It doesn’t matter what age you are- skin care is important. Even if your routine is as simple as cleansing and moisturizing, it’s sure a start to keep your skin fresh and glowing. For awhile, I was content with this simple skin care routine. About a year ago, I decided to kick it up a notch.
Since I’m still young, I try avoiding using too many products on my skin. Although I’m a strong believer in never being too young to begin the anti-aging process, packing an excess of oils and moisturizers on my skin just flat out isn’t good for it. 20 year olds typically have very gentle skin, and we don’t want to abuse it- that will only clog our pores and cause irritation. I have a simple, 4-5 step routine I do nightly to keep my skin soft and to ease into the anti-aging process. For some, 5 steps might even sound daunting, but I assure you I keep it simple.
Step 1: Cleanse
No matter who you are and what your age is, you should be washing your face twice a day. This especially goes for those wearing makeup all day. NEVER sleep with your makeup on. I like to use makeup wipes to remove makeup before cleansing with a Dove soap bar. I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but I swear by it. In the past, I’ve used fancy, organic cleansers that ended up being too harsh on my skin and made my skin worse to begin with. After seeking help from a dermatologist, I was recommended to simply use a soap bar. It’s gentle and won’t cause any irritation. Of course, if you also have problematic skin, I recommend discussing your skin concerns with a dermatologist as well.
Step 2: Exfoliate
I don’t exfoliate nightly; but I do exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Exfoliating is important, but doing it too often can be too harsh on the skin and can cause irritation, dryness, and even acne. I recommend creating your own face mask or exfoliant for the skin. My favorite recipe is a 3-step green tea facial. It smells great, and the facial also acts as a scrub that brushes away all the dead skin on my face. This leaves my skin looking so bright and glowy!
Step 3: Retinol serum
I apply a retinol serum at night to clear my skin of acne scars and hyper pigmentation. I have quite a few scars on my forehead, and I also have very bad dark circles under my eyes. Applying a retinol will help lighten these spots and any other skin discolorations, and will also help prevent or reduce fine lines.
Step 4: Eye cream
Since I have dark circles and puffy eyes, a good eye cream is an important part of my skincare routine. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect eye cream, but from my research, Vitamin K is great for reducing dark circles. Retinol is also great which is why I currently use Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. However, while I do find this eye cream hydrating, I don’t believe it has reduced my dark circles. I am almost finished with my tube, and it has lasted me quite a few months despite using it twice a day. Still, I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.
Step 5: Moisturizer
Exfoliating and retinol can sometimes be a bit drying, making it extra important to moisturize. My dermatologist recommended I use CeraVe, and I’ve been using it ever since. I use the AM version in the morning and the PM version at night. The main difference is the PM version doesn’t include sunscreen. I enjoy both moisturizers, but I would like to soon move onto something a bit more hydrating. However, if you also have acne prone skin, this is a moisturizer I’d recommend.
My skin care routine is easy, breezy and keeps my skin feeling fantastic! I’m always on the lookout for new product recommendations so if you have any moisturizers or eye creams you love, let me know! I’ve also shared my morning skin care routine which you’ll find is basically identical to my night time routine, except I use a refreshing antioxidant toner in the morning instead of a retinol serum. I try to keep things light, but I also do what I can to give love to my skin.