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A 20-something regimen inspired by the Golden Globes

A 20-something regimen inspired by the Golden Globes
January 16, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments

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.

  • March 26, 2013

    by Courtney

    I'd like to know the answer to Danielle's question too, please. Is Vitamin A and Vitamin C something we should be using? I am 24.

  • March 24, 2013

    by Danielle

    What about preventative measures. I'm 26 with fine lines on my forehead. I read I should use products with antioxidants, vit c serums and retionals but there's always another other articles saying they're are too harsh. I'd like to reduce my lines and keep them away, the natural way. Please let me know what you auguest.

    Thank you

  • February 28, 2013

    by May Lindstrom

    Hello Valerie! I love your question and actually think you would do wonderfully with my line. The Clean Dirt is a mild exfoliant and is adored by even my clients with very sensitive skin. It gently sloughs away dead skin, allowing for greater absorption of any facial moisturizer you follow with. As for blackheads and whiteheads, The Problem Solver is a serious miracle worker. It is an intensive treatment masque and while it is very powerful, it is not harsh. It gets serious results without stressing your skin. I believe in balance and allowing your own skin to heal itself. If you have any questions, please contact me directly through my website. Good luck!

  • January 31, 2013

    by Robyn

    The Clarisonic and regular exfoliation have really helped me with blackheads and whiteheads. I also try to exfoliate 2 times a week. I also get facials every 6-8 weeks and that clears up anything stubborn. I budget for facials because I realized I was causing damage to my face by trying to do extractions myself.

  • January 20, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Veronika, I would highly recommend using a cleansing brush (Clarisonic or Sonic) for keeping pores clean. The right cleanser is essential and you could try Arcona's Toner Tea Bar. A glycolic mask once a week will help too. You could try Lather's 10-minute ( The SPF question is dependent on where you live and how much time you spend outdoors. If you are in a northern city and/or spend most of your time inside then 15spf is fine. If you are in Arizona on a ranch then 30spf would be advisable.

  • January 20, 2013

    by Veronika Kilbreath

    Thanks for another great post Marta!

    I too am with Valerie, looking for something that will clear my permanent blackheads on my nose (not huge blackheads but they have been there since I was 15) and something for whiteheads as well. The whiteheads on my chin and around my mouth also seem like they are permanent but very small and deep into my skin. I am 22 years old and have combination skin. My nose tends to be drier, probably due to winter weather and the cleansers I have been using.

    Other than that I don't have any acne, and not much dryness aside from my nose which gets randomly really dry.

    Is there any moisturizers, cleansers, or masks you recommend? Should my moisturizer have at least 30 SPF or can I get away with trying out the Snowberry's Everyday Broad Spectrum SPF15? I'm thinking of getting the Sirius Sonic, would that be enough to get rid of the blackheads/whiteheads that seem to stay no matter what I do?

    Thanks :)

  • January 18, 2013

    by Oksana

    3% salicylic acid peel ( does wonders for blackheads. I do it at home once every 2 weeks, more or less.
    I also think your regimen is a little harsh with all the clay in the cleanser and the mask - try Epicuren milk cleanser insted. Marta recommended it a while ago; I tried it once and found out that nothing comes close to this product in terms of very "clean", balanced moisture feel that lasts even during winter months. In summer it keeps the oilies away.
    John Masters Mandarin Moisture provides deep hydration without the heavy, "greesy" feel - it has been a skin saver for me this winter.
    My 17y/o daughter loves YBF Balance - it helps to clear occasional breakouts and redness pronto. Hope, it helps.

  • January 18, 2013

    by Valerie

    Great post !

    I have a question about blackheads.

    I am 27, combination skin with no wrinkles don't really have an acne problem nor oiliness problem unless I use the unappropriate serum or moisturizer.

    However, I have those stubborn blackheads on the tip of my nose and on my cheeks and I have no idea how to get rid of them.

    I read that facial steaming followed by a clay mask helps but my combination skin gears towards dry skin so the clay leaves my skin dry afterwards.

    I heard of these two new products by May Lindstrom skin that helps, so I was considering purchasing them.

    What is your take on blackheads ? What approach should one take to get rid of stubborn blackheads for good and what to do to maintain it that way ?

    Also if in Winter, my skin is very dry I have to usea cream cleanser instead of a foaming one to help with dryness, do you think cream cleansers on combination skin encourages blackheads ? Would I be a good candidate for the Biao beauty line ?

    Thank you


    May lindstrom The clean dirt clenansing clay :

    White Halloysite Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, *Rosa Centifolia (Pink Rose), *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), * Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao).

    *Certified Organic
    **Fair Trade Certified

    May lindstrom the problem solver correcting mask:

    Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, ***Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense), *Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), *Archangelica (Angelica) Root, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Capsicum Annuum (Cayenne) Pepper.

    *Certified Organic
    **Fair Trade Certified
    ***Wild Harvested

  • January 18, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Tiffany, Snowberry's is definitely a lighter lotion by comparison to Suntegrity.

  • January 17, 2013

    by Tiffany

    Question about the Snowberry sunscreen.
    I have been using Suntegrity's because I like that it can be my sunscreen, moisturizer, and primer in one, but it's more expensive and the texture is rather thick. How does the Snowberry compare?

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