It’s crazy how much your skin care routine changes in your twenties. Personally, I started out the decade with a very “relaxed” approach to skin care. I washed my face at night, but occasionally fell asleep in my makeup, I used products that were primarily meant to prevent breakouts, and when I felt like I was looking a little bit washed out, I (eek!) visited the tanning salon.
Cut to my late-twenties and I am a total freak about my skin. I not only wash my face at night, but exfoliate, and use an eye cream and a retinol, too. Then I repeat a variation of this routine in the morning. And I sit under an umbrella at the beach. If there’s a chance it will cause a wrinkle, I avoid it like the plague, and if there’s a chance it will prevent one, well then sign me up.
Though I like to think I’m making up for lost time (spent on the beach sans SPF) with my slightly obsessive quest to avoid wrinkles, it’s true that the earlier you realize your skin won’t always be line-free and flawless, the better your chances of keeping it that way.
We recently got a chance to talk with Lilli Gordon, founder of Boston-based First Aid Beauty, about her best skin care advice. The first thing she said? “Good practices in your 20s can stave off early signs of skin aging in the future.” Here, she elaborates a bit, with her five “skin commandments” every woman in her 20s should follow.
1. Always wear SPF, even if you’re spending the day inside. “SPF is truly the only product that will prevent your skin from aging in the first place,” Gordon says. “Unlike UVB light, UVA rays travel through windows in the office, home and car. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen 365 days a year.” Her recommendation? FAB’s 5 in 1 Moisturizer with SPF 30. “It prevents and combats the signs of aging while moisturizing, nourishing and protecting the skin.”
2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! “Moisturizers work by trapping water content in the skin so cells stay hydrated, which will help keep skin plump and radiant,” she says. “Plus, well-hydrated skin will repair itself much more effectively.”
3. Don’t over-wash your face. When it comes to washing your face, sometimes less is more. “Frequent washing and harsh cleansers strip skin of its natural oils that protect against wrinkles. A gentle, fragrance-free cleanser works for all skin types.”
4. Get a daily dose of antioxidants. “Antioxidant- infused skincare helps prevent and repair oxidative damage including fine lines, pigment discoloration and textural irregularity caused by pollution, stress and the sun,” says Gordon. “All of our products contain our FAB Antioxidant Booster, a proprietary blend of effective and potent botanical antioxidants, made up of licorice root, feverfew and white tea extracts.”
5. Live well. The best skin care routines start from the inside. “Eat a well- balanced diet, because, ultimately, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put on your skin,” she says. “When you get adequate sleep, your skin has the chance to repair itself. Drink alcohol in moderation to avoid inflammation and dehydration. Live well, and your skin will thank you for it.”