Once you hit puberty, you begin to moan the issues that you have to deal with when it comes to your skin. For years afterward, you'll probably be trying to control greasy skin, acne, blemishes and a huge variety of other issues. These don't go away just because you aren't a teen anymore. In fact, you will probably encounter all kinds of problems through your 20s, 30s and beyond. That's why this ultimate guide to skincare at all ages is something you can't live without. All of the tips here are from experts in the field and come from a collection put together by refinery29.com. Of course, if you have any worrisome skin issues, it pays to make an appointment with your dermatologist to have it checked out.
1. In Your 20s
For most, the 20s are a time for exploring career paths, figuring out life, and maybe making a few ill-informed decisions along the way. For our purposes, it’s also the time to lay the groundwork for preventative skin care. And, your top priority, per Dr. Wechsler? “The most important thing in this decade is sunscreen, to help protect yourself and ensure your skin in the future.” Yep, that’s sunscreen every single day, rain or shine — not just when you’re at the beach.
Dr. Baumann seconds that notion, telling her twentysomething patients, “Sun protection is a must. Using SPF every day in your 20s will delay skin aging.” And, given the fact that she practices in sunny South Florida, we’re taking her word for it. Another pro tip: Even though your skin is probably in pretty good shape, you’ll also want to establish a relationship with a dermatologist. That way, you can get ahead of problems before they get serious (plus, with ever-rising rates of skin cancer in the U.S., it can’t hurt to have another pair of eyes on mole patrol).