Grown Up Skincare

I’m in all my feels when it comes to the state of my skin, y’all. Most of those feels are regrets for the years I feel like I didn’t fully appreciate all the collagen production just HAPPENING.

And now? Well, now my skin is in its mid-30s, and it’s tired of putting up with me.

To be fair, skincare was never a huge priority growing up. Clean and spot treat? For sure. Moisturize? Um.. what? Exfoliate? Ok, sure, if the facewash came with those toxic little beads in it. Serums? Um, also nope. Gels? I think you get the general idea, which is NOPE. The less time spent in front of the mirror in the tiny little bathroom we shared, the better.

I’ve been researching and pinning and product testing lately, though. I don’t recommend the latter if you’re on a budget, because HOLY MOLY, skincare is expensive. Even worse when you’re less-than-impressed and toss the bottle under the sink and buy something different, I’m not gonna lie.

Like any rational adult, I know that the best thing I can ever do for my skin is hydrate enough, and that right there is already a B-A-T-T-L-E. I’m the literal worst about drinking enough water. It’s not that I don’t love water – it’s all I drink aside from the occasional treat drink (ie decaf coffee). I just don’t drink enough of it! But I really am trying to work on this, so here I stand, just me and my giant water bottle, trying to get to the bottom of it on the daily.

So there’s that. I mean, honestly, you could probably start working on that and see marked improvements, but there’s a lot more that can be done, so if you’re looking for an easy, not-10,000-steps routine that still addresses the challenges of 30+ year old skin, READ ON.


CLEANSE your face. Yes, again. You slept all night, you probably sweated you’re your pillow, your oil production was definitely still happening – just go ahead and resign yourself to multiple cleansings.

Any non-foaming cleanser works. I like micellar water, which if you’re like me and not super familiar with it, can be compared to a kind of gentle water with little balls of cleansing oils added into it. It feels like a toner but cleanses your face, and I like the feeling of a squeaky clean ‘toned’ face, personally.

This micellar water is a really good one. It has aloe vera and peony root, as well as hyaluronic acid.

TONE, but new-and-improved. HYALURONIC ACID is the name of the game now, my friend. As an aside – I remember being absolutely boggled when Proactiv first came out with the 3-step box for skincare, thinking who takes all those steps to wash their face? When I finally convinced my mom to splurge on Proactiv, I had NO IDEA what to do with all that toner I never used, so I threw it away. IT WAS THREE STEPS.

Oh, how the turntables.

Now I’m over here collecting skincare products and steps like it’s my job, so, you know, FULL CIRCLE. Except, well, it’s not my job, and I’m not a skincare guru, so don’t hold me liable, okay?

Anyway, enough monologue – back to the good stuff.

It’s important to remember that Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant (which means it binds to water), so you want to apply this step to a wet face, or else it’s actually kind of pointless. Everybody’s jumped into the HA market at this point, so you can absolutely take your pick of products and choose the best one for your skin and budget. Here’s a great one available on Amazon, but it’s slightly on the pricey side:

If you’re looking for a drugstore budget type of deal, I like this one (mostly because I prefer the smoothness of a ‘gel’ formula):

MOISTURIZE, even though at this point, you’ve got a wet face slathered in an HA product and you probably feel absolutely ridiculous standing in front of a sink wondering why ALL THESE STEPS are necessary when water is literally the definition of hydration and it’s running right there in front of you.

Is that just me, y’all? Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, so you want your skin to soak in all that good stuff. Go ahead and throw on a day moisturizer here. I’ve always tended to be on the oily side, so I like this one (again, gel based so it doesn’t feel heavy):

…And then go on with your bad self and your normal makeup routine, whatever that may be.

There. That’s pretty much 3 steps, right?


CLEANSE. Even if you don’t wear makeup or sunscreen or lotion or anything (that last one might be a stretch, but I guess a whole naked day might be a reality for someone out there). You’re going to want a good oil or balm cleanser to get in there and remove your makeup, and this is where a lot of people go with coconut oil. That’s a totally reasonable option. You should try it. Remember when I said I’m not a skincare guru, though? Well, here’s a perfect example – I use the exact same cleanser I use in the morning.  TONE. Yes, again. I love Pixi Glow, and I’m not the only one – it’s super popular among the approximately 7 beauty bloggers I stalked before I drove myself to Target to pick it up myself, so, you know, RAVE REVIEWS. I actually do see a difference in my skin, though, so don’t ignore this one!

RETINOL is your new bestie, oh middle-aged friend of mine. It’s a type of retinoid derived from vitamin A and promotes new cell growth. It’s apparently one of the few topical products that can actually do something about fine lines and wrinkles, mainly because it can increase the thickness of your skin, which means less sagging. Again, just like with the hyaluronic acid, you’re going to see this all over the market in various forms and concentrations. This one isn’t terrible on the budget, so I went with it.

NIGHT SERUM/OIL/CREAM to top it all off. This repair cream is a good one:

But if you’re looking for a splurge filled with the good stuff, this option is amazing:

And there you have it. Grown-up, in-your-30s skincare in as few steps as I could get and still be effective. Happy Monday, friends!

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