The first signs of aging often appear while you are in your late 20s, but you may still also be battling acne. Sun damage, lifestyle issues and too many late nights may lead to skin damage and concerns. If you have not been focusing on skin care, now is the ideal time to begin a good skin care regimen to keep your skin clear and free of lines and wrinkles.
Oily or Acne Prone Skin
If you have oily or acne prone skin, typical acne care products may be too harsh for your skin and cause dryness, redness or flaking. Use a gentle, gel-based cleanser nightly to remove makeup and cleanse your skin. Opt for an oil-free daily moisturizer with SPF 15 or 20. Apply this all over your face, neck and chest to prevent aging. At night, use a moisturizer containing retinol, applying it all the way up to your eyes. Retinol will effectively treat both acne and the early signs of aging, according to CNN. You may want to consider acne care treatments designed for adults, like Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin, Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Blemish line.
Normal or Dry Skins
Normal or dry skin types should choose a cream-based cleanser. Use it each night before bed. A hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen should be worn daily to prevent sun damage. Opt for a night cream or heavier moisturizer with retinol to treat fine lines and keep your skin looking fresh. Choose gentle products, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some women opt for microdermabrasion or chemical peels in their 20s to prevent rather than treat the signs of aging, according to WebMD.
If you are seeing premature signs of aging, you may want to take a more aggressive approach to skin care. Smoking or sun damage may have contributed to the signs of aging, according to WebMD. Look for cleansers and moisturizers with alpha hydroxy acids to keep your skin exfoliated and reduce the appearance of fine lines. A moisturizer with antioxidants and a separate eye cream can help to correct signs of damage and prevent further damage. Always remember to use sunblock.