Don’t let people tell you your 30s will be the best time of your life in a tone that suggests your looks will fade so you better find inner peace. Vicki’s Pick is a weekly beauty column that features Vicki’s all-time favourite beauty products and latest discoveries for women in their 30s who plan on staying pretty on the outside for a long, long time. Inner peace is optional.
I wash my face at least three times a day. Call it excessive if you must, but once-in-the-morning and once-at-night kind of people clearly have no plans in between work and bed. Ever since I joined Tinder four weeks ago, I have suddenly had a much more active social life – a reason to stay clean and beautiful besides my lovely doorman, Roy, and the staff at Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart. Problematically, being in my 30s means I have the stress-induced acne flare-ups of my youth mixed with the dry, flaky skin of my almost middle-aged life. If I used the powerful pimple-fighting cleansers of my teenage years, my face would erode like the Mona Lisa or the highways of Quebec; if I use weak, so-called “age appropriate” face washes I just look like a really exhausted teenager.
When it comes to face wash, I don’t mess around. Packaging has no power over me like it does when I hunt for a new perfume (I mean, I even want Taylor Swift’s new fragrance because of the adorable vintage luggage-inspired box set). I like my face wash like I like the odd Tinder date: industrial, powerful and no nonsense. Enter CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin. This badass face wash wins award after award for a reason. The creamy formula beloved by dermatologists the world over fully removes makeup in the shower, but it leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and ready for round two of make-up for a night on the town. I love it so much that I also have CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin in my shower for days I’m feeling a little more prone to pimples, like after I wash a family-size bag of Old Dutch ketchup chips down with 2 litres of Coke Zero – aka Tuesdays during Dance Moms.