I didn’t really have skin issues growing up. I was a lucky teenager that suffered from the occasional breakout, usually hormone related. However when I hit 30 all hell broke lose, like my body realized I missed the problem skin teenage years and decided to do it now. So gone are the days of “this cleanser will do” or “this moisturizer is on sale it’ll work”. No now I try not to have to many cocktails on the weekend for fear of missing my routine.
My morning routine is pretty simple, cleanse and moisturize. I’m currently using Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. I’m really liking it as it has a bit of menthol in it so it is cool and refreshing and a bit tingly. I usually go for the deep clean as I wear makeup everyday and I also have clogged pores like always. (Thanks 30s) I got a facial before we went to Vegas last month and my esthetician recommended I switch to a lighter moisturizer for the AM as I was having problems of my skin getting oily quickly and my makeup not staying put. Glad I listened to her because it’s been a game changer. No it hasn’t solved my oily t-zone issue (thanks 30s) but it’s definitely made an improvement. I use just two pumps of Aveda’s Botanical Kinetics in the morning and my skin is hydrated with out being oily and my makeup stays put. Listen to your esthetician they know what they’re doing!
My night routine is a little more intense. First I use Burt’s Bees cleansing oil and eye makeup remover to remove all of my makeup. As I said I wear it everyday and I wear the whole lot, so this step is important for me, probably not if you don’t really wear makeup. After that I use this Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, and I actually use this nightly. However again, my skin is oily and does not get dried out, but if you have normal, dry or sensitive skin I would not recommend using this as your nightly cleanser.
After thoroughly ridding my face of makeup and getting it nice and squeaky clean I use Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration night cream. I will likely switch this out as it gets warmer, this was my winter night cream because our house is the house of dryness and static electricity.
My Clarisonic Mia is pictured above but I took my esthtetician’s advice and cut back to using it only twice a week. Surprise, surprise it made a world of difference and I have fewer breakouts now.
If you’re wondering why I use so much Burt’s Bees it is because I have been slowly but surely switching out all my makeup and skin care products to brands that are cruelty free. I actually have the Leaping Bunny app on my phone so that I can check to see if a brand is cruelty free before purchasing. Is it more expensive? Sure, Urban Decay ain’t cheap but I just cannot condone testing cosmetics on animals.
Did anyone else’s skin change when they hit 30? Or am I just unlucky? If so what tips and tricks do you swear by?