In your 20s
How you treat your complexion in your younger years can set you up for skincare success later in life. In your 20s, it’s mostly about prevention. Make sure you know the correct age to begin these vital skin care practices.
Prevent sun damage
Any dermatologist will tell you that one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin is to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ every single day, rain or shine. UV rays damage collagen and elastic tissue and cause wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, broken blood vessels, and uneven texture, explains Debra Jaliman, MD, a board certified dermatologist in New York City. People who wear sunscreen religiously tend to look much younger (not to mention it helps protect against skin cancer), so this is important for every age group. If you need some product recommendations, these are the 13 sunscreens top dermatologists actually use on themselves.
Just because you’re out of your teenage years doesn’t mean acne suddenly disappears (but wouldn’t that be amazing?!). To keep skin clear, Dr. Jaliman suggests using a cleanser like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash Cream Cleanser or pre-soaked pads with salicylic acid like Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads. You can also try out these home remedies for acne, or find out the over-the-counter drugstore acne-fighters that dermatologists trust.