Guest Post: The “Approaching 30” Skin Regimen

The “Approaching 30” Skin Regimen


By Emily Belden, author of best-selling memoir, Eightysixed

Instagram: @emilybelden    




I remember turning 20 with my best friend. “What do you want for your birthday?” I asked her. “Anti-aging cream,” she responded. Not even old enough to order a martini at the bar, I was confused why she was asking for a $30 cream for her birthday. Nonetheless, I sprung from some of the good stuff and made her wishes come true.

Flash forward almost a decade later I understand exactly why she prioritized taking care of her skin at such a young age. But for those of us who didn’t start quite as early, don’t freak out – I’m still playing catch up, too. The most important thing you can do to help your skin transition through your twenties is fall into a routine and stick with it. If you’re like me, you need some simple and effective – not to mention, affordable.

I’ve been working a plan for the last year that allows me to hit key points in taking care of your face, and I’m sharing my tips and tricks below:


Cleanse How I used to do it: Quickly with my fingers and whatever soap I had in the shower. How I do it now: With a rechargeable exfoliating brush for 1-2 minutes: it’s the only way to get clear pores. I switch off between using a gentle cleanser and a more powerful acne wash.

Anti-Age How I used to do it: I didn’t – eek! How I do it now: Once my pores are cleaned thoroughly, I pat dry with a clean and soft towel, then apply a Vitamin-C serum. This is the perfect amount of anti-aging protection for the daytime and it gives you that “dewy” look. Note: if anti-aging is your goal the product must contain Vitamin C!

Moisturize How I used to do it: Whatever body cream I was using, I’d put some on my face after a shower. How I do it now: I apply a cream that absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling silky soft. Just a pea to dime-size amount is all you need for your entire face. One Spicy Pepper has tried Derma E in the past.

Acne How I used to do it: Benzoyl Peroxide cream directly to the trouble spots. How I do it now: Since I still get acne, the routine is the same: a spot treatment, as needed. If I’m worried about scarring, I’ll do a dab of Vitamin E oil over night.

Eyes How I used to do it: Ummm…. How I do it now: A nutrient-rich under-eye cream that feels thick but goes on light is the way to go. I do a thin layer under my eyes, and up the sides (near the crow’s feet). It also helps my concealer look smooth and stay put.

Sun Protection How I used to do it: Sun block. If I remembered. How I do it now: Since my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma at age 28, I take sun protection very seriously – especially since I live in Southern California where most days are bright and sunny. A quick sweep of a moisturizer with SPF (at least 15) kills two birds with one stone – it prevents dry skin and protects from the sun’s harmful rays, which can prematurely age your skin and cause sun spots.

Night How I used to do it: Fast asleep, in my makeup and all. How I do it now: I wash my face (gently with my fingers) and then apply a thick anti-aging night cream. In the morning, I repeat the routine beginning with my exfoliating brush to create a nice “blank slate”. As you can see, I’ve grown up and so has my skincare routine! I plan to adjust as I get older, but feel confident that taking care of my skin now will pay off later. Now, tell me – what are the highlights of how you take care of your skin?





3 thoughts on “Guest Post: The “Approaching 30” Skin Regimen

  1. Nice article. But In the morning, you have oil and dust on your face from sleeping then I’m suggests that you only need to wash your face and apply moisturizer with SPF 15 or more , and in the evening, you have to wash off sunscreen, makeup and dirt. You only need to exfoliate two to three times a week, with a fine scrub. Avoid the scrubs with large beads that have irregular shapes that can irritate your skin.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s