Secrets to Glowing Skin in Your 30s: My Skincare Routine

In October I turned 36, and while I have no issue with ageing, I do want to do everything I can to, well age well. Ya’ll, I remember when I was younger and my friend’s mom had gorgeous skin. Like, she looked to be like 20 well into our 20s. She glowed. Since then having glowing skin is something I’ve always wanted to achieve. I was not born with perfect skin, and lord I did my best to screw it all up in my younger days, i.e. tanning bed.

I believe it’s in your thirties that you’ll start to notice ageing and skin damage, I know I’ve seen more changes to my skin since having E, no doubt due to stress and sleep deprivation; however, my biggest skincare concern is sun damage.


Now is really the time to start and upgrade your skincare as your skin will probably become less forgiving as you get older. You see, when those people told you when you were younger to wear sunscreen and a hat and long-sleeve shirt and to not tan in the tanning bed? Yeah, you should listen to those wise people. I do not know about you, but I tanned a lot in my teens (heck into my 20s as well). It was the cool thing to do. I mean, I would get so dark I looked like a fine piece of mahogany furniture. The darker, the better. UGH.

Obviously I’m big into treating your skin from the inside out and it’s maybe the biggest reason I try and minimize refined sugar, as that really doesn’t do your skin any favors. I could talk for ages about nutrition and skincare, but this post is more about what I’ve been putting on my skin rather than in my body.

My main focus and drive behind changes to my routine was to really up-level my skincare as I approach my late thirties and lay some good foundations for the future. I plan on living a long life and I’d like to look as good as I can because having a kiddo doesn’t slow time down any.

Previously I’d been getting lazy using face wipes or *gasp* not even bothering to remove my make up before I washed my face at night, so I knew that things needed to change. I also started to notice pretty bad cystic acne on my faced, back and butt (yup, real sexy) that was completely hormonal. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. So, off I went to my trust dermatologist and we discussed my concerns and addressed my needs. And this is what we came up with.



I shower every morning since I workout in the morning (although you know I don't wash my hair everyday). I found the products I was using were stripping my skin. So now my routine goes like this:

♥ Shower

♥ Use Beautycounter’s charcoal bar in the shower on my face, back and behind

♥ Use water spray for added hydration, I use Mario Badescu Rose Water*

♥ Apply Beautycounter’s Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (even on my neck and chest)

♥ Once the moisturizer has absorbed, apply Fresh eye cream.

♥ Follow with makeup (which for me is pretty quick, I do it in 5 minutes and will post the video this week)

♥ Finish with Colorscience Sunscreen Face Powder. It is so light and easy to apply. I throw it in my purse and can redo it throughout the day. Its also easy to put on E.

I also take Spironolactone. It’s a prescription medication used to treat hormonal acne in women. This has been a game-changer for me. My skin is way clearer, as well as the other areas I was struggling with. You do have to monitor your potassium levels on it, but its been great for me.



♥ Eye makeup and make up off with my cleansing cloths. Neutrogena Eye Makeup remover depending on how heavy it is.

♥ Cleanse with CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash. Yup, plain ole CeraVe.

♥ Thayers Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner with a cotton pad over face, neck and chest.

♥ Every night use my face oils from Beauty Counter. I put these on before my night cream.

♥ Every other night I mix Tretinoin with Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream and put it all over my face, neck and back. Other nights I just use the Cetaphil.

I still love my cleansing cloths for removing makeup. They are soft, its just water and truly has made a difference in my skin. I used not to not remove my makeup and just washed my face. Using the eye makeup remover before on my eyes prevents me having to scrub them with the face cloth. The CeraVe is so good. Its gentle on my skin, but very hydrating and contains Hyaluronic Acid, pro-vitamin complex. Then it’s time for Thayers. I’ve been using this for a while now and really noticed the difference in my skin. Make sure you are getting the real deal (sometimes Amazon is not authentic, so I get at Target). 

The next stage is the real change for me which is starting to use retinol products. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is the only ingredient that is proven to reverse the signs of ageing. Retinol products can be super expensive, but worth the price if you are truly looking to reverse the sun damage, fine lines and well acne. You can get some good products over the counter and if you do I recommend SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5. I used it before getting on my prescription one. Just make sure you go light and add to your moisturizer because it can dry you out and cause peeling.

I also love the face oils from Beauty Counter. I use the No. 1 Brightening and No. 3. Balancing. If you are unfamiliar with facial oils or why you should use them or other brands, I recommend the Mindful Momma’s post about them.


And then there are the few things I love that are more weekly or as needed. Love my Beauty Counter masks, the WAN collagen mask and the Blaq eye masks. The eye masks are great for those nights when I stayed up too late or had 1 too many glasses of wine. They depuff and well make you look awake! I have also talked about my love for the Aztec Clay Mask.

So there you have it, my current skincare routine and I have to say that 1 month into this and I’ve noticed a huge difference. My skin is so soft and glowing and that has boosted my confidence as well! There’s a big mix of more natural products and chemicals in that routine, but all products are paraben-free, even the retinol, so I feel this works well with my lets be kinder and cleaner to our bodies mantra.

What products do you use and love? Any I need to check out?

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