When it comes to skincare, your 20s is all about prevention and protection. This is the time to focus on keeping your skin healthy and happy and develop good habits to carry through to the next decade and beyond.
But… where do you even start?
Well, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to prevent breakouts and dry spots, or ensure minimal signs of sun damage and ageing, working these tips into your everyday skincare routine will help.
If there’s one thing that’s non-negotiable, it’s the daily use of SPF. Not only will protecting your skin help protect you from skin cancer, but it’ll also help prevent ageing concerns down the track - such as fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
So, make sure you’re using a good SPF that provides both UVA and UVB protection and apply it to your skin every day (yes – even when it’s cloudy outside!).
If you’re still using the same cleanser as you used to use in high school, it could be time for an upgrade. You’ll want to find something that’s gentle and effective – something that will help lift off makeup, sunscreen, and pollution from the day, but in a way that’s not stripping.
If you’re oily, go for our Super Clear Cleanse – a light gel cleanser that will help remove visible sebum and impurities (psst… it’s great for those struggling with breakouts and acne).
For dry or dehydrated skin, opt for our Pure Nourish Cleanse – a cream cleanser that will revive a dull and tired complexion.
Fact: Breakouts and acne doesn’t just stop when you hit your 20s. A whopping 80 percent of people will experience acne between the onset of puberty and 30 years of age. So, you’re not alone.
However, unlike your teen years, the list of triggers shifts from clogged pores and overactive bacteria to fluctuating hormones – particularly when testosterone spikes. These hormonal-related breakouts usually pop up on the chin, jawline, and cheeks.
In terms of skincare, we recommend incorporating soothing and anti-inflammatory products into your routine – those that incorporate ingredients such as niacinamide, rosemary extract, marine active laminaria saccharina and botanical edelweiss extract.
Ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, (AHAs) beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and vitamin A are all great for reducing dead skin cell build-up and unclogging pores.
If you’re looking for where to find products that will help decongest your skin without the irritation, check out Skin Virtue’s Super Clear Collection. The products in this range are safe for allergic, reactive and sensitive skin, and will help remove impurities and regulate oil production without stripping and upsetting the skin.
Don’t be afraid to moisturise – because any skin can get dehydrated. Making sure you maintain your skin’s moisture levels can help minimise acne-causing bacteria, control inflammation and level-up your skin’s defences.
We recommend incorporating a lightweight moisturiser into your routine – one with humectants to help the skin absorb and retain moisture. If you’re looking for options, lipid-rich formulations such as Pure Nourish Moisturising Cream are a great pick.
While skin in its 20’s has great collagen support and exhibits minimal signs of sun damage, remember that pollution and UV exposure is cumulative and will show up down the track. That’s why we recommend making sure at least one product in your routine contains antioxidants such as vitamin C, or lesser-known forms such as superoxide dismutase complex and ectoin.
Worn during the day or at night (or both!) antioxidants can protect skin from the ravaging effects of pollution and oxidative stress— all of which contribute to premature ageing. The best part? Many antioxidants have serious brightening abilities, too.
Do you incorporate any of the above in your skincare routine? Share your views with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Gary Williams, Bio