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Essential Ingredients And Anti-Aging Products For Your 20’s

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Skincare in your 20’s. Not something you may have thought you need to focus on really. Your 20’s are wonderful years filled with many new life changes and experiences. But being the pinnacle of your self- discovery years there is one very important thing that you need to remember. Now this is not something that you will be focussing on in your early 20’s, but in the latter decade of your 20’s you should pay very close attention to your skin. It is after all the only skin that you have and should be well looked after. The lovely youthful complexion that you have should be cared for, because once it’s gone…. its gone for good!

Depressing as that might sound, you need to be using anti-aging products in your 20’s. The approach is to nip it in the bud and prolong your skin’s youthful complexion for as long as possible.  Life is hectic, I get it. You were in college not so long ago, and now you need to be thinking of aging too. Stressful as it sounds, you will thank yourself later. Here are  essential ingredients and anti-aging products for your 20’s. 


Up until now you have more than likely been using very course exfoliants. The cheap ones from your local drug store or a homemade sugar scrub. Am I right? The problem with these harsh granular exfoliants is that as the skin start to show signs of aging, it is more susceptible to tears from the harsh granules.  You will be able to more effectively exfoliate your skin with Alpha Hydroxy Acids or commonly known as AHA’s.  There are various AHA’s available, but it is important to choose the right one for your skin type. As the AHA’s will strip your skin it is vital that you do not over- expose your skin to the sun. Ensure that you apply enough sunscreen on a daily basis. This being said, AHA’s should only be used at night. It is common that initially you will feel some irritation when incorporating this step into your regime. In order to allow your skin to adjust to the acid you should  first clean your skin and then allow it to sit on your face for 30 minutes. Rinse and apply a moisturiser. Below are AHA’s to consider.

Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid is one of the most popular Alpha Hydroxy Acids. It is said to aid in reducing skin breakouts as well as help fight the signs of aging.

Product of choice: Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

Skin Type Most Suitable For: Suitable for all skin types.

Solutions for:

dullness & uneven texture

dark spots

fine lines & wrinkles

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is a very strong and effective AHA, and for good reason. It is a very effective product that is able to diminish the appearance of fine lines. It also combats breakouts.  As glycolic acid is a very potent and powerful product, it should slowly be incorporated into your skincare regime.

Product of choice:  CAUDALIE Glycolic Peel

Skin Type Most Suitable For: Suitable for all skin types.

Solutions for:



Dullness and uneven texture

Mandelic Acid

Mandelic Acid is the most gentle of the Alpha Hydroxy acids. It is made from bitter almonds. This acid is great if you are using an AHA for the first time or if you have previously experienced some sensitivity to an alpha hydroxy acid.

Product of choice:  NuCelle Mandelic Serum 15 Percent

Skin Type Most Suitable For: Acne-Prone Skin, Oily Skin, Combination Skin

Solutions for: Aging Skin, Keratosis Pilaris, Hyperpigmentation

Retinol & Retinoids

Both retinol and retinoids are heroes in the anti-aging market. But what exactly are they? Is there a difference and why do you need them?

Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A that occurs in the skin. Retinol is mainly found in over the counter skincare products. When retinol is applied to the skin, enzymes work to convert the retinol to retinoic acid. Retinoic acid is able to improve the appearance of fine lines, help with discolouration issues as well as revitalize the skin. This process of converting retinol to retinoic acid can take a couple of months. It is said that a daily application of retinol for up to 3-6 months will provide a noticeable difference.

Retinoids are chemical compounds that are related to vitamin A. They work by killing the old cells and encouraging the growth of new cells. They are also able to stimulate the production of collagen and thicken deeper layers of skin. This is where the wrinkles are found. In addition retinoids are able to correct pigmentation related issues. The type of retinoid you need  and it’s strength will differ for everyone. Factors that will affect your choice will depend on skin condition; skin type; age as well as the reason for use.

The most well known retinoid is that of  RETIN- A (TRETINOIN). Retin-A is the brand name of Tretinoin. It was the first retinoid to be approved by the FDA over 40 years ago and was initially prescribed by dermatologists to treat acne. Today it is widely used and loved for its anti-aging properties.

It is difficult to say which you should choose as each person is different. Try by adding over the counter Retinol products to your regime. If these do not work then you could get a prescription based Retin-A cream. Be sure to consult your dermatologist in order to ensure optimal results and health for your skin.

It is advised that when starting you should use products with lower dosages of retinol and retinoids. Due to its potency, retinol/retinoid should be used at night. When using a retinol/retinoid cream do not use  Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) in the same 12 hour period.  Products to consider below:

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The Ordinary

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

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Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution

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2% Retinol Complex Serum

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants to include in a skincare  regiment focussed on maintaining a youthful appearance.Vitamin C is commonly known as ascorbic acid, and it is the front runner when it comes to antioxidants. Antioxidants are able to aid in protecting the skin from harmful radicals, pollution and the sun. Vitamin C is so important in a skincare routine because it evens out the skin tone, improves the skins ability to retain hydration and can reduce dark spots. Use it in the morning before sunscreen.

Beauty Rx  by Dr. Schultz

Triple Vitamin C Serum

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Dr. Dennis Gross

Skincare C + Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist

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Not to get too scientific, but peptides in a nutshell are fragments of protein. But on their own peptides are made up of amino acids. The combination of amino acids in certain formations will create certain peptides. Basically, peptides are essential building blocks for skin. Without peptides the skin will be left wrinkled, lacking fullness as well as textural changes. By using peptides in your skincare routines you are enabling the peptides to revitalise the building blocks and stave off aging. Essentially peptides enable the skin to become more resilient to the effects of aging.


Sunscreen really is vital when it comes to defence against aging and harmful rays from the sun. If you want to maintain a youthful compexion then it is vital that you apply sunscreen everyday. Yes, even in winter. With the above mentioned products your skin will be more susceptible to sunburn. In summer ensure that you carry some sunscreen with you in order to re-apply it should you be spending the day outside.

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SPF 30 Mineral Suncreen Fluid for Face

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Activated Sun Protector for Face SPF 50

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Take care of your skin now. You’ll thank yourself later.

How have you dealt with skincare in your 20’s? Do you have any tips or tricks? Leave a comment down below. 


  • Uh oh, I’ve just turned 27 and I currently don’t use any facial products except make up wipes and moisturizer. So maybe I need to start using these… I don’t want to grow old and wrinkly!

  • Very nice beauty products here. I like the look of the vitamin c triple beauty serum. xx

  • Alicia

    Very interesting information. thanks

  • i am 36 and still dont use anything as yet. but this post makes me realize that i probably shud start doing something abt my skin !

    • The Mod Maven

      Hi Princy

      Now’s always a good time to start. You can keep it simple, but sunscreen is a definite MUST everyday!

      Have a great day.

      May-The Mod Maven

  • I love mandelic acid. So nice on my dry, sensitive skin!

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