Curls N Pearls

The Age of Beauty

Skincare Routines For Late Twenties to Early Thirties

Your skin’s appearance says a lot. Dullness, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and more are the things all women (and probably men too!) dread to see when looking in the mirror.

I turned 28 earlier this year, and I have to confess – any time I’m asked for my ID when ordering a glass of wine I think to myself “Phew!! I hope it lasts!!” Of course, the inevitable will eventually happen. But there are ways to at least do yourself some favors to draw out the dreaded aging process and maintain the best appearance you can in the meantime.

When I was in high school I struggled with acne, which I think most people do at some point or another in their lifetime. There were days that I would beg my Mom to let me stay home sick because I felt so hideous. I distinctly remember one particularly painful afternoon when the boy I had a huge crush on decided to sit next to me on the school bus. I went to a magnet school at the time, so the ride home was about 45 minutes. You’d think I’d be positively elated at the opportunity to chat and flirt with him, but I had a terrible breakout at the time and no amount of makeup was helping. I was so embarrassed I pretended to have a headache and leaned forward with my forehead on the back of the seat in front of us.

The entire time.

all. forty-five. excruciating. minutes.

So during my teenage years my skincare routine basically consisted of whatever products contained as much benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as possible, before finally moving onto prescriptions like Differin Gel, and then eventually Accutane. Accutane helped quite a bit, but the side effects were absolutely terrible.

Since the age of twenty or so my skin has cleared for the most part, with the exception of (relatively) minor breakouts that accompany my cycle. As I approach thirty, my focus has shifted from anti-acne to please-please-please-anything-possible-to-retain-a-youthful-appearance. A major change in my daily activity is transforming from a sun lover to being sure to always purchase a daytime moisturizer that includes SPF, as well as a foundation with additional protection.

My current day-to-day skincare routine for anti-aging and general health includes the following:

Gentle Cleanser.

(I’ve always found that it’s tempting to not lather as long as one should, but if you aim to lather your cleanser for alt least thirty seconds, it seems to remove the day’s makeup remnants so much better.

Gentle Toner.

I don’t use toner every single day, but it’s great to have on hand when you are dealing with a breakout, humidity, or just want to be sure you’ve removed all traces of makeup or impurities.


Applied after cleansing, serums should be used under a moisturizer. I’ve switched around a lot with serums that aim to achieve different goals. Currently I’m using a serum that helps protect skin and amplifies hydration, with the ultimate goal of tightening the skin and preventing the loss of firmness.

Eye Cream.

My mother used to always say, if there is one skincare product that a woman should use every single day, it would be eye cream. I look for eye creams that help with fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Currently I use an eye cream with those indications in the morning and in the evenings I use a nighttime eye cream with calcium, hyaluronic acid, peptides and cranberry seed oil.


As I mentioned above, the first prerequisite for a moisturizer for me is that it must include SPF. I don’t like super heavy moisturizers, since I tend to get shiny easily in my T-zone. In the evenings I use a nighttime-specific moisturizer, designed to help preserve collagen and elastin for a firm and youthful appearance.

This routine seems to work best for me as I approach thirty. What do you do to keep your complexion healthy and a youthful appearance? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments!

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  • Blair says:

    Hi Christina,

    Would it be possible for you to list which products you are using right now? I love that you wrote your day-to-day skincare routine, but now I’m curious as to which products keep you going! I think we have very similar skin issues, so I’m looking for some new products and would love your advice. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays dear friend!


    December 16, 2012 at 1:35 am
    • Christina says:

      Hi there sweet friend! So lovely to get a comment from you. :) I hope you and your little bun in the oven are doing wonderfully!

      I am currently using mostly Bioelements brand ( I really love their serums, particularly the Oxygen Cocktail and Create Firm. The other two products I really love from them are Oil Control Sleepwear and Sleepwear for Eyes. They are on the pricy side, but after using them for just a couple of weeks my skin felt and looked so much softer and smoother. Here’s a post where I discuss a bit more in-depth:

      I’ve always felt you can save money when it comes to your cleanser, toner and makeup remover (Olay, Cetaphil, Almay are all great budget beauty brands) – but it may be worth it to spend more on the serums, eye cream and moisturizer. I hope this is helpful and please feel free to ask if you have more questions!


      December 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    • Christina says:

      BTW – I bet you could guess which boy I’m talking about with the awful school bus story. :) That was so terrible!!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm
  • Blair says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you dear friend for the great info! I trust your advice!

    Yes, I had my ideas of whom the “boy crush” was that you mentioned. Awwh, those days…don’t miss them only you!


    December 18, 2012 at 8:21 am
  • Aydan Stacey says:

    Late twenties and early thirties is the time when you need to follow a healthy skin care regimen, as it is the time for skin to undergo several changes. This is a wonderful skin care regimen followed by you that leaves your skin soft, supple and glowing. Thank you and I too will follow this routine to have gorgeous looking skin.

    December 26, 2012 at 6:35 am

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