5 Skincare Moves To Make In Your 30s

Guys, it’s time to get real. How many of you had serious skincare routines in your 20s? You may have thought about it, or even invested in products – but it was probably not your biggest priority. But when you get older and start to notice the effects of a busy lifestyle, regular makeup use and plain ol’ time on your skin, you wonder why you didn’t get started sooner. It’s never too early to adopt an effective skincare routine, and once you dive in it’ll become second nature, just like putting on your makeup each morning. The thing is, the ingredients in quality skincare products are doing a lot of work behind the scenes! Moisturizers and sunscreens and everything else I mention below are necessary whether or not you’ve noticed any signs of aging quite yet. If you’re in your 30s and not yet making these moves – now’s the time to buckle down. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems, and you’ll be SO glad you took preventative measures as the years go by.

5 Skincare Moves To Make In Your 30s - Tamera Mowry

1. Moisturize every single night. Late nights out in your 20s may have distracted you from a consistent skincare regimen but no matter what age you are, you can always make this a habit. Moisturizing nightly has made a huge difference on my skin, and if you’re incorporating the retinol cream below it can be life changing. Just make sure you don’t give up on something if you don’t see results in the first week! Many products take time to work their magic.

2. Add a retinol cream to your regimen. Retinol helps stimulate the production of new skin cells, supports natural collagen production and they can reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Over the counter retinol creams can do all of the above, such as Radha Beauty Retinol Moisturizer Cream (which is top rated but much less spendy than others), while quenching your skin with ample moisture. Many women begin using retinol on the face and eye area when they regularly notice signs of aging, but this is something you can do in your 30s and even earlier to ensure you’re skin looks healthy, bright and hydrated.

3. Get regular facials. I’ve talked about the importance of facial treatments – something we too often brush off as a luxury instead of a necessary step in our skincare routines. If this is something you’ve never considered before, your 30s is a great time to save room in the beauty budget for them. Facials can fight signs of aging, reduce acne and other skin issues and turn you on to the best type of products for your individual skin needs.

4. Don’t leave without sunscreen. So many of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen – it’s not like the sun’s rays are only harmful when we’re lounging on the beach during vacay – but this can be such a tough part to remember to incorporate into your routine. Well, if you’re in your 30s and aren’t doing it yet – it’s time to get on it! Sun exposure is proven to lead to premature aging, so if you don’t want to see the effects anytime soon, you have to actively work to combat it. I like to keep sunscreen near my makeup bag so that I don’t forget it when I’m getting ready in the morning. Look for a lightweight formula like BareMinerals Daily Prep that not only protects you from UVA/UVB, but makes for easy makeup application after.

5. Learn the power of essential oils. You may know about essential oils for relaxation or even home use, but they can also be powerful tools for youthful looking skin. Be on the lookout for skincare products with pure essential oils such as Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, Herbivore Botanicals Blue Clay Mask, or Earth Science Apricot Intensive Night Cream that can nourish skin while reducing the signs of aging. This goes for any skincare product, too – research which ingredients work best for YOU and use it to create a customized routine.

What’s been the most important habit for you when it comes to skincare? Any life changing products?

Xx,
Tamera

My Skincare Secrets: What Your Phone Does to Your Skin

I have to admit, I’m on my phone a lot. It’s like a computer, organizer, camera, map, AND phone in one. But as convenient as all that is, did you know that it could be taking a toll on your skin—possibly even contributing to premature aging? Skincare isn’t just about finding the best face wash or going to the spa every now and then, it’s about our daily actions. Make sure your tech devices aren’t negatively affecting your skin in any of these ways:

Skincare & Tech - Tamera Mowry

Bacteria and Tech. Since our phones and tech devices are held in our hands, they inevitably pick up whatever we touch. That means doors, bags, items on our shopping lists—all are touched by our hands. That’s not such a big deal until you think about using your hand to touch the phone, then touching your face with the phone, directly afterward. That’s a lot of bacteria to transfer! Combat this by keeping a non-drying hand sanitizer in your bag at all times, and be sure to regularly wipe down your tech with surface wipes.

Wrinkles and Tech. When your head is always looking down, it’s not only bad for your neck and shoulders, it can lead to wrinkles there too, especially since skin on the neck is very sensitive. I try to limit my time spent looking straight down anyway as it can cause SO much unwanted tension, but we’re probably all doing it more than we want to be. Investing in a tightening serum or night cream will help offset the effects.

