Skincare for the Ages: All About the 20’s

Welcome to the roaring 20’s. Whether you’ve just entered the decade or are about to pass through, it’s clear that our twenties are a time for new beginnings, self-discovery and… youthful-looking skin.

Sure, adolescent acne might get traded in for career goals and relationships during this eventful decade, but that doesn’t mean you get to skimp on your complexion. In fact, your 20’s are some of the most impactful years when it comes to the future health of skin—even if you can’t see it quite yet.

So, if you’re feeling a little lost in the 20’s skin department, we want to help! Follow along to learn all you need to know about a foolproof young adult skincare routine, plus the products we recommend:

What to Focus on in Your 20’s?

Gentle Prevention: Did you know collagen production starts to decrease as early as 27? Yikes. That’s why prevention is THE key when talking about skincare in your 20s. You don’t want to overwhelm the skin with intense ingredients (we aren’t there yet), but you do want to start incorporating key ingredients that will help keep skin looking firm, even and plump. Think: low-dose retinol, hydrating eye cream and always, always an SPF.

Protection: Prevention and protection often go hand-in-hand. Environmental stressors are one of the top culprits when it comes to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. By helping to protect the complexion from these stressors using antioxidant-rich formulas and daily sun protection, you can help stop them before they begin.

Hydration: Sure, you skin might bounce back now, but over the years skin naturally loses its pep. Help lock in moisture and keep the skin barrier intact by quenching it with hydrating ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid, Coconut Oil and Ceramides will help add a daily dose of moisture to the skin, while pre and probiotics can help balance the skin’s moisture barrier.

What Does a 20’s Skincare Routine Look Like?

Cleanser: Mild Cleanser

Kick off your skincare routine with a mild cleanser to help remove dirt, makeup and impurities—without stripping the skin of natural oils. Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser is specially formulated with a blend of Sandalwood and antioxidants to help dissolve impurities and leave behind a soft, balanced complexion. You can also look for invigorating ingredients like Grapefruit and Eucalyptus to help refresh the complexion for an extra pick-me-up.

AM Serum: Antioxidant Boost

Add a dose of antioxidants to your morning skincare routine to help protect the skin from age-accelerating environmental stressors. Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum combines Spin Trap, Vitamin E and Resveratrol (all high in antioxidants) to help shield the skin and prevent the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Age-defying biopeptides also help to keep the complexion looking smooth and firm.

PM Serum: Low Dose Retinol

If you are looking to keep wrinkles at bay, then try your face at a low percentage Retinol. Retinol works below the surface to help prevent fine lines and uneven skin tone by promoting healthy skin renewal. The COSMEDIX Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum is our starter Retinol, featuring the innovative LG-Retinex to help improve the look of fine lines and texture. It’s so good, it even earned the Kim Kardashian seal of approval. Start by using it 2-3x a week to see how your skin reacts before up-ing to nightly use.

Moisturizer: SPF Hydration

Get your moisture boost AND sun protection all in one! A multi-tasking moisturizer that features SPF is the perfect last step to a 20’s skincare routine. For daily use, make sure that you apply a moisturizer that includes lightweight, hydrating ingredients and contains an SPF of 15 or higher. Hydrate + is a 2-in-1 hydrator and sunscreen that features Broad Spectrum SPF 17 to help prevent sun damage while replenishing the skin with essential moisture for dewy-looking skin that is soft and supple.