6 Skincare Luxuries Every 20-Something Should Own
Sometimes luxury isn't about using skincare imbued with fine French fragrances or sold in beautiful packaging. (Although, those elements certainly don't hurt.) Sometimes, luxury is more about having access to products made with high-quality ingredients that really, truly work. There's a undervalued element of prestige associated with owning skincare that performs consistently, and it's this kind of luxury it pays to invest in. There's no better time to do just that than in your 20s when the skincare choices you make can have a huge impact on what your complexion looks like both now and in the future. Fact: There's something pretty great about knowing you'll get a return on your investment. So, next time you've got some cash to burn, turn to this list. What follows is a road map for the best skin you'll ever have in your 20s and beyond.
Keep scrolling for the luxury items every 20-something should own.
Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask ($43)
You may not consider an exfoliant a luxury (it's certainly not as sexy as a fancy face mask), but investing in a quality skin refiner can mean the difference between getting the most out of your skincare and...not. Left alone, a build up of dead skin can interfere with ingredient absorption, rendering your serums and creams ineffective. Leave anything that contains jagged scrub particles (like walnut shell), on the shelf and opt for a chemical exfoliant instead. Lactic and glycolic acids are good choices for most to gently and evenly resurface skin.
Eve Lom Intense Hydrating Serum ($143)
The quickest and easiest way to supercharge your skincare is by adding a targeted serum. Active formulas like those that contain vitamins A or C can do everything from treat sun damage (which tends to show itself in your 20s), to reduce breakouts. If you don't have a specific skin concern you're looking to tackle (lucky you), consider a hydrating serum like this one from Eve Lom. Just about everyone can benefit from adding moisture to their skin—even oily types can become dehydrated. While you can find solid serums for under $100 (Hylamide is a fave bargain brand amongst beauty editors), some of the best formulas are often prestige. See: Skinceuticals' C E Ferulic ($214). A potent anti-ager, it's worth every cent.
Clinique Pep-Start ($40)
Your 20s is generally when you'll start to see the first signs of ageing—often this includes fine lines and darkness under the eyes. An all-in-one cream helps get you into the habit of treating the area daily, so that as you move into your 30s you're prepared. Choose a formula that comes in a rollerball pen and you'll get the added benefit of boosting microcirculation to the area as you apply.
Galderma Actinica Liposomal Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($49)
Wearing broad spectrum sunscreen every day is crucial in preventing ageing. (Skincare experts will tell you it's the single most important thing you can do to halt the march of time across your face.) Formulas have come a long way in the last few years—the chalky, unrefined goop of yesteryear is all but gone from shelves—but sometimes you need to spend a little coin to really fall in love. This isn't to say the only good sunscreen is expensive, just that if you can't find something you like at the supermarket, you shouldn't balk at investing in SPF. It's your most effective weapon against ageing and something you wear every day. Galderma's Actinica is a stellar choice for drier skins, while Ultraceuticals' make a great matte option ($70).
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment ($32)
We all know that moving on from your teens sadly doesn't always spell the end of acne. The good news is being a little older and wiser means knowing what works for your particular skin—and thus being in a better place to unearth a foolproof spot treatment. Which is great because, let's face it, ain't nobody got time for breakouts. What works for some won't work for others, but treatments with either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are likely to deliver best results for most.
May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver ($114)
No matter what your complexion situation, an effective treatment mask is the closest you'll get to recreating the glowy results of a pro facial at home. Not everyone can afford to see an expert skin therapist every time their face plays up (#LifeGoals), so being able to tackle it yourself is important. Find a formula that targets more than one issue (this pick from May Lindstrom fights blemishes, brightens and tackles inflammation), and you'll always have a solution on hand.