Yesterday my 32nd Birthday. I don’t love birthdays anymore. Once I hit the big 3-0 I was done with getting excited and looking forward to them. I know it might sound petty and stupid, but age does scare me. For vanity reasons only. Probably the biggest issue I have is not wanting to look old, but who does? I have started noticing my skin isn’t as forgiving as it used to be, small lines are appearing and my eyelids aren’t as firm as they were a couple years ago. The good thing about all of this is that there are amazing products out there that can take care of these issues. Lucky for me, I happen to have started my anti-aging regimen a long time ago! So here are some of the secrets that I have learned and hopefully you can use them too!
My biggest piece of advice that I swear by is always using sunscreen daily. I use it in my skincare, makeup and also in my lotions. I’ll admit I go out in the sun every once in a while, but I don’t tan. My fair skin has never been anything close to tan. If I do go out, I make sure I apply sunscreen everywhere and I keep reapplying during the day. I don’t go to tanning beds at all. There is no excuse for anyone anymore to use a tanning bed. They have wonderful spray tans available that are really good! I’ve had friends who have had skin cancer scares and I’ve known people who have passed away from skin cancer. I also believe in using a good self tanner. It’s something that can be done at home and used as needed. Jergen’s makes a great product and so do several other companies. By using sunscreen and staying out of the sun (as much as you can) you are preventing wrinkles, sun damage, age spots and possible health issues.
Moisturizing the skin is key! As I’ve gotten older, my skin has really changed. I used to have fairly normal skin and now I have super sensitive, oily combination skin. I’ve done a lot of research and tried a lot of products and I’ve found some really good moisturizers that keep my skin hydrated and have helpful ingredients when it comes to anti-aging. I find that when my skin is moisturized properly, my makeup goes one better, my skin appears smoother and I get that amazing glow that healthy skin has. Paula’s Choice moisturizer is amazing for my skin, but I also happen to love quite a few others. Kiehl’s Rosa Artica is amazing for a really intense hydration. The beautiful part of the product is that even though it’s heavy, it’s not heavy on my skin. Kate Somerville also has some great moisturizers. Her skincare line features everything from a normal, daily moisturizer to very advanced anti-aging ingredients in her Cytocell and KateCeuticals. I suggest visiting a location that allows you to sample their products before you make a purchase. Having properly hydrated skin is key to a flawless complexion!
My Clarisonic is my best friend. This product has changed my skin. It’s helped my enlarged pores, the texture of my skin and really cleans my skin on a much deeper level than I could alone. I know these are pricey little gadgets, but if you can save up for one, it is worth the money. I’ve recently, in the past couple of months, started using the Clarisonic Opal for the eyes and what a difference this has made in my dark circles and puffiness in my eye area. I use both of my Clarisonic products day and night and if I get lazy and I don’t use them, I can tell a difference in my skin texture immediately.
Drink a lot of water! I mean tons of it! I start my day with an ice cold water and keep drinking it throughout the day. Stop drinking things like soda and juices that are loaded with sugars. Drinking water will keep your skin hydrated and will allow you to get that healthy skin look. Challenge yourself and see what a difference it can make in even a week! It will help with lines and wrinkles, any puffiness you might be experiencing, any redness and enlarged pores. Water is like the cure all for the skin!
It’s important as we start aging, to make sure we are changing some of the products we are using. We aren’t teenagers anymore and as we start aging more, we need to include more products like Glycolic Acid’s, Retinol’s and Salicylic Acids to help exfoliate the skin and promote new cell turnover and help fight the signs of aging. No one wants to look “old” and we don’t have to if we take good care of our skin. The recommendations above are the minimal in a good anti-aging skincare routine, but they will make a difference in your skin!
So as I’m entering my 32nd year, I plan on incorporating some new Anti-Aging products into my daily skin care routine and you better believe I’ll be all over any new product that swears it will take away any lines and wrinkles! This girl doesn’t plan on starting to look old anytime soon! They say age is just a number, so I’ll have to see if that continues to be true!!
What products or good skin care tips have you learned? Has your skin changed as you’ve gotten older?
Have you used Olay’s less expensive version of Clarisonic? I haven’t tried either, but I don’t know if I can splurge on a Clarisonic…
Simply Stine says
I have and it’s not bad. They are a bit different as far as technology, but even if you are using the Olay (their ProX line is great by the way) tool, it is doing more than just using your hands! Give it a try!
Great! Thank you! 🙂
Megan McDevitt says
I’ve started using Paula’s Choice skin care line for aging & acne…my skin has gotten a bit crazy in my 30s as well (I’m 33).
Unfortunately I had really oily/acne prone skin in my teens and NEVER wore sunscreen because it caused even worse breakouts…so my fine lines are really showing up now (wish I could slap my teenage self!!)
I had a chance to try out the Arbonne anti-aging kit (it’s like $300 for the kit) but WOW did it mess up my skin!!! I’m still trying to recover from it – my skin got dried out, irritated and broke out with random pimples. So I’m going back to Paula’s Choice to try to bring some balance back to my skin.
Still looking for that miracle wrinkle fighter for my forehead wrinkles though…they are pretty deep and make me look much older than I am. 🙁
Simply Stine says
Haha! Mega, I think we all could have taken much better care of our skin when we were teenagers. Paula’s Choice is a great product line for so many skin types. What products are you using?
I have a wrinkle in between my eyebrows that drives me insane! I feel like its much worse than it really is, but I have found that using my Clarisonic has helped make it not so visible. Have you tried using a cleansing tool like this?
Megan McDevitt says
So I put in the website that I needed Anti-Aging and Acne help (it recommended mostly the skin balancing line) – so I use the skin balancing (SB) cleanser, SB pore reducing toner, 2% BHA exfoliant, SB Antioxident concentrate serum, SB Daily Moisturizer with SPF and at night the Resist Anti-aging clear skin hydrator (whew, that was a moutful!)
I have the Clarisonic Mia but am so bad about using it (I forget to be honest with you) – So I’m determined to leave it out where I can see it in the bathroom and use it daily 🙂
Simply Stine says
Sounds like you got some amazing Paula’s Choice products! My best piece of advice for you, is to use your Clarisonic every single day! It is like my go to product and you will notice amazing results if you use it consistently! Also remember to make sure to change up your brush heads and maybe even try a different one if you are wanting a change!