From Ages 20-24: 3 Essential Ingredients to Look for in Your Skincare

Farida Abdel Malek
12/31/19, 12:00 AM

It's a lot easier for us to just ask what skincare products should I buy. What's a little more complicated but actually essential is knowing what ingredients to look for in your skincare. That's why we thought for your twenties, we can introduce to just 3 main skincare ingredients. So, let's talk about the skincare ingredients to you use in your 20s that will help improve your skin and simplify your skincare routine

1. Vitamin C

Brightness and smoothness are the main results you would be getting from having Vitamin C in your skincare. It is brilliant for helping combat pigmentation, uneven skin tone and dull tired skin. Coming from orange juice, it is a good antioxidant. Which means it's brilliant at helping the skin repair and rejuvenate damaged skin cells. It is a smart healing ingredient and it can also help your skin from forming dark spots if used regularly. 

However, it is very strong ingredient so you should take care, especially if you have sensitive skin. Always use sunscreen and we mean always, even if your skin isn't sensitive! Also, There are different concentrations of the this ingredient in products so make sure you always start off with a small one and try it on your arm first to make sure you're not allergic or you don't get any reactions. 

Skincare products with Vitamin C

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Aox Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen


This is a serum that contains SPF. The Vitamin C helps with the skin's texture and dark spots. It also has 2 other antioxidants, so it can works on efficiently enhancing the skin, while also protecting it with the SPF. 

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel


We keep re-mentioning this product because we know how much people love it. We always have a review on this product, that you can read here It's a chemical exfoliant. Chemical exfoliants are a lot more gentle than scrubs. You can use this once a week, it will improve your skin's texture while also giving it a great glow from the Vitamin C. On the long term this can also help with pigmentation from acne scars. Shop.  It gives a nice healthy glow and is good for fighting the pollutants that sit on the skin, causing it to look dull.

Glossier Super Glow


For those of you looking for that lit from within look, we all know Glossier are experts when it comes to that. They also have a Vitamin C serum that helps give the skin an incredible glow, so it's good if you suffer from dullness. It also helps the skin looks more even and radiant. 

2. Hyaluronic Acid

They call it a magical ingredient and for good reason. Our body produces Hyaluronic acid, but it is used in skincare because it doesn't naturally produce on the surface of the skin and because it can hold and attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. That is why people rave about it. It is the queen of hydration and a quick way to really give your skin an incredible boost of hydration. That's why it's included in a lot of moisturizers and even anti-aging products, because it helps give the skin plumpness from the moisture therefore reducing the appearance of fine lines. In this age range it will help give your skin the hydration it could be missing and will work on maintaining your skin's elasticity and healthiness for the future as well. 

Skincare products with Hyaluronic Acid

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5


I personally can't get over this product and I'm not alone, it is one of the most popular Hyaluronic Acid serums and I will keep repurchasing it for as long as I can. It gives the skin exactly the boost of moisture it needs. It makes the skin look plump and hydrated. If you apply it at night, you will instantly see the results the next day. The skin feels and looks more awake and alive from the hydration it got. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask


The Hydro Boost line has been really popular because it includes Hyaluronic Acid in its ingredients. This face mask is one their products and it is very highly reviewed for giving instant results of moisturized and healthy looking skin. It's great for when you have an event and you need a quick fix before makeup.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Face Cream Moisturizer


Having a moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid is a smart way to go. It is loved for giving a quick boost of hydration and plumpness, people with dry skin love it! It helps offer long lasting hydration and it is good for most skin types. However, it has alcohol and is scented, so if you have sensitive skin be aware of that first. 

3. Salicylic Acid  

We talked in depth about salicylic acid before and you can check out it here, but to give you a small brief... It is an exfoliating acid known for its power to penetrate deeply into our pores. It also has antibacterial functions and falls under the same division of drugs as aspirin. For you, you can incorporate it in your skincare to make sure your skin is constantly rid of impurities and dead skin cells.

It also helps reduce mild acne and reduce the possibility of further breakouts, but you should take care never to over use it, especially if you have sensitive skin. Its exfoliating properties can irritante the skin. Skincare products are only allowed a small concentration of salicylic acid so it doesn't overly exfoliate or peel the skin.

Skincare products with Salicylic Acid

Vichy Normaderm Daily Deep Cleansing Gel Cleanser with Salicylic Acid


We had to include a cleanser in here and this one really really does the job. We do recommend though that you not use it everyday so it doesn't strip the skin too much. This cleanser is great for acne prone skin because it contains Salicylic Acid. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant


A cult product for a lot of people by a very good brand. There are almost no bad reviews on this product. It's a very gentle physical exfoliant, which is rare. It comes in a powder form, which you add to your wet hands and rub them together to form a paste. It's a quick fix that is supposed to instantly brighten the skin. It also helps with cell renewal and smoothing the skin. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment


This is a tried and true for me and many of my friends in our early 20s. It's great for combating imperfections and can really help with congestion if used regularly. It also has a great hydrating texture and can be used comfortably under makeup

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Farida Abdel Malek

The first time she watched "The Devil Wears Prada" around the age of 12, Farida felt something that she couldn’t quite explain at that time. She was inspired. The clothes, the hair, the makeup and of ...

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