My Favorite Anti-Aging Products

Now that I’ve been a 30 year old for a whole three months, I consider myself quite the expert at all things 30-something year old. Well not really, it doesn’t feel any different from being 29 BUT I have been into anti-aging products since I was 25ish. The earlier you start getting into a good anti-aging routine the better. I believe you can never start too young once you’re in your twenties. Taking care of your skin is important so why delay it?  

Seven Anti-Aging Tips // The Krystal Diaries

Stay Hydrated

Seriously drink lots of water, every single day. I know there are a couple different theories about how much water we should drink but I try to stick to drinking half my body weight in ounces each day. I fill up my HydroFlask twice a day and sip on it all day long. I drink water with lunch and dinner instead of juices or sodas. I never drink soda, unless there’s alcohol involved.

Use Sunscreen

Each and everyday, even on cloudy days. I wear a minimum of SPF 30 on my face and neck underneath my makeup. Sometimes I use this SPF 50 lotion on my face. I also, use this Supergoop body lotion in the summers with SPF 40 every day. During the winter months, I switch to this Alba Botanicals body lotion with SPF 15. For my hands, I actually use this Supergoop hand cream with SPF 40 all year long. Our hands get a lot of sun, especially when driving, without us realizing it.

Use Both a Toner and Serum

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Put the toner on before the serum and both before any lotions or sunscreens. I use the Murad Essential C toner spray during the day and Mario Badescu’s Rose Water spray at night. Both are refreshing and smell great. The Essential C toner helps to brighten skin and fights free radicals. I prefer the Mario Badescu spray at night because the light smell is relaxing and there’s aloe in it to help calm and refresh my skin after wearing makeup all day.

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Once the toner has dried, I follow up with a serum. I used this Algenist one for about two months and it worked wonders. My skin is smoother and my dark spots have faded BUT it’s super pricey. So I’ve switched over to this Vitamin C serum which is much more budget friendly. I use it both day and night.

Wear a Good Eye Cream

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Wear it both day and night. I use two different ones, this It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye one at night and Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel during the day. I started using the It Cosmetics first and love it but I wanted to switch it up during the day and use a de-puffing one. I’ve seen such a huge change in the skin around my eyes. For one, my skin isn’t as dry anymore. I’m not seeing crows feet yet but I was noticing some crepey skin which is completely gone now. When I started with eye creams, I was using an Olay one. Truthfully it did nothing for me and was so disappointing.

Moisturize Before Bed

I held out on using night creams for the longest! I caved about a year ago and now I wish I would have started sooner. I shied away from them because I have oily/combo acne prone skin. I just assumed a night cream or oil would make my acne worse. Just the opposite has happened, my acne has gotten much much better. If you’re oily/combo acne prone like me – yes even still at 30 – then I suggest this Ren ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream. It’s moisturizing but not oily at all.

Don’t Neglect Your Lips

Seven Anti-Aging Tips // The Krystal Diaries

Lips can show signs of aging too! I use Kaplan MD’s lip mask/gloss combo each night and this gloss during the day. They don’t sell the two together anymore unfortuantely and I wish they still did because the mask was so much cheaper than the large size being sold now. I little bit goes a long way though, so the jar will last forever. I apply a thin layer of the mask to my lips, after removing any dead skin, add a thin layer of the gloss on top then I sleep with it on like that. Sometimes it tingles a bit but nothing extreme. The Jack Black gloss I use during the day has SPF 25 in it too which is great. It’s not greasy or sticky feeling either. I can layer lipsticks over it with no problem.

Give Collagen Powder a Try

Seven Anti-Aging Tips // The Krystal Diaries

I just recently started using collagen powder daily so I can’t one hundred percent vouch for it but supposedly it works wonders from the inside out. Collagen can help restore moisture and elasticity in our skin. It can also help support connective tissues, can help increase bone density. Currently, I’m using the one from Vital Proteins every day either in my smoothies or coffee.

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It was a lot of trial and error at first but I feel like I’ve finally gotten myself into a good routine with products that work really well and I can see results. I know it seems like so many products and so much to keep up with but it really does work. Hey, the more I take care of my skin now, the longer I can put off botox right? I’m joking, sort of, completely joking.

Do you have any anti-aging advice or favorite products?

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This post is not meant to be a substitute for informed medical advice from a doctor. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.

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  • Reply Momma Addict

    As I approach 60, I can verify that everything you are saying is true. I get compliments on my skin all the time and I have followed a great regimen for over 35 years.I have never tried collagen powder so that is new to me.

    August 7, 2017 at 12:11 PM
  • Reply Olivia Stacey

    Thanks for sharing these products! That Murad toner sounds AMAZING– definitely going to give that a try. That collagen powder also sounds fabulous.

