The “Approaching 30” Skin Regimen
By Emily Belden, author of best-selling memoir, Eightysixed
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?