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Dermatologist-recommended skincare ritual for the 30-plus woman

If you’re like me, you’ve hit your 30s and found your complexion more out of whack now than it was as a teenager. According to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, facial skin condition in your 30s can make it a tough decade for some women. He recommends a five prong approach to skincare for many of his clients to combat two common issues: the slowdown of skin cell turnover and collagen renewal combined with adult acne.

Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse!

Choose a gentle cleanser. For dry skin, Zeichner prefers CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, which is fragrance free and noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. If you’d rather use a product that lathers up, Aveeno Active Naturals Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser is another good choice, made with skin soothing organic Feverfew, a flower in the chamomile family. Zeichner’s options can be found at your local supermarket or drugstore. Of course, there are plenty of brands out there that will work well. What’s most important is that you are careful to avoid harsh soaps, or better yet, stick to a soap-free cleanser.

Protect Your Skin

“Sunscreen is number one. Use at least a SPF 30 every day,” he says. Most people find that the skin is still oily in their 30s, so they prefer a light moisturizer. If excess oil is an issue for you too, he says Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer with SPF 30 is a good option that’s affordable and easy to find in grocery and drug retailers. It is an oil free moisturizer that dries quickly and actually has a mattifying effect on the skin.

Prevent Damage

Antioxidants prevent UV rays that penetrate into the skin from doing their damage. One gel serum Zeichner recommends is Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel.  It is made of water based antioxidants which should not clog your pores or lead to breakouts. The formula has a blend of Phloretin, L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) and Ferulic Acid that’s typically tolerated well by all skin types, even problematic and sensitive users. If you’re the type of person who can’t stand feeling loaded up with product, you’ll especially like its lightness. Cutting-edge science is a bit of an investment in your beauty routine, however, that will set you back about $150. You can find it online and in select dermatologist, medical spa and plastic surgeon offices.

Renew and Treat

Did you know you can renew your skin’s collagen while treating pimples at the same time? Try a combination product like La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Daily Renovating Acne Treatment. It contains both acne-fighting and anti-aging ingredients.  Beta-hydroxy acids help exfoliate and dry out pimples while a retinoid promotes collagen growth. After continued use, your pores will be more refined and the texture of skin will be smoother and free of blemishes.

Extra Eye Attention

In your 30s the skin around your eyes ages like the rest of your face, only it’s much thinner and more sensitive so it calls for special care. So thin, in fact, that in her skincare bible Skin Rules, Manhattan MD Debra Jaliman cautions to apply eye creams under the eye, and just the area above your lid crease. Creams can actually seep through the paper thin skin on your lid below the crease onto your eyeball causing irritation, she says. The  peptides in Hydrolyze Advanced Under Eye Formula help stimulate collagen growth. Remember, always tap eye cream on with your ring finger— it’s your weakest and will tug the least.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing