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    After I Hit My 30s, My Skin And Hair Started Behaving A Bit Differently — Here Are 12 Products I’ve Sworn By Since

    There's been some trial and error along the way.

    Hi! I'm Melissa — and my pandemic hobby was...skincare.

    The author's medicine cabinet, with skincare products

    I have sensitive, combination skin that leans really dry in the winter — and my two main everyday goals are hydration and an even skintone.

    Before we go into favorites, a quick-yet-necessary reminder.

    Everyone is beautiful — you don't need any of this. And when it comes to more significant skin or hair issues with a root cause, your best bet is always consulting with a dermatologist. 

    Still, if you're troubleshooting any issues I list below — like hydration, dry scalp, or even mid-30s skin that's changed its mind — my hope is that this list can be helpful as a starting point. If you have any favorites I missed, please share them in the comments!

    (And just to say: This list isn't sponsored. I've personally purchased, used, and loved everything below. 😊)

    1. The worth-its-weight-in-gold Weleda Skin Food — for heavy-duty moisture that actually delivers. (Or just...for a shortcut highlighter, lol.)

    The author with Weleda Skin Food acting as a highligher on her cheeks

    2. A bottle (or several) of Mrs. Meyer's hand soap — with soothing ingredients like aloe and olive oil — because you can't solve dry hands with lotion alone.

    3. A splurge-worthy bottle of OleHenriksen Vitamin C serum — in which a little goes a long way.

    4. A tube of Acure brightening facial scrub — the rare physical exfoliant that's both effective and gentle enough for sensitive skin.

    A bottle of Acure facial scrub

    5. Or, for a non-daunting (and hydrating) chemical exfoliant that does its job while you're sleeping: Biossance's Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum.

    Several Biossance products

    6. A few sprays of Ouai frizz-fighting leave-in conditioner — if you (like me) ditched your blow-dryer during the pandemic but still want an under-control air-dry.

    The author with partially dried, then fully dried hair

    7. If you're dealing with product buildup or dry flakes that flare up in the winter, Kristin Ess exfoliating scalp scrub is a great option that doesn't smell medicinal.

    A bottle of Kristen Ess scalp scrub

    8. A trusty bottle of Cetaphil daily hydrating lotion with hyaluronic acid — for lighter, everyday moisture that won't cause breakouts.

    A bottle of Cetaphil daily lotion

    9. When an everyday, lighterweight moisturizer won't cut it, Belif's Moisturizing Bomb or Drunk Elephant's Protini have been my ultra-rich ~reinforcements~.

    Drunk Elephant's Protini and Belief's Moisturebomb moisturizers

    10. A holy grail Supergoop sunscreen that goes on completely clear and doesn't clog my pores.

    11. My favorite sheet mask, Dr. Jart's Vital Hydra Solution, an emergency hydrator when your skin needs some serious recovery.

    A single-pack of Dr. Jart hydrating sheet masks

    12. For a quick, comes-in-every-size cleanser that doesn't leave your face feeling dried out: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water.

    A three-pack of Garnier micellar water

    What are your current favorite skin and hair products? Share in the comments below — I'd love to hear any and all recommendations!