Why You Need to Start Your Anti-Aging Routine in Your 20s

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Skin aging is a natural process that spares no one, yet its first signs—a faint line under our eyes or a discreet crease on the forehead—is enough to send us into panic mode. But as much as we dread the signs of aging, most of us don’t really give anti-aging skin care much thought until we are well into our 30s or 40s. So when do we actually need to start our own wrinkle-fighting routine? Experts would tell you that the best time is now—and yes, even when you’re still in your 20s.

Your Skin in Your 20s

When you’re in your 20s, life can be filled with never-ending options and decisions. There is always a mountain of things to do, places to see, and swipes to make. Needless to say, the thought of wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin is probably farthest from your mind. But as it turns out, taking better care of your skin in your 20s just might be the key to looking like 28 even when you’re already 37.

While you can pretty much get away with a minimal approach to skin care in your 20s, not many realize that collagen and elastin—the proteins responsible for your skin’s plump, elastic, and smooth appearance—start to dwindle down by as early as your mid-20s. Even more so when you engage in unhealthy lifestyle habits like not getting enough sleep, social smoking, and skipping SPF. So even though your skin is at its peak form now, how you treat it today will eventually determine what it will look like 15 or more years down the road.

Skin care in your 20s is all about prevention and protection.Image by Senivpetro /

Anti-Aging Skin Care in Your 20s

Anti-aging skin care in your 20s is all about getting ahead of time and gravity. You’re laying the groundwork so that your skin can stay younger, longer. That said, that doesn’t mean you’re going to need to bust out the serious stuff and start drenching your face with retinoids just yet. In your 20s, your best bet in preserving your youthful visage is by building good skin care habits. More than any “miracle cream” with a hefty price tag, your skin will benefit more from a regimen that arms it with the right weapons to fight the good fight against environmental aggressors, late nights and stress, and crow’s feet and laugh lines. After all, prevention is much easier than scrambling to repair damage or cover up flaws.

If you’re wondering how and where to start, we’ve got you covered. Below is a guide on how to build an anti-aging skin care routine in your 20s.

CLEANSE (AND CLEANSE AGAIN). With your live-fast life, there are nights when it’s virtually impossible to summon enough energy and willpower to take off your makeup before hitting the bed. But sleeping with makeup on can be a nightmare for your skin. Aside from clogging your pores and increasing the chances of sudden breakouts, it also interrupts your skin’s reparative process, dries out and dulls your complexion, and hinders cell regeneration.

In other words, cleansing is a no-brainer no matter what age you are. But if you want to really make sure all the day’s grease and grime are off your face before you head to dreamland, now is the best time to start a double-cleansing routine. That is, cleansing your face with a face oil or micellar water then following it up with a foam wash or cream cleanser.

TRY: Oceanic Gold Ocean Fresh Cream Cleanser – This rich face wash is enriched with Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, rose geranium, grapeseed, and castor oils that deliver much-needed moisture to your skin while effectively removing makeup and excess oil, countering free radical damage, and improving texture and complexion.

EXFOLIATE. Without regular exfoliation, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin and cause clogged pores and breakouts, a dull complexion, and a rough texture. It also plays a key role in maintaining your skin’s elasticity and radiance by stimulating cell repair and regeneration, fading dark spots, and allowing better absorption of oncoming products.

Using a gentle scrub at night, two to three times weekly, is ideal to keep your skin in fighting shape.

TRY: Oceanic Gold Crushed Pearls Facial Scrub – A mildly abrasive, deep-cleansing facial scrub that contains amino acids and antioxidants from crushed freshwater pearls, Australian kaolin white clay and jojoba beads, and hydrating and anti-aging Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, macadamia oil, sea minerals, and aloe vera.

TONE. This oft-forgotten step plays a key role in keeping your skin balanced and oil-free throughout the day. And these days, toners have gone a major reinvention. From being notorious for drying out skin, the new generation of toners are loaded with ultra-hydrating ingredients (like floral water, honey, and green tea) that deliver nourishing nutrients and moisture deep into your dermal layers.

If retinol intimidates you, start your anti-aging routine with a hydrating serum with antioxidant-rich and collagen-boosting ingredients.

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ADD A SERUM. No, serums aren’t just for your 40-something boss who’s battling career stress and crow’s feet. You may be years away from sprouting your first wrinkle or forehead crease, but adding a hydrating serum to your skin care regimen now will have your future self singing you praises. Choose a multitasking one that’s packed with moisture-boosting and antioxidant-rich ingredients to help your skin fight off the effects of sun exposure, free radicals, pollution, and stress.

SOOTHE YOUR EYES. You’re probably pulling off back-to-back all-nighters for that big presentation and still have the energy for an extended happy hour, but trust us, all those sleepless nights will eventually take a toll on your skin—especially on that delicate area under your eyes that also happens to be the first part of your face to show signs of aging. So if you’re not using an eye cream just yet, it’s time to get on it, stat!

TRY: Oceanic Gold Mineral Replenishing Eye Cream – A quick-absorbing, manuka honey-enriched eye cream that targets puffiness, dark circles, sagging, and fine lines. It’s also infused with nourishing antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamin E and cucumber, lemon myrtle, and evening primrose oils.

MOISTURIZE. Having dry skin makes you more prone to developing early signs of aging, so keeping skin moisturized is crucial. However, not all moisturizers are created equal, and to be able to get the most out of them, you need to choose one that works best for your skin type. Start paying more attention to how your skin reacts to certain types of products and to the ingredients listed on the labels.

In the A.M., opt for a lightweight cream that will deliver much-need moisture to your skin without weighing it down. At night, a richer cream with skin-repairing ingredients is best to give your skin maximum nourishment while you sleep.

TRY: Oceanic Gold Pure Ocean Day Cream – Light and easily absorbed (works well as a primer), this day cream balances and hydrates skin while protecting it from everyday stressors. Thanks to its skin-loving ingredients that include Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, grapeseed, jojoba, and grapefruit oils, sea buckthorn berry, seaweed, and aloe vera.

TRY: Oceanic Gold Rich Mineral Night Cream – Featuring Manuka Honey Bio Active 20+, floral and leaf water, aloe vera, and jojoba, rosehip, and apricot kernel oils, this night cream treats your skin to an overnight pampering by delivering moisture to your skin, restoring balance, and brightening your complexion.

WEAR SPF. Sunscreen is a must at any age and arguably the number one skin care product you need in your life. Aside from causing the obvious sunburn and sun spots (and being the leading cause of skin cancer), UV exposure also contributes to the breakdown of your skin’s repair mechanisms. In fact, experts agree that aside from maintaining a healthier lifestyle, diet, and exercise, sun protection is the most important anti-aging step you can take in your 20s. This is because most of the damage that dermatologists see in older patients actually come from sun exposure. So get in the habit of wearing sunscreen now—whether you’re at the beach or snowboarding—and spare your skin the trouble of premature fine lines and age spots.