We Found the Ideal Skincare Routine for Your 20s & 30s
Here’s the real tea, the fountain of youth exists -- you just have to take a closer look in your bathroom!
It’s your skincare routine! It can’t get any more simple. However, many women in their 20s and 30s are getting their daily routine wrong because there are so many skincare products on the market that make a simple skincare regime seem daunting. According to a survey from Boots No7, nine in 10 women don’t know what skincare products to use. What’s a girl to do?!
That’s why we’re teaming up with our friends at Pamela Metamorphosis to give you the best advice as to how you should care for your skin in these critical years.
It’s absolutely vital for the longevity and health of your skin to begin a proper skincare routine in your 20s and adapt it as you age into your 30s. Don’t believe that you can neglect your skin because you’re young, it’s an urban legend that your skill will bounce back! Our skin always needs a little TLC and every year we age counts.
The aging process begins the day our mother gave birth to us, and there’s no rewind button to bring back that beautiful baby skin glow. Therefore, it’s important to make skincare a habit, especially for women in their early 20s. “If you have done a lot of damage from the sun, or genetically not predisposed to nice skin, you have to do some kind of therapeutic product in order to encourage their skin to bounce back,” says Pamela Hill, R.N. and founder of Pamela Metamorphosis.
Skin bounces back through the process of cellular turnover, meaning our dead skin cells shed and are replaced with younger skin cells. “Cell turnover takes on average 30-35 days and as we get older it's 45 days,” says Pamela.
The cellular turnover process is very much like exercising for your body. For example, when you lift weights, you are encouraging your muscles to grow stronger. Similarly, when you take care of your skin with the proper products, you are also encouraging younger skin cells to grow at a faster rate.
Think of it this way, a results-driven weightlifting routine requires weights that are not too light or too heavy for you, just like how a proper skincare routine requires products that are personalized for your needs. Without a regular lifting or skincare routine that is customized for your unique needs, you won’t see results.
When it comes to developing your skincare routine, you need to look for ingredients that will help boost cell turnover. In other words, the ingredients are the dumbbells, and using these ingredients regularly will get your skin into its best shape possible!
At any age, you should include these three ingredients in your skincare routine: Retinol (or Retin-A), Vitamin C and Sunblock.
Retinol is more commonly known as vitamin A and it’s one of those ingredients that can make a transformative impact on the way our skin looks. Retinol is vital in every skincare routine because it encourages collagen growth, which keeps our skin looking youthful and plump.
“Collagen are the fibers that give our skin strength, and there are 23 different kinds of collagen, ” says Pamela. However, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which reveals wrinkles and fine lines. We can encourage collagen growth with retinol and Retin-A, and these ingredients are also excellent for treating acne. Retinol is truly an all-in-one ingredient!
With adult acne being more commonplace for individuals in their 20s and 30s, trying a lot of products is not the best answer. Pamela recommends seeking the help of a dermatologist if you have adult acne, but if your acne is associated with your monthly cycle, give Retinol a try! A good rule of thumb is that cyclic acne tends to pop up on your jawline and chin.
Although Retinol is a holy grail skincare ingredient, it should be used cautiously. If you’re noticing seasonal changes in your skin, adjust how much Retinol you use. “Use a heavier moisturizer and cut back on retinol that can be drying, that alone will make a big difference,” says Pamela. Typically, Retinol is more tolerable in the spring and summer than it is during the winter, but be sure to wear SPF during the summer, as retinol can make your skin a bit more sensitive. You should be wearing SPF every day, regardless!
Your mother always told you to drink orange juice for a reason!
Vitamin C is a free radical fighter and like retinol, it’s a powerful ingredient that combats signs of aging, fades acne scars, and boots collagen production. It’s an antioxidant that should be used from your 20s into your 30s, no ifs, ands, or buts!
And you don’t even have to use a lot of product to get results. Research shows that even just .6 percent of Vitamin C can help protect your skin from free radicals and aging.
However, you need to be weary of how your Vitamin C is packaged or bottled. Vitamin C destabilizes when it comes into contact with the air, so be sure to buy Vitamin C products that are only packaged in opaque bottle or containers. You wouldn’t want to waste any bit of this holy grail ingredient!
It’s a well-known fact that the sun isn’t our best friend when it comes to avoiding wrinkles and dark spots. And while we do need our daily dose of Vitamin D at any age, it’s still important to apply SPF everyday to not only keep our skin looking its best, but to also avoid increasing our risks of skin cancer.
We know, we’re preaching to the choir with this one. But it’s important to recognize that we age in two ways, intrinsically and extrinsically. Intrinsically, we age based on genetics. That is out of our control and we can’t change our genetics. Extrinsically, we age from from exterior issues that hit our skin, like the sun and pollution. That is totally in our control and we can change!
“Anything we can do to limit extrinsic aging from free radicals is really important and that starts with SPF and moisturizer, ” says Pamela. She recommends looking for products with SPF 30, as the literature finds SPF 30 to be the right number and will take you through the day. But, if you are at the beach or in the water, you will need to reapply more often. As a skincare pro tip, she recommends to look for sunscreens with titanium oxide and zinc oxide.
To finally put the fountain of youth myths to rest, retinol, vitamin C, SPF, and moisturizer are the vital ingredients you need to make your daily skincare routine effective at any age.\
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