For the twenties the key word ( or actually words) to remember is Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA’s. Found naturally in a number of foods incuding milk, grapes and apples, the AHA’s are a twenty somethings best friend. I like to see them in cleansers, moisturizers, treatment products, eye creams, peels and face masks. This plan shows how to use them to enjoy your youthful firm skin.
In the Morning:
* Wash your face with effective cleanser for your skin type. If your skin tends to be dry use a moisturizing forumlation such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser with Soy. There’s good science behind soy, indicating among other things it protects against sun damage– always a good thing. If your skin tends to be on the oily side use an oi-free cleanser such as Deep Clean from Neutrogena. Wet your face with warm water and rub a dab into your skin. massage gently and rinse throughly with cool, not cold water.
* Protect your skin with an oil -free sunscreen/moisturizer such as Oil- Free Moisture, SPF 15 ( Neutrogena). My first choice would be a moisturizer that also had AHA’s, but these can be hard to find. AHA’s used to be more popular, but now other ingredients such as green tea and vitamin C have taken center stage Too bad, but you can make your own AHA skin care treatments.
* Remove eye-make-up with oil-free eye care cleanser such as Almay Oil-Free Pads
* Cleanse face as you did in the morning
* Dry gently, and let skin settle for about 30 minutes
* Apply a night treatment with a strong AHA such as Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer ( Peter Thomas Roth) or Glycolic Acid 10%Exfoliating Moisturizer (DDF). They are both around $50 and you can find them at Sephora. These are more expensive than my usual recommendations, but there are fewer anti-aging AHA’s on the shelves and the best ones I have found are more upscale. Best way to balance the twety something beauty budget? Use an affodable cleanser like Cetaphil ($8).
* Dot on AHA enriched eye cream to keep under eye area smooth and firm. I recommend Healthy Skin Eye Cream with AHA ( Neutrogena)
* Twice a week add one of these two steps to your nightly routine:
1. Instead of your usual cleanser, use exfoliating grains such as those from St Ives.
2. Apply a homemade mask rich in AHA’s. Apply the mask to a clean, dry face, allow mask to dry and harden for 30 minutes, then rinse off with cool water
Mask for Normal-Oily Skin— Whip together one egg white and a tablespoon of white wine. ( I call this my Napa Valley Mask)
Mask for Dry Skin — Mix together one tablespoon of applesause with an egg yolk. ( I never had a name for this one. Any suggestions?)
High Tech Tools:
Cleansed and protected, skin in the twenties should look naturally radiant and feel soft. For an extra boost, one or twice a year you can make an appointment for a glycolic peel from a dermatologist. it is much stronger than those that you can make at home or buy and is a wonderful option for a special day ( wedding? seeing your ex? seeing your ex who is now with someone else?) Another option is micro-dermabrasion, a great choice if your skin tends to be oily.