I'm 35 and Get 5 Hours Sleep, But Friends Think I Look 27—Here Are My Tricks

As long as I can remember, I am a few years younger than my actual age. When I was 22, I mistakenly turned 16 and on my 27th birthday I was asked for ID when I bought alcohol. Why am I telling you this? Well, since I became a parent, I have been wondering if I still have my youth. I can't deny that there are bags and dark circles under my eyes now than they weren't before. As I type that, I feel very tired. The type of fatigue that is caused only by long-term sleep deprivation. And what used to be tiny, almost non-existent lines on my forehead are now becoming deep grooves.
Now, firmly in my 30s (I'm 35), I've decided to paint my colleagues to see how old they thought I was. Through Slack I asked them how old they thought I looked and asked them to be really honest. Everyone said between 27 and 29 (I promise I didn't pay them). I was overjoyed, of course, that they said I looked so young. I claim that thanks to a mixture of good genes and a pretty strict beauty routine, I wanted to keep my skin in check. While I can't do much with the former, I can tell you all about the latter.
Before I start, though, I think it's important to consider some lifestyle factors that affect my skin. I don't drink alcohol regularly, I don't smoke, and I run a few times a week. I also often literally run after my toddler. At the weekend I mainly drink black coffee, water and occasionally a can of cola (I know I'm wild). My diet is pretty good, but I have a sweet tooth and I eat meat (but rarely red).
Okay, that's out of the way now, I have two main rules: Always take off your makeup and always wear SPF, even in winter. As much as I would like to look tanned and radiant all year round, I fake it a lot if I want to give my skin a less pale shade (I currently enjoy using the Isle of Paradise drops).
Are you ready to find out all of my skin care? Keep scrolling for everything you need to know.
EVERY DAY
Elemis pro-collagen cleansing balm ($ 64)
If you're not really drunk (hey, we were all there), you need a decent makeup remover, not wipes, and after that you have to wash your face too. Since I am currently trying to be more sustainable when it comes to beauty, I use reusable makeup pads that have been brilliant so far. However, my preferred method of removing makeup is using a balm. There are several on the market, but one of my all time favorites is the Elemis. You only need a little to rub yourself on a dry face and you will get rid of everything you have worn that day.
Kiehls Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash ($ 32)
Next you need to wash your face. I love this calendula foam wash because it feels very gentle and my skin always feels completely clean.
Nivea Light Moisturizing Day Cream ($ 8)
An important step number three is humidification. Now I've used different ones over the years and sometimes an oil (but not every night). However, this is my always good moisturizer.
TWICE A WEEK
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C-rich moisturizer ($ 65)
I can't tell you how much I love this moisturizer. It is the moisturizer to finish all moisturizers. Thanks to the vitamin C, it is skin lightening and so thick that your skin feels so smooth. It also helps reduce the signs of aging. I use this a couple of times a week when I really need a pick-me-up.
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