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Anti-Aging Skincare for Your 30s, 40s & 50s


Skincare in your 30s

Our Experts
Dr. David Bank, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Westchester, New York
Dr. Jeanine Downie, board-certified dermatologist and director of Image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, New Jersey
Dr. Mary Lupo, clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans
Dr. Jennifer Linder, board-certified dermatologist in Scottsdale, Arizona
Dr. Amy Wechsler, dermatologist in NYC and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection


SURVEY SAYS: Dry skin and acne

DOCTORS' RX: Regardless of whether you had breakouts as a teen, they can pop up in your 30s, says Dr. Downie, due mainly to stress and hormones. They are now more likely to appear along the lower part of the face. Years of sun exposure are also a contributor, as pores become enlarged and prone to inflammation and pimples. Whatever you do, don't pick at blemishes—squeezing causes scarring. At the same time, the skin's outermost layer—aka barrier—is weaker, allowing water to evaporate and causing dryness, says Dr. Bank.

YOUR REGIMEN, REVAMPED: Wash with a lightweight, nondrying formula, such as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $8. Look for an oil-free sunscreen that contains mineral blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, says Dr. Bank. These protectors layer atop skin instead of being absorbed, which means they won't clog pores. Try Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF 50, $12.50. Applying a retinoid before bed lets it do double duty, minimizing fine lines and acne. If you experience mild irritation, dab on every other night. RoC MULTI CORREXION Skin Renewing Serum, $25, contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E to rejuvenate skin tone. Neova BreakOut Control Swabs, $26/package, shrink blemishes instantly. Each swab is filled with 2% salicylic acid and calming botanicals. Plus, the one-time usage—you swipe, then toss—prevents additional bacteria from spreading.