Choosing the right skincare for your age and skin type can help prevent skin ageing and skin damage, help correct any skin problems, and help to give you radiant, beautiful skin. There is no one size fits all, and those with skin conditions should always consult their GP or dermatologist. Similarly, one product cannot contain all the ingredients needed for the skin. In this blog series, we explore some great ingredients, what to look out for when choosing your skincare regime, and the science behind perfect skin care at any age.
Skin care in your twenties
In your twenties, you will most likely want a skincare routine with a key emphasis on prevention, moisturisation, and if you have oily or combination skin, a skincare formulation that can prevent breakouts and keep the pores clean. Here are some fantastic active ingredients to look out for:
The main focus should be using serums and moisturisers with fantastic antioxidant formulations, these need to be in an active form that can penetrate the skin layers. Certain phytonutrients contain high ORAC values; which is the ability for an ingredient to fight free radical damage. Free radicals are created through everyday activities, and normal cell metabolism. Products containing Rosehip oil, goji berry, other fruit and green tea extracts are fantastic at helping to prevent free radical damage that can cause fine lines, wrinkles, redness, inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
Diet & Probiotics
Establishing good dietary habits in your twenties will set you up for life; starting the day with a nutrient filled green smoothie and eating a clean diet will help minimise inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body has been linked to certain skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Fresh fruit and vegetables, a good intake of vitamin C, and sometimes the use of probiotics can help balance the body and this will help you glow from within. Cutting down on skin damaging influences such as high sugar and fat intake will benefit your skin greatly.
If you are prone to breakouts, or blemishes, often a formulation with a low percentage of salicylic acid can help remove skin clogging factors, remove old skin cells, and rejuvenate to produce fresher, brighter skin. There are some fantastic salicylic based skincare, and even makeup with a salicylic acid base.
Exfoliation is an important skincare staple at any age, and it is important to find an exfoliant that works for your skin type, and doesn’t dry out or flare up the skin. Exfoliation can prevent dull skin, and improve the skin texture and complexion. On average, exfoliating once or twice a week can keep your skin soft and radiant. Natural exfoliants are fantastic as they tend to be gentler on the skin, likewise, fruit enzyme based exfoliants can gently slough away dead skin cells and produce baby soft skin. For deeper replenishment, glycolic peels are utilised at Aesthetic clinics.
Vitamin C and E
Vitamin C and vitamin E work together in important processes to help neutralise free radical damage. There are many fantastic C & E Ferulic serums on the market, that could help prevent ageing and many beauty experts swear by these ingredients in a preventative routine. Likewise, a higher dietary intake of vitamin C has been linked to more youthful skin.
One of the best ingredients you can incorporate into your skin care is wearing SPF daily (even if its not sunny!) you will need a generous amount ( and for it to be broad spectrum and a high factor (30+) if you have paler skin, you may even need up to factor 50. Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of skin ageing; lines, discolouration and age spots are commonly a result of sun damage. Melanoma is also common among young people and is often entirely preventable if precautions are taken with wearing suncream.
Moisturised skin is beautiful, radiant and dewy. Finding a moisturiser that works for your skin is key in preventing moisture loss, and conditioning the skin. Your moisturiser should never sting or feel suffocating. Often, you may need to change your moisturiser depending on the season. Natural oils and natural oil based moisturisers such as coconut oil, safflower oil, rosehip oil and avocado oil, can give a beautiful dewy appearance to the skin, and are often rich in omega 3s, 6s, 9s fatty acids and vitamin E. You may also want to opt for a moisturiser with added hyaluronic acid (usually in the form sodium hyaluronate) which can help in your anti ageing routine. If you have sensitive, irritated or reactionary skin, look for skin calming chamomile based moisturisers or try moisturisers specially formulated for babies which will be extremely gentle.