The 7 Most Important Skincare Habits to Establish in Your 30s

Amanda Montell

So you survived your 20s. Congratulations! And let's be honest—your 20s were a bit of a mess (growing up is hard to do), and now that you're in your 30s, life is… well, parts of it are still a little chaotic, but it's different this time—including your skin.

"Your 30s are a time of babies, stress, and hormonal swings that can wreak havoc on your skin," explains celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau. "The growth hormones start to slow down, so the skin won't repair itself as it did in your 20s; breakouts can often occur in the form of cystic acne." In your 30s, you might also be dealing with dark spots, acne scars, and fine expression lines that were never there before. "It's definitely time to take your skin seriously," says Rouleau. "The days of neglecting your skin are over."

But don't freak out—for every skincare concern that's likely to pop up in your 30s, there's an easy fix. We spoke with a handful of trusted experts who walked us through the skincare tips 30-somethings really need to know. So pour yourself a glass of wine, pause Good Girls Revolt, and keep scrolling for the seven most important skincare habits to adopt in your 30s.

7. Get in your eight hours.

Odds are you didn't get in a full eight hours of sleep each night in your 20s, and that undoubtedly took a toll on your skin. "Beauty sleep is very important," says Jaliman. As our experts mention, nighttime is when the skin repairs itself, and the longer you sleep, the more time it has to do that. "Sleep on a satin pillowcase so that the skin doesn't crunch against the pillow and sleep lines do not form."

6. Switch up your routine from day to night.

"Many people in their 30s fall into the habit of using the same routine morning and night, but it's important to understand the needs from day to night are different," says Rouleau.

During the day, our skin is exposed to the UV rays and environmental stressors that age us; then at night, our skin goes into repair mode to recover from all that. Thus, your morning skincare routine should be all about protection, involving an antioxidant serum and sunscreen. Then your nighttime routine should focus on rejuvenation, incorporating products like retinol, peptides, and chemical exfoliation (try the First Aid Beauty glycolic pads above), followed by night cream.

6. Switch up your routine from day to night.

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