Your 20s are a great time to start taking good care of your skin, and doing so will prevent signs of premature aging. You want to be the 35 year old woman at Starbucks that gets mistaken for 26? Now is the best time to start working towards that! Here’s a dermatologist-prescribed skin routine that will help you achieve that. And when that time comes, you’ll look back and be beyond happy you got with the program.
Do you wash your face at night? No? Well start…like tonight. That wonderful mix of makeup, skin oils and dirt that you’re left with at the end of the day will not only just lead to blemishes. No, no. Cosmetics can also trap skin-damaging free radicals (really, really bad little suckers created by sunlight, cigarette smoke and pollution that latch onto cells like leeches and cause all types of mayhem that leave you with rough, saggy, wrinkly skin). These little hell raisers float around in the air against your skin and, eventually, lead to premature lines, wrinkles, and crepiness (not to be confused with creepiness, but is just as bad). I like Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash because it removes makeup and grime effortlessly without drying out your skin, and the spearmint scent is heavenly.
After a long day at the old ball-and-chain somehow you manage to fight traffic, crawl up the stairs, and pour yourself into bed. You’re too tired to wash your face and I feel you, no judgement here my friend. Face wipes are the laziest way to clean up when you’re too pooped to go the entire hundred. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are my go-to half-assed cleanup crew when I just cannot get with the idea of standing erect long enough to wash my face after a ten hour workday. Oh, and while you’re at it, give that phone screen of yours a good wipe too. All the dirt and bacteria on it can break you out. Yucky!
I know this may look like a self-love apparatus, and while it does vibrate, it’s for above the neck usage. Exfoliating cleansing brushes, like the Foreo Luna, get rid of the layer of dead skin cells that make your complexion look dull and boring. An unlike most cleansing brushes, this one is made of silicone, and that means it won’t grow bacteria so you won’t have to be all Monk about cleaning it. Use it once a day and watch how quickly your skin starts to glow. You don’t have to break the bank with this one, just find a great brush that will help the exfoliation process a smooth and enjoyable one.
Wear an eye cream with SPF every day. Every. Single. Day. The skin around your eyes is so thin and sensitive, even a few minutes of sun exposure can amount to wrinkles over time. And I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but there aren’t many good eye creams with SPF. Clinique Superdefense Age Defense Eye Cream SPF 20 definitely creams those other creams. It’s weightless enough to blend well with your makeup and it doesn’t irritate sensitive eyes. Your eyes are young, we want to keep them this way.
Puffy eyes look terrible on everyone and they scream, ” Hey everyone, look at me! I have terrible sleeping habits!” Luckily there are two great ways to get rid of the extra under eye baggage, the first being the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. It shrinks those ghastly bags with caffeine and a cold metal tip, if you keep it in the fridge it’ll work even better. Another way to zap a less than fab under eye area is with this makeshift mask: take a cotton ball soaked in whole milk, half-and-half, or artificial creamer and lightly dab it in, DO NOT rub it (its sensitive under there). All three contain fat and proteins that will take care of those puffy eyes in about ten minutes.
When your skin has ventured past the help of a tinted moisturizer, a facial peel with glycolic acid will revive it. Glycolic acid is a great exfoliator because it penetrates deep, that’s why its one of the best out. Try Avon’s Anew Clinical Advanced Texturizing Peel pads, they’ve won four Allure Best of Beauty Awards because they really get the job done. Tip: Apply a moisturizer right after using the peel, hydrating ingredients can penetrate the skin much more easily on freshly exfoliated skin.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to have a good moisturizer in your skincare regimen. The best ones use ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid that actually suck water from the air and deposit it into your skin. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is definitely a winner, it’s lightweight formula smells like cucumber (yum!) and gives you dewy skin on the spot.
Practically every facialist and beauty editor known to man is obsessed with Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V, and I totally understand why. This breakout obliterating wonderfulness contains niacinimide (which controls redness), lactic acid (which cleans out pores), and sulfur (which laps up oil and makes your skin produce less of it). The only problem is that its kinda hard to get your hands on, there are only seven worldwide retailers that sell this little miracle in a bottle. Thank God one of those places is in New York, you can contact them and place your order over the phone or in person. Rescue Spa in Philadelphia carries it and so does Vicki Morav, which is also in New York. It’ll run you about $57-$59 which isn’t so bad. Now ladies this is an acid toner, so it will burn. A fellow blogger, Kerry over at Skin & Tonics, did an awesome review on this product and found that the original 1970 formula caused a good amount of burning and redness (sooo you should probably opt for the new formula. But hey, it’s your life).
If you only do one thing on this list (and I hope you do them all because they’re all muy importante) make sure its this: WEAR SUNSCREEN! This is the single best thing you can do for your skin ladies, you should be wearing an SPF 30 or higher everyday. An Australian study found that people who wear sunscreen everyday didn’t appear to age at all, and by at all I’m sure they meant much gracefully. Grabbing a bite to eat and being outside for even five minutes a day without sunscreen can break down collagen in the skin, and in a few years that could cause wrinkles. And while we’re on the subject lets debunk yet another silly myth that’s out there: My beautiful cocoa butter beauties need sunblock too! Yes, the melanin in our skin give us a sun protection factor (SPF) of 13 as compared to 3-4 for our caucasian brothers and sisters,but that does not completely protect us from ultraviolet sun rays. We aren’t immune from skin cancer either, so lather up. The sunscreen needs to be light, silk and sheer enough so that you’ll actually wear it. I like Coppertone Clearly Sheer Faces For Sunny Days because it doesn’t disrupt your makeup and the price tag won’t make you gag.
Okay ladies I’ve supplied you with the goods, now its time to take action. What’s your skincare regimen? Have any favorite products that cannot bear to live without? Tell me in the comments below! Stay beautiful my loves ❤ 🙂