Regardless of your age, there are three essential skincare products that everybody should use every day: a sunscreen, an exfoliant, and an antioxidants. But your skin also has different needs in terms of care depending on your age, and in this series of DermTV episodes, I’ll discuss specific decades related issues relevant to healthier, more beautiful and younger looking skin.
So in your twenties, the issues that are most important to you are first, prevention of premature photoaging from sun damage… Second, exfoliation to help control and prevent breakouts, and to keep your skin looking bright and lustrous… And third, starting a preemptive defense against fine lines and wrinkles which are coming in your mid to late thirties.
Preventing premature photoaging and damage is easy and by now should just be part of your basic daily skincare routine: you should be using sunscreen every day, rain or shine, and a topical antioxidant product every night. Your sunscreen obviously protects from direct ultraviolet damage, and your antioxidant helps protect against damage from both naturally occurring free radicals inside your skin cells, and also the ones that come from the sun’s direct ultraviolet rays… which somehow just got passed or around your sunscreen.
Next, your glycolic exfoliant will help to prevent and if needed, control acne breakouts… It also helps prevent the accumulation of excess dead cells with extra pigment which create brown-spots… And of course, glycolics help keep your complexion bright and radiant.
And last, the best way to prevent the emergence of fine lines in your 30’s, besides preventing more damage by regularly using sunscreens and antioxidants, is by starting to use peptide products. They rev up your fibroblasts, which are your cells that make your collagen. So as collagen depletion starts to occur in your next decade, you’ll have your collagen building cells already online producing additional replacement collagen so it’s there when you need it. Using peptide-containing products every night will help ensure timely collagen building in your skin.
And if your cheeks are dry or feel tight, there is no harm is using a water-based moisturizer in your 20’s to help hydrate and even the texture of your skin.
So there you have it for skin care in your twenties.
And in the next episode on Skincare by the Decades, I’ll tell you about your specifics skincare needs of your 30’s.