Unfortunately, I did not take the best care of my skin in my early 20s. I imagine many of you can relate. I spent more time abusing my skin than caring for it: not wearing SPF, using tanning beds, sleeping in my makeup, neglecting to moisturize, etc. I am now 29 (gasp!) and maintain a skincare regimen. I think it’s important to establish a routine by your late 20s, so here are a few tips:
Wear sunscreen. I can’t suggest this enough, though I mess up from time to time. If you’re not into the greasiness of regular sunscreen, wear a BB Cream, CC Cream, or foundation with SPF 15 or higher.
Wash off your makeup every night. Such a pain, but well worth it! Your skin builds up oil and bacteria throughout the day which leads to dull skin and breakouts. I suggest keeping makeup remover wipes by your bed for nights you’re too exhausted to fully wash your face. Do you want to sleep on a makeup-stained pillowcase? I know I don’t!
Moisturize with retinol. This is a preventative measure. Retinol is an over-the-counter retinoid (ask your dermatologist for more information) which works to reduce fine lines and boost collagen. At our age, we don’t quite need the prescription-strength form of retinoid (sold under the brand names Retin-A, etc.). Instead, we can stick with drugstore brands like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Moisturizer and Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, check with your dermatologist before using.
Exfoliate. Don’t do this every day, as it will strip your skin of necessary oils. I usually exfoliate a couple days a week. It helps your skin glow!
Drink lots of water. Good for many reasons!
Note: these suggestions are compiled from years of obsessive reading and research from various sources. These tips work for me: a 29-year-old with combination, non-sensitive, and non-acne-prone skin.
What’s your regimen?