Ah skincare… my obsession. Even though being blessed with melanin and semi oily skin means wrinkles are a thing for far future me to worry about. Prevention is great.
R/skincareaddiction is good or r/asianbeauty on reddit if you don’t already have a routine you like.
Caroline Hirons is around your age, but people either love or hate her methods. She has some interesting skincare info.
For tools, if interested, you could use : simple Gua sha (jade, quartz, other materials. I have, don’t use) to Kansa wand (brass, comes with some aryuvedic oils)
Otherwise you can get into the electrostim tools:
- ZIIP (Have, used before, lazy with my tool skin care, don’t really need, can feel the tingles working)
- Nuface (for deeper wrinkles / lifting, don’t have, don’t need yet)
- Refa (Like a gua sha on steroids, want bc it’s pretty)
- Jenu (helps products sink in, I have this but I’m lazy so I never use)
All but refa reviewed here. I also at one point used her recipe for Leo oil (she sells it too): http://www.denajulia.com/2017/10/nuface-vs-ziip-vs-jenu.html
You can find them all online but I can get them from my local spa.
If you want to go prescription there’s a lot of startups like apostrophe, dear brightly, musely, etc that can give you prescription retinoids + things for hyperpigmentation (which is my most annoying skin woe)/melasma/sun spots.
I don’t use much beyond a version of retin a for skin turnover a non hydroquinone spot cream in case a blemish shows up and gentle cleansers /moisturizers from La Roche Posay, Biologique Recherche, MBR, and Stratia.
Plus SK-II or similar facial essence like Neogen and Corsrx snail mucin (see r/asianbeauty for these). All my other things (toners/exfoliating/serums/masks) get used on days off from the retinoid or not at all.
Still have a bunch of things that I’ll use up eventually, but happier with the simple wash + treat + moisturize (spf in am of course) routine.