There’s no doubt to the fact that our skin is the most beautiful asset and it’s important to upgrade our skin care essentials in our young adulthood. Yay 20s! They’re the best of times, they’re the worst of times. In your 20s, you’re still young, but when it comes to skincare, it’s time to earnestly nurture that complexion. Like any relationship, skin care is all about timing. But where do you even begin?

We get it: Taking over the world from your iPhone leaves you with little to no time for serious skin care. But by the mid-20s, you surely require some thoughtfulness. Breakouts, blemishes, and dry spots are likely on your mind. However, applying too many products can bother your skin and clog the pores.

If you’re uncertain of first steps, don’t sweat it- we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best tips from top dermatologists across the globe. So whether you want to ensure wrinkle-free skin in your future or you simply want to preserve its long-term health, incorporating these tips into your skincare routine now is essential.

  1. Graduate to a better cleanser

Your late 20s are a time to swap your soapy face wash with a milk-based cleanser that will remove dirt, makeup, and sunscreen from the day, without stripping your skin’s natural oils. If you have an oily skin, opt for a cleansing clay or charcoal-based gel formula.

  1. Get serious about toning and moisturising

Soaking skin with a natural toner like Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day will reset your skin’s pH to help preserve moisture levels, reduce acne-causing bacteria, and suppress redness.

Add to this a lightweight face oil instilled with nourishing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory omega-3 for further activating your skin’s defenses. Even if you possess an oily or combination skin, don’t fret moisturizing because dryness can lead to low-grade, lasting inflammation, which causes premature wrinkling.

  1. Skip scrubs

Scrubs were super exciting at seventh-grade slumber parties but they’re not really essential in the years post your college diploma. Exfoliating less in your 20s will benefit your skin during your 30s. Use a Greek yogurt-based mask once a week.  Greek yogurt is a natural source of probiotics and lactic acid and is sufficient for removing the dead skin during your late 20s.

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  1. Be mindful of your linen

We all certainly know that sleeping on dirty linens can wreak havoc on our skin’s health. But did you know that the fabric of your linen matters just as much as its hygiene? Cushions curated from fabrics like cotton or polyester cause a lot of friction to your skin as you toss and turn in your sleep, with the result being a lifeless, wrinkle-prone face.

On the flip side, silk bedding and pillowcases curated organically from silkworms on mulberry leaves are not only kind to your skin but also to rejuvenate it with their essential amino acids. The goodness of silk lies in the fact that it doesn’t absorb moisture from your body while being kind to the planet at the same time. Furthermore, owing to its temperature regulating characteristics, silk bedding is able to keep you snuggly & warm on the coldest nights and cold & fresh on the hottest ones. Thanks to its naturally hypoallergenic properties, silk bedding keeps your skin free of any allergies or rashes. Could there be any better beauty bargain for your most beautiful asset?

  1. Wear sunscreen religiously

Twenty-somethings tend to fret over things they don’t yet see in their own faces but observe on their elders. However, many of us fail to connect sun exposure with signs of aging. With more than adequate sun exposure, dark spots and freckles can become a common occurrence in your late 20s and become profound by your 30s. Satisfactory wrinkle-prevention and sun protection involve daily, generous use of broad-spectrum SPF 30 year-round, plus regular touch-ups with a compact containing SPF. It also implies using hats with substantial brims, defensive clothing and making the shady side of the street your permanent happy place. All these tips apply even to the cloudy days when you cannot see the sun shining boldly on your face, due to the harsh rays that penetrate our skin.

  1. Don’t sleep with make-up on

This one’s a no-brainer, but we’re all guilty of sleeping in our makeup from time to time. Sure, it happens, but don’t even think about making this a habit. Doing so can block pores, leaving oil stuck inside. This triggers bacteria to build-up and cause those nightmarish breakouts. It can also stretch out pores which certainly no one wants.

  1. Address acne issues maturely

You thought you’ll outgrow breakouts like an old high-school sweetheart, but a great percentage of women in their late 20s still regularly battle acne. The only change is that, in this decade, the causes of acne shift from clogged pores and fervid bacteria to unstable hormones, which usually cause pimples to sprout on the chin and jawline right around the time of your menstrual cycle. At times, acne shows up when women go off the pill, unaware of the fact that it was averting both pimples and pregnancies. For certain women, returning to the pill can swiftly correct the problem (check your options with a gynecologist).

However, incorporating a retinol serum into your night care routine will stabilize your skin, pushing it to shed and rebuild in a healthier way. Retinols are amazing multi-taskers, known to control acne and fade the marks they leave behind. The vitamin A derivatives can be bothersome, so it’s always advisable to use the serum along with a carrier oil or cream.

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  1. Spot-treat when required

In the days prior to your mensuration cycle, substituting your daily cleanser for the one containing antibacterial benzoyl peroxide (BP) (we recommend Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser) can prevent ugly zits from showing up. However, if acne still pops up due to hormonal reasons, spot treat them right away with a serum containing mild amounts of salicylic acid.

  1. Befriend antioxidants

While eye cream isn’t a must during your mid-20s, experts suggest applying sunscreen, hydrators, and actives up to the bony ridge beneath the eyes to guard and cure the delicate area. Make sure at least one product in your skin care routine comprises antioxidants like vitamin C, ferulic acid, or green tea. When used religiously, antioxidant-based creams can save your skin from the oxidative damage caused by stress, UV rays, pollutions, and infrared rays- all of which contribute to blemishes and fine lines.

  1. Work out your face

Your face needs that loving care just as much as your body. Take it from the Mediterranean women who love natural fixes. We’re aware of the fact that Mediterranean women possess the most naturally beautiful skin and their secret to a youthful skin is exercising the face. Check out the face yoga exercises to keep your skin glowing and beautiful as ever.

  1. Go au natural

The Mediterranean approach to skin-care in the mid-20s can be really refreshing. Echoing the fact that Mediterranean women prefer natural ingredients, they opt for natural skincare whenever possible. After having tested numerous products in your battle against breakouts, you will discover that what works best for your skin is surprisingly simple. Incorporating natural ingredients into your skincare regimen like lemon, rosewater and sandalwood, to name a few will ensure that model-worthy glow on your face.

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