The Skincare Arsenal You Should Have In Your 20s

It's a make-or-break period, so load up on these age fighters now

Cleanser
18 Aug 2015

Cleanser

ZA Cleansing Foaming Gel, $10.90 for 140ml

If you don’t already remove your makeup and wash your face before bed, start tonight. Cosmetics don’t just mix with skin oils and dirt to breed breakout-causing bacteria; they also trap free radicals that can lead to premature winkles and lines. To save time, opt for a double-action formula that removes grime and makeup at the same time.

Exfoliator
18 Aug 2015

Exfoliator

Clarisonic Mia, $180

The pros of getting rid of that layer of old skin cells that dull your complexion: Instant radiance, plus skincare ingredients will be able to better penetrate freshly exfoliated skin. While scrubs should only be used once or twice a week, this sonic cleansing tool can be used daily for even, glowing skin. 

Eye cream
18 Aug 2015

Eye cream

Bioderma Sensibio Eye, $32.90

They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Unfortunately they're also one of the first areas to show signs of ageing, as the skin around this delicate region is much thinner than the rest of your face and more susceptible to lines and wrinkles. For eyes that sparkle, pick a lightweight eye cream such as this one that absorbs quickly.

Serum
18 Aug 2015

Serum

Origins Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb, $78

This serum targets these skin ageing woes: Rougher skin texture, enlarged pores, a dull complexion and even skin that’s stressed. The lightweight formula aids cell renewal and protects skin against external stressors (think pollution and smoking) to reveal more radiant and smooth skin over time. 

Moisturiser
18 Aug 2015

Moisturiser

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, $60

Spending most of the day in an air-conditioned space can dry your skin out, so start moisturising. Pick a hydrator with ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which work to retain skin’s moisture. Tip: It’s best to apply this when your skin is slightly damp so that the active ingredients and product are better absorbed.

Sunscreen
18 Aug 2015

Sunscreen

Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++, $52

If you only do one thing, make it an application of SPF daily! Going out into the sun without sun protection for just five minutes a day is enough to break down the collagen in your skin and cause lines and wrinkles - not to mention skin damage and dark spot formation later on in life.

Leave-on mask
18 Aug 2015

Leave-on mask

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $42

Leave-on masks are the lazy girl’s favourite for radiant skin. Your skin loses water while you sleep, so seal in all the skincare products you’ve applied prior with this overnight mask. Some even come with extra benefits such as the ability to restore skin to its optimal condition overnight by preventing degeneration of skin cells, so you can fake a good night’s rest.

Targeted treatment
18 Aug 2015

Targeted treatment

Biotherm Purefect Skin Anti-perfection Targeted Solution, $39

Past your teens but still getting breakouts on one area of your face, like the chin? For a speedy recovery, treat this soon as you spot it with products like this. If you’re using formulas designed to attack acne, remember to only treat the affected areas or risk drying your skin out.