Skin Care at 20

No matter the age, you must have a basic skin care program that fits your skin type and you must vigorously protect your skin from the sun. What follows is more specific advice for your age.

First of all, since you've probably just arrived from your teen years battling all of that acne, you can be sure that your sebum levels are still relatively high. That means that your skin is probably normal to oily and so you may have no need to moisturize at all. Your natural oils can be depleted, however, and so you should make sure you use soap-free products; avoid products with harsh detergents.

In fact, many twenty-year-olds are still dealing with acne - albeit not as severely as in their teens. If that is the case, use a cleanser which contains salicylic acid specially designed for the reduction of sebum production. Wash with this twice daily. If you feel the need to moisturize, choose an oil-free moisturizer. The last thing you want to do is add even more oil to your pores.

Twenty-year-olds rarely have the problem of built up dead skin and for that reason will have no reason to engage in extra spa treatments like exfoliation. Additionally, there is generally no need for a twenty-year-old to worry about anti-wrinkle and anti-aging treatments.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, though, and so people in their twenties may be wise to supplement their basic skin care routine with skin care formulas including protective ingredients, such as antioxidants and/or anti-inflammations. A couple of examples are green tea extract, pomegranate extract, and vitamin E.

We really start showing age in our thirties. It's a time when our metabolism rates slow down, cell turnover follows suite and there is a visible decline of the hormone levels and other growth factors. In short it's time to work harder on our skin care regime.
In our fourth and fifth decades, there is a sharp decrease in our hormone and growth factor levels. There is a lot of cell damage, but the skin is affected the most. That basically translates to a slower rate in skin self repair and slower renewal rates.