A wise dermatologist once said to me (after I complained about my skin looking old/generally rubbish for the millionth time); ‘the secret to good skin in your thirties is cleansing, exfoliation, SPF50 and a little bit of botox’.
I’ve been reasonably good to my skin over the years, but the last year or so is the first time I really started to notice changes that I wasn’t very happy about, so I stepped up my skincare game and by stepped up I mean, became a little bit obsessive 🙂
So here’s how it looks right about now.
I cleanse every day with Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used. It’s luxurious (this is important when you’re in your 30’s, right?), it takes all makeup off in a jiffy, it’s very gentle on the skin and leaves me feeling shiny and new.
I use an exfoliating balm once or twice a week and a face mask once a week. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is my mask of choice as it’s quick and easy to use and I notice an immediate difference in my skin texture, and general look and feel, as soon as I wash it off. Same goes for my Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm – this is pretty hard-core but still super gentle – it has teeny tiny micro beads that slough off dead and dry skin, and I swear my pores look smaller every time I use it.
I use an eye cream twice a day, once in the morning before I put my makeup on and once at night before I go to bed. I don’t buy into the magical abilities that many brands are pushing when it comes to their eye cream. It just needs to be moisturising and feel comfortable on the skin, so whatever eye cream is lying around – that’s what goes on my face.
I have a similar view of serums, rightly or wrongly. I believe in serums, I really do. I think they do great things, but I think they’re all the same in terms of formulas etc etc. I currently use Lancome Absolue Extrait because the brand sent it to me. Yes, it’s lovely to use and my skin feels great after using it, but I won’t be buying it once its run out because it’s too expensive. I’ll probably pick up a Nip+Fab version instead.
As for moisturiser, I’m a big believer in Clarins HydraQuench line so I regularly repurchase their HydraQuench Cream as it’s really, really fabulous at making my combo skin feel hydrated and comfortable (their serum isn’t bad either but again, a little bit spendy).
And lastly, sunscreen. I started using Clarins UV Plus Day Screen about two years ago and never stopped. I think I’m on my third or fourth little tube of the blue-tinted one now as I love it so much. It’s SPF50, oil free, has never broken me out and sits so perfectly under my makeup.
Out of all the steps in my little routine, using an exfoliating balm a couple of times a week is the one that really made me realise how important a decent skincare routine is in your thirties. Your skin looks better, makeup sits much better, moisturiser seems to work much better and you have a little glow going on.
So there we have it. Simone’s skincare routine that aims to make her look like she’s not in her (almost) mid-thirties 🙂