I have my 30th
birthday approaching any day now and I feel pretty fortunate that I am generally happy with the way my skin looks.
You start to see some of those first signs of aging in your late twenties with some initial wrinkles starting to creep up, some discolouration, more overall dryness.
You are also just less able to abuse your skin- you can’t hide long late nights anymore. Fortunately, I feel like my skincare routine is keeping me in good stead.
I’ve finally found the right balance between dewy and oily, between soft and over-exfoliated, between treating my skin and being raw and irritated.
So for anyone who might like to know- here is what my actual skincare routine looks like.
You might think that CyberDERM products are heavily represented and that is true.
It’s a result of extreme bias, convenience and pure devotion.
1. Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $75
I’ve never been a fan of complicated cleansers before- I was strictly a Cetaphil advocate. I thought keep it simple for simple functions and save your products and your dollars for more important things. However, when we were first looking into bringing Tata Harper into the store, I tried this cleanser and it changed my mind. The analogy for this cleanser is like getting a freshly mixed pina colada in a high end resort. There is no gunky pre-mixes involved- every ingredient is fresh, pronounceable and from this earth. It softens and exfoliates my skin so I don’t have to work as hard with other products for the same result.
Nu-Shroom Hydrafill Serum, $95
I was the first guinea pig for this product (no actual guinea pigs or bunnies were tested on- we promise!) so I have been using it since December.
I’m not really its target demographic.
It works wonders on dry, mature skin with some wrinkling and gives a real instant oomph.
I like it for its long-term hydration though.
I’ve been using it in the mornings because it gives such a smooth surface for my make-up. Your skin looks dewy and catches the light around my orbital bone especially.
I have not been using a make-up highlighter because it has been doing such a good job.
Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25, $38
I’m pretty religious about using my sunscreen every day- I just make it my routine so I don’t really think about it.
With other sunscreens before I joined the company, I’d get turned off by the smell and the texture.
There is a dissonance between smelling like the beach when you are heading for the office in the dead of winter.
Aside from the no-sunscreen smell, I also like that our sunscreen actually feels good for my skin aside from its protective qualities.
Zinc is such a powerful anti-inflammatory- I find it soothing and helps calm any redness.
Our formula also does not feel occlusive so I don’t worry about it exacerbating my mild acne.
Whenever I come home, I typically cleanse my face right away.
I just think you should get the city off of your skin with its dirt and pollution.
H20 Hydration or Emblica Light and Bright, $60 and $70 respectively
After cleansing, I immediately apply either one of these products as an after sun treatment.
I feel like your skin gets in an excited state by the sun and pollution. Imagine all of those wandering electrons in the form of free radicals .I like to quiet down these reactions to zero with a product with strong and stable anti-oxidants.
Both products have superb anti-oxidants to calm the skin and just generally soothe it as well.
For this purpose, you can use the products interchangeably and is about your personal preference.
They have other primary purposes though that have specific benefits to them otherwise.
I should be getting back into my routine of using a prescription retinoid at night.
I’ve been using one since I was 13 for acne. It’s hard once you have stopped to start again.
It’s like exercise- you have to get over the initial hump and then it is good for you in the long run.
I’ve been pretty happy with just using my PM Anti-Age though.
It just gives my
skin tone a bright even look to it.
My fiancé is hooked on it for the same reason.
We’ll see- for now I am liking my PM just fine.
Tata Harper Regenerating Body Oil
I’ve been forgoing my olive oil bath so that I don’t have to deal with a messy tub.
This is a lovely blend of oils and feels luxurious but not greasy.
Exfoliant Reveal and Emblica Light and Bright
I still suffer from Keratosis Pilaris (red bumps) on my arms and this combination has done a better job of keeping it at bay than more medicated versions.
The Exfoliant Reveal keeps my skin soft and the Emblica Light and Bright calms anti-inflammation for the red component and keeps them from developing into brown spots from the trauma.
What does your regimen look like? I don’t think it has to look that different when you’re 30 vs. 40 vs. 50. The fundamentals are pretty similar and certainly if you focus on prevention- you have a lot less work ahead of you.
All the best,