When it comes to skincare, twenty-somethings are in their prime. Free from the turbulent teenage years and well before lines and wrinkles have become a fixture; twenty-somethings have it easy, right?
Not quite. Whilst your skin is certainly at its best throughout your twenties, it’s still critical to take good care of it. With the right skincare regime, you can maintain a youthful glow, stave off wrinkles and keep your skin soft and supple.
Here are my top 10 tips to have lovely skin:
- Forget your foundation
Foundation is a go-to beauty product but, in reality, it’s too heavy for everyday use. When you’re in your twenties and your skin is still youthful, there’s no need to cover it up all the time with heavy liquid or powder foundations.
In fact, you could be making your skin worse if you’re relying on heavy foundations every day. Most foundations are comedogenic, which means they block your pores and can cause breakouts.
Instead of foundation, try a tinted moisturiser instead. With many non-comedogenic products on the market, you can rely on a tinted moisturiser to give you light coverage, without suffocating your skin. What’s more – a tinted moisturiser with SPF will protect your skin from the sun too.
- Try retinoids
If you haven’t heard of retinoids, you’re missing out. Known to have anti-ageing properties, using retinoids throughout your twenties can help to minimise wrinkles and lines in the future. Whilst many prescription creams and ointments contain retinoids, you don’t have to wait for an appointment to get your dose.
There are many over-the-counter products which contain small amounts of retinoids. Although these may take a little longer to have an effect, they’ll still help to prevent signs of ageing and enhance the quality of your skin.
- Moisturise regularly
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, you may already be moisturising daily. However, chances are you’re not moisturising enough. Dry skin ages more quickly, so it’s important to keep it well-hydrated if you want to avoid fine lines and wrinkles.
Of course, it isn’t just people with dry skin who need to moisturise. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, you may see moisturising as counterintuitive. In fact, all skin types benefit from appropriate moisturisation.
When the skin is dry, it will naturally try to produce excess oil. If you’re unsure what’s causing oily skin or regular breakouts, it’s worth moisturising more frequently. If dry or dehydrated skin is the cause, you’ll soon notice an improvement in your skin.
- Follow a routine
Skincare isn’t always glamorous but consistency works. Washing your makeup brushes once a week and changing your pillowcases regularly may not be fun, but it will help to keep your skin glowing. This is something I need to get better at myself, I’m working on it.
Similarly, make sure you take your makeup off every night – without fail! It may be tempting to crawl into bed and grab an extra few minutes of sleep, but you’ll be kicking yourself in the long run. Spend a little time every night removing your makeup and caring for your skin, and you’ll reap the rewards in the future.
- Consult a dermatologist
Dermatologists are specialists in skincare, so it’s worth making an appointment if you have any particular skin concerns. As dermatologists are typically fully qualified doctors, they can prescribe medication when it’s necessary too.
There are several acne treatments which can be prescribed if you’re breaking out on a regular basis, for example. With topical options available, as well as antibiotics and alternatives, a dermatologist can prescribe the right treatment for any type of skin condition.
Furthermore, a dermatologist will be able to provide you with key information about your own skin type. Unsure whether your skin is dry or dehydrated? Want to know whether you have oily or combination skin? Ask your dermatologist.
- Use exfoliators sparingly
Exfoliators can remove dirt and grime from your skin, as well as lifting dead skin and bacteria away too. In fact, an exfoliator can leave your skin feeling smooth, fresh and soft, so what’s not to like?
When they are used too often, exfoliators can be harmful to the skin and may cause damage. They’re designed to clean your skin intensively and frequent applications could lead to excessive dryness. Whilst some exfoliator brands recommend using an exfoliator once a week, some skincare experts maintain that they should only be used once every three weeks on average.
- Sample everything before you use it
However great a skincare product is, it won’t suit everyone. From full-blown allergies to minor irritations, you can’t always predict how your skin will react to a new product. You may be eager to try a new face mask or desperate to slap on a pot of the latest moisturiser, but it’s essential to sample everything first.
By applying a small amount of a new product to a discreet location, you can confirm that it suits your skin. In the event of a poor reaction, you’ll experience far less discomfort – and embarrassment – than if you’d applied it liberally!
- Use non-comedogenic products
Traditionally, most makeup and skincare products were comedogenic. This resulted in clogged pores, increasing breakouts and lots of unhappy customers. Fortunately, new formulas mean there are now plenty of non-comedogenic products out there, so make the most of them.
A non-comedogenic product won’t clog your pores, so it isn’t going to increase the risk of spots and pimples forming. Whilst makeup products should always be non-comedogenic, pay attention to your skincare choices too. With non-comedogenic moisturisers, balms and primers readily available, you should find it easy to locate non-comedogenic products which suit your skin.
- Wash your face twice a day
Taking your makeup off at the end of each day is vital but washing your face twice a day is the ultimate aim. Using a soft and gentle cleanser every morning is the perfect way to wake up your skin, without causing any damage.
If you’re concerned that frequent washing will lead to dry skin, don’t be. With the right products, you can safely cleanse your skin twice daily without it having any ill effects. In fact, taking care of your skin and washing your face twice a day will help to protect your skin from damage.
Whilst you may not notice any immediate signs of ageing in your twenties, it will soon catch up with you. By practising a thorough skincare routine and cleansing twice daily, twenty-somethings can ensure they’re skin stays in tip-top condition.
- Research everything before you use it
The internet has put a wealth of information at our fingertips and it’s easier than ever to research skincare and makeup products. Before you try anything new, make sure you find out more about the products and ingredients you’re planning to use.
As well as viewing reviews from other people, you can find out exactly how popular products are made and formulated, which can help you to learn more about what works for your skin…and what doesn’t.
If a product you used to love is suddenly causing breakouts, for example, research will help you to find out why. Similarly, researching a brand’s ethos will help you to find products which are sustainably sourced and eco-friendly.
Whatever your skincare aims, thorough research can be a fun way to help you achieve them. What’s more – the right amount of research will help you to uncover even more skin-saving products to try!
I’d love to know what your skincare tips are, leave yours in the comments.
(This is a collaborative post)