Molly's Routine Over the Years: Skin Care Lessons in Your 20s, 30s and 40s

Molly's Routine Over the Years: Skin Care Lessons in Your 20s, 30s and 40s

Skin care is very personal and you should seek out what works best for your exact skin type. Over the years your needs and priorities for your skin are likely to change — I know mine did! Here’s what I learned through my 20s, 30s and 40s.


1. Never Go to Sleep With Makeup On

I have a skin care mantra —“makeup will cake up”—meaning, not removing all your makeup at the end of the day, or sleeping with makeup on, will clog your pores and prevent your skin from breathing. It’s also a recipe for blemishes down the road. Makeup removal doesn’t have to be complicated with multiple steps and products, particularly if you use micellar water. I first learned about micellar water in my modeling days when I was doing a job in Europe. The makeup artists used it to prep our skin before applying makeup, to spot correct any application mistakes, and to take off all the heavy makeup after the shoot without using water. Since Micellar wasn’t available in the States, I would load up on it whenever I went to Europe for work—I’m happy to see it Stateside now.

I am a big fan of Garnier SkinActive’s Micellar Cleansing Water. It comes in a large bottle, is affordable, and is super easy to use. You pour it onto a few cotton pads then gently wipe your face. It seriously removes all dirt, oil and makeup from your skin and you don’t even have to rinse your face! Your skin will be clean and ready for bed within a few minutes. No more excuses.

2. Exfoliate

As we hit our mid- to late 20s our surface skin cell renewal slows down and can leave us with rougher, duller skin. One way to remove dead skin cells and keep our complexion bright and radiant is by exfoliating. I’m a big fan of Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub which contains charcoal.

3. SPF, Always

When I was in my 20s, I tanned a lot, and didn’t protect my skin properly from the sun. I developed dark spots and melasma, and my skin started showing signs of premature aging. In hindsight, I should have protected my skin better so my recommendation to you is don’t make the same mistake I did. Wear SPF every single day, no matter what the weather. An easy way to do this is by wearing a moisturizer that also contains SPF. I have been using Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer SPF15. It helps protect my skin from harmful UV rays while revitalizing, brightening and smoothing my skin on a daily basis.


1. Antioxidants and Anti-Aging

When I hit my 30s, I started to notice some changes in my skin and very early signs of aging. It was scary at first, since my job is dependent on my skin looking its best. Thankfully, I realized quickly that you can help manage things like dark spots, fine lines and loss of firmness by investing time in your skin care. If you’ve taken care of your skin up to this point in your life, it will show. And if you haven’t, it will show. I decided to commit to good skin care habits to keep my skin looking fabulous for as long as possible.

A great way to look out for your skin in the long term is by using antioxidants. They can help protect skin from free radicals (which are known to damage skin). Also, if you’re starting to see fine lines you can proactively diminish their appearance with the right products. I like Garnier SkinActive’s Ultra-Lift 2-in-1 Serum + Moisturizer. It’s infused with antioxidants including Vitamin E, pro-retinol (a form of Vitamin A), and rice peptides. It’s also deeply hydrating, helps fight the look of wrinkles, and improves skin elasticity.

2. Peels

A great way to help diminish the look of sun damage, dark spots and the onset of premature skin aging is by using effective products at night when our skin actively regenerates itself. You’re extremely busy in your 30s, so why not use a product that works at night while you’re catching zzzs? I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I can’t stop raving about Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave-On Peel. It contains Vitamin C and glycolic alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) a gentle exfoliant and really evens skin tone and reduces the look of dark spots. The next morning, always remember to use a sunscreen before going out in the sun!


1. An Effective Moisturizer

Take it from me you should never miss an opportunity to moisturize your skin well, no matter how busy you are. Hydrating your skin is key in your 40s and every decade after. A product that really helps me when my skin looks tired and I don’t have a lot of time is Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream. It has all the hydrating and skin-beautifying benefits of a mask, but goes on like a cream. I’m happy I can use this product instead of carving out 15 minutes for a mask. I apply it at night before bed and wake up to more rested-looking, hydrated skin. It really takes beauty sleep to the next level.