Skincare in Your 30’s

So, skincare is different in your 30’s. I don’t think I ever really paid attention to my skin a decade ago.  I’ll be honest, I pretty much abused my youthful epidermis.  I was a frequent visitor of the tanning beds in college (gasp!), I never used SPF over 15 (double gasp), and I would frequently go to bed after a night out without washing my face, leaving me to wake to streaks of liquid liner and sparkly purple eye shadow cascading down my cheek (sexy).  But I was able to get away with it because my skin was just so smooth.  But oh Lord, I’m paying for my sins of the past today, and that means I’ve had to up my skincare game.

But let’s be real: prices for skin care products range from $5 to $500. How’s a gal to know what’s worth the investment and what’s a waste of money? For me, it’s all about balancing the high and low. I’m past the age where I can just Neutrogena and Clinique my way through life. Crows feet and gaping pores are for reals, sister. But I also don’t love the idea of dropping a whole paycheck on my face alone. So I’ve started prioritizing which skin care products I’m willing to spend more money on and which products I can get away with at pharmacy-store prices. Read below for our faves:

I don’t just smile my way through my nighttime routine. That would be weird. My son is in the bathroom with me. I haven’t done anything in the bathroom by myself in four years.
See? He’s a big help.

MB’s Picks:

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover: $ Like I said, I can’t go this route with everything, but for me, I just need a basic oil-free product that will quickly do the job, and this is it. My eyes aren’t a problem area, which is why I’m willing to pop into CVS to pick this up.

Beauty Counter Cleansing Balm: $$$ I’ll level with you on this one. This is a roll-up-your-sleeves big girl price point. There will be some sticker shock, no doubt. This 2.75 ounce bad boy will set you back $80. I know. I had the same sharp intake of breath too. But let me tell you, this is the most fabulous thing I’ve ever put on my face. Ever. It’s a cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizer all rolled into one. This is my favorite thing to put on my face at the end of the day, and it will keep your face baby-butt soft all through the next day.  If you want to invest in this one, go with my girl, Vanessa.

Estee Lauder Nightwear Plus: $$ This is the kind of thing I’ve compromised on. I don’t know that my wrinkles are bad enough to warrant the next step up to Advanced Time Zone Night (which also comes with a hefty price jump), but that’s where I’ll be headed in a few years. For now, this product makes the cut for my under-eye night cream.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer: $ I had a near-religious experience recently when a friend forced me to try the full-body exfoliating scrub at the Korean Spa, where a Korean grandma rubbed six layers of my skin off.  It hurt like a mother.  But now I’m an exfoliating convert, and I keep trying to convince people to jump in on the trend.  However, I’m new to this exfoliating venture, so I don’t feel the need to splurge on product.  Plus I can get this at Target.  I mean, Target.  Hello.

Earth Mama Body Butter: $$ I received this body lotion as a gift when I was pregnant, and I absolutely fell in love with it.  The scent is super light, so you don’t feel like you’ve drowned yourself in Bath & Body Works.  It really does the job moisture-wise, even on the elbows in winter.

Erinn’s Picks:

Beautycounter No.1 Brightening Facial Oil: $$$ This is one of my fave new products from my girl Vanessa at Beautycounter ( It’s so lightweight, but so effective. You can use on clean skin day and night and it helps to exfoliate away dull skin and moisturize at the same time. Added bonus: Beautycounter makes every single one of their products without harsh chemicals found in most skin care and beauty products- Check out their Never List here! This is another reason why I feel good about spending a little extra on this one.

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer: $$ I love a good tinted moisturizer and this one hits the mark in so many ways for me. It’s not too heavy, making it perfect daytime and around the kids, since I know I’ll be rubbing cheeks with my little ones. The Vitamin C in this helps to even out my skin and brighten it at the same time. It’s my new go to!

Roc Retinol Correxion Eye Cream: $$ I’ve been using this one forever and I haven’t found anything that works better around my eyes. It helps with dark circles (lord knows I have those these days), puffiness and fine lines (aaaaaaand got these too). The best part about this is that you can pick it up at your local Walgreens.

Super-Duper Clean Kids Body Wash: My toddler has super sensitive skin so I have to be careful about what I put on him. This body wash is amazing and doesn’t irritate his skin at all! It has a nice clean scent Iand just like all Beautycounter’s products, is free of chemicals. I love it so much that I use it on myself!

Head on over to our friend Vanessa at Beautycounter’s ( facebook page Live Clean by Vanessa for more great tips on a chemical free lifestyle!

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