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Once you’ve been alive for 20+ years, you’ve likely got a lot of things figured out. You can do your own laundry, cook at least a few basic meals, and make your own doctor’s appointments. But is your skin care routine really one of the things you have down on lock? Sure, you know you’re supposed to use a facial cleanser and to follow it with moisturizer—but there’s a bit more to it. No matter how much life experience you may have gained thus far, it’s never a bad time to check up on how you’re taking care of your complexion. Plus, as you age your skin care priorities should also evolve—which means it may be time for an update. Not sure where to start? Knowing the major skin care concerns to look out for is the first step in creating the best skin care routine for your 20s, and we’re sharing all our tips to do just that, below.
Unless you’re totally skin care adverse, cleansing is most likely already a part of your routine, and it is still—and always will be—a fundamental skin care step you shouldn’t skip. Washing your face in the morning and at night can help rid the surface of your skin of oil, makeup, and sweat that has built up throughout the day. Your 20s can get pretty busy, between building a career and maintaining those post-college relationships—but that’s no excuse to cut out cleansing. You can keep it quick and convenient by using a micellar water. Since they don’t require water or rinsing, you can use one virtually anywhere. Pretty neat, right? You’ll want choose a facial cleanser that best suits your skin type. Have your pick from one of the following three: The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser – Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies.
Do you really need to exfoliate? In short, the answer is yes—we can’t help you get out of this one. To provide a little more detail, dead skin cells can accumulate on your skin’s surface and cause skin to look dry and dull. Which, hello, glow skin is what keeps you looking young! The pile up of dead cells can also mix with sweat, oil and makeup and potentially clog your pores. Regular exfoliation helps slough away surface build up so that skin looks brighter and fresh. Three times a week, reach for a face scrub from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub is formulated with cocoa, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Scrub is formulated with acai, and the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Scrub is formulated with kiwi.
Read about almost any skin care routine, and you’re likely to find they have at least one thing in common: Moisturizer. And trust us, there’s a good reason why this tip is so often reiterated. It’s because moisturizer is a must for people of all ages and skin types—no exceptions. Twice a day, after cleansing, you’ll want to smooth on a moisturizer. (Bonus tip: Go ahead and apply your face cream or lotion while your skin is still damp to help lock in more moisture!) While everyone’s skin is suited to some kind of moisturizer, which one will vary depending on your age and skin type. While you’re in your 20s, use a fast-absorbing, water-based moisturizer meant for your skin type. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, all of which are formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid.
Don’t make face masks a once in a while treat—use them a few times a week! Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask. Apply an even layer of your face mask of choice to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. You can also multi-mask with multiple face masks—read Multi-Masking 101: How to Use Multiple Face Masks at Once on Combination Skin to learn how.
If protecting your skin from the sun was never a priority, that should change in your 20s. Spending time in the sun sans protection? That’s a major skin care no-no! Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher or moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, daily as directed—but don’t stop there. Make sure to limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are peak hours), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Ready to start preparing for your 30s? Here’s The Best Skin Care Routine for Your 30s.