Entering your 20s is a transformative time, and your skincare routine should evolve to meet the unique needs of your skin. In this blog, we'll explore what your skin craves in your 20s, highlight key Korean skincare ingredients, and unveil a simple three-step routine for a healthier, fuller complexion. There’s also tips on how small changes to your lifestyle can have big results for your skin.
Skin Needs in Your 20s
In your 20s, your skin is generally more resilient, but preventive care is key. Focus on maintaining hydration, preventing premature aging, and addressing occasional breakouts.
Top Korean Skincare Ingredients for Your 20s
Hyaluronic Acid: This powerhouse hydrator keeps your skin plump and moisturized without clogging pores.
Vitamin C: A potent antioxidant that brightens your complexion, evens out skin tone, and protects against environmental stressors.
Green Tea Extract: Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, green tea helps soothe the skin and protect it from damage.
Breakouts can be a common problem in your 20s. Thankfully there’s some great skincare ingredients that will help calm, manage and prevent spots, acne and irritation.
BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid): Incorporate products with BHA, like salicylic acid, to exfoliate inside the pores. BHA helps prevent and treat breakouts by removing excess oil and dead skin cells. Try the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid Essence to enjoy the benefits of this ingredient.
Tea Tree Oil: Utilise the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil to combat acne-causing bacteria. Look for products containing this ingredient for targeted spot treatment. The Missha Pure Source Pocket Sleeping Mask is a great little portable pouch packed with tea tree for treating breakouts on the go.
Centella Asiatica: Embrace the soothing and healing properties of Centella Asiatica. Products with this ingredient can calm inflammation, reduce redness, and promote skin recovery, making them effective in treating and preventing breakouts. The Purito Centella Green Level Recovery Cream is especially good at managing breakouts.
The Three-Step Korean Skincare Routine
Korean routines are famous for their elaborate steps, going up to ten steps or more! But getting started doesn’t need to be that extreme. A simple three step cleanse-tone-moisturise routine is a great starting point, and you can always supplement it with specialist essences, a double cleanse, occasional sheet masks and even sleeping masks once you’ve mastered the basics. You should also be applying sunscreen every morning - more on that later!
- Cleanse: Start with a gentle cleanser to remove impurities without stripping your skin. The Etude Soon Jung pH 5.5 Foam Cleanser is especially mild. Discover our full range of cleansers.
- Tone: Hydrate and balance your skin with the prepping it for the next steps. The Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is a great place to start. Check out our full selection of toners.
Moisturise: Lock in moisture with a thicker moisturiser as the last stage of your routine. Try the Balancium Comfort Ceramide Cream by COSRX to keep your skin supple. Find your perfect moisturiser now.
While skincare can take care of your skin from the outside, there’s plenty you can do to make sure your skin stays healthy from within. Starting these habits early will keep premature skin damage at a minimum, and result in healthy looking skin for longer.
Sun Protection: Shield your skin from UV rays by wearing sunscreen daily. UV exposure can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots. Choose a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. You can find a great range of specialist Korean skincare high-protection sunscreens here.
Hydration: Keep your skin well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hydration promotes elasticity, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and supports overall skin health.
Balanced Diet: Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids. This means plenty of fresh fruit and veg! These nutrients contribute to a radiant complexion and help combat free radicals.
Stress Management: Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation or deep breathing. Chronic stress can lead to skin issues like breakouts and premature aging. Easy life, great skin!
Consistent Skincare Routine: Establish a consistent skincare routine with cleansing, toning, and moisturising. This routine helps maintain healthy skin and prevents common issues like acne and uneven skin tone.
Why Choose Refresh Skincare?
At Refresh Skincare we understand the importance of nurturing your skin in your 20s. Our curated selection of Korean skincare products caters to the specific needs of young, vibrant skin.
We source products from renowned Korean skincare brands, ensuring you receive high-quality formulations with the most effective ingredients. We offer a 30-day return window if you change your mind about a purchase, and offer free tracked UK shipping on all orders over £25 so your skincare goodies arrive in 2-3 working days.
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- Krystallee has a great YouTube video explaining her Top Skincare Tips for Teens & 20s
- Zutter has some in-depth advice on which types off skincare products are Best In Your 20s
- For more information how to step up your routine in your late 20s check out A Short Engagement’s Guide to Skincare in Your Late 20s
- Check out our very own Refresh guides to skincare in your 30s and 40s.
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