Skincare for 20-something

When you visit the Truth in Aging site, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with information. If you’re a 20-something like me, you’ll often come across reviews and realize these products and procedures are not appropriate for our flourishing skin (and perhaps also not for our budget). What Marta likes to call “the big guns” are just too big for our budding skincare concerns. Though no matter what post you read, Truth in Aging doesn’t just give its honest opinion on the latest anti-aging product to surface in the beauty industry, it educates you and helps you make more informed decisions.

I am fairly confident I can speak on behalf of my generation when I say my 20-something personality often parallels my 20-something skin. Our minds and skin are in a perpetual state of change, constantly learning, sometimes confused, and often misbehaving. Then one day, we are caught off guard as we become acquainted with signs of maturity. Since I’ve joined Truth in Aging in the fall of 2010, I’ve gradually come into my own. Now more than ever, this applies to my skin as well. This past summer I decided to take a leave of absence from Truth in Aging to travel and complete my studies. What I didn’t know was that my skin would be the most impacted by this decision.

In a little over half a year, while on my TIA hiatus, I ignored one of the fundamental rules of skincare: Just like any other skill, great skin takes practice and dedication.

When I returned to Truth in Aging in late December – not just as an employee, but as part of the TIA community – I referred to my past experiences at Truth In Aging along with all the new and exciting information to relearn how to take care of my skin. After all, foregoing washing my skin at night because of an all-night cramming session (or the occasional night out) was no longer an excuse I could use. And in just a month’s time of diving back into the TIA community, my skin has already experienced dramatic rewards.

Coming up with the right regimen for your skin is made easier at any age thanks to Marta’s “basic regimen for your age” posts (check out 20-30-, 40-, 50- and 60-somethings). Through Marta and our contributor’s recommendations, I’ve come up with the following guidelines for my 20-something skin:

Finding the best cleanser for your skin will make all the difference. Also (this goes for everyone), invest in a facial brush.  Whether it’s the Sirius Sonic ($42 in the shop) or the Clarisonic, I personally feel it is single-handedly the most crucial thing you can do to keep skin looking consistently smooth, clear, and even.  Forgive me for sounding like a Neutrogena commercial, but breakouts and blackheads – be gone!

Always remember that what works for your best friend may not work for you. Learn how your skin behaves and reacts to different treatments. Use the Truth in Aging search tool to find more information about your concerns, and spend some time educating yourself.

Antioxidants should be your new best friend. Lately, having used YBF Private Reserve ($75 in the shop) every night, I have woken up with the dewiest skin I’ve ever experienced to date. Sevani, Mad Hippie, YBF, Me & the Girls, and many other brands featured in Marta’s shop are flooding with beneficial ingredients. Feed your skin with the right nutrients and see a healthier glow in no time.

Be wary about what’s in your makeup. If you’ve found the perfect shade, it can be hard to give up a product, no matter how much it resembles toxic waste. Make it your own. Add antioxidants with Kahina Argan Oil ($82) to your favorite cream foundation without compromising color (and making foundation last longer!). TIA is also expanding its color cosmetics range with new and fabulous lines from La Vie Celeste, Osmosis and Jane Iredale, whose BB cream is phenomenal for all skin types.

The best thing about being a Truth in Aging 20-something is having the advantage of a headstart. Take care of your skin now, and you’re less likely to need the AK-47s of skincare later.

Ingredients for YBF Private Reserve:

Original: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (Dimethylmethoxy Chro Manol), Vitamin E Succinate (D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate), Sandalwood Oil

Energy Blend: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (Dimethylmethoxy Chro- Manol), Vitamin E Succinate (D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate), Essential Oil Blend Of Yuzu, Juniper, Vetiver, Black Cumin Seed, Rosewood

Comfort Blend: Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (Dimethylmethoxy Chro- Manol), Vitamin E Succinate (D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate) Essential Oil Blend Of Vanilla, Nutmeg, Yuzu, Rosewood

Ingredients for Kahina Argan Oil: Ingredient: Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*
*Ingredient From Organic Farming
95% Of Botanical Ingredients Are Organic; 100% Natural