If you’re in your twenties, you may have started thinking about how to best take care of your skin - which can be a very different process than when you were a teenager!
New skin concerns may start to appear, and the added responsibilities of life, and being an independent adult, may make it hard to develop a consistent skincare routine. Here are some tips to keep your skin glowing, fresh, and clear in your twenties.
Skin loves consistency. Whether you’re part-way through college, starting a new job, or getting your own place for the first time, the twenties can be a challenge when it comes to developing (and sticking to) a skincare routine each day.
However, keeping your skin happy and healthy doesn’t have to take extraordinary amounts of time or money! Here is a helpful guide:
After an especially late-running party or an exhausting day at work or school, it may be tempting to just fall into bed without cleansing your face, but don’t give in to the temptation! Makeup particles can settle into pores and creases while skin is trying to renew itself at night, leading to wrinkles and clogged skin.
This is most likely an obvious one, but skin does not respond well to constant UVA and UVB radiation. The aging process can accelerate dramatically in sun-damaged skin, leaving you with sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkling.
Our uppermost layers of skin are constantly undergoing cell turnover, the process of releasing dead skin cells and revealing fresh layers of skin cells beneath.
Aging can cause that process to slow down, leaving skin more dull and textured, and it can even leave wrinkles more visible. If you imagine a single wrinkle in the skin, the more dead skin cells surrounding the wrinkle, the deeper it appears! If you remove dead layers of skin, the wrinkle becomes more “shallow” and therefore less visible.
Moisturized skin is happy skin, and this is one area where you don’t want to cut corners. Think of serums as a healthy beverage for skin, full of essential nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins - elements that will help your skin produce collagen and look younger longer, while moisturizers are a creamy coating to lock in those benefits and simultaneously provide a firming boost.
The term “pH” stands for “potential hydrogen,” and is a method of describing the scale of a solution from acid to alkaline. Skin requires a certain level of acidity in order to kill bad bacteria that may be present, but if skin is too acidic, it can start to become irritated and inflamed.
On the other hand, if skin’s balance is too alkaline, it may become excessively dehydrated and prone to infections. The skin’s moisture barrier, also called the “acid mantle,” protects skin from pathogens, germs, irritants, and environmental factors while simultaneously keeping moisture locked in.
Alpha hydroxy acids, also known as AHAs, can be extremely effective at increasing cell turnover and skin’s hydration. Their moisture-binding properties allow AHA's to keep skin moisturized while simultaneously purging dead skin cells.
Why should you care about this in your twenties? As you pass your mid-twenties, your skin is already starting to slow its cell turnover, which can leave you with skin that is dull and textured. In addition, if you struggle with adult acne, AHAs can be very helpful at clearing pores and reducing active breakouts.
The most common AHAs are glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and lactic acid. All are effective chemical exfoliators, while also promoting moisture within the skin - a fantastic combination!
All AHAs help boost collagen production, leaving skin firmer and plumper, and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving users with a more youthful, revitalized appearance!
As a teenager with acne, you may have used a variety of acne-fighting scrubs, cleansers, and creams - most with fairly high concentrations of salicylic acid, and a low moisturizing content.
Then, as you enter your twenties, remember that maintaining moisture is a major concern. A strong moisture barrier allows your skin to slow the aging process, which will keep your skin looking young for as long as possible. When treating acne in your twenties:
The twenties can be a challenging decade filled with life changes and new experiences, but don’t forget that with a little self-care, your skin can stay healthy, glowing and radiant. If you create a simple skincare routine and make time for it every day, you’ll find that your skin reflects your effort, and you’ll enter your thirties with a youthful, bright complexion!