While the turmoil of teenage skin may be behind you, it may be a surprise that your skin still needs attention. Learn about skin care routines in your 20s and why starting to take care of your skin now is a good idea.
Your twenties: An exciting era full of change, and your first official decade as an adult. And while the turmoil of teenage skin may be behind you, it may come as a surprise to find that your skin still needs a little TLC. Whether you already have a skin care routine in place, or you want to lay down the groundwork to nourish, protect and address areas of concern, this is a great time to solidify some good habits with natural skin care products from Eminence Organic Skin Care.
It’s never too early to create a skin care routine – and starting skin care in your 20s is ideal. In an interview with Marie Claire, New York cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank explained it like this: “A 60-year-old who has never done anything and buys a $200 antiaging cream just isn't going to see the same results as someone who has been taking care of her skin throughout earlier aging stages.”
What Happens To Your Skin In Your 20s
Sun damage, adult (and hormonal) acne, dry spots – these are just some of the challenges you might experience with skin during your twenties. Pile that on top of physiological changes, daily stress and environmental damage and pollution, and it’s no wonder your skin is rebelling!
So, why are the twenties such an important time to start with a proper skin care routine? It’s during this period that skin begins to show signs of:
- Damage due to pollution levels
- Increased breakouts causing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring
- UV exposure
- Poor diet
As you go through your twenties, you might notice that skin care products that once worked well on your teenage skin are no longer as effective. Oil levels are fluctuating and that, combined with environmental pollution, can result in an increased chance of clogged pores and breakouts. In addition, excess sun exposure in your late teens is now showing up in the form of dry patches and sun spots. Fine lines might also be creeping in around the eyes or forehead as a result of dehydration or increased water loss. And if that’s not enough to get you on the skin care train, this is also the decade when collagen production begins to slow.
During this period, choosing skin care products that offer protection against free radicals and replenish skin cells is important. Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar explains, “Products full of antioxidants will provide long-term protection of the skin … by preventing damage from free radicals, they can help reduce surface inflammation and boost collagen production to keep skin cells plump and youthful.”
The Best Skin Care Routine For Your 20s
Creating a skin care routine at this point in your life doesn’t have to be overly complicated, but should include some essentials. Every effective routine features these steps:
Cleanse & Tone: Use a gentle cleanser or exfoliating wash to rinse away buildup and makeup without overstripping natural oils from the skin. Formulas with antioxidants are especially helpful as they combat free radicals and slow down signs of aging. Follow that up with a refreshing boost of revitalizing mist in the morning.
Exfoliate: Keep your skin looking radiant and fresh by exfoliating two to three times a week. Exfoliants help reduce buildup of dead skin cells (which contribute to breakouts) while buffing away environmental impurities that come into contact with the skin. Looking to save a step? As mentioned, you can always reach for an exfoliating wash.
Mask & Treat: Masks are exceptional for skin health because they contain concentrated levels of nutrients and vitamins to give your skin a healthy and vibrant glow. Choose a mask that combats dry spots and restores moisture with a hydrating formula.
Target: Targeted treatments are great for addressing specific areas of concern, especially adult acne. Intensive formulas help with breakouts that could still be plaguing you, even well after your teenage years.
Moisturize: Healthy skin is hydrated skin! An antioxidant-rich moisturizer or serum seals in natural hydration while replenishing skin down to deeper levels. For even more benefit, look for a moisturizer that contains sunscreen to protect against sun damage and treat your lips to a hydrating formula for optimal moisture.
Sunscreen: If your moisturizer doesn't contain an SPF, don’t skimp on this step! Sun protection is an important part of a skin care routine because it shields against damaging UVA and UVB rays and slows the appearance of aging. Start now and you won't regret it!
Eye Cream: While the previous steps are the essentials for skin care in your twenties, you might also feel inclined to boost your routine with extra products to serve as a preventative measure. The Eminence Organics Product Support team suggests adding an eye cream for this age group since the very first signs of fine lines can start to appear in your twenties, and an eye cream or serum can help treat them early on.
Do you have an effective skin care routine for the twenties age group? Share with us in the comments or through social media. Or, if you're still looking for a routine personalized for you, visit an Eminence Organics Spa Partner for professional recommendations.
Not in your 20s? Find skin care information for your age group:
- Skin Care Routine For Your 30s
- Skin Care Routine For Your 40s
- Skin Care Routine For Your 50s
- Skin Care Routine In Your 60s And Beyond
This article was originally written in December 2019.