Skincare Lies Your 30-year Old Self Would Wish You Knew at 20

Skincare Lies Your 30-year Old Self Would Wish You Knew at 20

Charmaine Kon by Charmaine Kon on Sep 19, 2016
Why you should care

The time to get serious with your skincare routine is in your 20s.

Most women claim to have the best skin of their lives in their 20s. Most women also abuse this gift from the fountain of youth. So how do you use it before you lose it?

Having graduated from your teens and acne (the ones caused by puberty anyway), your skin in your 20s is basically Wolverine with all its skin repair powers. That means that you can treat it badly and it’ll still love you.

However, how you treat your skin now will not show until about 5 – 10 years later. So if you want good skin well into your silver fox years, then the time to start building healthy habits and ditch skincare lies is now.

1 You’re Too Young for Anti-Aging Products

Anti-aging products do not reverse the process of aging, but slows it down. It’s never too late to start slowing down the production of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and rough skin. Start using anti-aging products in your 20s, just adjust the product intensity and frequency of use as you age.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate does what it says – helps your skin recover especially after a night out dancing or just a long day at work. Ingredients like evening primrose oil and fatty acids keep your complexion bright and plump (i.e. stalls aging signs).

kiehls night serum


2 You Don’t Need Sunscreen if You’re Not Going Outdoors

The easiest way to prevent sun damage like sun spots and wrinkles is by wearing a full spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. A full spectrum product blocks UVA and UVB rays which age you in a variety of ways.

There are no exceptions to this daily rule – wear sunscreen even if your sun exposure is limited to your daily travel to and from work. Even apply it when your moisturiser or BB cream has SPF because you rarely ever use enough of those products to protect your skin.

3 Expensive Eye Creams are for Older Gals

Firstly, who says gals? Secondly, start using eye creams in your 20s as the skin around your eyes are the thinnest and therefore most susceptible to wrinkling first. Eye creams work to restore moisture, keeping wrinkles at bay.

Start with lighter eye creams with basic hydration functions in your early 20s, then trade that for an eye cream with antioxidants in your late 20s

Laneige’s cult favourite water-based water bank line comes with an equally moisturising eye gel suitable for use in your early 20s.

laneige eye cream


In your late 20s, try Fresh’s Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate with a cooling formula which reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness as its antioxidants retain and increase moisture to delay wrinkles.

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Cream


4 It’s Okay to Use Cleansing Wipes Instead of Cleansing Your Face

Cleansing wipes might remove your makeup, but it doesn’t replace the cleansing step in your routine. Besides makeup, your face collects oil and dirt throughout the day which can only be properly cleansed with first an oil cleanser, then a milk or gel cleanser.

5 Exfoliate Often for Cleaner, Smoother Skin

In your 20s, your body is geared towards reproducing cells quickly, so you won’t need to exfoliate often to do that. Using scrubs too often will irritate the skin and strip it of its natural oils.

Exfoliate twice a week with a gentle scrub. Look for a scrub catered to your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin.

6 You Don’t Have to Moisturise if You Have Oily Skin

Moisturisers don’t just moisturise dry sin, they also hold water at the outermost layer of your skin to prevent your skin’s natural oils from escaping and to seal in your toner, serum, and other goodies applied prior.

They also protect your skin from harmful components in the environment which may cause dryness and irritation. If you have oily skin, be sure to get one for oily skin, or if you are acne-prone, purchase a non-comedogenic (non pore-clogging) one.

Try Neutrogena’s lightweight Oil-Free moisturiser that will feel lighter on oily skin while controlling shine. It also won’t clog your pores!

Neutrogena Oil Free moisturer


Don’t leave out your neck, décolletage, and hands when moisturising. Your 20s is a good time to start preventing wrinkles on these areas which see the sun most often.

7 All You Need Are a Good Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser, and Scrub

Other skincare superheroes you should be habitually using in your 20s are serums and products with retinol and antioxidants.

While serums are a vitamin boost for the skin that will keep them healthy, retinol improves dark spots and discolouration. Antioxidants offer the benefits of firming, wrinkle reduction, scar treatment, and more.

SkinLab’s treatment serum gives you skin a boost of antioxidants.

Skinlab serum


8 A Good Skincare Routine is All You Need for Good Skin

Your lifestyle does a lot to determine how your skin looks. Eating well and exercising keeps your body healthy and your skin looking good. Load up on antioxidants like grapes, berries, green tea, and dark green veggies which protect your body and skin from free radical damage.

Smoking, excessive alcohol and a lack of sleep are also big contributors to premature aging. Also watch the temperatures of your showers as steaming hot showers dry out your skin and hair, causing irritation and dryness, and eventually, wrinkles.

Why you should care

The time to get serious with your skincare routine is in your 20s.

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