If your 20-something skin wrote a letter to your future self, detailing the best skincare routine, it would read something like this: “Take care of me now, and no one will be able to tell your real age in 10 years’ time. The routine you set in place in your 20s will set the tone for how fast or slow your skin will age as you grow older. Here are some of the important steps to incorporate into your routine when you’re in your 20s.
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Cleansing is non-negotiable.
Make cleansing the pillar of your skincare routine. Take the time to remove all your makeup even if you reached home at 3am. Removing all your makeup and the impurities that built up through the day with a gentle makeup remover like the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser will ensure the rest of your skincare products are easily absorbed and this helps your skin heal itself faster at night.
It doesn't hurt to double cleanse.
Cleansing your skin again after you’ve removed your makeup will ensure every last traces of makeup, sunscreen and grime are washed away. The key is to use a gentle cleanser like the Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser, which will not strip your skin of its natural oils while doing its job.
Don’t skip toner.
A toner like the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner that has small amounts of alpha and beta hydroxy acids will gently exfoliate the skin to keep it soft and smooth while also preventing the formation of whiteheads and blackheads.
Moisturising is a must.
You must moisturise, irregardless of your skin type. Moisturising helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier while keeping it plump and reducing the appearance of lines. Oily, combination, normal and dry skin types will all benefit from a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser like the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. When applied, it immediately sinks into the skin to replenish lost moisture, plumping and soothing skin.
Add an anti-ageing serum.
The best time to kick-start your anti-ageing journey is in your 20s and the best way to do it is to add a do-it-all anti-ageing serum like the Sunday Riley Good Genes to your skincare routine. Packed with lactic acid, it's gentle and hydrating while preventing fine lines, reducing pores and maintaining an even skin tone and texture.
Eye care is important.
The skin around the eyes is very delicate and is the first to show signs of fatigue due to late nights and lack of sleep. Adding an eye cream like the Clarins Multi-Active Eye will help tackle puffiness, dark circles and delay the appearance of fine lines while brightening skin around the eyes.
Never skip sunscreen.
If there’s just one product you use, make it sunscreen. Your skin will thank you for the rest of your life. Using sunscreen on a daily basis - come rain or shine - under your makeup protects your skin from sun damage, which can come in the form of a leathery skin texture, wrinkles and dark spots. Try the Supergoop Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays without leaving that dreaded white cast.