Stress and Tech. Lastly, those who are plugged in 24/7, especially for their jobs, tend to have stress associated with these activities. Whether it’s the physical stress of starting at a screen or sitting without proper posture all day (yikes, who’s guilty?) or the mental stress of having a high-pressure job that involves constant communication, there’s a lot of ways our digital world an affect us in not-so-great ways. Stress can actually cause skin issues, such as breakouts and rashes, not to mention those infamous tired eyes… Make sure unplug regularly!

In the end, it’s important to know how all sorts of factors affect skin health, inside and out!

Do you have any skincare secrets to share?

PS: Read more of my skincare secrets here.

Xx,
Tamera

4 Bad Beauty Habits to Break This Year

When thinking of new years resolutions, I always like to throw something beauty or fashion related into the mix. Things like health, relationships, and career make for our greatest goals – but I find that a few related to my passions or the things I just find interesting keep life inspiring when times get busy. Along those lines, these beauty habits to break could be affecting not just your makeover – but the health of your skin, too…

Bad Beauty Habits to Break - Tamera Mowry

1. Not washing your makeup brushes. Every time you dab on that powder or cream, you’re leaving makeup behind. Just like the dishes in your sink, makeup brushes need a proper cleaning. Dirty makeup brushes aren’t just homes for bacteria which could be leading to breakouts, they also make application a lot harder, from achieving smooth foundations to covering up dark spots. Make this the year you give them a regular clean!

2. Sticking to the same skincare routine all year. Skin has different needs depending on the weather, so switching up your skincare routine and products at least seasonally can be a huge help. Even more important if you travel to different regions a lot. For example, when the temps cool off, I switch to heavier moisturizers and lighter cleansers (see why here), whereas in summer I simplify my makeup routine and swap heavy creams for mild ones.

3. Wearing the wrong shades. If you haven’t gotten your skin matched for foundation before, you’re missing out! Spend a day at the beauty counter drilling your local beauty experts for opinions, and get specific – which foundation is best for me? which eyeshadow colors complement me best? which mascara is right for MY lashes? There’s no one size fits all approach to makeup. Get opinions from a few experts and invest in only products that you truly love. This will save major $$ in the budget, and you’ll be a lot more confident knowing you’ve got the makeup knowledge you need to flaunt it confidently.

4. Skipping facials. Daily cleansing and a basic skincare routine are musts for anyone’s skin, but not everyone has a professional facial as part of their skincare routine. While it’s a bit of an investment, a facial is so effective at unclogging pores and blackheads, helping acne, and deeply hydrate skin that the benefits often make it worthy. You might even end up spending less on other treatments in the long term!

Do you have any beauty-related resolutions this year?

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Face Masks to Prep Skin for Winter

It seems like just yesterday I was talking about preparing your skin for fall after a long summer of keeping it pretty simple – yet here we are with winter on the brain. Don’t worry, it’s not winter quite yet for most of us, but when it comes to skincare preventative measures are everything. Combat your usual winter skin woes, such as dryness, redness and irritation early by whipping up one of these 3 DIY face masks using what you probably already have in your kitchen.

DIY Face Masks for Winter - Tamera Mowry

Oatmeal Face Mask
While winter skin is most often known for being dry and cracking, that doesn’t mean you should skip the exfoliants. The trick is to be gentle. For this exfoliating mask, cook up a cup of oatmeal with milk. Let cool. Mix in a spoonful of organic raw honey (antibacterial and healing), and if you’d like, a drop of almond oil (rich in vitamin E and antioxidants). Make sure it’s not too thick, but will actually stick to your face! Gently apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Mask
Got a can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving? Mix it up (about a cup) with a couple tablespoons each of plain yogurt, honey and brown sugar. Apply evenly to skin and rinse off after about 15 minutes. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and C, the brown sugar adds a gentle exfoliation but can be left out if you aren’t in to it, and the yogurt fights bacteria and unclogs pores. And once again, the healing power of honey will soothe the skin.

