In my book, January will always be a somewhat special time. Although I’m biased because it’s my birthday month, I always like to use this month as a way to refresh and look ahead. Obviously, that usually entails journaling out new goals and dreams, but I’m also talking about streamlining things like my makeup, skincare, and hair routines to reflect my newly evolved philosophy. As I continue to move through my late 20s, I find myself seeking a simpler routine that allows me to do less and still look the most youthful. Yes, it’s entirely possible.
I’m always a fan of a good serum to help out in this department, but with so many different ones out there, how is it possible to know which ones are truly the best for folks in their 20s who want to do a little preventative care while still addressing other skin concerns like adult acne? Luckily, according to board-certified dermatologist and Paula’s Choice advisory board member Corey Hartman, the solution doesn’t require 10 different products. “Fortunately, most active ingredients that address acne and the resulting hyperpigmentation are also beneficial for fine lines and wrinkles,” Hartman says. “Retinol, hydroxy acids, niacinamide and azelaic acid are also helpful for acne and hyperpigmentation as well as being great for prevention and treatment of the signs of aging.”
I know your next question might be What else? If you want to address early signs of aging sooner rather than later (wise choice), Macrene Alexiades, a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of Macrene Actives, also suggests a few things. “Look for ingredients such as peptides and hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In contrast, you should include amino acids such as arginine and aspartic acid. Also consider amino acid derivatives like glucosamine and ergothioneine, plus vitamin C and citric acid to reduce the appearance of brown spots and sun spots. You’ll want to avoid hydroquinone, which has been shown to cause DNA mutations and has been banned in several countries,” she says.
Whew, I know that was a lot. But after hearing from both Hartman and Alexiades, I feel confident in choosing the right products for my own personal routine. To help you select the right ones for yours, they’ve also provided us with a few of their recs below. Keep scrolling for what they think are the absolute best serums to use in your 20s along with a few of my own favorites.