Beauty By Decade: 20s

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In our latest issue, we talked to board-certified dermatologist Kally Papantoniou about skin care in our 20s, 30s, and 40s+. Here, more anti-aging products that will help you prevent — and reverse — damage to keep you looking your best at every decade.

STORY: Anna M. Park


You may not see any signs of aging, but they’re lurking underneath the surface, so prevention is the key now. “This is a decade where if we protect our skin from the sun and maintain good skin practices, much of aging can be delayed and prevented,” says board-certified dermatologist Kally Papantoniou.

Your regimen:

  • Remove makeup and cleanse every day
  • Vitamins and antioxidants to brighten and repair
  • Treat blemishes without drying skin
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 30 every day
beauty by age: 20s

This eye makeup remover takes off the most stubborn makeup without the oily feel, thanks to its bi-phase oil and water formula. Simple Dual Effect Eye Make-up Remover, $8,

beauty by age 20s

Forget expensive facial brushes. Try an all-natural, anti-microbial konjac sponge for gentle exfoliation. ClarityMD Konjac Facial Cleansing Sponge, $15,

beauty by age: 20s

A gentler 2% salicylic acid treatment with chlorophyll to soothe skin and alleviate redness. BioClarity Acne Treatment Gel, $29.95 for 3-part system,

beauty by age: 20s

Keep skin care fun. A sheet mask with an animal print is totally selfie-worthy. SNP Animal Otter Aqua Mask Sheet, $5,

Late nights at work (or on the dance floor) calls for serious dark circle treatment. Light reflective pigments brighten while phe-resorcinol targets blue and brown dark circles. La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Eyes, $43,

beauty by age: 20s

The potent antioxidant astaxanthin, considered 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C, in a multitasking gel-cream that tones, brightens and hydrates. DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel, $49,


If you want to incorporate retinol early in your regimen, Dr. Papantoniou recommends a night cream with retinol like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, $20,

beauty by age: 20s

Eco-cert zinc oxide ensures this sunscreen doesn’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin. MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 Sunscreen, $30,

Impact photo: Vivienne Tam, courtesy of Elizabeth Arden.

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