Your skin is glowing. You seem to have perfect selfie lighting no matter where you go. You’re young, radiant and your complexion shows it! So why bother with a skincare routine? While your skin may look like it’s in its prime, what you do to it now will determine how it will look later on.
There is fine line (no pun intended) between creating proper skincare habits that will help your skin now and later without going totally overboard and causing an irritated mess. Check out the nine skin care products you need to start using in your early-20s to keep your youthful glow now and later!
1—Water. I know, I know you have heard it a million times, “Drink more water!” But the magical power of H20 is worth the hype, I promise. Drinking eight to 10-eight ounce servings of water a day reduces pores, makes skin more radiant and clears up those pesky breakouts. Plus, it’s free. So talk about the most budget-friendly skin product out there! (Our suggestion: S’well Water Bottle)
2—Makeup remover. I don’t care how exhausted you are from a long day of classes/interning/Instagram stalking, you need to remove your makeup before you even consider hitting the pillow. Your makeup can trap in free radicals that float in the air. So essentially you will be going to bed with a mask of pollution and general grossness caked on your face. Besides being straight-up disgusting, this can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, acne and other unwelcomed skin issues. (Our suggestion: Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes)
3—Gentle cleanser. There is the propensity to want to grab the most aggressive face wash you can get your hands on the second you spot a single pimple. Don’t do it! Acne washes are way too harsh and strip your skin of necessary oils, throwing most people’s skin way out of balance. Use a cleansing milk to remove the day’s grime and wash your face without drying out your skin. (Our suggestion: Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk)
4—Exfoliate. It’s always out with the old, in with the new. And that should apply to your skin cells as well. One to three times a week, use a gentle exfoliant to get rid of that layer of old skin cells that dull your complexion. Quickly watch how this little face massage produces some seriously radiant skin. (Our suggestion: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate)
5—Rose water. Fun fact—toners don’t (and shouldn’t) sting your face. Stay away from over-drying astringent toning products and swap them out for something more balancing. Rose water is incredibly hydrating, works on any skin type and smells as luscious as you think it would. (Our suggestion: Heritage Rosewater)
6—Eye cream. This stuff isn’t just for your grandma, folks. The skin around your eyes is very, very thin, which means it shows signs of aging very, very easily. Your eyes look young now, so let’s keep them that way. You should apply a hydrating eye cream both day and night to keep those fine lines at bay. (Our suggestion: Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Eye Cream)
7—SPF 365. While you are (hopefully) lathering up with sunscreen this summer, don’t just save the sun protection for the beach. Wearing at least SPF 30 all year round is a no-brainer that you need to be doing ASAP. Sun protection is vital not just to protect against sun spots and signs of aging, but also more harmful conditions such as skin cancer. (Our suggestion: Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free SPF 42 Sunscreen)
8—Glycolic acid. You probably haven’t even heard of glycolic acid before, but it is time for you to get familiar! This chemical is renowned for both resurfacing and purifying properties. What does that mean for you and your complexion? Regenerated surface cells (so wrinkle prevention) while also treating those current pesky acne and blackheads at the same time. Hello, even skin tone! (Our suggestion: Philosophy Triple-Acid Brightening Pads)
9—Face oil. Oil on oily skin sounds counterintuitive but trust me on this one. Face oils are a must for skin care because of their potent ingredients and optimum moisturizing properties. Besides hydrating your skin, face oil can also mend those acne scars and breakouts. Even better, a little bit goes a long way. Just a couple dabs will do you (and your skin) wonders. (Our suggestion: Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil)