Skincare In Your 30s: The Right Habits To Establish Now

Skincare In Your 30s: The Right Habits To Establish Now

The age of 30 is often approached with a bit of wariness and, in some cases, downright panic. For some it can feel like a whole new chapter of life is beginning—for better or worse—and when it comes to your skin that is true. When your skin starts feeling out of whack, you can make a few simple adjustments to your skin-care regimen to get things back in sync. We asked top dermatologists to reveal the skin changes you can expect in your 30s, and the solutions that work best to treat them. Here are the 4 commandments of skin in your 30s:


It’s often left off most people's lists but toners shouldn't be so quickly discarded, as some have the ability to help tighten pores, eliminate toxins and rebalance your skin. It really depends on the cleanser that you're using before and how you wash your skin. Look for clarifying toners or waters that rebalance your PH. “Antioxidant based toners harmonise your PH to 5.5, the level it needs to be to optimise skin health”, says Dr Sturnham. “Your toner also works to 'prep' your skin for your essential serum step, making it penetrate into the deeper layers and work more effectively.”


In order to boost skin cell renewal, you need to exfoliate using a chemical exfoliator at least twice a week. As your dermis loses support and your skin becomes less supple, it can often become dull as the outer layer is not being renewed regularly. By introducing a chemical exfoliator that contains AHAs and BHAs, you’ll prevent the buildup of dead skin, improving tone and texture while minimizing the appearance of pores. We like to exfoliate in the evening after double cleansing (no more than two or three times a week, and less if you have dry or sensitive skin), as it gives our skin time to recover and replenish overnight.

Stock up on a good retinol

If I had to pick one MVP of my skin-care regimen, it’d be retinol—without a doubt. Vitamin A’s effectiveness is not only praised by dermatologists and facialists alike, but even science backs up the fact that it improves your skin. It’s the most studied and most effective product around. “Retinoids are the key component to warding off signs of aging, as they speed up the cellular turnover rate which smooths the skin’s texture,” says Dr. Erickson. “When used daily, long term, they help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while promoting collagen growth in the skin.” If you start using it in your 30s or sooner, she says that your complexion should appear even more glowy, regardless of the decade you’re in.

See a Dermatologist

Your 30s are the turning point for your skin, and if you’ve never sat down for a professional assessment, now is most definitely the time. As your skin’s elastin and collagen production slows, you may begin to experience dryness and inflammation where you hadn’t before. This can be why some women in their 30s experience an increase of acne, sometimes for the first times in their lives. You’ll need a dermatologist in order to obtain some of the most effective active ingredients available for the treatment of acne and fine lines, such as Tretinoin (Retin-A) and certain types of antibiotics. Even if acne isn’t a main concern, prescription strength retinol is the surest way to maintain a bright and youthful complexion as it promotes the production of collagen and strengthens the skin’s barrier. Also, get a skin cancer screening — you can never be too careful!