Flush radiant skin started showing signs of dullness and for some, discolouration, no thanks to constant sun exposure (Malaysia, why you so sunny?). Wrinkles start making themselves known, craving into your smooth skin along the foreheads and sides of your lips.
Yes, if you’ve already hit the 30s, it’s time to pay a little more care into your skincare routines. In fact, you might want to overhaul the old routine you’ve had since you were a teen. That means something a little better than your SGD$2 facial cleanser from Watsons.
Not sure where to start looking? Don’t worry. Here are some of the best skincare products to try for those in the 30s.
Cleanse Daily with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
It is important to use gentle cleansers for your skin starting in the 30s. This is to protect the outer layer of your skin, which in turn helps to shield you from external dirt and other irritants. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is mild and suited for all skin types.
While some users have mentioned a that there is a scent, the smell disappears after wash. The skin will be kept supple, and the best thing about it is the affordable price, being a drugstore brand.
Price: SGD$22.55(for 500ml)
Refresh Your Skin with Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence
While snail secretion in Korean Cosmetics might sound like a complete turn-off to people hearing them for the first time (Snail slime? Ew!), it has been scientifically proven that they harbour skin-healing properties.
Snail secretion encourage production of collagen, prevents acne and locks in moisture. And no, the high percentage of snail mucin filtrate in the product does not make it slimy at all.
This Benton skincare line also infuses another skincare trend, bee venom. Bee venom supposedly encourages cell regeneration, adding onto the skincare line’s anti-aging properties.
The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is gel-like and gets absorbed into the skin quickly, leaving skin smooth and refreshed.
Coming in the form of a pump bottle, it makes for sanitary and convenient dispensing. Use this after your usual toner, perfect for those struggling with acne problems and needed to lighten any hyperpigmentation.
Nourish Your Skin with Bobbi Brown Remedies
Facial oils might sound intimidating, especially to people with oily skin. But many botanical oils are actually potent antioxidants, which protect you from radicals. In fact, good facial oils can lower risks of inflammation, especially in the transition period of moving into new skincare routines.
Calming and plumping the skin, use Bobbi Brown Remedies before your usual moisturiser (if needed) and under your makeup. Not only does it smooth the fine lines over time, the oils also helps your skin to better absorb other products. Makeup glides on easier too, without much worries of creasing due to dry skin. With six different versions, there’s bound to be one that suits you.
Fight Against The Sun with SHISEIDO Perfect UV Protector
For women in their 30s, the sun is no doubt one of the biggest enemies in the fight to good skin. Especially here in the sunny, hot, and humid weather of Malaysia, sunscreens are essential in skincare routines.
Whenever possible, always opt for the broad-spectrum sunscreen, effectively lessening the harsh UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Results? Lessening the odds of getting sun spots, wrinkles, and dehydration.
This is why SHISEIDO Perfect UV Protector is on our list. Use it as a primer before your daily make-up, or on its own when heading out to the beaches on weekends. It’s waterproof, so you don’t need to worry about your sunscreen wearing off.
Lightweight yet strongly adhering, this UV Protector comes in a compact packaging that you can toss into your bag on the go.
Remove Makeup with BIODERMA Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
Micellar water contains ‘micelles‘, which are cleansing oil molecules in water that draw out dirt without drying the skin, making it perfect for ladies with sensitive and dry skin.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water has been hailed as holy grail makeup cleanser for it’s gentle yet effective removal of make-up. With its hydrating properties, some has used this product as a simple perk-me-up after a workout. As micellar water does not require additional water to wash out, it makes for a convenient, on the go make-up removal when traveling.
Exfoliate with L’Oreal Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads
Exfoliating our skin not only clears dead skin cells, they also boost skin-cell regeneration. This helps to remove dullness and even discolouration of the skin. But you need the exfoliation to be gentle on the skin. L’oreal Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads does just that.
Being a chemical exfoliating product, the 10% Glycolic Acid (a smaller molecule AHA that allows better absorption) and retinol ingredients slip under skin and remove impurities and stimulate new cell growth, evening out fine lines.
10% Glycolic Acid may be on the lower end compared to other chemical exfoliating peels on the market, but that makes it more viable for daily use. For newcomers to the AHA peels: starting with a lower percentage of Glycolic Acid will not irritate your skin as easily.
Each pack comes with 30 pads, lasting enough for a month or more. Recommended use at night after washing up, allowing your skin to heal during sleep.
Soothe Eyes with Eau Thermale Avène PhysioLift Eyes
If you had purchased an eye-cream before, you would know that they’re usually extremely expensive. Considering how they have to be gentle on the sensitive, thin skin around the eyes, it’s not difficult to understand the price tag.
Eau Thermale Avène’s PhysioLife Eyes might be pricier for a drugstore brand, but it doesn’t actually break the bank. Fragrance-free, PhysioLift reduces puffiness and dark circles (common for the working mums, stay-at-home mums, and the professionals — basically everyone).
Infused with retinol and basic ingredients, the gentle formula is great even for sensitive sin, smoothing out wrinkles around the eyes. Use this as part of your night-care routine. Available in drugstores like Guardian, this is easily accessible.
Keep Skin Hydrated with Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
Acne problems don’t just come from excessive oil, it could come from having overly dry skin.
When your skin is dehydrated, your body acts in a way to produce extra natural oil in hopes to counteract that. That’s why overly drying cleansers could cause breakouts instead of stopping them. Not to mention, our skin gets dryer with age. So it’s important to moisturise your skin as part of your daily skin care routine.
LANEIGE’s night creams have amassed a large following since a few years ago. And recently, their upgraded LANEIGE Water Bank Moisture Cream only made for a better formula.
Moisturising without being too greasy, it can be used twice a day depending on personal skin care routines. Depending on your skin types, there are other products in the Water Bank line that might cater to your tastes.
We cannot stop the process of aging, but the least we can do is to take care of our skin. And in turn, let our skin age gracefully. Any items in your skincare routine we should know of? Let us know!
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