER w/ SPF:
Origins VitaZing w/ SPF 15 $38.50 @ Origin's Website One tube lasts me 3-4 months of daily use. This is the moisturizer with tiny beads that self adjust to your skin color. I love the tiny bit of coverage it gives me for no makeup days. It magically blurs any imperfections you may have that day while protecting your skin from the sun.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 30 $34 @ Sephora One tube lasts an entire YEAR. I love this one because a tiny amount goes a long way. You can use it on it's own or under makeup. It's reliable and stands up to sweaty summers or workouts.
**All of these products were purchased by me with my own money. All my opinions are my own.**