Dr Karen Soh, medical director at Prive Aesthetics, tells us how to care for your skin in your 20s, as well as how to treat milia seeds.
QWhat kind of skincare routine is recommended for women in their late 20s? Are antiageing products too rich or harsh for their skin? – Nicole Chia
AHow you care for your skin in your 20s determines what it will look like for the rest of your life. Right now, your skin is still full of collagen and is at its most supple. If you take clear, even-toned skin for granted in your 20s, you may be setting yourself up for “payback” decades later.
Anti-ageing skincare is not too rich or harsh for you. I would suggest using gentle products (such as a lightweight cleanser and an oil-free moisturiser), and to focus on damage prevention with an antioxidant serum and sunscreen.
Antioxidant serums count as anti-ageing skincare, as they help fend off free radicals that damage skin. Choose one in a lightweight formula if you find creamy textures too rich for your skin.
Sunscreen is vital in any skincare routine as UV rays damage cells deep in the skin, which brings about premature skin ageing. Even if you use sunscreen, keep out of the sun as much as possible and stay well hydrated.
If you haven’t been diligent with sunscreen, you may already see fine lines around your mouth, and you may notice that your skin tends to get dry easily. Also, damaged pigment-producing cells in skin can continue to produce dark pigments even when skin is not exposed to the sun. And damage from UV rays is cumulative, so you could start to see dark spots on your skin only years down the road.
In addition to using serum and sunscreen, make every step of your routine count by choosing a facial cleanser with more skincare benefits, like the Prive Skinworks White Lightening Wash ($73.83 for 150ml). This gentle cleanser has mulberry root extract and other ingredients to brighten skin and help reduce the look of dark spots.