Avocado Face Mask
Ah, a classic! For this all you do is mash up an avocado (save some for guac, if you’ve got chips! Lol) and combine it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Oils help extract toxins from the skin, and since avocados are loaded with skin-loving vitamin E, which reduces inflammation, skin will feel ultra-moisturized and refreshed afterward. Apply a thin layer to skin, leave for about 15 minutes, and rinse.

Make sure to cleanse beforehand and rinse thoroughly after each mask, and of course, only use ingredients you know your skin isn’t irritated by.

Want more DIY skincare ideas? Check out these one-ingredient wonders.

Xx,
Tamera

My Skincare Secrets: Switching Your Skincare for Fall

Whether temps drop drastically, the air gets more drying, you travel a lot during the holidays or you just can never seem to predict the weather, there are a lot of external changes to prep our skin this time of year for! Since changes in seasons are often gradual rather than abrupt, I wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t even thought about prepping your skin for cold weather woes. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to combat the effects of weather on skin this time of year, and you’ll be glad you did once things get really crazy in a few months.

My Skincare Secrets - Fall Skincare Tips - Tamera Mowry

So, what to do? Treat skin that’s stressed from summer with a moisturizing mask like Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask and continue to use once a week to maintain properly hydrated skin and stave off breakouts. If you feel your skin drying out, an effective moisturizer is a must! To find the perfect products, there are even apps you can use. Cast gives you personalized skin and hair recommendations based on your location, weather and skincare needs.

While you may be using an intense moisturizer when fall rolls around, you want to do the opposite with your cleanser – stick to a gentle product. If you normally exfoliate frequently, you might want to pull back, as this can make dry skin even worse. It’s truly all about the moisturizer when it comes to skincare transitions.

Another tip? Don’t forget the lips! Jouer has a lip treatment that nourishes dry lips while providing the subtlest sheen so that you don’t look like you applied balm, but rather a colorless gloss that gives the appearance of slightly fuller lips too. You also don’t want to overlook the neck area, so remember to apply your night creams and moisturizers there too.

Lastly, give skin a break! We tend to start piling on the makeup as the temperatures drop and we have to work a lot harder to give skin that natural looking glow. All that product can take a toll on skin, so when you don’t have plans or are just running errands – simply apply your skincare and skip the rest. Giving skin regular breaks will restore its vitality and make those made-over days a lot more successful in the end.

Have you experienced any changes in your skin this season yet? Now that you’ve got skincare locked down, see my classic fall beauty look here.

Xx,
Tamera

My Natural Pink Beauty Look

As much as I love transitioning with the season, I always like to have a signature beauty look that can work no matter the time of year. A natural beauty vibe with a bolder eye and a bit of a pink glow does the trick – especially when I’ve got the curls out in full force! Here’s how to achieve the look yourself:
 My Natural Pink Beauty Look - Tamera Mowry 

First things first, a blank canvas is a must. Make sure you’ve properly cleansed and moisturized before applying product. If your eyes could use a little pick-me-up, try this green tea trick. Next, apply a primer that will smooth skin and prep it for foundation, like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation primer. Apply foundation (or to go even lighter with coverage, a tinted moisturizer) as usual. If the changes in weather are already starting to hit you, look for a base that evens skin and doesn’t try you out. For this look, it’s all about keeping it light! Clinique’s Even Better is a light makeup and comes in 30 shades.

Now it’s time to add that romantic glow. For the full effect, Ambient Lighting Edit comes with blush, bronzer, and highlighter, but if you opt for just a highlighting powder like Becca’s you can be more choosy about shades. If applying blush, be sure not to go overboard – a little goes a long way. Try a rose gold hue with a bit of shimmer to get the pink look!

My Natural Pink Beauty Look - Tamera Mowry

Eyes are definitely the focal point, and the shimmer just adds a nice accent. To achieve this, you can start with a shimmery yet natural earth-toned shadow of your choice, or forgo it and go straight for liner. Apply a thick black eyeliner like Tartiest Double Take eyeliner (which has both a pencil and a precision liner for the wing) on both your upper lid and lower lash line. Curl those lashes and apply a couple coats of a jet-black mascara.

Round out the whole look with a flirty almost bubblegum pink lip – think Jouer’s Crème Liquid Lipstick in Buff or even Peche. And voila!

For more beauty inspiration, read my skincare secrets.

Xx,
Tamera