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Watching the Golden Globes with the 19-year old daughter of friends made me more acutely aware of the 20-somethings (from Jennifer Lawrence to Katherine McPhee) who paraded the red carpet to a barrage of (not always generous) commentary from my companion than I might usually be. My preoccupation, you won’t be surprised to hear, was with their skin. With the exception of the ever-dewy Taylor Swift, most celebrity 20-somethings could do with introducing a decent skincare regimen into their lives – and women of all ages may find some inspiration in this 20-something regimen.
Jennifer Lawrence (who I loved in Winter’s Bone and The Hunger Games) reportedly uses no more than soap and a splash of water. Her Globes appearance showed she cleans up great (with a red dress to die for), but my favorite hobby horse is that a proper cleansing routine is the foundation of great skin. Which cleanser to choose when you are 20-something is an important decision because young skins can be oily and breakout prone and it’s easy to over-compensate by over-exfoliating and drying the skin out.
A good cream cleanser would be BIAO Beauty Rejuvenating Cleanser ($19). It smells of fresh roses and contains natural, nourishing ingredients, like aloe vera, lavender extract, avocado oil, shea butter and sunflower oil. If you are prone to open pores, then reach for Arcona Toner Tea Bar ($38), which tones as well as cleanses, with suds that come from natural yucca.
Exfoliation is something to step up in your 30s, but if you are 20-something with a drab skin tone, a once-a-week gentle peel with Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive ($39) will make the complexion glow with organic plant extracts and natural alpha hydroxy acids.
Hayden Panettiere is so charismatic on Nashville that I forgive her for fronting Neutrogena. But I can improve on Neutrogena’s Wave Sonic cleansing brush with either a Clarisonic or Ultra Clear Facial Cleansing System ($86 in the shop) brush. Either way, power brushing is perfect for 20-somethings and an excellent way to refine the skin.
In an (if I say so myself) inspired moment, it struck me that a great daytime moisturizer for 20-somethings would be Arcona Desert Mist ($32). It isn’t your mother’s cold cream. It isn’t a cream at all but a very light gel. What I like about it is that provides a protective barrier for the skin, protecting it from environmental damage (you know, pollution or smoke-filled parties) while being feather light and comfortable. There’s balancing witch hazel and a few anti-agers to give young skin an introduction to.
One of my favorite 20-somethings has been using Your Best Face Private Reserve ($75 for 1.7oz in the shop) since just before the holidays and reports that it is having an excellent effect on her skin. Private Reserve is an oil with some well-chosen antioxidants and so is helping her take preventative measures. It makes the skin feel so good and look so dewy that one reviewer said she’s been visited by the skin goddess.
Talking of dewy, Taylor Swift – unusually for her age – believes in night cream. I would suggest BIAO Beauty’s Rejuvenating Night Creme ($25 in the shop). This lovely skin softener was inspired by Chinese medicine to use three plant extracts: honeysuckle flower, xanthium sibiricum fruit and cyperus rotundus root. Plus, its pretty packaging is impregnated with wildflower seeds and can be planted – a new definition of landfill that should appeal to the eco-conscious younger generation.
Lena Dunham doesn’t strike me as a night cream kind of girl, but she might be persuaded to invest in an eye cream that tackles dark circles, such as 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream ($19 in the shop), packed with so many good things, you'll wonder if it’s edible. Another good eye cream, is Your Best Face Nourish ($45) with some cutting-edge antioxidants such as spin trap and Liprochroman-6, normally found in $100-plus eye creams.
After hearing about Sarah Hyland breaking out in hives just before the Golden Globes ceremony, my thoughts jumped to skin soothers. Hyland, as well as the sensitive-skinned Katherine McPhee, could benefit from Dr. Alkatis Organic Soothing Gel ($60 in the shop). It is great for skin prone to acne, eczema and rosacea, as well as being super helpful post-shaving or waxing.
Even bad girls know they should wear a sunscreen and should look no further than Snowberry’s Everyday Broad Spectrum SPF15 ($36 in the shop) with some really innovative ingredients that protect the from the sun naturally and effectively.