The 5 Skin Care Products You Need in Your 20s
The best way to ward off the signs of premature skin aging? Adopting a solid skin care regimen early! Your 20s are the perfect time to get serious about your skin care routine and introduce new tips and products that can help preserve your youthful-looking complexion for the years ahead. Below, we share the five skin care products you need in your 20s.
"From your early to mid-20s you want to start the exfoliation process,” says Dr. Lisa Ginn, board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant. While the natural desquamation process—read: the shedding of dead surface-skin cells—in your 20s is still going strong, as you get older, it will slow down causing the dead skin cells to start to linger around longer than they’re welcome. Give the natural shedding process a boost with exfoliation one to three times per week, depending on your skin type. Choose between a physical exfoliator, like Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub—formulated with small pieces of actual pineapple and papaya fruit and small scrub grains—or a chemical exfoliator, like L’Oréal Paris’ RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads—formulated with glycolic acid to gently exfoliate away dead skin cell buildup to reveal a more radiant, even-toned complexion. Exfoliation helps to reveal a glowing complexion that every 20-something can appreciate!
Starting a skin care routine early in your 20s can help you ward of the signs of premature skin aging before they show and moisturizing is one of the key steps. You should get into the habit of moisturizing your skin at least twice a day after you cleanse to prevent your skin from experiencing moisture-loss as it ages. We recommend choosing a lightweight face lotion for the day and switching to something that can offer an intense hydration in the evening—that way your skin can soak up its hydrating goodness overnight. Vichy’s Idéalia Skin Sleep is a lightweight, gel-cream that works overnight to restore hydration for a softer, more supple-looking texture come morning.
While you may be able to get away with not using an eye cream in your teenage years, skipping out on it in your twenties is simply out of the question. As you go from your early twenties to your late twenties, you may start to notice some changes in your skin—specifically around your eyes. This is because the delicate skin around the eyes can be one of the first areas to experience early signs of aging in the form of fine lines. Using an eye cream like, Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Eye Balm, can hydrate the thin skin around your eyes, replenishing moisture-loss and reducing the appearance of fatigue. The Aqualia Thermal Eye Balm can be a great first eye cream as it is lightweight and specifically focuses on long-lasting hydration. Formulated with pure caffeine and hyaluronic acid, this eye balm can reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness while working to replenish the skin with moisture.
Dr. Ginn says that regardless of age, skin type, skin tone, everyone should be using sunscreen...every single day. This is the only proven way to prevent the signs of premature skin aging—wrinkles, age spots, fine lines—and it's always easier to stop something from happening than to try to reverse it after the fact. While you should be already wearing sunscreen every day, now is the time to get even more serious. Whether it’s hiding behind the clouds or fully present, the sun’s rays are always out and always wreaking havoc on the skin. Wear a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30 each day—like, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 30. The Anthelios 30 is formulated with the brand’s antioxidant technology, Cell-Ox Shield XL, which, when combined with SPF, can protect the skin from free radicals caused by the sun’s UV rays. The award-winning lightweight formula is quick-absorbing and can be used on it’s own or as a base before daily makeup application.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30, $35.99
VITAMIN C SERUM
As we age, the effects of free radicals can become evident on our skin—think: wrinkles, fine lines—causing us to look even older than we actually are. Since skin care in your 20s is all about prevention, using products formulated with antioxidants to help neutralize the effects of these environmental aggressors can be incredibly beneficial in stopping the signs of premature skin aging before they start. We recommend SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic, as it is formulated with three potent antioxidants—vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid.