In your 30s too? The 3 beauty products that have made a real, visible difference to my skin
I love my 30s.
Sure look – my 20s were great. Filled with travel and fun and falling in and out of love and finding my feet in my choice of work and career.
But my 30s are even better. Growing older, becoming a mum, it has given me a confidence and calm I didn't possess in my 20s. And I love it. I am growing into the me I was meant to be this whole time, and it feel great.
However – as we all know, our skin starts to age pretty much from our 25th birthday, so while I don't mind adding more candles to my birthday cake every year (sure the alternative is far worse, isn't it?!), I have also started noticing I really need to up my skincare game these days if I want to look and feel my best and most radiant 30s something self.
Doing what I do for work, I am lucky enough to get to test a lot of amazing skincare products – but let's just say they are not all created equal by far.
These three, however, they really do not only what they say on the tin, but go above and beyond, having made a real, genuine difference to my skin, and I frequently recommend them to my friends and fellow 30s something mamas:
Antioxidants are a big deal when it comes to your complexion, and will help not only protect your skin from pollution, sun, and other external factors, but will also help correct damage that has already been done.
I have been a big fan of Skinceuticals for a long time – because yes, the products are expensive, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for – and these genuinely work.
Phloretin CF has been my go-to now for a while as part of my morning routine, and this patented daytime vitamin c antioxidant serum has really made a huge difference in correcting discolouration and has literally erased the fine lines on my forehead, as well as just made my entire face look more even and glowy. The most amazing bit? Apply the serum in the morning, and it remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours – giving you bullet-proof protection against free radical damage.
I love products that are clean, kind to your skin and kind to the environment – and this cleansing balm from Eminence ticks all those boxes.
Like magic, the gel balm transitions to an oil cleanser when massaged into skin and a purifying milk when emulsified with water, meaning it is ideal for all skin types. I prefer massaging it directly onto my skin, so it works as an oil cleanser, nourishing my winter-dry skin.
The natural botanical oils attract excess oil and debris, melting away impurities and makeup, including eye makeup, which to me is a major bonus, no faffing around with two different cleansing products!
If you are yet to jump on the face oil bandwagon, this is the perfect, luxurious lightweight non-greasy oil to start with.
When creating their new Plant Gold Nutri-Revitalizing Face Oil, the clever people at Clarins drew inspiration from pro techniques used by its salon experts and innovated with a twin-bottled dual formula, featuring the legendary Clarins Blue Orchid Oil and a melting emulsion that blend together easily and really sinks into your skin.
I love both how this oil smells, as well as how nourished and radiant it makes my skin feel. So perfect for this time a year when skin needs a little extra TLC.