Beauty By Decade: 30s

Elizabeth Arden for Dennis Basso

In our latest issue, we talked to board-certified dermatologist Kally Papantoniou about skin care in our 20s, 30s, and 40s+. Here, more anti-aging products that will help you prevent — and reverse — damage to keep you looking your best in your 30s.

Story by Anna M. Park

30s

With all that’s going on in your life — career, marriage, children — you can’t forget about your skin. Your cell turnover rate is slowing down, collagen production is starting to decrease, you’re starting to see deeper lines as well as notable laxity in the neck and cheek area. “Skin discoloration may start to present at this time, with new sunspots appearing overnight,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

Your Regimen:

  • Remove makeup and cleanse every day
  • Vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and repair
  • Treat blemishes without drying skin
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 30 every day
  • Vitamin C and ferulic acid
  • Retinol to reverse collagen breakdown and discoloration
  • Firming treatments
  • Chemical exfoliants like glycolic or salicylic acid
  • Eye cream
beauty by age 30s

The gold standard in stable, effective vitamin C and ferulic acid. Apply once in the morning for 72 hours of protection. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, $163, skinceuticals.com

beauty by age 30s

Stable, encapsulated retinol helps reverse sun damage, while niacinamide, caffeine, and a host of calming and soothing ingredients help alleviate sun-induced damage. MDSolarSciences Evening Facial Repair Serum, $96, mdsolarsciences.com

beauty by age 30s

Two powerful peptides, one to boost collagen production and the other to help relax facial muscles, work in conjunction with vitamin C and green tea extract to minimize the look of wrinkles. Dermae Deep Wrinkle Peptide Serum, $43.50, dermae.com

beauty by age 30s

A straightforward AHA treatment (the only other ingredient is purified water) you use twice a week at nighttime to remove damaged, dull skin, revealing a brighter, healthier complexion. ClarityRX Restore It 7.5% Glycolic Exfoliator, $64, clarityclinicalskincare.com

beauty by age 30s

Target those sunspots lurking just below the surface with a brightening serum. This one harnessing the antioxidant, rejuvenating powers of the blue lotus, alpha arbutin, and vitamin C. Pur-lisse Lotus Serum, $76, purlisse.com

beauty by age 30s

Hyaluronic acid, three forms of vitamin C, caffeine, and licorice root all work together to brighten and de-puff the eye area. Cosmedicine Eye Specialist, $90, cosmedicine.com

beauty by age 30s

Calm lingering adult acne with tea tree extract and antibacterial, anti-inflammatory propolis extract. Aritaum Salon Esthé Cel:Cushion Soothing Mask, us.aritaum.com

Next up, our beauty by decade roundup for 40s+.

Impact photo: Dennis Basso, courtesy of Elizabeth Arden.

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