Skin obviously goes through changes as we age. Our issues will be drastically different in our 20s than they are in our 40s. Good news: there’s a way to address your skin issues, as long as you have a targeted, age-specific plan of attack. I’ve decided to share some tips I’ve learned along the way for various age groups. This is the first installment in my “Good Skin at Any Age” series, starting with skincare in your 20s. (I’ll be going all the way up to the 50s and beyond, so be sure to check back.)
In your 20s, you are blessed. Chances are, your skin will never look better than it does right now. Sun damage hasn’t yet reared its ugly head and your skin is still free of wrinkles and fine lines that set in with age. You may be dealing with oiliness and/or blemishes, which are both normal. Your game plan should be to protect your skin and prevent future issues. Here’s a recommended routine that will get you off to a solid start.
1. Use an oil-absorbing cleanser in the morning to sop up excess oil production and keep your skin matte and even. One to try that won’t break the bank: Clearasil Stayclear Daily Face Wash ($6).
2. Slather on a sunscreen with a minimum SPF30 every morning. Sun protection is super important at this age, and daily SPF is a must. I love Peter Thomas Roth Uber-Dry Sunscreen SPF 30 ($26), which is ultra-light and just melts into your skin without leaving a trace of greasiness behind.
3. Dab on a lightweight eye cream for extra moisture. For daytime, I like AHAVA ‘Time to Hydrate’ Gentle Eye Cream($32). It’s super simple, non-irritating, and ultra-moisturizing. Does the job with no frills.
4. Before going to bed, wash your face and remove all makeup (you can use your morning cleanser for this). Establish a routine of doing this so it will become a lifelong habit. Going to bed with makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin, regardless of your age!
5. Apply a lightweight, oil-absorbing facial moisturizer like theBalm TIMEBALM Skincare White Tea Vanilla Oil-Absorbing Face Moisturizer ($34).
6. Dab a natural eye cream on to repair, tighten, and stave off the formation of fine lines while you sleep. I like 100% Pure Organic Acai Berry Antioxidant Eye Cream ($25), which is all-natural and free of chemicals. It’s safe and gentle even for sensitive skin, and will hydrate and repair the thin, delicate skin of your eye area while you sleep.
7. On those days when an ugly blemish pops up, use a spot treatment to make it shrink faster. Try ADHC Acne Spot Therapy ($14.50).
Follow these steps and you will set yourself up for a lifetime of great skin. In your 20s, you don’t have to go crazy with expensive products — most times, the simpler, the better. Just invest in some products that will keep your skin hydrated and protected from the sun, and start a routine of using them morning and night.
Stay tuned next week for skincare in your 30s!
Ladies in your 20s, share your wisdom with other readers! Let us know your product suggestions and why they work for you in the comments.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information in this post is not monitored by a medical provider. It is provided for informational purposes only.