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The best skincare routine for your 20’s and 30’s

In case you didn’t know, your skincare routine should change or be altered depending on your age. For example, skin problems you could have in your 20’s, you may not necessarily have in your 30’s or 40’s. Scroll below for a guide on what skincare routine would suit those in their 20’s and 30’s best. For those in their 40’s and 50’s, click here for a guide on the best skincare regimen for you. 


 Ideal skincare regimen for those in their 20’s:

Some people make the mistake of not looking after their skin properly in their 20’s. Your 20’s are when you should start implementing a solid skincare routine, to help slow down the effects of ageing. Acne and possibly sun damage discolouration are issues that are likely to effect those in their 20’s. It’s extremely important to keep the skin on your face, neck, chest and hands protected by wearing SPF daily. 

20's skincare regimen products: clarins cleanser, la roche posay spf., una brennan super facialist

Step 1: Cleanse with a gentle foaming cleanser like Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. This will gently remove makeup and excess oil from the skin without drying it out. 

⋅ Step 2: During the day, use a light moisturiser that contains SPF, and provides UVA and UVB protection. Look for a product that contains either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, or Mexoryl. One of our favourites is La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+. At night, you want to use a product that will give the skin a surge of moisture. Apply an anti-ageing serum that contains vitamin C like, Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum.

Step 3: For mild breakouts, use a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, like Quinoderm 10 cream. And, try not to pick your skin, as it can lead to long-lasting scars.


Ideal skincare regimen for those in their 30’s:

Did you know that your skin naturally exfoliates itself every 14 days in your 20’s, but only every 35 days in your 30’s. Because of this, you need to start exfoliating regularly. Another skin challenge is again, discolouration, caused by sun damage. 

Ideal skincare regimen for those in their 30’s: cetaphill cleanser, la roche posay creme, estee lauder moisturiser, indeed laboratories retinol reface

Step 1: Instead of using a foaming cleanser like you would in your 20’s, switch to a non-foaming, non-drying cleanser in your 30’s, like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

Step 2: For day time, use an antioxidant-rich moisturiser, like Estee Lauder Daywear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme. This should be applied before applying sunscreen. Anti-oxidants help to fight free radicals and protect the skin from damage and premature ageing.

Step 3: To improve the overall texture and tone of your skin, apply a retinoid cream at night like, Indeed Labs Retinol reface Retinol Skin Resurfacer Serum. Ensure that you avoid putting retinoid cream on your upper eyelids, as they will be too irritating on your delicate eye area. Then, apply a basic hydrating moisturiser (if you feel your skin needs additional moisturiser), that doesn’t contain retinoids, so as to avoid over treating your skin. We love La Roche Posay Redermic R cream.

The best skincare routine for your 40’s and 50’s

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