30 Layers at 30 Years – by Hana Ames Guest Writer

I’ve recently turned thirty years of age, and this has me wondering that perhaps I should be more considerate of my makeup and skincare routine. I’ve suffered from acne for about twenty years and have been lucky in one regard; that no matter what I put on my face I would always have the same amount of acne; lots. Small victories, I suppose. Now that I turned thirty, I’ve been thinking about putting more effort into my skincare as I’m practically positive that I’ll be the only person alive suffering from both acne and wrinkles at the same time, if I’m not careful.

Let me just tell you; it’s wild out there. I know all about moisturiser (and know that even though I have skin that’s oftentimes oily enough to fry an egg on, I should still moisturise), I know about face wash, exfoliators, and even about serums. But I was not prepared for the sheer number of different products I was going to find out I needed to put on my face.

Oil cleansers are a thing that exist. I mean, I already have oily skin but apparently cleaning my oil with oil is a thing that will make me have less oil? Peel pads? I know both of those words individually, but together, not a clue. Essence, was another product I was told I needed to use. The name reminds me of something you might find in a video game, if I’m perfectly honest. Apply each layer in order of thinnest to thickest texture, they tell me. This sounds far too much like a science project to me.

I asked people in a beauty group I’m in what their morning and night skincare routines were and I was overwhelmed with the answers I was given. People commented showing me at least ten products for each! I can’t imagine having the time to use that many products every morning and night, let alone having the inclination. As one of the offenders still using face-wipes I must admit I’m quite lazy when it comes to night time routines. Mornings are less about laziness and more about rushing around like a maniac because I’ve slept through my alarms again.

My night time routine currently consists of micellar water to remove eye makeup, a face wipe to take off the majority of my makeup, and then micellar water to remove the rest. Sometimes I use Pixi Glow Tonic if I’m feeling particularly fancy. Mornings? I give my face a quick wipe with some micellar water and get straight to my primer. I know that I should at least use a moisturiser and I pinky promise that I will… soon.

I’m lucky that I don’t have any wrinkles just yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time before they start appearing, but I really don’t think I need all the lotions and potions that are being sold to me from every advert on the television, storefront and website I visit. At the end of the day, although I’m sure that some of them do do what they profess to do, I’m not convinced that my skin is in any less good condition having been without them, than it would be had I used them all. I’m definitely going to have to up my skincare game, but I think I’ll leave the ten step program alone and stick to a few basic products – ones that won’t take up half my day to use.

Hana is a newly 30-year-old part time student, copywriter and cat mum with a full time job on the side.You can check out her pages here – website and my Facebook Page for more details.

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