Women in their 20s have dramatically different skin than women in their 40s. Needs and issues vary by generation, which is why it is so important to have a skincare routine that promotes the healthiest results.
Skin in your 20s is supple and healthy with good collagen production. But gen Y is facing issues that previous ones haven’t – increased pollution and early exposure to tanning beds. It is best to get a jump start on a good skincare routine that cleanses without stripping, protects from environmental damage and nourishes deeply.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Moisturizing Olive Cleanser ($8.99 / US $7.99)
Gently removes dirt and makeup without drying the skin. Olive leaves and skins are chock full of natural moisturizers and glycerides that remove impurities.
Garnier Moisture Rescue Lightweight SPF 15 Lotion ($10.99 / US $7.99)
Lock in moisture and protect against the damaging effects of the sun with this milky lotion. It is oil free – perfect for people in their 20s because it won’t clog pores and skin won’t feel greasy or sticky.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Intense Night Cream ($65 / US $58.00)
Restore hydration and improve tone and texture while you sleep. The silky cream seeps into the skin and promotes the natural repair of environmental damage.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Eye Cream ($60 / US $49.50)
Formulated with a Ceramide Triple Complex and EyeLiss to plump fine lines and crow’s feet. The look of dark circles and puffiness, thanks to late nights and early mornings, are a thing of the past.
Thanks to stress, pollution, sun exposure, alcohol consumption and smoking, the first signs of aging begin to show up in your 30s. Fine lines and wrinkles develop (especially around the mouth and eyes). Colour becomes uneven and texture changes take place. It is important to now start actively fighting the aging process.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish ($16 / US $16)
Gently massage this citrus-scented wash ($16.00) into the skin with circular motions and rinse off. It refreshes and reveals radiance. Vitamin C, Community Trade aloe vera and Amazonian camu camu encourage collagen production and improve elasticity.
Lancôme Rénergie Lift Volumetry ($110 / US $88)
With lifting and shaping properties, this cream uses the GF-Volumetry Complex to stimulate the collagen network, firm skin and define facial contours. Skin feels instantly soothed and renewed. The added SPF 15 makes it excellent for day.
Olay Total Effects Cooling Hydration ($28.99 / US $18.99)
There are several different factors that contribute to aging, and this lightweight cream fights seven of them – lines, dryness, uneven texture, free radical damage, large pores, sagging and dullness. It was found to enhance surface cell turnover in just five days for a younger looking appearance.
Chanel Hydramax + Active Active Moisture Mask ($59 / US $72)
Hydramax + Active provides a stream of moisture to the skin. Ceratonia CFA penetrates deeply into cells to deliver nutrients. In just 10 minutes your complexion is soft and smooth.
If you didn’t wear sunscreen in your teens, this is the time when broken blood vessels and dark spots materialize. Cell turnover slows down which leads to a dulling of the skin and there is collagen and elastin loss – two things responsible for firmness and lift.
The skincare routine for this decade should restore the glow from your 20s and fight lines and wrinkles.
J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary Daily Cleansing Cream ($12.99 / US $10.99)
This moisturizing cleanser is gentle on skin yet it has been formulated to remove makeup and dirt build up. Menthol sooths and calms mild irritations and redness, while witch hazel extract restores and enhances natural glow.
Evital Ener-C is designed for active women who want to protect their skin from dryness and environmental stress, while, at the same time, brighten dull complexions and energize the skin. Actigen O2 is derived from ginseng and boosts cell activity, and vitamin C brightens and firms.
Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Moisture Night ($20.99 / US $17.99)
Apply a pearl-sized amount evenly over the face before bed and let the Hyaluronic acid and Retinol go to work. In two weeks skin is softer, fine lines and age spots are minimized and deep wrinkles are lifted.
SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator ($80 / US $70)
Retexturizing Activator serum does just that; it activates the regeneration of skin by promoting exfoliation, increasing the amino acid supply and improving hydration. Potent without any harsh side effects, this efficient formula is suitable for all skin types, and really brightens the complexion.