6 “Tried and True” Beauty Tips For Your 30’s


beauty tips for your 30s

As I’m approaching closer to my mid-30s (turning 34 next month, yikes), I am noticing my skin is starting to change. I never emphasized too much on my beauty routine when I was in my 20s, or even in my early 30s. I was able to get by using Proactive Solutions most of the time and kept it really simple with over-the-counter moisturizers. But with this past year, I noticed my routine is not working as well. I’ve been breaking out more, the wrinkles under my eyes are really starting to show, and my skin just seemed to be more dull no matter how much make-up I put on. So lately, I’ve been thinking, if I don’t do something right now I’m not gonna age very well. Seriously, who wants that? 

Luckily, when I had my last facial done (which is so essential at this age), my esthetician gave me a few pointers on what I can do to take care of my skin at this age. I’ve been meaning to share this with you guys, along with few other beauty tips I’ve been picking up. And while I am no beauty expert here, I thought it’s always fun to share and swap beauty tips with my girlfriends. :)

1. Avoid Using or Re-Applying Powder. I usually set my make-up with a mineral loose powder in the morning and use a pressed powder throughout the day to keep my skin from looking oily. However, what I’ve learned lately is that, especially in our 30’s, the powder sets into your wrinkles and it actually makes it look worse. So instead, start using blotting paper throughout the day and only use the powder when its necessary. No blotting paper on hand? I find those toilet seat covers (I know, not the most appealing thing in the world) work extremely well. Oh, and those eye cream samples you get from beauty counters? Keep them in your purse and apply during the day when you feel like it needs a little attention. They’re not just for morning and night!

2. Use an Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. While I am not ashamed of my wrinkles, I wouldn’t want to highlight it either. Another trick of the trade is to use an illuminating tinted moisturizer. I was told that not only does this product keeps the skin moisturize throughout the day, but the shimmery effect helps reflect light against our skin thus making our wrinkles less apparent. (whoop whoop!)

3. Invest in a Skin Cleansing System. So my esthetician swore by the Clarisonic. It’s by the same maker as the toothbrush, Sonicare, and it’s suppose to thoroughly clean and clear pores and skin’s surface, just like how it’s been cleaning your teeth and gum. She told me that once I hit my 30s, my skin will not be able regenerate as quickly as it did in my 20s, and the dead skin cells tend to build up faster. So having a really good exfoliating system is the key to keeping the skin from breaking out and looking dull.

4. No Less Than 55. Putting sunscreen on as part of your beauty routine is a no brainer.  In fact, this habit should start as early as in your teens. Even I’d put sunscreen on on my little toddler when she is exposed to the sun more than 10 minutes. However, my esthetician suggests that at our age (or even starting at our 20s), we should be using a sunscreen no less than SPF 55. I’m glad I’ve already been doing this. Even in our foggy San Francisco weather, she said its crucial to have it on everyday to prevent any sun damage on the face and this SPF level is the most effective.

5. Use a Clay Mask. There are so many different masks in the market I am honestly so confused which ones to use. Detoxifying, hydrating, rejuvenating… I mean, they all sound really good and would love to try them all. But I think that would be a bit overkill on my skin. Especially when my skin is more on the sensitive side, I am afraid it will have an adverse effect. So, this was another perfect opportunity to ask my esthetician, “if I am to use one mask, which one should I use?” And without hesitation, she said a purifying clay mask. It deeply cleanses and extracts all the nasty stuff from our pores and it helps balance the natural oil in our skin. Since then, I’ve been doing a clay mask twice a week and am seeing a real improvement on my skin. :)

6. It’s All About Being Gentle. Ok, I admit, I use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub too. I use to think that the harder the scrub the better it will work on my face. That’s absolutely false. Especially now, the last thing we want to do is to strip away our skin’s natural oil. So again, my esthetician suggested me to use a daily gentle cleanser and a water-based toner or alcohol-free toner every time after I cleanse my face. And I have to say, I used to skip my toner because I thought the alcohol really made my skin uncomfortable. But now I’m so happy with the alcohol-free toner. She said this is a very important step not to skip because it helps balance the pH level of our skin, meaning leaving it at the most neutral stage and thus less prone to oiliness or infection.

Ok, ladies, these are my tips. Did you find them helpful? Or do you know most of them already? And hey, if you got other beauty products or tips you’d like to share with me and my readers, please do! I am kinda fascinated with beauty right now. :)

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  • Yay, I am pretty much doing all of them already…I have the Kiehl’s Rare Earth mask which is really nice, use my Clarisonic religiously and blot! Another thing I’ve found helpful is a nice, gentle daily cleanser. I use Philosophy Purity and Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel and both are so gentle and basic, it’s great. 

  • Ashley Lovett

    I’m in my late twenties and use the same routine you did! I’m “favoriting” this post because it’ll sure come in handy in a few short years!

    Thanks, Jeanne!


