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Skincare in your 20's

I shared a bit about the BeautyRx blog, and that, if there was one takeaway, it'd be that exfoliation is the single, most important thing you can do for your skin. Turns out my friend's mother has been exfoliating daily for years. Bingo.

20-something skincare

Regardless of your age, you should be using a sunscreen, an exfoliant, and an antioxidant. However, your skin has different needs depending on your age. The skincare regimen that you are using say, in your 40's, might be totally different from what you used (or didn't use) in your 20's.

In your 20's, the issue that should be top of mind is prevention; prevention of premature photo-aging from sun damage, prevention of acne breakouts (yes, they are still happening), and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles that will start to appear in your mid- to late-thirties.

Sun damage

This is easy. First, use a sunscreen every morning to protect yourself against that big yellow star in the sky. It's strong. Then, in the evenings, apply an antioxidant. Antioxidant products contain active ingredients, like Vitamin C, which prevent additional damage from free-radicals, which reside in your skin cells and also in the sun's UVA rays.

Bye Bye Acne Breakouts

Regular (aka daily) exfoliation helps prevent and control acne breakouts by getting rid of clogged pores and the build up of dead skin cells. Additionally, exfoliation clears up any brown spots or extra pigmentation that might be contributing to uneven texture or tone. And, believe me, the benefits are clear as day: bright, lustrous, glowing skin.

Fine lines and wrinkles

Well, let's not just bide the time. The best way to prevent fine lines and wrinkles (aside from using sunscreen to prevent any further damage to your skin) is to start to use a peptide product. Peptides boost your fibroblasts. It sounds technical, but simply put, these are the cells that make collagen. As collagen depletion starts to occur in your 30's, these cells will begin creating replacement collagen so it's there when you need it.

Oh, and one more thing...

If your cheeks or dry or tight, use a light, water-based moisturizer to help with hydration.

Have a 20-something skincare secret? By all means, share it with us!

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