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Skincare In Your 30s: Dermatologist Tips & Best Products For Fabulous Winter Skin

Care Skincare Night Serum, Ona New York Cream and Erbaviva Sunscreen

Skincare regimens in your 30s most likely differ from the skin regimens in your 20s. While not everyone’s skin is the same, I found that the secret to happily transitioning my dry skin to a daily winter skincare routine is with four simple steps: gentle cleanser in the morning, oil cleanser for makeup removal at night, retinol serum at night and a facial oil for daytime, followed by a hydrating cream and sunscreen during the day. Adding to that, I seal the deal with a face mist, both day and night.

For further help, I sought advice from Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD,  FAAD. She is the President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology in Connecticut. I think she would be proud to know that I already own a cool mist humidifier, a winter skincare must. Scroll down for our Q & A.

Pure Principals Deep Cleansing Facial Oil


Why oil cleanser? Your skin requires more hydration in your 30s and a nourishing oil cleanser is the secret to balancing your skin’s natural oils, while dissolving dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. This is an old Ayurveda skincare remedy. Pure Principals is my current go-to for their profound understanding of the Ayurvedic principals. At the end of the day this Deep Cleansing Facial Oil, combined with a hot washcloth feels like a welcomed spa treatment.


What about a serum? Those of us in our late 30s keep hearing about retinol, and yes, it really is the industry’s gold standard. An effective serum will help you visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles, while brightening your skin. Think of retinol as a friend on the way to becoming your best friend. Care Skincare took things to another level with their Granactive Retinoid™ Night Serum. It’s not harsh like your typical retinol serum but brings the same cheer-worthy anti-aging benefits.


Sunscreen is no substitute for your moisturizer. Do not skip the sunscreen. For moisturizer I am not a fan of heavy creams so Ona New York’s light but Hydrating Cream seemed like a natural choice for me. It is infused with vitamins and even more importantly, Hyaluronic Acid – a very important ingredient. Afterwards I feel dewy and ready for a chilly winter day. You’ll even notice a smoother makeup application.


If you’re worried about too much hydration with this extra step, don’t. While your moisturizer penetrates the skin, sunscreen sits on the top of your skin, acting as a shield from the sun. Apply it as the last step, before you apply your makeup. Erbaviva is one of the original clean beauty brands for the whole family. Their sophisticated and naturally crafted sunscreen for face and body provides all the protection you need, and none of the heaviness or unpleasant smells. I am addicted.

Q & A with Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson

What happens to our skin in the wintertime and how can we be well prepared?

Oftentimes what people are facing is a drop in temperature and a shift to drier air. The best way to prepare is to exfoliate dead skin cells away and stay consistent with moisturizing. 

What ingredients can we incorporate into our routines in order to prevent moisture and elasticity loss?

I recommend weekly use of a chemical exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells without overly drying the skin. Look for Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like glycolic and lactic acids. I also recommend using hyaluronic acid (HA) in your morning and evening skincare routines, which is an oil-free, non comedogenic source of hydration for the skin. HA is a humectant, it attracts water and delivers it to the skin’s surface which not only quenches dry skin, but also improves the appearance of lost volume and elasticity by plumping the area. Look for lipids and peptides which are proteins that support your body’s ability to make collagen, to support skin losing laxity.

Any recommendations or fixes for dry skin (both face and body) and eczema? 

Exfoliation + Hydration is the name of the game. For dry skin on the face, getting a HydraFacial every 6 weeks will help boost hydration and reset dry skin. As for eczema, it’s important to identify triggers such as fragrance and other ingredients in your products. Stick to mild, soothing products. You can also sleep with a cool mist humidifier in your room at night, which will help with dry skin overall!

What treatments, products and ingredients would you suggest for your clients in their late 30s?

I really don’t assign an age to the treatments we do at the office, I have patients in their 20’s and 80’s doing a lot of the same procedures.

Most common product recommendations for patients in their 30s – this stage is all about reversing sun damage, protecting against new damage and nourishing the skin’s own ability to produce collagen and elastin. 

·         Morning: A Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum plus SPF of at least 30

·         Nighttime: Exfoliation with a chemical exfoliator 1/week, Retinol or plant-based retinol alternative, peptide rich moisturizer.

Most common treatments for patients in their 30’s

·         Botox

·         Fillers

·         Laser + Light such as IPL, Vbeam and Fraxel

·         Body Sculpting services: CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Emsculpt

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