  • great tips jeanne! it seems like i’m going to have to change my sun screen to a spf 55! i also thought that the more you scrub the better…but i learned the hard way :( now i am really gentle with my skin and try to use products that don’t strip my skin.

    you might like the amore pacific products. their skincare line has red ginseng in it which is helps to give elasticity and firmness. you might like their treatment toner…its alcohol free :)

  • great suggestions! i am turning 31 in a few weeks, and am changing the way i approach skincare in prep for the worst! b/c i’m a makeup artist, i’ve tried it all, and finally decided that dermalogica is for me.  and a clarisonic, can’t live without mine! i recently found out that anything above an SPF 50 hasn’t been clinical proven to protect, just something to consider!

    i recently posted about getting glowing skin, and you may find this useful (although it’s a bit more beauty focused than skincare focused): http://www.thesparkle.net/2012/05/29/how-to-get-glowing-skin/


  • Mad Max and Family

    Hey, we are the same age!  My Bday is Sat… although I think I’m going to say 28 again.  How are you doing w/ baby number 2?  I really need to work on my beauty routine more too.  That has fallen off with taking care of a lil one…being pregnant and having a demanding job / life.  Since I am pregnant, I’ve used Proactiv, and it really helps.  I usually use Clinque for face cream / sunscreen / eye cream.  I get a lot of makeup from my sister, Tamra / ever swoon .. I also really like Bare Minerals, although I really don’t wear a ton of make up.  Thanks for your extra tips!!!  I need to be more consistent w/ many things!


  • Trina

    Great post.  I’m linking to it tomorrow… and I’m one year ahead of you – 35 this weekend (boo).
    xo . t

  • Olivia Eng

    Thumbs up on the Clarisonic. Make sure you select the ‘gentle’ or ‘sensitive’ brush head. Don’t use more than once a day or else it’s likely too much wear & tear on your skin.
    Clay masks can be really drying. FRESH Umbrian clay treatment is pretty good.
    Recommend Jurlique Rosewater toner, Caudalie grape water or event Evian mist to neutralize the tap water and tone skin.
    As for sunscreen, check the label. Not all sunscreens are made equally esp with latest FDA info on the ingredients. I recently switched from La Roche-Posay chemical sunscreens to Josie Maran’s, a bit steeper, but no harmful chemical ingredients and smells lightly of apricot (plus includes argan oil).

  • Marie @etincellestudio

    I am in my early 30s but I certainly realized that my skin condition is not as good as it used to… blaming the sleepless nights + having two kids ;-)
    Anyway I have been using CLINIC product as of late (the cleanser + toner + day cream). I am still behind with masks and scrubs, not even mentioning sunscreen ( which is bad considering that I have been living in South East Asia for the past 6 years).
    Thanks for the reminder Jeanne, I am passionate by beauty products too now :-)

  • 1smileygirl

    I have yet to use a clay mask but now after reading this, I’m going to have to try one. I love my Clarisonic. My face feels so refresh afterwards. Also when you use your sunscreen, don’t forget about your hands and neck. People often do and those are two places that definitely show our age over time.

  • Anastasia

    Great tips – I too found a gentle exfoliator that I use a
    couple of time a week in the shower as I still get congestion especially in my

    but I also like to use a chemical exfoliator BHA/AHA which makes
    my skin super smooth.

    I love serums too, now that Im 41 I find I need that extra
    anti-aging boost and hydration.  I too
    never ever skip Sunblock and have been using it daily for the past 20 years and
    I think it’s the best anti-aging stuff around! 

    I think eating well, drinking water (note to self, Tea is
    not water) and sleeping well also helps! 

  • Anastasia

    ohhh i keep hearing great things about Clarisonic – might have to invest in one!!!

  • Fenny

    Great tips Jeanne, I paid more attention to my skin when I turned early 30s now I am at mid 30s and I am more fascinated with whatever to do with the skincare.

    I signed up a package few years ago and I have my routine facial everymonth using machine not those traditional technique anymore, I feel that it made my face cleaner and more firm. I use mix products, mostly recommended by the skincare clinic that I signed up. Night serum is also a must for me. And drink plenty of water.
    I am pretty much vein if talking about skincare matter :). 

  • great tips! i recently found out that anything above SPF 50 hasn’t been clinically tested and i was shocked! the clarisonic is a defo holy grail item – such a huge fan. i’m turning 31 in a few weeks and getting so much more conscious of my routine loading up with products that have plenty of vit. a, c, e and glycolic acid. this post is more beauty related, but it’s all about getting a glow, you may enjoy and find helpful! http://www.thesparkle.net/2012/05/29/how-to-get-glowing-skin/ x

  • I like these tips, I’m almost 30 so maybe if I start now it will make my skin even better! 

  • Wow these are really useful tips and I do follow these tips. Also keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing. 

  • Foote Sarah

    Try the Herbal Clay Clarifying masque from Lingskincare its really effective the whole line is great 

  • Wonderland Organics

    Just discovered your site, it’s absolutely lovely :) I definitely agree that we should apply sunscreen daily– at a recent skincare expo, the esthetician told us her top pick of any skincare item would have to be a physician sunscreen like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Also, I’m obsessed with hydrosols for toners.