Skin Care Routine For The Grown Up Woman

Morning and night skin care routine for the grown up woman ( a must if you are over 30).

skin care routine for the grown up woman

Is Looking Our Age a Bad Thing?

In my most recent photos, I noticed that I definitely look 30. Which isn’t all that crazy, since I am almost in my mid-thirties. But somehow, in my head I still feel in my twenties.

My mom says that’s something that your mental state just never reconciles; our mental age just never seems to come to grips with what we physically see in the mirror. And our reflection is always a slight shock, kind of like seeing your body transform during pregnancy. I’m 37 weeks along, and I still do a double take when I see myself.

Are Genetics Enough for Good Skin?

Then another thought. My skin routine, which currently consists of Dove soap and Oil of Olay moisturizer also doesn’t reflect that I am no longer in my twenties.

Eating well, exercising and genetics have gotten me here, but what have I done to help keep face youthful? Not a thing. By Orange County standards, I’m at least 6 years behind on Botox and fillers, but perhaps such drastic measures are not necessary, quite yet?

A few months before I got pregnant I was obsessing over laugh lines, which I only noticed because I would develop foundation creases around my mouth. At the time my thought was to invest in a new primer, and then I read up on Retinol anti-aging benefits and found a random product via online reviews.

That’s the trouble with realizing that you need to upgrade your skin routine, it’s not as easy as just taking a stroll into a department store. So, to help get my grown woman on, I enlisted the help of a licensed esthetician.


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Here is What Skin Care Routine For The Grown Up Woman Should Look Like in the Morning:Morning Skin Care Routine

  1. A good skin care routine begins with a cleanser. I’m going to give Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Face Cleanser, a try. It’s $8 and the fresh scent feels comforting in the winter and energizing in the spring.

Update: I’ve actually switched to Tula Purifying Cleanser and I’ve been loving it. 

  1. Next, is a serum tailored for the needs of your skin. For anti-aging benefits, an aesthetician suggests a serum with Vitamin C and for dehydrated skin a serum with hyaluronic acid is a good investment. I chose the Mario Badescu Vitamin C serum because it’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid to retains my skin’s moisture in the winter, and claims to enhance firmness and elasticity—all things I feel my face would want.

  2. Next is the eye balm. Admittedly, I haven’t been doing anything to keep the ever delicate skin around my eyes wrinkle free and subtle.  I’m giving the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream a try because it has all natural products, and caffeine to help fight puffiness.

Update: I’ve switched to Kiehl’s avocado eye cream, currently on my third jar. 

  1. Then you need a moisturizer and a sunblock. Regardless of the season, sunblock should be worn daily and should be at least 30SPF. You could use a moisturizer and then a sunblock, but I love the idea of combining these two, and found a perfect product I’m excited to try; Cetaphil’s DermaControl oil Control Moisturizer boasts a matte finish, which is precisely what my oily/combination skin needs.

  2. To keep all the goodness I just put on my face intact, even while wearing makeup, the last step is to seal and protect my skin with a primer, and prep it for foundation. I like the Laura Mercier Primer.

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Here is What Skin Care Routine For The Grown Up Woman Should Look Like at Night:

Night Skin Care Routine

  1. The one thing I figured out on my own, is that I needed a gentle eye make up remover, and one that wouldn’t leave the area around my eye red and irritated. I actually really love Salma Hayek’s Nuance dual phase makeup remover. It has chamomile & lavender extracts.

Switched to Garnier SkinActive Miscellar Skin Cleansing Water and now that’s the only thing I use to remove makeup and dirt ( essentially combining 1 & 2 items on this list.)

  1. To remove foundation and lipstick Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are great.

  2. My aesthetician suggests using an exfoliator in the evening to cleanse your skin. I like the YES to Grapefruit Daily Scrub, not only are the ingredients all natural, but who can resist the smell of grapefruit?

Update: After seeing another aesthetician, I realized that exfoliating is actually not what I should be doing for my skin because of how sensitive my skin is and the abrasiveness of scrubs causes  capillaries on my nose and cheek. 

  1. For my nightly eye cream, I’m splurging a bit with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex II.

  2. To finish up,  a night moisturizer that again would tackle your skin’s needs while you rest. For this, I’m going with Clinique’s Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer. Whatever it’s turning around, I’m into it.

Additional Tips:

  • Most skin gets a little drier in the winter, so if you notice that it’s causing your skin to be uncomfortable or dull then definitely amp up your routine.
  • If you are extra dry, a hydrating masque is always a nice way to get a little extra boost of hydration.
  • Find products with quality ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E, and avoid products made with mineral oil.


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