I must be one of the only few of my friends who feels genuinely excited to be in my 30's. Spending my early 20's studying and working in London, meant experiencing some incredible opportunities quite young and looking back, I can quite happily say I have no regrets. Some things I might have done a little differently, but I'm firm believer in the idea that we're all in the position we're in right now because of the choices we made earlier on in life.
For me, moving into my 30's is nothing more than adding a 3 in front of my age for the next 10 years of my life. When I was really young, I always remember thinking that I'd have it all sussed out by my early 20's. Some of my friends were having babies and getting married, some of us were heading off to uni, and others were landing on their feet at the beginning of their careers.
Being 30, was always going to be about being an adult with responsibilities, but here I am 6 months off the big 3-0 and I'm still on a whirlwind in my career path not knowing what's around the corner. My boyfriend (makes me sound young) has just turned 40 and we're both in the same position together. Yes, we know there's enough money in the bank to pay the mortgage and the bills (makes me feel adult), but for the first time in both of our lives we don't know what's around the corner, but we actually don't care and are quite excited, because what we do have is stability in our relationship, but most importantly confidence and grounding in our own personal selves.
Yes, there's a few things I'd change about myself, I'd like to loose a little weight, perhaps dye my few greying hairs brown, but I'm confident in the idea that I'll probably feel the same when I'm in my 50's, 60's and so on. You don't have to have all of the answers all of the time, but the most important lesson in life I've ever learnt, is know what you want, but most importantly know who you are and look after yourself.
When I was working and living in the city, most of my friends were a decade or so older than me, but that didn't mean they worked any less hours or drank any less cocktails. If anything, most of my friends had more stamina when it came to standing on your feet for 12-16 hours a day, and following your shift through with a glass of wine or two after work.
Something that I did learn from my peers, was the importance of looking after your skin, body and insides no matter how old you are. Whilst I'm not a massive gym-goer, I'm an advocate of living a well balanced life, and hitting the big 3-0 in a few months, this is definitely a mentality I'll to be taking forward.
It literally takes no energy other than a little research to get your skincare game into check. I have a few boxes to be ticked when it comes to what goes on my face, and ultimately it's down to texture and finish. My skin falls into the normal - oily category and moving into this time of the year it's definitely more oily/ shiny than normal, but can still feel a little dry, especially after a night of heavy makeup and powerful makeup removers before going to bed.
My go-to moisturiser in the morning for the past few years has been Dr Hauschka's Rose Cream Light. Not only does it smell incredible, but it's organic and 100% natural. Whilst the Rose Cream is incredibly rich and perfect for dry skin, the light day cream doesn't leave any residue what so ever and sinks straight into your skin, leaving it feeling moisturised and ready for your days wear of makeup.
If you're anything like me, who would rather spend an extra 15 minutes in bed snoozing, than spending those 15 minutes primping and prepping, then Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream Light is the one for you. It absorbs into the skin almost immediately and you can apply your foundation with in minutes, and it will last all day!
Rose Day Cream Light is made up from a combination of rose water, wax and extracts along with marshmallow root extract, avocado, sesame, almond and wheat germ oils, which all help to hydrate and moisturise the skin, at the same time of helping achieve a balanced complection.
Moving into the summer months, and spending a high percentage of my working life as a travel writer, May through to August are often the months I'll spend on the road or in the air. I'm one of those girls who's skin turns super pale in the winter, but as soon as I see the light of day or any sun, I'm lucky enough to tan quite quickly, however always seem to have to go through a small period of a lobster-inspired skin tone.
I've always tended to stray away from anything that's tan or bronze enhancing thanks to a bad experience in my teens, which pretty much left me with streaks down my legs for days! The lesson learnt was to exfoliate and moisturise daily and often! However, when it comes to my face, I'm hot on it with the cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise routine. To add a little tint to my slightly pale tones and sticking to the organic and 100% natural ingredients, my new discovery is Dr Hauschka's Translucent Bronzing Tint.
With this product, as I've found with a fair few, make sure you read the instructions before use, and I can not stress this enough! Upon first wear, I definitely pumped out a couple of squirts and applied straight to my skin. In all defence, I was in a massive rush after working a 10 hour day and heading out in a cocktail dress which still had its tag on, to a work related awards-event. My legs were looking especially pale, and I accidentally grabbed my precious jar of Dr Hauschka's Bronzing tint thinking it was something else and pumped away and blended into my pasty legs, before realising it should be mixed with your face or body moisturiser. Although I wouldn't recommend being spontaneous with a bronze enhancing product when you're in a rush, it definitely did the job, and added the healthy glow I was after.
Since this, and with the wave of uh-mazing hot, sunny, British weather I've been combining my Translucent Bronzing Tint with my Day Rose Cream Light for quick go-to foundation replacement, especially on the days when it's too hot for a full face of makeup. I can't promise that it's going to give you coverage all day - after all, I'm yet to even find a foundation that does that! However, combine it with your normal makeup routine, and a good concealer that suits you, and you'll have the most incredible, natural, healthy glow, whether or not you've been hitting up the sun.
Dr Hauschka's Translucent Bronzing Tint, is a formulation of witch hazel, olive oil, beeswax and mineral pigments which promise to protect and nurture while evening out skin tone.
Another key beauty note when you're moving quick and fast into your 30's is your nighttime routine. I will bravely admit that until a couple of years ago, I was pretty lazy when it came to looking after my skin any hour that had pm next to it, unless I'd woken up and had my first shower of the day after midday (yes, that has happened a few times). No matter how tired, or possibly tipsy I am, I always make sure I remove my makeup, cleanse and gently exfoliate my face, before applying serum, eye cream and moisturiser before bed!
When it comes to your nighttime regime, you can definitely opt for something that's a little bit heavier on your skin, and more often than not, more moisturising! I tend to use oil based cleansing products in the evening, and my current go-to is nothing more exciting than coconut oil straight off the supermarket shelf, on to my bathroom's. I use a small amount, massage into my skin, and use a hot cloth method to remove any dirt or makeup. This also helps to open up your pores, and is great before applying your night-time skincare, allowing it to sink straight into your skin, absorbing all of the moisture and added benefits.
When it comes to serum, Dr Hauschka's oil-free night serum is light to touch and easily absorbed. It sinks straight into your skin, and doesn't leave that weird film effect on the surface that most serums do. Dr Hauschka boasts that his serum allows you skin to breathe freely and stimulates its natural renewal processes, whilst revitalising and helping your skin to rediscover its natural balance.
Night Serum is made from a combination of apple fruit and blossom and witch hazel extracts, but more importantly is Vegan friendly, and like all of Dr Hauschka's other products 100% natural.