Dermatologist Recommended Antiaging Skin Care Routines for Your 30s

Are you on a dermatologist-recommended skin care routine yet? Your 30s are the time to begin aging preventative skincare. In the dermatology world, we call this “prejuvenation” of the skin. Investing in your skin now will save you a lot of money in the future by postponing the need for many antiaging procedures.

This guide will show you how to prevent aging skin in your 30s and help you find the best antiaging skincare routine whether you are in your early, mid or late 30s.

Why Do I Need Antiaging Skincare in my 30s?

By the time you are 30, you have accumulated enough damage to your skin that you should begin antiaging skincare.  This is true even if you have done a wonderful job of protecting your skin from the sun. The causes of skin aging are many including: DNA damage, Loss of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, decrease function of stem cells and an increase in senescent cells.  You are still young, and the skin damage may not be bad if you had good habits, but this is the time to get ahead of aging as much as possible.

Learn more about the causes of skin aging here.

Antioxidants like green tea and Vitamins C can help prevent cellular damage that adds up and leads to skin aging, while niacinamide and coenzyme Q10 can help your skin cell repair any damage.



Take the Baumann Skin Type Quiz to see which antiaging skincare products are best for you.

 Affordable Antiaging Serums and Creams

 Many of the best antiaging serums and creams are expensive and cost over $125.  Once you open them, you need to use them up in 4- 6 weeks before they lose strength. For this reason, you should not buy just any antiaging night cream that is advertised to early mid and late 30-year-olds because:

  1. You might not need it
  2. It might not be right for your Baumann Skin Type
  3. There may be more affordable options that match your budget

Once you know your Baumann Skin Type, our regimen builder will help you make a custom skincare routine.  We will go through each step of your skin care routine and give you choices of products from various brands and price points.  You will not only find the best antiaging serums and creams, but you will also know which skin care routine step to use them in. You see the skin care routine step order is important- it really matters what goes before and after antiaging serums.  It would be a shame to spend a lot of money on an antiaging serum and then put it on the skin with a product that inactivates all of the antiaging ingredients.



Best Anti-Aging Products for 30s

In any skincare routine that you use in your 30s, you need to use products that target your barriers to skin health. You may have issues that you need to address in addition to skin aging.  There are 8 Baumann Skin Types that need antiaging ingredients but each requires a different skincare routine.


Antiaging Serums vs Antiaging Creams in Your 30s

We usually recommend an antiaging serums for oily skin types and antiaging creams for dry skin types. However, some ingredients cannot be made in a cream and function better in a serum- so it depends upon which antiaging ingredients are in the skincare product.

Best Antiaging Serum for 30s

Which antiaging ingredients are best for skin in your early, mid and late 30s? It depends upon your skin type and lifestyle habits.  There are several categories of antiaging serums that might be right for you:

 Antioxidant serums include serums with Vitamin C serums, Vitamin E, resveratrol, and  green tea.

Retinoid serums come in different strengths- which is right for you depends on your Baumann Skin Type and what other products you are using in the skin care routine.

Hyaluronic acid serums (HA serums) temporarily plump up skin cells to make your skin look dewy and hydrated by binding water and holding it on the surface of your skin. They are a good moisturizer for oily skin types who don’t want the heaviness of a cream. But- keep reading and I will tell you why they do not prevent or treat wrinkles.


Vitamin C Serums for Antiaging in Your 30s

Unless you have sensitive skin,  Vitamin C serums are a good idea in your 30s. Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, helps your skin make collagen to keep it strong and smooth. It is also a strong antioxidant that helps neutralize any free radicals that occur due to sun or pollution exposure.

Here are some of the best Vitamin C serums to prevent skin aging by protecting your skin’s collagen. You can see there are many at different price points.  It is very important that you use them up in 4 weeks and replace the monthly because they lose efficacy fast.



Hyaluronic Acid Serums in Your 30s

Glycosaminoglycan serums containing hyaluronic acid (HA) and heparan sulfate are sold as antiaging serums, but in reality, they are moisturizers and do not prevent or treat wrinkles.  These glycosaminoglycan serums temporarily plump fine lines by pulling water to the skin’s surface and give the skin a feeling of firmness, but this goes away within hours of the serum being washed off. Heparan sulfate has a role in antiaging skincare, but it is better for older skin types. 

HA serums do not prevent aging as their effects are only temporary. They are usually very expensive, but they are not worth splurging on when your goal is to prevent wrinkles unless you love the feel and the temporary benefits.


Growth Factor Serums in your 30s

There are many types of anti-aging serums that have different kinds of growth factors. However, in your 30s, it is best to stick with retinol, antioxidant serums, or Vitamin C serums because they play a role in preventing skin aging.  Your own natural growth factors are working fine in your 30s, so you do not need expensive growth factors serums. We also do not know about the safety of growth factor serums long term.


Other Antiaging Serums in Your 30s

In our 30s, your skin cells are young, they can communicate with each other properly, your stem cell activity has declined a little but not significantly and your repair mechanisms still work well to repair damage. This is why you do not need growth factors, heparan sulfate and defensins.

Antiaging Serums with Peptides

Peptides do not penetrate well into the skin, inactive other products, and do not do much outside of a test tube- so they are rarely worth the cost. Save your money and stick with sunscreen, antioxidants and retinoids.

Best Antiaging Cream for 30s 

 My comments about serums also apply to antiaging creams: both day creams and night creams. Which is best depends upon your skin type and which ingredients are appropriate to treat your barriers to skin health.

Should I Use Retinol In My 30s?

Yes!! Retinol, which is a type of retinoid, is great to use in your 30s.

You can learn about how to find the best retinol cream when you are beginning retinol at this link.

If you choose to use a retinoid, you need to use it in the correct step in the regimen because what you use before and after retinoids will effect how well they work and the side effects that you experience.

The science of how retinoids prevent skin aging has been studies for years and has a lot of evidence-based research to back it up. You can click here to learn more about retinoid science. 

Here are the best low strength retinols to use in your 30s:




Best Antiwrinkle Creams for 30s

One reason that antiaging creams are so pricey is that the manufacturing and packaging process for unstable heat and light labile ingredients is expensive.  Retinoids and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) break down upon exposure to air and light. This is why you should never buy retinol or ascorbic acid containing antiaging wrinkle creams that are in a jar.  So- if you choose cream with these ingredients- pick an airless pump or an amber or brown dropper bottle and use the product u in 4 weeks.

Best Antiaging Eye Creams for 30s

Wear sunscreen around your eyes when you can.  There are many types of antiaging eye creams. You can learn more about choosing an eye cream here.

Our favorite antiaging eye creams are here:


Antiaging Sunscreens

All sunscreens are antiaging.  Wear one.  Every day!

These are our favorites.  Choose one that you like the feel of and that is affordable so you do not mind putting enough on (1/4 teaspoon to the face) and you will wear it every day.



This antiaging skincare routine guide for your 30s can only give you general advice. 


If you want specific suggestions for your Baumann Skin Type and lifestyle habits- take the free 3-5 minute skin type quiz here.  Once your skin type is diagnoses, you will receive a suggested regimen that you can customize at every step by browsing through all the products that we recommend for that step of your skin car regimen.  You can choose by brand, price, and other preferences and you will be confident that you are using the best products to prevent aging for YOUR skin type.

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