The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Beauty in Your 30s and 40s

Most people agree that a woman in her 30s is in the prime of her life. You’re a lot more settled and confident in yourself, you’ve probably gotten started on your career path and you may even be starting a family. You’ll probably also notice a change in your skin by the time you hit your 30s. Years of partying, pulling all-nighters and frolicking in the sun may start to take their toll. Choosing the right products can make a big difference when it comes to maintaining your youthful glow.

In your 40s, it’s all about products that offer effective anti-aging. After all, they do say that 40 is the new 20, and there’s no reason that shouldn’t apply to your skin as well. Here are some of our favorite products and easiest tips to get you through your 30s and 40s.

Cleanse: It’s time to get rid of your cleansing wipes and foaming gel cleansers. Invest in an oh-so-luxe cleansing balm, which contain natural waxes and oils to remove makeup and deep cleanse your skin. We like celebrity favorite Eve Lom Cleanser, which contains cocoa seed butter to refine and smooth your complexion.

Tone: A great toner like Murad Essential-C Toner works double duty to tighten pores and protect your skin from the environment.

Hydrate: Here’s the truth: hydrated skin looks younger. When your skin is properly hydrated, it’s plumper, firmer and suppler. By your 30s, your skin should be able to handle a richer cream, so don’t be afraid to reach for something a little more hydrating and with targeted anti-aging ingredients, like Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm with hyaluronic acid and plumping peptides.

It’s time to bring out the big guns when you hit 40, and a great serum is exactly the weapon you need. SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, a dual-chamber serum, is the perfect option. It contains two formulas packed with antioxidants, peptides and proteins to fight sagging, wrinkles, age spots and a dull complexion, all in one go.

Protect: It’s never too late to get serious about sun care. Try to find a sunscreen that has built-in antioxidant protection, for extra protection. Neostrata Ultra Daytime Smoothing Cream is an oil-free, antioxidant-rich day cream that also contains alpha hydroxy acids to refine your skin while you go about your day.

Treat: We really love peels for their ability to not only reveal new skin cells, but also because they actually encourage collagen production, leading to younger looking skin in the long run. Filorga Sleep and Peel contains azelaic and pyruvic acid, along with antioxidants, brown algae and peptides, to exfoliate your skin, brighten dark spots, reduce wrinkles and tighten, all while you sleep!

Body: Stick to rich lotion like Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Body Moisturizer, which contains clover, horsetail and birch leaves to stimulate skin cell repair, regenerating your skin. Make sure you follow the three minute rule: always apply your moisturizer within three minutes of getting out of the shower to lock in moisture.


-Rebecca Harrison