After "finding yourself" in your 20s, your 30s unleashes a whole new set of challenges. And advancing your career, keeping up with mundane tasks like mortgage payments, and maybe even trying to start a family can definitely cut down on the amount of time you have to devote to yourself. Because, let's face it: even though your 30s is supposed to be the decade where you find some stability and "get it together," life is still pretty chaotic.
That's where these beauty essentials come in. From pampering products that will give you much needed me time to makeup that works extra hard for you, these are the essentials you need to look polished and put together (even if you're not completely there yet—don’t worry, we won't tell).
Click through to see the essential beauty products every woman in her 30s needs!
Essential #1: The Body Scrub That Takes You to Your Happy Place
A luxurious, skin-softening body scrub is the perfect way to unwind after a hectic day. The exfoliating granules will get you glowing in no time, while soothing scents like coconut and lavender will send you off to bed calm, relaxed, and (mostly) ready to take on the next day.
Our picks: Ole Henriksen Rub N' Buff Salt Scrub ($38), Kat Burki Raw Sugar Body Scrub ($48), Yes to Coconuts Polishing Body Scrub ($7.99)
Essential #2: The Nail Polish That Won't Flake On You
You've managed to perfect your work and home routines down to the minute, so you don't have the time or the patience for chipped manicures. Instead of nixing polished digits all together, grab a gel-effect nail polish to ensure your manicure lasts all week long. The best part about these flake-free, chip-resistant formulas: no UV lamp or professional nail salon required—just a few minutes of alone time, a glass (or two) of wine, and that Netflix series you've been meaning to catch up on.
Our picks: Dior Dior Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($25), Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel ($7.99), Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish ($14)
Essential #3: A Concealer That Does It All—So You Don't Have To
You need a concealer that works just as hard as you do; one that will not only cover up the dark circles brought on by a crying baby or work deadline, but also fight wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness with nourishing ingredients you would typically find in an eye cream (like ceramides and peptides). No one will ever know you're anything less than bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Our picks: Kate Somerville Illumnikate Concealing Eye Cream ($42), Eve Lom Brilliance Cover Concealer SPF 15 ($40), Perricone MD No Concealer Concealer ($35)
Essential #4: A Lip Balm That Quickly Pulls Your Look Together
When you're always on the go, looking polished and in control isn't always the easiest thing to do. Enter: the tinted lip balm. Less high-maintenance than lipstick, these toss-them-in-your-purse-and-go products impart enough color to effortlessly pull your look together, while also keeping your lips soft with essential hydration.
Our picks: Benefit Benebalm ($18), Maybelline Baby Lips ($4.49), Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($22.50)
Essential #5: A Sunscreen You'll Actually Wear
We get it: sunscreen is hard to love for a variety of reasons (it can be greasy, sticky, and pore-clogging, for starters). And even though you know sun protection is ultra-important, you've had an on-again, off-again affair with it for years. Well, it's finally time to settle down and invest in a sunscreen you'll actually slather on daily. Trust us, once you find one that suits your skin type, you'll never want to be without.
Our picks: Clarins UV Plus HP Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen ($41), La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen ($40), Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+ ($50)
Do you agree that every woman in her 30’s should have these products in her makeup bag? Did we miss any? Sound off below!