If I’m 22, what would be the best skincare products for me??

Dear Dr. Irwin, I am so happy I've found your website! I am 22 years old and want to begin a healthy, budget friendly, wrinkle preventing skin care regimen. Please help!!! I've googled and taken out tons of books on skin care; and it's been overwhelming trying to sift through all the bogus expensive products, false advertisements, and the opposing opinions of different doctors. Thank you!!!

I’m so glad you wrote and are interested in trying to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.  Your 40, 50 and up self will thank you later.  🙂 

So, at your age, I would say this assuming pretty normal skin and minimal acne:

Morning:   A gentle cleanser (Dove, Cerave, or Cetaphil is fine!), an antioxidant (try a 10% Vit C serum like Cellex-C).   It doesn’t have to be expensive but can’t be cheap either (quality too low to do any good, and then a excellent UVA blocking sunscreen with 5-10% zinc oxide (here’s where to spend the money-get the best one you can afford.) My top 50 skincare products of 2012.  

Evening:  Same gentle cleanser as a.m. then a 10-20% glycolic cream or lotion (start with the 10% and gradually work up if you tolerate it.  If you need more moisture, wait 10 mins or so and use a little inexpensive Cetaphil or Cerave lotion.

We are all individuals so if you become irritated or red, stop the product.   

Be careful with oral contraceptives, if you are on them,  especially in the sun, and at the first sign of excess pigment, brown spots or darkening, consult your gynecologist or a dermatologist.   

Dr. I



Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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