Your 20s is an ideal time to start a skin care routine and adopt skin healthy habits. The skin care choices you make now will affect what your skin looks like in your next decade – and beyond.

Women should take a proactive approach to protecting against UV damage and boosting collagen production in their 20s because research shows that as early as age 25, the skin’s two structural proteins, collagen (which maintains firmness, resilience, and tautness) and elastin (which provides skin with flexibility and the ability to stretch and snap back), decrease.

If you’re unsure of where to begin, don’t worry. Whether your goal is to ensure wrinkle-free skin in the future or to maintain its long-term health, incorporating these skincare habits into your routine now is crucial.

The skincare I’d be using in my twenties…

When it comes to taking care of your skin, there are a few key things you shouldn’t skimp on. Firstly, using a gentle cleanser is important to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, consider a cleanser containing salicylic acid which not only removes impurities at the surface level of the skin, but also clears clogged pores.

Secondly, incorporating an antioxidant serum such as vitamin C into your routine will help protect your skin from environmental stressors and promote a brighter complexion. It’s essential to use a moisturising SPF daily to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

Lastly, using a retinol or retinoid at night can help to normalize the skin, reducing oiliness and spots, while also boosting collagen production. Of course, everyone’s skin is unique, so seeking advice from an expert can be helpful if you have problematic skin that needs special attention.

What about tweakments?

When it comes to aesthetic procedures, many people are quick to jump on the bandwagon without considering what is really right for them. If you’re considering treatments, speak to an experienced, medical practitioner who will advise you on what’s suitable for your face (and be honest when something isn’t right).

However, for some, tweaking certain features can be beneficial for boosting confidence and feeling more comfortable in their own skin. For instance, if you have acne scarring, microneedling, fillers, or radiofrequency can be a great option to smooth out the skin. These treatments are particularly effective for those in their 20s, whose skin is still collagen-rich and can respond well to the procedures.

Similarly, non-surgical rhinoplasty can be a good alternative for those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose and want to balance their features, but aren’t ready for surgery. As for wrinkle-relaxing injections, whilst they are a proven method for preventing frown lines, it’s best to wait until the lines are just about visible at rest before starting treatment. Ultimately, any procedure should be carefully considered, with potential benefits and risks weighed up before making a decision.

If you’d like to find out more about the treatment option, or what might be right for you, click here to book a consultation.