Skin and skincare in your 20's

Updated: May 4, 2020

Well done. You have made it through probably one of the most awkward skin stages of our life. Acne seems to have calmed down. You may still experience occasional spots due to hormones fluctuation. If acne is your biggets concern, we have a blog post on everything about acne.

During your 20’s is perhaps when you are encouraged to be an individual and find your personality. We may indulge in more makeup and bolder choices, we may regret later.

So what happens to your skin during your 20’s?

In your early 20’s, your skin is usually bouncy, firm and no or little signs of lines (for drier skin). How you look after your skin at this stage is crucial to how your skin will look at a later stage. Later stage does not mean 10 or 20 years later. By your late 20’s, the epidermis and dermis will start to thin. Your skin would start showing the first signs of ageing.

Experimenting with makeup will have an impact on our skin. Using more makeup and not investing in skincare products/ regime may:

1. Not remove makeup effectively

2. Cause clogged pores

3. Cause skin irritation and inflammation from not cleaning makeup brushes and sponges

woman in her 20 in millk bath. skin and skincare in your 20s.

Achieving healthy skin is a marathon, not a sprint.

You need to be consistent in your skincare regime. That does not mean you need to spend a lot of time on your skincare regime. Looking into ingredients which helps your skin concerns will increase efficiency and save you time and money.

During yorur 20's, you may be partying harder, working longer hours and not exercising as much as you should. Luckily, younger skin/ bodies have the ability to recuperate itself at an astonishing rate. This, however, will not last forever. Hence, it’s important for you to look after your skin at this stage. To ensure your skin looks and feels better for longer, we cannot stress enough that this is the time to start a good skincare regime and live a healthier lifestyle. You need to invest and stick to a skincare regime that works for your skin type.

All the traumas we put our skin through at this stage will show as we age.

As we approach late 20’s,

1. Our epidermis and dermis start to thin.

2. Your collagen level starts to deplete at a rate of about 1% a year.

3. Elastin is found with collagen in the Dermis and Elastin starts to lower as we age.

4. Your skin cells turnover rate starts to slow.

5. You may also feel that you are losing “baby fat”. Your checks are not hollowed out yet but starting to lose a bit of volume taking on a more sculptured look.

What can you do?

1. Use SPF daily even in winter.

2. Never sunbath, there is no such thing as a safe tan. Use self-tanner or bronzer instead.

3. Always remove make-up before going to bed.

5. More is not better. Observe your skin and don’t load it with tonnes of products it does need. It may cause more issue.e sensitivity.

5. More is not better. Observe your skin and don’t load it with tonnes of products it does not need. It may cause more issue.

6. Drink water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate… especially when you have had alcohol intake, always drink water to prevent dehydration.

7. Exercise regularly

8. Eat healthily

9. Don’t smoke!!!

10. Good quality sleep

We cannot promise you perfect skin (because it does not exist) but we can assure you if you make a conscious effect to look after your skin, you would achieve excellent skin health and appearance.

Here are the ingredients to look out for:


Do not overload your skin with too many active ingredients at the same, it can have an adverse reaction. It is best to test and introduce them slowly.

a list of ingredients for 20s skin. this chart includes skincare ingredients list, functions, pros, cons and what to watch out for when using these ingredients. it also identify the best skincare ingredients for all skintypes.

* - Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Malic acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Mandelic Acid

** - Salicylic acid


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