What These Real Women With Good Skin Did in Their 20s

Updated 02/20/18
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It’s never too late to kick-start a skincare regimen, and the sooner the better. We interviewed five women who know a thing or two about maintaining healthy, gorgeous skin beyond their 20s, 30s, and 40s—and can attest to the fact that implementing a routine early on can be the key to youthful-looking skin. Whether you’re well into your 20s or entering your 30s, you’ll want to learn the secrets of these women with great skin—they know what they’re talking about.

Keep scrolling to learn about the skincare regimens they implemented in their 20s and 30s.

Real Women, Good Skin

Janet Gunn, 54

Occupation: Lifestyle blogger, The Grateful Gardenia

Location: Beverly Hills

Products she swore by in her 20s. “I used Noxzema and Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid Lotion ($12). I grew up in Texas, where it is hot and humid so using Noxzema products was always refreshing and left my skin feeling clean.”

Treatments she gave a try. “Six years ago I started getting a facial every month. I started Botox at 41 and go about every three to four months. I’ve tried Althura for my neck, and it worked great! I look forward to going back because I saw a big difference.”

Biggest skincare regret: “That I didn’t begin a regimen earlier and I never thought about wearing sunscreen regularly or caring for my neck.”

Real Women, Good Skin
 Carolyn Hsu

Carolyn Hsu, 31

Occupation: Digital managing editor, NewBeauty

Location: New York

Products she swore by in her 20s: “I got ahead of the anti-aging game by becoming devoted to SkinCeuticals in my 20s. I used the entire range of the products, from CE Ferulic ($166) to their Tinted Sunscreen ($34). I also really got into BB creams when they surfaced in my late 20s. They were the ultimate busy-girl solution because they took care of everything at once: foundation-like coverage, hydration, and all-important sunscreen.

“I also loved (and still love) Tata Harper moisturizers. The Rebuilding Moisturizer ($110) is actually the first product I remember using to the end and being sad about it. it goes on so silky smooth and the hydration lasts all day.”

Treatments she gave a try: “I had occasional facials, but nothing made a difference like the VibraDermabrasion facial I got a Tribeca MedSpa. My skin glowed for days (in that I-can’t-stop-staring-at-it way). In fact, it’s been almost five years since I got the treatment, and I still think about it!”

Biggest skincare regret: “I think I used really harsh products on my skin in my early 20s because I was still battling acne. It’s all good now, but back then I subscribed to the no-pain, no-gain school of skincare, which isn’t true. Now I’m all about gentle products that don’t make my skin angry.”

Real Women, Good Skin
 Felicia Walker Benson

Felicia Walker Benson, 41

Occupation: Founder and editor in chief, ThisThatBeauty

Location: Newark, New Jersey

Products she swore by in her 20s: “I got an early start. I’m so glad I never bought into the ‘black don’t crack’ myth. I mean, it’s true that black skin ages differently and sometimes slower, but I tend to place more stock in nurture over nature. I believe in a proper cleanse twice a day. I’m pretty loyal to the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Cleansers ($19).”

Treatments she gave a try: “I’m actually sort of proud about the fact that I’m 41 and haven’t used Botox or fillers—which I feel is proof that my routine works. I’m not saying I’d never [try it], but I think I can hold off a little while longer—maybe until 50. Who knows?

“I get regular facials at Mario Badescu with Carmela. When I wanna razzle-dazzle myself, I visit the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf-Astoria or the La Prairie Spa at The Ritz-Carlton. I usually make a day of it and use the gym, sauna, etc.

“I’m also newly devoted to ZIIP ($495). It’s a nano-current device that helps to lift and sculpt facial contours. It also does a kickass acne-clearing program that has changed the state of my hormonal chin. Right now, I see the biggest improvements in banishing acne. I also use the Nuface Trinity Facial Toning Device ($325) with the Wrinkle Reducer Attachment for the treatment of wrinkles.”

Biggest skincare regret: “I regret every single pimple I’ve ever picked and failed.”

Real Women, Good Skin
 Elizabeth Dehn

Elizabeth Dehn, 38

Occupation: Beauty and wellness writer, and founder of Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Products she swore by in her 20s: “In addition to exfoliating regularly, I started using retinol after college. RoC products were such an affordable option in my 20s. I’ve since upgraded to Arcona Vitamin A Serum ($85). I also started using sunscreen religiously! Back then it was probably Aveeno SPF 50 ($9), but I currently love Beautycounter Protect All Over SPF 30 ($32) and Tarte Tarteguard SPF 30 ($32).”

Treatments she gave a try: “In my 20s, I got an occasional facial but mostly did them at home using fruit enzyme peels and mud masks.”

Biggest skincare regret: “Being a sun worshipper. I played a lot of tennis and golf growing up and was one of those girls who laid out schmeared with [tanning oil]. I finally got smart in my early 20s but have been undoing the damage ever since!”

Real Women, Good Skin
 James Kicinski-McCoy

James Kicinski-McCoy 36

Occupation: Co-founder and editor of Mother and mother of four

Location: Nashville

Products she swore by in her 20s: “I dabbled a bit here and there in my 20s with Clinique, Kiehl’s, and drugstore finds like Cetaphil and Seabreeze. I had a love affair with St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($4)! I didn’t really start taking care of my skin until I was in my 30s. Now, I’m drinking lots of water, eating clean, and have an obsessive interest in skincare products.”

Treatments she gave a try: “I have had only three or four facials in my whole life. Not going to lie, though; I have friends who get treatments in moderation, like Botox and chemical peels, and they look incredible and natural. It’s definitely something I would consider down the road.”

Biggest skincare regret: “Too many tanning beds, not enough sunscreen.”

Do you have any skincare secrets from your 20s or 30s? Share them with us in the comments below!

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