Your twenties - many life-changing experiences and changes take place throughout this decade of life, but the last thing you might be expecting is a change to your skin.
After you’ve made it through the turmoil of teenage skin into adulthood, it could feel exasperating to find that, even though you’re in the prime of life, your skin is still needing 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 really the best time to do it.
Creating a skin care routine in your twenties is always a good idea. In an interview with Marie Claire magazine, 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.”
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. Add in physiological changes, daily stress, environmental damage and pollution, and it’s no wonder the 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, increasing the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scarring
As you go through your twenties, you might also find skin care products that once worked well aren’t as effective. Oil levels are fluctuating and, when mixed with environmental pollution, there’s 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 cropping up around the eyes or forehead as a result of dehydration or increased water loss and collagen production begins to slow.
Products full of antioxidants will provide long-term protection of the skin. Antioxidants benefit … by addressing both external and internal signs of aging by preventing damage from free radicals, reducing surface inflammation and boosting collagen production to keep skin cells plump and youthful.
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. Antioxidants benefit … by addressing both external and internal signs of aging by preventing damage from free radicals, reducing surface inflammation and boosting 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 the essentials. Every effective routine features these steps:
Cleanse and Tone - Use a gentle cleanser or exfoliating wash to rinse away buildup and makeup without stripping natural oils from the skin. Also, formulas with antioxidants are especially helpful as they combat free radicals and slow down signs of aging. You can even refresh your face with a 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) as well as buff away environmental impurities that come into contact with the skin.
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, 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 or 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 just as (and maybe even more) important than any step in a skin care routine because it shields against damaging UVA and UVB rays and slows the appearance of aging.
- Eye Cream - While the previous steps are the essentials for skin care in your twenties, you might also feel inclined to boost a routine with extra products to serve as a preventative measure. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alana Henrikson offers her number one product choice for this age group: eye cream. She advises: “Start using an eye cream or serum to help treat those fine lines that start to appear at this age.”
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 post was originally published in December 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.