Skin Care in Your 30s: How to Get Cleaner, Healthier, More Beautiful Skin in 6 Easy Steps

All of us want to look healthy, radiant, and youthful—and that starts with proper skin care. The way you take care of your skin could make all the difference between a sallow appearance and an alluring glow. This becomes truer and truer as you age, but the need for proper skin care begins early; that’s why we recommend being attentive to proper skincare in your 30s, and even in your 20s.

The question is, what can you do to make sure your skin looks its absolute best? Here are six steps you can implement today to get the clear, beautiful skin you’ve always dreamed of.

First, Use the Right Products

The most important message we can impart to you is that everyone’s skin is different—and thus, so are everyone’s skin care needs. The products that give your neighbor her beautiful, healthy glow may not work well for you at all. For proper skin care in your 30s, it’s vital to find a lineup of skin care products that are tailored to meet your needs and goals.

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To do so, we recommend meeting with a professional. The skin care specialists here at Charlotte Plastic Surgery can take clinical assessments and provide an expert opinion on which products you need to be using.

Specifically, our skin care specialist can conduct a VISIA scan—a medically-backed way to help you make informed skin care decisions. A VISIA skin analysis uses a combination of high definition cameras and light filters to generate a thorough computer analysis of your skin—encompassing wrinkles, pores, sun damage, overall skin age, and other factors. In short, it allows us to see deep into your skin, and to recommend the skin care products that will help you meet all your beauty goals.

Cleanse Daily

Another important step for proper skin care in your 30s is to cleanse your skin daily. Of course, you probably know already that it’s a good idea to wash your face each day—but do you know why? Simply put, your skin accumulates a lot of dirt, debris, grease, and build-up throughout the day, all of which can clog your pores and lead to an unhealthy complexion. One of the biggest offenders of all is makeup; according to our skin care specialists, sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst things you could ever do for your skin!

All that to say, developing a daily cleansing ritual is a wise move—and there are a couple of cleansing products that we can recommend. First, there’s EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser—a product that our skin care specialists recommend for people of all skin types. And for a deep cleansing, we endorse SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cleanser. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions about either of these products.

An Exfoliation Treatment for Every Season

Gently exfoliate your skin once a day; have a more thorough exfoliation once every season. This is a great skincare product for your 30s.

skin care in your 30sExfoliating is basically a way to scrub older skin cells off the surface of your skin. These older skin cells build up over time, and can’t necessarily be washed away through simple daily cleansing—hence the need to go a little deeper. Without exfoliating, these old skin cells can block your pores and lead to acne and other imperfections. (By the way, another pro tip: Never pick at your facial imperfections, which can often cause scarring without actually addressing the root issue.)

Again, we can offer you a couple of specific recommendations for your seasonal exfoliating treatment. Our Dermaplane Facial is a good option for all skin types – your skin is gently scraped with a surgical blade removing dead skin cells, vellus hair, and other skin debris. And if you feel the need for something even deeper, we can also offer a Dermalinfusion treatment – this 3-in-1 treatment exfoliates your skin with a sturdy but gentle diamond tip while suctioning out your pores with a vacuum system.  The result is an incredibly smooth and clean face & neck. Feel free to contact our office for more details about either of these treatments, or to schedule a session.

Watch a Dermaplaning treatment at Charlotte Plastic Surgery:


Did you know that your skin is the first part of the body to lose moisture? In other words, when your body is dehydrated, the first place you’ll notice it is on your skin. It’s common sense then, that to keep yourself from having dry, rough, or peely skin, you’ve got to stay properly hydrated.

skin care in your 30sDrinking water is important. But avoiding over-drying to your skin is also really important—especially if you tend to have oily skin. Did you know that oily skin is a sign that your skin is starving for moisture? Many people try to dry up their oily skin by over-cleansing or by not using a moisturizer in their product regimen, but that will just make things worse! No matter what skin type you have, your skin will be more balanced by using a daily moisturizing product – and bonus: hydration helps you look younger and can prevent fine lines & wrinkles.  We have a lot of products to help you retain hydration like the Revision Hydrating Serum for all skin types.  And if you need deeper penetrating hydration (such as for dry skin or during the winter months) we recommend trying SkinMedica Dermal Repair cream.

Use Anti-Aging Products

Another step we recommend to keep your skin clean, healthy, and beautiful: Make judicious use of anti-aging products. These products are meaningful even if you’re still quite young—especially when you’re practicing skincare in your 30s—because they can have a preventative effect, keeping your skin from taking on the signs of age.  And did you know that collagen and elastin production drops off steeply as we get into our late twenties and early thirties? That means the body’s building blocks for skin elasticity and firmness need to be replaced by the use of antioxidants and human growth factors sooner rather than care in your 30s

Anti-aging products alone aren’t going to keep your skin looking its best—especially not if you skimp on sleep, hydration, and proper nutrition. However, they can help to augment your healthy lifestyle and provide you with skin that remains youthful.

If you’re looking for a great place to start that’s good for all skin types, we recommend Alastin Restorative Skin Complex.  If you have a bit more signs of aging and need something a bit more involved, our favorite product is SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum with many more intense anti-aging components.

Finally, Apply Daily Sunscreen

Nothing does more damage to your skin than exposure to UV rays—even when it’s cold outside, even if the weather seems cloudy, even if you don’t think you’ll be outside for very long, daily application of sunscreen is absolutely 100% essential and physician recommended. And adding a sunscreen into your regimen doesn’t have to be a chore – you can opt for a tinted sunscreen that will act as your foundation or even one with a moisturizer to combine a step or two.

skin care in your 30s

As for product recommendations, we’ll point you to EltaMD UV Daily SPF 40—available in tinted and non-tinted, and good for people with all skin types. For something with added antioxidants, consider Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Sunscreen SPF 36 to help fight aging and hydrate.

The Right Routine for Skincare in Your 30s

There is much you can do to keep your skin looking its best—but the first step we recommend is getting a personalized action plan from someone with real skin care expertise. Our skincare specialists more than fit the bill.

Schedule an appointment at Charlotte Plastic Surgery today, and let’s take a VISIA scan. From there, we can help you determine an action plan to get the glowing skin you’ve dreamed of. Find a routine to address the issues of skincare in your 30s by reaching out to Charlotte Plastic Surgery at your next convenience.