Since everybody’s living their lives on the Internet, we know what celebrity skincare routines look like, what products are trending, and which ones are overly-hyped. The overwhelming amount of information makes you wonder if you’re missing out. Because while some 20-year-olds “can’t live” without a 25-step skincare routine, some seem to get by with 2 products from CeraVe. So what’s going on? What should you be doing for your skin in your 20s?
Well, take it from someone who committed every single skincare sin imaginable and lived to tell the tale. Below are the most important things you can do for your skin in your 20s.
1. Get your skin checked.
Seeing a dermatologist and getting a skin analysis is the most important thing you can do for your skin in your 20s. A dermatologist can diagnose your skin issues, educate you on those, and treat them too. But you don’t need to be dealing with anything to pay a visit to your dermatologist.
Even a simple skin analysis where you learn your exact skin type will help you a lot in the future. Because a good portion of skin problems are caused by using the wrong skincare products that don’t sit well with your skin (1).
Without knowing the difference between oily and combination skin, dry or dehydrated skin, sensitive or sensitized skin, those products you spend so much on will do more harm than good.
By using skincare products that are not suited for your skin type, you can damage your skin barrier, or dehydrate your skin, or cause congestion, or even breakouts. See a dermatologist and set the record straight once and for all.
2. Let your skin be.
This is another thing you need to keep in mind. You’re still growing. Things are changing and so is your skin. It can go through a phase and it can be affected by a number of things.
Your hormones, your sleep cycle, diet, and your daily habits can reflect on your skin especially in your early 20s. But your first reaction should never be hiding things or covering them with makeup or bombarding them with skincare products.
When your skin is acting out and you’re dealing with breakouts, remember to take a break and let your skin be. Let things run their course and try to avoid stressing over it.
Your skin may be reactive and prone to breakouts. But it’s also responsive to treatments. It heals faster. Once you pay attention to it and care for it, you’re going to get results.
3. Don’t fall for trends.
Young people are prone to pressure. You want to know what others are doing and you don’t want to miss out. You’re more likely to conform rather than stand out.
You want to test out every single trend. But let me remind you something. Remember the brow trend of a couple of years ago? Everybody had perfectly plucked eyebrows shaped and colored in a certain way.
Something happened and someone decided that they were no longer acceptable. Now we have soap brows or fluffy brows. That’s the new trend. Why? Because people need to sell!
It’s the same thing with skincare! There’s always going to be something new, some promising product, or some exotic ingredient. But you don’t have to try every single ingredient that comes up.
In fact, you shouldn’t. Incorporating a new ingredient without properly seeing through what the previous one did is a complete waste of money. And it’s not going to get you anywhere. Give your products enough time to work. Don’t fall for every single trend.
4. Establish a very basic skincare routine.
A good skincare routine not only helps your skin but also helps your mind. You are missing out big time if you’re not sparing 10 minutes in the morning and in the evening just for your skincare.
The “routine” aspect of it is therapeutic and is a great way to unwind and relax. For the skincare aspect, washing your face, moisturizing it, and protecting it is enough to maintain healthy, glowing skin in your 20s.
You can always build up and add a vitamin C serum, a hyaluronic acid serum, or indulge in binge-masking. You can add regular exfoliation into the mix.
But the most important things are these 3 essential steps. So no need to be overwhelmed. Keep it minimal with fewer ingredients.
5. Sunscreen is the ultimate anti-ager.
Sun exposure is the #1 external cause of skin aging (2). Concerning preventative skincare, even daily SPF use is enough to delay the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.
Because prevention is easier than treatment. So don’t feel bad about the money you spend on sunscreen. Because it’s the best investment you can do for your skin.
There are always other options when you want to be preventative. Getting Botox in your 20s or starting a prescription retinoid are also among those options.
But you don’t need to go overboard with them. Instead of spending on Botox every 6 months, spend on a good sunscreen you feel good wearing every day. That alone is more than enough concerning anti-aging.
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6. Stay away from the tanning bed.
Don’t think of your skin in the context of your face only. Think of it as a whole and care for your whole body. And don’t put that body in a small box of UV irradiation.
The bronzy goddess look may be appealing. But it’s never worth damaging your skin. The best-case scenario that comes out of using tanning beds is premature aging.
You can always use self-tanning lotions and sprays. But whatever you do, don’t expose yourself to UV rays in those tanning beds.
7. Invest in things that matter.
When you think about skincare and makeup, you think of a buzzy moisturizer, an eyeliner, or a foundation. But these things are bandaids and they’re temporary. Yet we spend so much on them.
Instead of spending money on a full-coverage foundation that won’t do anything for that acne, go spend on a basic professional facial to deep-clean your skin and decongest it.
Instead of teeth whitening kits that get you nowhere, invest in braces or veneers. Be smart about what you splurge on and spend on things your future self will also benefit from.
Glowing skin is never out of style. A healthy set of teeth is always trendy. Keep these in mind and spend accordingly.
8. Be aware of your habits.
Cigarette smoking is one of the easiest and most dangerous habits you can take up in your 20s. It’s an addiction. But because it’s a relatively cheaper addiction, it’s easy to maintain and difficult to quit.
Remember what I said about the #1 external cause of premature aging? Well, #2 is smoking. No amount of skincare can undo the damage smoking inflicts on your skin. Quit while you’re young.
It affects the color of your skin, causes early wrinkles, under-eyebags, dark spots, lines around the mouth, and so much more! And this is just your face!
Imagine the damage it does to your whole body. That’s why quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your overall health in your 20s.
9. Lead a healthy lifestyle.
With diet and exercise, your end goal should be about leading a healthy lifestyle and not depriving yourself of the foods your body needs. We all know that too much sugar is bad for your health and your skin.
But it doesn’t make sense to skip eating fruits because they contain sugar. Eat anything and everything. Do it in moderation.
Your skin needs those antioxidants, nutrients, fats -whatever! It also needs you to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, stay active and worry less!
10. Love your skin.
Love the skin you have today. Because you’re always going to be late for appreciating it. Break that cycle and embrace your skin even if hiding or covering your skin is the trendy thing to do.
Life is much more than having poreless skin if that’s even possible. Enjoy your youth, do your skincare, indulge in a good amount of me-time.
Leave the magnifying glass and enjoy your life. This is the absolute best thing you can do for your skin in your 20s.
- Are You Allergic to Your Skin Care Products? (2020, January 13). Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/allergic-to-skin-care-products-4121121
- Antell, D. E., & Taczanowski, E. M. (1999). How environment and lifestyle choices influence the aging process. Annals of plastic surgery, 43(6), 585–588. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000637-199912000-00001