Why Moisturizer is No Longer Enough After 30
I’ve talked to so many women about their skincare routines, as I prepared for formulating Adélie serums and recently in the feedback I’ve received since launching our Award Winning Cielo de Nómadas and Lune Numineuse serums. What I’ve heard from women really surprised me. There is such a wide spectrum of skincare routines, everything from bar soap and moisturizer to an elaborate 10-step routine. One thing that constantly came up, regardless of how involved or simple these women’s skincare routines were, was moisturizer. So many questions about moisturizer!
Let’s clear all of the confusion around moisturizer, starting with the most popular question of all: is moisturizer enough? I would say that moisturizer is not enough, especially after 30. As skin cell turnover slows down and less collagen is being produced, we experience dryer skin as well as a decrease in elasticity. If you remember from my post on how to hydrate your skin from the inside out, moisturizer is not enough to keep your skin sufficiently hydrated and give it the nourishment it needs. You’ll need to pay attention to your diet and water intake and choose more hydrating skincare products.
I’ll also add to that list the importance of exfoliation. After the age of 28, our desquamation process starts to delay, meaning the shedding of the outermost layer of our skin. This is why manual exfoliation is crucial to perform at least on a weekly basis, but ideally (depending on skin integrity) bi-weekly or every other day! The dead skin building up can cause skin congestion and dry skin, and skincare products cannot perform as they were formulated to function.
So, the main changes you’ll want to make in your 30s will be increasing hydration and exfoliating regularly. I know changing up your skincare routine can be a frustrating process of trial and error, so I’ll share some guidelines to help you with the process. These steps are the basics, but you don’t have to follow them all. Everyone’s skin is different, and even your own skincare needs will vary, so the number of steps will depend on your current skincare needs. Always listen to your skin and adjust your routine accordingly. Keep in mind that as a general rule, you’ll layer your skincare from the thinnest to thickest consistency.
- Gentle cleanser or oil cleansing: day and night
- Exfoliate: 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin
- Toner/Hydrate: Use a water-based product, such as a hydrosol, day and night to boost hydration and tone the skin
- Facial serum: day and night (Since our facial serums are oil-based, they double as moisturizer! I’m a minimalist, so I love that it’s dual-purpose!)
- Moisturizer Cream or Face oil or Balm: for dry-colder weather environment or dry, maturing skin
- SPF 30: daily, even indoors!
As you can see, I’m not recommending masking as a step, as it should be used to address a specific skin concern only when needed. If you do want to use a mask, you can apply it after cleansing. After you rinse it off, you can finish your routine starting from step 3 (toner).
Just to give you an idea, I keep my daily routine down to 4 steps: gentle cleanser, toner, serum, and my bff, SPF. On most days, that’s all I need. If my skin feels dry, I add a moisturizer. I exfoliate twice weekly on specific days of the week so that I don’t forget.
What’s your skin care routine? Has it changed over the years? Tell me all about it in the comments below!