    August 7, 2017 at 4:37 PM
  • Reply Eloise

    those look like great products to help combat anti-aging! I use the Vitamin C serum from time to time ; )

    August 7, 2017 at 4:51 PM
  • Reply Cassie Liz

    I’ve been wanting to try the mario badescu products for awhile now! I just need to figure out where they sell them in Australia!

    August 7, 2017 at 9:53 PM
  • Reply Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq)

    SuperGoop has the BEST sunscreens. I didn’t realize they did body butters too!
    xo Jessica

    August 7, 2017 at 11:15 PM
  • Reply Adriana Martin

    Nice recap on the different options available out there. No doubt that moisturizing daily and keeping skin clean with exfoliating helps keep skin glowy and healthy. Not to mention the daily diet and water intake.

    August 8, 2017 at 1:51 AM
  • Reply toastycritic

    These are some great skin products that you have here. I would definitely use some of them although I have never used a facial serum before. That sounds interesting.

    August 8, 2017 at 9:44 AM
  • Reply Christine Goulbourne

    I’m a true believer in daily moisturizing, but I do tend to forget about my lips. I forget that treatments like the one featured in your post exist! Thanks.

    August 8, 2017 at 12:30 PM
  • Reply elenasts

    I have the Murad toner only from this list but I would love to try the other products too.

    August 8, 2017 at 12:55 PM
  • Reply Nostalgia Diaries

    These sound like amazing products. I swear by drinking water!!

    August 8, 2017 at 2:16 PM
  • Reply loisaltermark

    I always like to learn about new skincare products, and these sound great. The best product I’ve found over time is still sunscreen. Preventing sun damage goes a long way toward keeping your skin looking younger.

    August 8, 2017 at 3:36 PM
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    The first two are key. Hydration and sunscreen. Having a good routine will be a blessing, too!

    August 8, 2017 at 5:58 PM
  • Reply goodenufmommy

    These are great suggestions! It’s so hard to find quality products I really love. It’s always nice to have a recommendation.

    August 8, 2017 at 8:02 PM
  • Reply FitSlowCookerQueen

    And I thought I was the expert at 37 haha! Ooh what great products. I’m a firm believer that you can never start too early when it comes to skincare & anti-aging.

    August 8, 2017 at 10:04 PM
  • Reply Pam @ Wine and Lavender

    These are all great tips- I am in serious need of getting a regimen together and take care of my skin more. I’m intrigued by the collagen powder… I might have to try that.

    August 8, 2017 at 11:06 PM
  • Reply Adeyemisi

    I sincerely didn’t know that one would have to start the routine earlier, thanks for sharing this post hun. I sure would need it soon

    August 9, 2017 at 2:19 AM
  • Reply Jill Fickling-Conyers

    I’ve read nothing but positive reviews of Vital Proteins. It sounds like a great product.

    August 9, 2017 at 5:22 AM
  • Reply Priyanka

    I turned 30 recently and have been more careful about my skincare routine. You shared some great tips in this post.


    August 9, 2017 at 10:03 AM
  • Reply Áine Mulloy (@AineMulloy)

    Gosh! This puts me to shame, my skincare routine is plain water or micellar water if I’m feeling fancy. Must check some of these out though

    August 9, 2017 at 10:16 AM
  • Reply kreativemommy

    I am completely in favour of a good sunscreen not only outside but inside too. Great tips to take care of skin.

    August 9, 2017 at 10:36 AM
  • Reply Keoshia

    Thanks for sharing. I need to add eye creams to my skin care routine.

    August 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM
  • Reply TheCrimsonCardigan

    It’s so easy to forget lip care! I’m definitely a fan of more simpler skincare, especially since my skin can’t tolerate too many different products. I’ve grown very fond of oils, natural oils like olive oil, jojoba, etc. They make my skin feel silky smooth and calms down the wrinkles that are fighting to appear, lol!

    Ashlynn |

    August 9, 2017 at 12:42 PM
  • Reply nadaliebardo

    Oh my, anti-aging is one of those things I feel like I’m not ready to start thinking about. At what age should one start worrying about this? Planning on riding my awesome DNA to at least 40 before stressing. Off to hydrate!

    August 9, 2017 at 4:23 PM
  • Reply Jasmine Espinal

    These are all great tips a dont neglect your lips is a vital one that I bet most tend to bypass. I try to be very diligent and keep my lips moisturizer.

    August 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM
  • Reply loveyoumoretoo

    I am so bad about drinking enough water. I have heard a lot of great thing about collagen peptides. I really need to get on it.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:22 AM
  • Reply Ellie Chan

    Welcome to your thirties. These are such great tips I have to say sunscreen and drinking lots of water are two of my favorites. Personally I also use the body shop’s vitamin E serum before bed too. It’s inexpensive and really good.

    August 10, 2017 at 9:25 AM
  • Reply The Southern Thing

    I’ve been looking for a new eye cream! Great tips!

    August 10, 2017 at 11:25 AM
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