The Best Skincare for Your 20s
In your 20s, your skincare routine should target any barriers to skin health that are keeping your skin from being as beautiful and healthy as possible. The best way to identify your barriers to skin health and find a dermatologist-recommended skincare routine for your 20s is to take our quiz and find out your Baumann Skin Type. It's impossible to tell you the best skin care products for your 20s without knowing your skin type first since you need to know if you have sensitive skin, prematurely aging skin, an uneven skin tone and if your skin is dehydrated before an optimal skincare routine for your early, mid or late 20s can be recommended. With that in mind, the following is some general advice about the best skincare routine for your 20s.
Dermatologist Recommended Skincare Routine for Your 20s
If you went to a dermatologist, they would assess your skin for acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and dark spots on the face such as melasma and recommend a skincare routine to treat all of your issues. In many cases, several of these skin problems can occur at the same time. For example, you may have acne that leaves a dark spot when the pimple heals. Dark spots are very common in darker skin types with acne. Your dermatologist would prescribe a skin lightener to treat the dark spots in addition to acne medications. If you also had facial redness and skin pigmentation, that would require different skin care products which is why it's so important to diagnose your skin type.
Your skincare routine will depend on your skin’s problems. What most 20-year-olds do wrong with skincare is they buy products that target one skin concern instead of having an entire routine that addresses all issues. Dry skin types that have acne are a perfect example. Many acne medications are drying so if you are not using skincare for dry skin, acne medications will irritate your skin and you will not be able to tolerate your acne regimen. Using the right cleansers and moisturizers for your Baumann Skin Type will help other products in your skincare routine work better.
How To Take Care of Your Skin in Your 20s
Once you know your Baumann Skin Type, it is important to realize it can change with time. If you move to a new city for college, or you begin oral contraceptives, or your stress level, diet, sleep patterns, or exercise routine changes, your skin type can change, too. So, if you feel that your skincare routine is no longer working for you, we recommend that you retake the quiz.
Best sunscreen for your 20s
The number one best skincare product to use in your 20s is sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY! Are you doing this? If you aren't, ask yourself “Why not? “ Sunscreen is absolutely proven to slow skin aging, even skin tone, and protect your skin from developing inflammation from ultraviolet radiation damage. If you are in your 20s and have not found a sunscreen you like, then I bet you are not shopping by your Baumann Skin Type. That’s the best way to find products that feel good and work well on your skin. Here are our favorite tinted sunscreens that you can use instead of makeup to protect your skin from the sun and the blue light emitted from your devices.
Best Facial Cleanser for Your 20s
The second most important product that 20 years olds should carefully choose is a facial cleanser since using the wrong kind can lead to skin dehydration, inflammation, pigmentation, and skin aging. The type of cleanser that will work best for you depends upon your skin type and skin concerns. For example, if you have facial redness and sensitive skin, consider an anti-inflammatory cleanser such as the face washes recommended by dermatologists for rosacea. Preventing inflammation at an early age will help reduce overall skin damage and keep your skin tone even.
Best Moisturizer for Your 20s
The third most important product is a moisturizer. The best moisturizer for your 20s depends upon the presence or absence of these issues:
- Dryness, dehydration
- Rough skin
- Dull skin
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin redness/ rosacea
You can click on any of the links above for more information, or you can take the quiz to properly diagnose your skin type. The results will generate your fully customizable routine and allow you to choose from a variety of moisturizers that are right for your Baumann Skin Type.
For example, if you have dry skin, then a barrier repair cream layered over top of a serum that targets your skin's issues will likely work best. These are our favorite Barrier Repair Creams:
Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin in Your 20s
- Diagnose your Baumann Skin Type®
- Try a tinted sunscreen and use it instead of facial foundation.
- If you have oily skin, try skipping moisturizer in the AM and using your SPF as a moisturizer instead
- Make sure you are using the best face wash for your Baumann Skin Type
- Choose a moisturizer based on your barriers to skin health
Stay up to date! Once you know your skin type, you will be able to read reviews from others with the same skin type as you. Keep yourself informed by following @SkinTypeSolutions on social media or watching our Skin Type Talks on YouTube.
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No! It is not too early, especially if your lifestyle habits include sun exposure, poor diet, and little-to-no sunscreen use. Our data from 10,295 people under the age of 20 shows that 79.8% have lifestyle habits that are increasing their risk of skin aging.
Biggest Skincare Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s
I know it's hard not to get enticed by the latest skincare products on social media, but don’t waste your time and money, and risk your skin’s health by using the wrong products. The biggest mistakes that I see my patients making are:
- Incorrectly guessing their skin type
- Only treating one skin problem rather than all of the problems
- Using the wrong products
- Using products that cancel each other out
- Using products in the wrong skincare routine order
- Over exfoliation
- Getting procedures done that they do not need and/or that damage skin
Best Skincare Routine for Your Late 20s
In your late 20s, the skincare advice is the same as in your early and mid-20s with the exception that you will likely need to begin adding antiaging ingredients to your routine. The exact age to begin using antiaging products depends upon your Baumann Skin Type and lifestyle habits, but in most cases, it is the late 20s. To learn more about how to prevent aging skin in your 20s, click here.