#1 THOU SHALT ALWAYS DOUBLE CLEANSE
The double cleanse is the cleansing method used for clear skin. It involves washing your face in two steps; first by using an oil-based cleanser or micellar water, followed by a water-based cleanser.
The first step draws out oil-based impurities such as sebum, SPF, and pollutants while the second step cleanses water-based debris such as sweat and dirt (Unfortunately cleansing tissues won’t do the job well!) Get started on the double cleanse to prevent breakouts and start with a clean canvas for skincare and makeup!
#2 THOU SHALT CLEANSE BEFORE BED
We know you’re tired and your makeup is stubborn, but these aren’t good enough excuses to go to bed with your makeup still intact. Removing your makeup and cleansing your face can reduce your chances of clogged pores, breakouts, and blackheads—all of which are all-too-familiar side effects for those who have fallen victim to the sandman before we’ve cleansed. Washing your face each day, morning and night, is necessary if you want clear skin.
#3 THOU SHALT KEEP THY HANDS AWAY FROM THY FACE
As hard as it may be, try your best to avoid picking, itching, or touching your face. This can be harder than you think because it’s easy to just forget and rest your face on your palms.
Why avoid touching your face? Grime, grease, and dirt that builds up on your fingers and hands from interacting with the world around you (touching door handles, shaking hands) then gets transferred to your face, clogging up pores and wreaking your skin’s natural lipid barrier. This is especially important if you have sensitive or acne prone skin because scratching or touching your face can further inflame conditions such as eczema or cause you to breakout!
#4 THOU SHALT NOT PICK AT THY FACE
If you spot a pimple or a blackhead, it is strongly advised that you avoid picking your skin at all costs. Not only can popping or picking a pimple cause the clogged pore to become more irritated and inflamed, it can also spread the bacteria from said pimple to other areas of your face—which may result in more breakouts. Resist the urge and apply a topical spot treatment to the troubled area while you wait for it to go away. If you absolutely must address a pimple right away, consult with your dermatologist or aesthetician before going anywhere near it.
#5 THOU SHALT EXFOLIATE
Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells that build up on its surface, causing everything from dull complexions to clogged pores. As we age, the natural exfoliation process of our skin slows down, so giving it a helping hand—being careful not to overdo it—is necessary.
A simple and safe way to exfoliate your skin is by using actives such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)
When choosing an active, always start with the lowest strength or percentage and work your way up to stronger acids.
#6 THOU SHALT CHANGE THY PILLOWCASE REGULARLY
Even though you’ve been a good boy/girl and you’ve been cleansing your face every night, your pillowcase still accumulates dirt, sebum and various nasties. Yup, your hair transmits oils, dandruff, hair spray and dry shampoo onto your pillow. By sleeping on dirty pillows, your pores can be clogged, which leads to zits. One way to say good night to zits is by changing your pillow case every so often.
#7 THOU SHALT MOISTURIZE
Moisturizing is one of the two golden rules of skin care, besides applying sunscreen—which is why it’s
at the top of our list. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, aging skin, and so on, never leave the house without applying moisturizer not just to your face, but to your entire body. Always apply moisturizer after cleansing, to help lock in hydration and restore any moisture that may have been stripped away with your face wash or during your shower. Reach for moisturizers that were formulated for your specific skin type so you can get the most out of them.
#8 THOU SHALT EAT CLEAN, HEALTHY FOOD
We said it before, we’ll say it again: Nutrition is the FOUNDATION of your skincare regimen!
Even if you’re using the best skincare products in the world, that won’t be enough to help you reach your potential if you’re constantly on a poor diet. To really see your skin transform into something better, start eating better.
#9 THOU SHALT NOT FORGET THY NECK AND HANDS
As we age, our skin looses collagen therefore loosing elasticity, causing it to appear loose and saggy with more pronounced lines and crevices. As one of the first spots on our bodies that start to show signs of aging, taking care of our necks and hands from the get go can help slow down the appearance of skin aging. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen to your neck and hands daily—just like you would your face—and don’t be afraid to use other anti-aging products that you use on your face, like retinol and vitamin C serum, below your chin as well.
#10 THOU SHALT STAY ACTIVE
There’s no better way to detox your skin than with exercise. Working up a sweat is amazing for increasing blood flow to your skin (so learn to love your flushed, face!), which helps your skin to naturally glow.
Also, sweating gives your pores the chance to purge blocked-up dirt and impurities for a cleaner complexion – just remember to take off your make-up before hitting the treadmill!
#11 THOU SHALT FOCUS ON PREVENTION
Your 20s are the perfect time to start focusing on preventive skincare products and techniques because, as with most things, prevention is a lot easier than recovery!
Retinol is a gold-standard ingredient in skin care because it alters the behavior of aged cells so they act in a more youthful manner. It smooths and refines skin’s texture, enhances skin radiance and slows aging.
When retinol is incorporated into age-preventive skin care routines, it helps accelerate skin renewal, enhance collagen production and reduce the appearance of aging, uneven texture and age spots.
#12 THOU SHALT ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN
Protecting your skin from UVA/UVB rays on a daily basis is non-negotiable; this is the #1 commandment in skincare across all ages, and is especially important in your 20s.
Whether you’re hanging out in direct sunlight, sitting in traffic on your morning commute or relaxing in your house, wearing sunscreen is a necessary step in any and all skin care routines.
Unprotected sun exposure can lead to premature signs of skin aging (fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, oh my!) or worse: skin cancers. So, apply and reapply often, because we won’t remind you again—just kidding, we totally will.