The Best Facial Creams for Someone in Her 30s

Your skin's needs change when you are in your 30s.

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When you hit 30, though you have undoubtedly gained life experience and wisdom, your skin may begin to lose its radiance. To make matters worse, your face is beginning to show its age, starting with fine lines and wrinkles. If you haven’t started, now is the time to take action against the effects of aging with a skin-care routine and the right facial creams.

Day Cream

Any facial cream you wear during the day should protect you from the sun’s rays with the addition of an SPF 15 or higher, especially since your skin’s pigments begin to change in your 30s. Don’t skimp on the SPF, even if the skies are gray, because sunlight still bounces off of clouds. The more you are in the sun, the faster your skin ages. Look for a lightweight facial cream that is suited for your skin type, can even out dry areas without making your face look greasy and keeps your skin glowing. Good facial creams should also combat free radicals with the addition of vitamin C or green tea, which contain antioxidants.

Night Cream

Look for a night cream that contains arginine, an amino acid that helps prevent premature age spots. Creams with retinols help fill in and prevent fine lines and help build collagen. If you are pregnant, avoid creams with retinols because an excess of vitamin A can harm your baby. Plus, you probably don’t need the extra help to make your face glow when you are expecting a little one.

Eye Creams

Your once-youthful skin begins to thin on some areas of your face in your 30s, particularly around your eyes. Add an eye cream to your skin-care routine to help keep this area well-hydrated. If you have dreaded dark circles, look for an eye cream that contains vitamin C, hydroquinone, soy, kojic acid or licorice, which helps your eyes look brighter. Eye creams with caffeine help reduce puffiness and those with hyaluronic acid are good if the skin around your eyes is dry. Begin to slow the growth of unmentionable wrinkles now and start looking for eye creams that contain retinol or retinoids, which help give you a Botox-like result sans needle.

Skin-Care Routine

In your teens and 20s, you could get away without a regimented skin-care routine. But if you don’t follow one in your 30s, your face will show it in your 40s and beyond. After washing your face in the morning, apply your day cream, which should protect you against UVA and UVB rays. Apply an eye cream as well, if it’s safe for use while you are in the sun. After you wash your face at night, apply a nighttime cream to your face and neck; sweep it onto your skin in vertical motion. Then use the eye cream so your eyes look bright in the morning. You should also drink plenty of water every day to help keep your skin hydrated.

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