6 Kind Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Skin In Your 20s


Skin care in your 20s is a lot like drinking in your 20s. You essentially engage in a lot of trial and error while learning how to do both responsibly.

It’s not about trying to turn back the clock, undoing the consequences from all the bad decisions you made. And it’s not about going overboard, trying to correct an issue that hasn’t presented itself yet (e.g., too-early Botox), much like you’d overdo it on the shots (more shots doesn’t always equal more fun).

Treating your skin responsibly is about taking care of your skin, giving it a little TLC just like you do the rest of your body, mind and self.

For most of us, present company included, this skin care skill set improves with age the more you learn what works, what doesn’t, and what will never be tried again. Much like drinking responsibly (cough, cough, Jagermeister, cough).

To help you shorten the skin care learning curve, we’ve tapped expert esthetician Tammy Trocino for her pro tips on how not to do your skin in during your youth.

As far as honing an adult appreciation of fine wines and spirits, Buzzfeed’s Matt Bellassai seems to be making some headway.


1. Correct the damage that’s done outdoors… Some of the most damaging factors to your skin lurk just outside your front door. Think smoke, smog, and UVB and UVA rays. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect your skin from these environmentally aging factors. To maintain an even skin tone and a radiant glow, I recommend the use of topical vitamin C for protection from free radicals and outside pollution.

We’re reaching for the Vitamin C Serum Rebalance from Japan-based cult favorite Skin Inc., which delivers pure antioxidants in encapsulation technology.

2. Treat the areas that show aging first…. The neck and décolleté can be the first areas to show signs of environmental damage long before they rightfully should. To prevent unnecessary environmental damage always use sun protection.

We have firsthand experience with this, so be sure to extend your skincare treatments (cleaners, serums, night creams, etc.) to this area. It’ll be totally worth it in 10 years.


3. Your skincare routine should be like a juice cleanse for your skin… Proper nutrition is essential for good overall health and the health of the body’s largest organ, the skin. This often overlooked organ is the last to receive whatever vital nutrients may be left over in the body’s bloodstream. Go the extra mile to supplement your skin with a nourishing skin care regimen that features nutritionally beneficial ingredients such as aloe barbadensis leaf extract, which is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including beta carotene and folic acid.

Try slathering on Key West Aloe’s Marine Mud Mask, a cooling and detoxing concoction of aloe vera, red marine algae extra, avocado, jojoba and sea lettuce. Nom nom nom.

4. H2O must be your M.O…. Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is essential to good skin health. Staying hydrated will encourage long-term elasticity and strength of the skin. For extra support to the skin’s vital structure, look for products that contain ultra-hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract.

We love the idea of Jart+’s Dermask Water Jet Vital Hydra Solution mask, which makes deep hydrating a breeze.

5. Move your body and your skin will benefit too… Regular exercise is just as important for the health and vitality of your skin as it is for the rest of the body. Exercise oxygenates, energizes, and purifies the skin, keeping it healthy, radiant, plump and alive. But keep in mind, not cleansing after a sweat session can lead to breakouts. To keep post workout acne at bay, use a foaming cleanser with Glycolic Acid. Try the AHA/Glycolic Acid 10% Foaming Facial Cleanser by Dermarie Advanced Skin Science. This quick and easy cleanser removes pore-clogging impurities for a just-finished-spin-class glow.

6. Party people have to keep it clean too… No slacking off after a late night out! Thoroughly removing makeup and environmental impurities is crucial before going to bed. Nighttime is an extremely important phase for skin regeneration and rejuvenation. One night of neglect can cause more damage than passing out with a face full of makeup will ever be worth.

We’ve been guilty of the late-night face-plant sans wash. Oops. So, we keep a pack of cleansing towelettes like Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes on the nightstand for that very moment.