Anti-ageing skincare in your 20s: The do’s and don’ts

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It’s easy to dismiss the words “anti-ageing” when you’re in your 20s.

After all, you’re busy establishing your career, being a social butterfly and trying out new trends that pop up on social media every other week.

“Anti-ageing” is something you’ll think about when you’re 30.

The problem is, signs of ageing already show up by then and it’s largely due to what you did (or didn’t do) in your 20s.

Fine lines around the mouth, frown lines, crow’s feet, loss of skin suppleness and elasticity are often the first signs of ageing to show up after you hit the big 3-0.

It also doesn’t help if you’re constantly under the scorching Malaysian sun or in drying air-conditioned environments all day.

The good news? You can cultivate good skincare habits now that will pay off big-time in your 30s and later years.

And more good news: it doesn’t require you to get an entire anti-ageing skincare range; in your 20s, your skin can’t handle a full range anyway. Creams that are too heavy will only risk congesting your skin and breaking the bank.

Below, the do’s and don’ts of anti-ageing habits for you to start practising today.

DON’T: Go to bed without cleansing your face

Late nights working or hitting the social circuit? That’s no excuse to go to bed without properly washing your face. Skipping this step leads to all kinds of bad news: clogged pores, breakouts, dull skin.

Invest in a high-quality all-in-one cleanser that saves time during late nights; that way, you won’t have an excuse to sleep with your makeup on.

The award-winning Eve Lom Cleanser not only smells great, it also has hops and eucalyptus essential oils to help ease stress. Hailed as “the best cleanser in the world” by Vogue UK, this daily cleanser thoroughly removes sunscreen, makeup and environmental dirt and grime without stripping the skin.

Battling breakouts? Get to know 6 ingredients known to effectively fight against acne.

DO: Gently exfoliate 1-2 times a week

In your 20s, skin regenerates at a faster pace, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exfoliate. This process slows down as we age, so it’s a habit worth starting early if you want your future self to thank you.

A gentle exfoliant like the Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Essence is a good start — it’s mild and suitable for younger skins, and has hydrating and brightening properties to maintain that youthful glow. Avoid harsh abrasives and scrubs as these can cause micro tears in the skin.

Follow up with a protective and hydrating mist like the Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist to reduce premature ageing from environmental pollution.

Not sure how to pick an exfoliant for your skin type? Read our exfoliation guide here.

DON’T: Underestimate the benefits of hydration

Like most urban Malaysians, you’re probably in air-conditioned environments all the time — at the office, at home, in the car. While it’s a relief from the heat, it dries the air and ultimately, dries our skin and causes a moisture imbalance.

Don’t underestimate how hydration benefits your skin type. If you have dry skin, you’ll recognise the instant relief of a facial mist or hydrating toner. If you have combination or oily skin, hydration is often what you need to rebalance sebum and moisture levels.

Keep it natural and light with the fragrance-free and preservative-free Caudalie Grape Water, a handy mist with the goodness of grapes to increase hydration. Use on clean skin before your moisturiser and spritz all over face, hair and body to replenish hydration during the day.


Give some TLC to your eyes, especially if you stare at screens all day. (Photo: Unsplash)

DO: Pamper your eyes after all that screen time

When you’re not staring at a computer screen all day, you’re likely looking at your phone. All that screen time probably can’t be avoided, so remember to give your eyes some TLC every night.

A good eye cream should be light while effectively moisturising the sensitive eye area. The Omorovicza Reviving Eye Cream reduces puffiness and eliminates dark circles while refreshing tired eyes.

Improve blood circulation around the eye area and prevent fine lines with a massage every night before bed. Use your ring finger as it applies the right amount of pressure and gently tap a circle several times around each eye to get the blood flowing.

DO: apply sun protection daily (even when it’s cloudy outside)

Perhaps the single most important habit to start: applying sunscreen every day. That includes cloudy days, where harmful UV rays that cause ageing and cancer are still present and can penetrate the skin.

Look for a sunscreen that’s light enough for you to feel comfortable using it daily while strong enough to protect the skin, especially if you sit by a window all day or spend a lot of time outdoors.

For daily use, the Malin+Goetz SPF 30 Face Moisturiser has adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays, or if you’re particularly active, the Jack Black Sun Guard Sunscreen SPF 45 is oil-free and water-resistant.

“Anti-ageing” is really all about good skincare habits and it starts in your 20s. By taking care of your skin in your early years, you’ll see ageing as a graceful process and not something to fear.

We always recommend a patch test if you’re concerned about introducing new products to your routine. Come by to KENSapothecary stores and try out a product to see how your skin will react.

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