I was sufficiently warned. Turning thirty changes you.
I wasn’t someone who battled acne as a teenager. Maybe one spot here and there, once or twice a month. Totally manageable and not something I ever really worried about long-term.
A few months before my thirtieth birthday, my skin started going bonkers. My face had bumps I couldn’t hide with makeup, and the more makeup I piled on and the more I washed my face, the worse it got. Usually my panic level would be at a moderate level, but I was getting married in a few months, and this wasn’t going to work in wedding photos.
Cut to two years later, and I’m asked ALL THE TIME about my skin and my tips and tricks to keeping it clear. So in my best effort to help the girls out, I’ve put together my daily routine and a list of products I cant live without!
I upgraded my products. I was a ride-or-die for my Clean and Clear cleanser. It’s not enough. I was introduced to the Zien Obagi brand in early 2017 and haven’t looked back. It’s pricier than the drug-store brands, but I promise it’s worth it! I started the acne line and spot-treatments. See some of my favorite products in links below. I know these products aren’t cheap, but you truly get what you pay for in skin care, and for my skin, it’s been a huge game-changer.
I started shaving my face. Stick with me, it’s worth it. The fancy term for this is micro blading, you’ve totally heard of it. Those tiny hairs and extra skin on your face adds so much texture to your skin, once it’s off you will LOVE your glow! It’s absolutely something I can do at home though, and don’t have to schedule a visit to a salon or doctors office to accomplish. The first few times, I do recommend having a professional do this for you so you know what to expect, but after a while I could do it myself every day for a fraction of the cost. My favorite razors to use are $4 on Amazon, so SUPER cost effective! Tinkle Eyebrow Razor
I replaced all my makeup and reduced my use of every day makeup. I’ve always hated wearing makeup so this wasn’t a major thing to me. It clogs my pores, rubs off on my clothes; I just prefer life without it unless I’m going to an event or being photographed. Makeup has a MUCH shorter self life than we give it credit for, so if your makeup, especially what you put on your face for foundations and BB creams, is more than 3 months old, I would trash it. You’re putting old products on your skin, which are going to cause more issues than they temporarily cover.
I started taking collagen daily. Collagen is supposed to help in a variety of areas, so when friends of mine were raving about collagen powder, I looked into it ASAP. It hasn’t done anything for my hair as it has for many of my friends, but my skin is glowing and I attribute a lot of it to one daily scoop of collagen powder in my coffee. Some brands are superior because they are tasteless; the one I use has zero taste and I’ve been putting one scoop in my coffee every morning for over a year, and the difference is real. My favorite brand to take is the Vita Proteins brand. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I saw my dermatologist. Fun fact: One out of every ten women have adult acne. Even though all of the above made a significant impact, I still needed help. I have the best dermatologist and she prescribed Spironolactone. It’s very widely used for acne, so if you think a conversation with your derm is in your future, go ahead and bite the bullet and see what they say!
Skin issues can make you want to run away from life, but I promise it’s not forever and there are so many options to help you feel more confident and manage your skin in your thirties and beyond!
ZO Products I use daily: