Rebecca Treston discusses everything essential your skincare routine, if you’re in your mid-20s


I am in my mid-20s. What products should I be using?

When it comes to skin, there is a saying – at 20 years old you’ve got the skin you were born with, but at 50 you get the skin you deserve. Therefore, it is vital that you use the right products at the right time to ensure you have a game-changing strategy for a healthy, glowing complexion.

In your 20’s. you have probably got a basic routine: cleanse, tone and moisturize, but actually the most important thing to do is preserve and protect.

Start your routine with a skin-type-specific face wash. If you have normal skin, any cleanser type will work. If you’re dry or sensitive, steer clear of foaming formulas and anything with fragrances or alcohol, which can be irritating. Instead look for formulations that are balms and milks. If you have acne-prone skin, look for cleansers with 2 percent glycolic or salicylic acid to keep sebum levels regulated.

In general, all skin types of every age should use two products: Hyaluronic Acid for deep moisturisation and an exfoliating product. Which exfoliator you use will depend on your key concern: Salicylic Acid is perfect for acne-prone skin, Glycolic Acid is a good choice for dry, while Retinol should be used for mature skins or scarred skins.

Antioxidants are the superheroes of skin care as they fight free radicals, prevent collagen breakdown, and repair sun damage. Use a light booster that features Vitamin C (I love the Phytoceuticals E in C serum!) and apply it before moisturiser.

One golden rule, whatever your age, is to use sunblock every single day. Make sue you choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (I like ones that have micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) which can filter out both UVA and UVB rays. Also make sure this product has protection against infra-red rays, which are present in the atmosphere thanks to gadgets and cause damage to the skin. For all-day protection, you will need to reapply every few hours so choose a formula that can fit in your bag – perfect for when you’re on the go.