What Should Be Your Skincare Routine If You're In Your 20s?

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Skincare routine for 20s may not be very different from what you'll follow later in your life, but it is certainly more crucial

You might be ruling the world with your iPhone. But that leaves very little time for a diligent skincare routine, which is crucial when you are in your 20s. Because unless you start working on it during this decade, you can end up with pigmented skin, breakouts, and worst yet, early ageing.  

“Women should begin being proactive about anti-ageing in their 20s. Research shows that as early as age 25, our skin’s two structural proteins—collagen (which keeps it firm, taut, and resilient) and elastin (which gives skin its flexibility, enabling it to stretch out and then snap back into place)—decrease,” as Dennis Gross, MD, founder of 900 Fifth Dermatology, NYC, told Byrdie.

So how should you start working on your skin in your 20s? And what should be the ideal skincare routine for 20s?

The answer is simple. Skincare is not just about the 20-step routine so many beauty vloggers recommend. You need to start slow because using a lot of products can clog your pores and lead to bad skin at a very early age. 

So instead, you should take it one step at a time. If you are unsure of how and what to begin with, worry not, we're here to help you.

Whether you want to prevent premature skin ageing or have a clean blemish-free skin in the long run, implementing this five-step skincare routine in your 20s is crucial. 

Skincare Routine For 20s: The Five Commandments 

Scroll down to check skincare routine for 20s so you don't have to worry about bad skin later. 

1. Start using an adult cleanser 

 
 
 
 
 
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When you get back home from college or your new job, the first thing you may wish to do is plonk yourself on your couch and chill. But what you should actually do is wash your face with a water-based cleanser. They are specially  formulated to rid your skin off sweat and dirt and can either be foaming-or non-foaming.

While many prefer oil-based cleansers to remove makeup and other impurities like sebum and sunscreen, more and more are swearing by water-based cleansers. They are gentle, deep clean, prevent clogged pores, and let your skin breathe. 

You can first remove all your makeup using the Neutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes (S$9.73). Then, for deep cleansing, we recommend Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser (S$15.80) and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser (S$35), the former being the affordable option. 

2. Never forget to moisturise 

 
 
 
 
 
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Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, moisturisation is key to good skin and a crucial part of skincare routine for 20s. You can even soak your skin in a mist so pH levels are reset and your skin remains supple. 

If you add a light-weight oil on top of your moisturiser, it can further buoy your skin's natural defences. Remember that lack of moisturisation can lead to premature ageing.  

We recommend Cetaphil's Moisturizing Cream (S$28.87) and Wonjin Effects's Water Bomb Cream (S$64.80). You can use the latter if you have oily skin. 

3. Forget scrubbing completely 

You will benefit in your 30s if you skin scrubbing your face once every so often in your 20s. At this stage your skin is really young and collagen production is at its optimum. But over-scrubbing can lead to premature ageing and formation of fine lines. 

Instead, use natural ingredients like yogurt to remove dead skin cells off your skin. Rub it on your face before you begin your night time skincare routine to add shine and remove dead skin. You can even try strawberry and sugar, both of which are excellent natural exfoliators. 

4. Get serious about tackling acne 

 
 
 
 
 
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Forgot those home-remedies. If you still suffer from acbe in your 20s, its best to deal with it like adults. This means understand why you break out and work on it accordingly. 

For instance, if you travel a whole lot owing to college or your office, its time to add a product to your skincare routine that unclogs your pores or gradually closes them. It could also be due to hormones or when women go off the pill.

In most cases, dermatologists also recommend addition of retinol to skincare routine. If so, ask your dermatologist about the one that is best suited to your skin. 

We recommend the Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit (S$44) to help you get started. You can even try spot treatment your acne. You can try the First Aid Beauty's Skin Rescue Anti-Breakout Pads with White Clay (S$44). 

5. Wear your sunscreen, religiously 

Finally, never forget to wear your sunscreen lotion. many young millennials are losing it over the self-tanning craze without realising its long-term effects on their skin. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to skin pigmentation, dryness and even skin cancer, in some cases. 

So the best way to avoid all of these problems is to keep yourself lathered up with sunscreen lotion. We recommend the Shiseido Global Suncare Clear Stick UV Protector (S$38), because it can be worn over your makeup and it doesn't leave a white cast most sunscreens are known to leave. 

You must also keep topping your sunscreen through the day. The Pixi Sun Mist (S$34) is the perfect product for topping over your sunscreen. It's refreshing and again, won't leave a white cast. 

Skincare routine for 20s may not be very different from what you'll follow later in your life, but it is certainly more crucial. How you treat your skin during your 20s will determine how well it'll mature. 

Also read: Cloudless Skin Is The Latest K-Beauty Trend! But What Is It Exactly?

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj