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Best Skincare Routine For Your 20s

Posted by Otis Skincare on

Your 20’s is the time to take charge of your skincare routine.

Looking after your skin now means your face always looks clean and healthy, as well as stopping early signs of aging.

However, there’s a catch …

As a man, your skin can still be quite oily in your 20’s (so breakouts can be a regular occurrence). At the same time, you’re seeing the first signs of dryness and aging. Dark spots and fine lines are starting to appear!

So you need to focus on keeping your skin in balance.

Taking control with a simple skincare routine to purify, hydrate and mattify your skin.

Read on for the best practices to keep you looking better and better.


Handsome young man in his 20's exercising outdoorsGet a head start in your 20's by taking really good care of your skin now


Things are starting to change…

In your 20’s your skin cell turnover is slowing down, and the effects of environmental damage are starting to show.

Whether your indoors all day or outside, your skin is affected by the environment. From UV rays to pollution, these factors are breaking down collagen and damaging the barrier function of your skin.

Your skin is beginning to show the first signs of aging – dark spots caused by UV rays, and fine lines appearing around your eyes.

At the same time, your face can be as oily as when you were a teenager. Pimples and breakouts can still pop up at any time!


Now is the time to take action 

Prevention is always going to be better than cure.

And you can get a head start by taking really good care of your skin now.

It’s simply a question of finding a routine which works for you - and being choosy about the skincare products you use.


How your skin changes in your 20s… 

Along with the fine lines, you’ll probably notice your face looks duller and feels slightly rougher than before.

Your skin can still be very oily, making it look shiny and breakout from time to time. Yet any oil-control or acne treatment you use ends up making your skin too dry.

Your skin can become out of balance very quickly.

There’s a reason for all of this…

  • Oil production is still high
    A man's skin tends to be oilier than a woman’s skin at any age.
    The sebaceous glands (which produce oil) are more numerous and more active in a man’s skin. So you can be prone to acne and blemishes.

    The good news is oil production starts to decrease as you get older. The bad news is  excess oiliness can still be a problem in your 20’s.


  • Skin cell turnover is already slowing down
    Dead skin cells start accumulating on the surface, interfering with light reflection and making your skin look dull. It’s very subtle but your face won’t look as glowing and healthy as it used to.


  • Fine line are starting to appear (especially around your eyes)
    Important proteins such as collagen, which gives your skin structure, and elastin break down faster and less is being made to replace it.

    Your eyes are always the first to show signs of aging 

    The skin around your eyes is four times thinner than the rest of your face and it’s also in continual motion - squinting and smiling.

    Couple that with late nights (and time spent in front of screens) and you can see why this delicate area is where you first notice fine lines appearing.

    But don’t worry…


    How can I take the best care of my skin in my 20’s? 

    Well firstly, you don’t have to live like a monk!

    Just be aware of things like sun protection, getting enough sleep and keeping yourself hydrated (along with eating healthily).

    At this age your skin can recover, even after a sleepless night.

    But If you want it to last, you need to take care of yourself now.

    Scroll down for the best skincare routine to keep your skin in youth mode.


    Best skincare products for your 20's

    Choose products to purify, mattify and rebalance your skin (but without attacking it).

    You don’t want to use anything that is too aggressive on your skin.

    So try to stay away from…

    • harsh soaps (we explain why here) and
    • rich, heavy creams. Your skin is producing enough oil already!

    A great skincare routine doesn’t have to be complicated though (or take up hours in the bathroom each morning).

    Less really is more! 


    Young man in his 20's washing his face as part of skincare routine

    Washing your face twice a day is the key to clear, fresh, healthy skin


    ACTION PLAN: Best skincare routine for your 20’s  

    Adopting this routine will dramatically improve how your skin looks right now - and keep you looking good into the future.

    #1: Clean your face to control oil (but without drying out your skin)

    The key to keeping your face feeling fresh, and your skin looking clear and healthy, is washing your face twice a day.

    So the first step in your morning and evening routine should be cleaning your face.

    A good face wash removes dirt and oil build up which can clog your pores causing acne and blemishes. And your face is exposed to environmental damage every day which cause your skin to age. Washing your face prevents this from doing more damage.

    For a complete run down see - "CLEAN: the best way to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy".

    And, as we said before, avoid harsh soaps at all costs! They will leave your face feeling dry and quickly cause skin irritation.

    The best solution: switching up to a men’s face wash containing Tea Tree Oil to purify and regulate excess oil production (sebum), as well as reducing any redness in your skin.

    Our Daily Face Wash includes Tea Tree Oil, along with Glycerin (to stop your skin from drying out) and Black Tea Extract (a natural antioxidant) to prevent environmental damage.

    This purifying face wash also exfoliates your skin, and includes Aloe Vera to keep your face soft.

    Best Face Wash for Glowing Skin 



    #2: Exfoliate your face gently 

    Skin cell turnover is continually slowing down as we age.

    The answer is… exfoliation.

    Exfoliating your skin will restore your complexion to glowing, good health.

    It accelerates cell renewal, eliminates dead skin cells, and stimulates your skin’s natural repair mechanism. Leading to an instant improvement …

    • the texture of your face looks smoother
    • your pores appear smaller
    • it helps get rid of blackheads
    • there’s less chance of ingrown hairs when you shave
    • it allows for better absorption of your moisturizer, keeping your skin well hydrated

    It also increases blood circulation to your face, bringing nutrients to the skin’s surface. Giving you a healthy, glowing complexion.


    Avoid using a facial scrub to exfoliate your face! They are too harsh for facial skin, damaging the surface and causing your skin to become red and irritated.

    The best solution: Gently exfoliating everyday using our Daily Face Wash which contains a mild Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid. It will thoroughly get rid of the dead skin cells, and without causing irritation.

    And it’s so gentle you can use it every day.

    Our Daily Face Wash does double duty - it cleans and exfoliates in one step. Less time in the bathroom for you.


    #3: Treat breakouts 

    Acne isn’t just for teenagers.

    Excess oil production and increased stress levels mean you can still suffer from pimples and breakouts.

    That said, acne responds really well to treatments containing salicylic acid - which unclogs pores - as well as benzyl peroxide – which reduces inflammation.

    However you don’t want to unbalance your skin. So it’s better to use a treatment with a low percentage of benzoyl peroxide.

    Only target the area where the breakout is happening, so you won’t dry out the surrounding skin.

    Acne breakouts are bad enough...but the marks and scars they can leave behind can make you feel even worse. 
    For the best ways to get rid of acne scarring see: "How to Treat Acne Scars for Smoother, Clearer Skin".


    #4: Use a moisturizer

    Now you may think you’re too young to worry about a moisturizer.
    Yet healthy, hydrated skin looks best at every age.

    And whatever your skin type, every man can benefit from using a daily moisturizer —even (especially) if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

    Moisturizing keeps your skin healthy and functioning properly. It also prevents signs of aging appearing, and keeps you looking your best.

    And you want to be using a moisturizer which mattifies your skin.

    So choose a lightweight moisturizer to …

    • hydrate and smooth your skin throughout the day, without unbalancing it and causing breakouts
    • reduce the early signs of aging, especially the fine lines around your eyes, and
    • prevent those wrinkles from becoming deeper.

    The best solution: To smooth, hydrate and mattify your skin our lightweight HYDRATING DAILY MOISTURIZER is hard to beat!

    We designed it to be extremely light! So it absorbs instantly with no shininess whatsoever.

    It’s packed with the hydrating superstar Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize your skin, and rich in anti-oxidants to keep your face looking smooth.

    Even better…

    It provides a lot of hydration - without feeling heavy.

    It’s super lightweight and mattifies really easily (it feels like there is nothing on your skin).

    Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is also an anti aging powerhouse which boosts your cell renewal and targets those early wrinkles.

    It regenerates your skin, promoting collagen production and minimising the look of large pores so you end up with clearer, smoother skin.

    Hydrating Moisturizer for Smoother Skin



    Pay special attention to your eye area

    Considering the skin around your eyes has virtually no oil glands and is the first to show signs of aging, it’s essential to keep the skin here well hydrated.

    The best solution: you don’t need to buy a separate eye cream. Our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is so light it’s perfect for the delicate eye area as well.

    It will hydrate and soften your skin. And with anti aging peptides it improves circulation and protects the delicate under eye area from free radical damage, reducing the bags under your eyes and any dark circles.

    Hydrating Daily Moisturizer has been designed to lock in moisture and clinically proven to dramatically increase skin hydration levels for over 8 hours after application.


    #5: Protect your skin from UV rays 

    The number one cause of premature aging is UV rays from the sun.

    So wearing sunscreen every day is one of the best things you can do for your skin in your 20’s, or at any age.

    Even on cloudy days the UV rays can cause damage, so it’s important to use sunscreen every day.

    Starting to apply it regularly can make a huge improvement in your skin, halting any existing damage and improving your skin texture.

     Handsome bearded man in his 20's in ParisUV rays are present (even in winter). So always protect your skin from the sun.


    Getting ahead of the game…

    Along with an excellent daily skincare routine, there are some lifelong self-care habits you should adopt to make sure you always have beautiful skin … 

    Skin care tips for every age 

    Get your beauty sleep. Night-time is when your skin has a chance to regenerate and repair. And a good night's sleep gets rid of dark circles and under-eye bags too. So try to catch as much as you can.

    If you're having problems getting to sleep we've got some great tips here – “Why you need your Beauty Sleep: and 14 ways to Sleep Better".

    Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin properly hydrated and looking smooth.

    Eat healthily. The quality of the food you put into your body shows up in how healthy your skin looks. Try to eat plenty of fresh foods full of vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and antioxidants. These are the building blocks of healthy, younger looking skin.

    We’ve listed an ” A-Z of the 27 best anti aging superfoods" to guide you.

    Prioritize exercise. We don’t need to tell you staying in good shape is one of the keys to looking good!  Working out will build muscles, reduce body fat and improve your posture.

    (We've got a great ab workout here: "Defined Abs at Every Age").

    Remember to wash your face post-workout to get rid of excess oil and any build up of sweat, both of which can have a bad effect on your face. 

    Always wear sunscreen. Even in winter, and even on cloudy days, UV rays are present, and damaging your skin. So always protect your skin from the sun.

    And most importantly…

    Take good care of yourself. Healthy self-care is not only essential for your mental health, it’s also going to reflect well in how you look.

    And in these unusually stressful times it’s more important than ever to take really good care of yourself.

    Whether it’s meditation, reading or just going for a walk – try to schedule some self-care regularly into your day.


     handsome men in his 20's walking in winter in fur hooded parka
    Try to schedule some healthy self-care for yourself every day


    What age should I start having a skincare routine?

    Every age, and every skin type, benefits from a good skincare routine. It keeps your skin looking healthy and functioning properly.

    Prevention is always going to be better than cure. Your skin starts to show the first signs of aging – sun spots, fine lines - from around 20 years of age. So that’s the time you need to take action.


    How do I treat my skin in my 20’s?

    The key thing to focus on is keeping your skin in balance – controlling excess oiliness, as well as treating early signs of environmental damage.

    Adopt a simple daily routine using skincare products to purify, mattify and rebalance your skin.


    Do I need to use anti aging products in my 20’s?

    Yes. Even in your 20’s your skin is starting to show signs of environmental damage – dark spots, fine lines, and a rougher skin texture.

    So start with products which include antioxidants to protect and repair environmental (free radical) damage.

    And you can increase collagen production and improve skin texture with a moisturizer that includes anti aging peptides.


    The Takeaway  

    Your 20’s are a time when your skin is changing. The key thing is to focus on keeping it balanced.

    Switch up to products which purify, mattify, and hydrate to rebalance your skin – like our exfoliating Daily Face Wash and lightweight Hydrating Daily Moisturizer.

    Adopting a good skincare routine now (and a healthy lifestyle) will keep you looking better and better.


    • Clean your face to control oil and keep your face looking clean and clear
    • Exfoliate your face gently to leave your complexion glowing and healthy.
    • Treat breakouts with care
    • Use a lightweight moisturizer to smooth, hydrate and mattify your skin and even out your skin tone. And pay special attention to the skin around your eyes.
    • Protect your skin from UV rays – even on cloudy days.

    And to make sure you're one of those men who just keeps improving with age we’ve got more great advice here: "Look Younger: Your complete anti aging plan".  


    All you need to stay looking handsome. 





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