When it comes to personal beauty, it's your skin that is perhaps your most precious asset. As your body’s largest organ, the skin you’re in deserves your time, care, and devotion. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that proper skincare should be a vital task to take to hand. Of course, no two skin regimens should be alike, especially since your age plays a huge role in the skincare you should invest in. Here, we'll discuss everything you need to know about skincare in your twenties, which is more aptly described as preventative skincare. Find out the types of products and rituals you should adopt in order to thwart premature aging further down the line.
While it's certainly pleasant enough to bask in the sun, it doesn’t do a world of good for your skin. There are free radicals to think of, and then there is the fact that soaking up rays naturally ages your skin. For that reason, one of the most important things you can do is to apply SPF daily. “If you’ve ever had prolonged sun exposure without wearing block, it will show up in the form of wrinkles, dark spots, and a rough texture,” says Dermatologist Amy Newburger. Be sure to slather on an SPF of at least 15 daily for maximum protection against early aging.
Over the course of the day, your face comes into contact with all kinds of crud, including pollution, harsh weather and even makeup, that can reduce its natural radiance. So it's important to wash it every evening to give your skin a clean slate and prep it for any products you may choose to apply before bedtime. There are many different types of cleansers, including creams, gels, oils and liquids, and the one that you select should ultimately suit your skin type. We recommend cream cleansers for dry skin, gels for oily skin and mildly foaming formulas for combination complexions.
In addition to cleansing, a great exfoliating routine is vital to your skin's integrity. An exfoliator deeply cleans your skin and also serves to slough away a layer of dead cells to reveal the radiant and healthy epidermis underneath. One note of caution about choosing exfoliators: the larger the beads, the more abrasive it will be. To avoid looking red and raw, choose a mild, microfine scrub for starters. Try the über-gentle DDF Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser. Scrub skin twice a week for maximum results.
Since cleansing strips the skin so thoroughly, it's important to replenish the face with the vital nutrients and moisture that may have been washed away. There are many different moisturizing options to choose from, but the unifying goal is to encourage healthy cell turnover and plump the skin so that it looks both full and luminous. For everyday hydration, try Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
While Dermatologist Ranella Hirsch affirms that it's not likely you'll need to include heavy-duty night cream in your skin care regimen, it doesn’t hurt to engage in some kind of anti-ager as a precaution. To be sure, breaking the bank on an expensive retinol prescription probably isn't necessary in your twenties, but that doesn't mean you should forgo the wrinkle serum entirely. We love Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, which helps hydrate the face and soften fine lines.
What do you twenty-somethings out there do to take care of your skin?