Skincare in your 20’s is a rough battle. For me, I’m in that not-so-sweet spot where I still have a couple zits every now and I’m starting to stress about premature wrinkles. Other than that I have combination skin – dry, flaky cheeks and a greasy t-zone. It’s a joy.
So below I will then share some tips that have worked for me, and then I will share some of the holy grail products that I have found after a lot of trial and error. If you try anything or something else works better for you I would love to hear it!
So here we go:
1.Water, water, water. This is easily the most important thing you can do for your skin and overall health. Something I’ve found that has helped me is by investing in a good water bottle. After a lot of convincing, I finally got a 32 oz Hydroflask bottle. It is now just an extension of my arm. I left it at the office one Friday and drove 20 minutes to go get Saturday morning. It’s THAT serious. It keeps ice, and your water cold forever. I am obsessed and so is my skin.
2. Sunscreen. I once asked my mom for her best beauty advice, she said “sunscreen every day”, it wasn’t as readily available as it is now back in her day and she says she regrets not wearing it more. Nothing causes premature wrinkles like the sun. I wear sunscreen every.single.day. No exceptions, even when it’s pouring out.
3. Taking makeup off at the end of the day. In college, this was my worst habit. Now I will not go to sleep with any trace of makeup on my face. It is a core value of mine now, my acne and pores have looked so much better since I made this a core rule.
4. Facials. Yes, very expensive, especially on a post-grad budget. But so beneficial. I get one about every 3 months, even though if I could I’d go weekly. I get peels done and my skin feels baby soft after and I love it. It’s so relaxing and becomes a “treat yo self day”. I go to one place and to the same girl, but I found her on Groupon actually. And since then have gone back and always get the monthly deal and it’s always less expensive. Always pick a beauty bar instead of a spa, it’s more of a small business and usually less expensive.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (sephora.com) now at $20 a pop this isn’t your drugstore brand face wash, but it is amazing. It is gentle and just takes off the makeup, sweat, and grime. It never stresses my skin out and never drys it out.
Cetaphil Dermacontrol Moisturizer SPF 30 (amazon.com). This is the only sunscreen that doesn’t make me greasy or break out, it goes on very light and doesn’t have a weird smell to it.
First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair® Cream (sephora.com). Another first aid beauty, I’m pretty much obsessed with all their products. And I wish I was sponsored by them, I would walk around with a giant sign in the mall I love this moisturizer so much. It’s so hydrating, never greasy, and so gentle. And it lasts a long time.
Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera (amazon.com). This is the only toner I’m willing to use. It’s inexpensive and gets the job done. After washing my face I use it twice a day with a cotton ball and grime still comes up. It’s amazing and as always, never drying.
Dr. Jart+ BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm (sephora.com). I am a huge fan of BB cream during the week to work as it is very light and airy. I love this one because it lasts forever, a little goes a long way. It keeps my skin moisturized but never greasy. And has my favorite thing ever – sunscreen! It also can be built on to turn into looking like a full coverage foundation.
St. Tropez Self Tan Dark Bronzing Mousse (amazon.com). I’m a California Girl so I feel like I have a bronzed reputation to uphold. This tanner is pricey but beautiful. It goes on streak free and leaves me golden and glowing year round. I can’t put a price on that as I no longer layout because you know, wrinkles.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (amazon.com). Now, this is my true OG product, it has been with me since I can remember. This is a zit’s worse enemy. Going to sleep with pink spots all over your face isn’t cute, but waking up zit free sure is.
Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Hair, Skin & Nails Extra Strength (amazon.com). Long story short, I suffer from very bad anemia. It got so bad I lost about half of hair. I had to up a lot of vitamins to help the regrow. These have become an everyday staple, not only do they help my hair with it’s coming back to life but my skin is glowy and my nails are long and strong. A win, win really.
Do you have any staple products? Let me know below!