We Asked a Female Skincare Scientist The Exact Products You Should Be Using in Your 20s
Knowing exactly what kind of skincare regime you should have in place at any age is hard, but for some reason your 20s feels like the hardest. You're old enough that acne shouldn't be a problem anymore, but lo and behold it still is (ugh, hormones!). You know that at some point you should probably start using anti-ageing products and eye creams, but when and how do you even start? And if you've already had your first child, well, that can completely throw your skincare routine out the window.
One woman who knows skin better than anyone else is Neutrogena Scientist, Diyana Sudarsono. Diyana is one of four millennial scientists from all over the world who paired their personal skincare experiences with their scientific expertise to develop the three-part collection for Neutrogena's new Bright Boost range.
Below Diyana walks POPSUGAR Australia through the exact products we should be using in our 20s (aforementioned problems solved!), the new brightening range and the new powerhouse ingredient we're basically going to wanna bathe in.
POPSUGAR Australia: In your 20s you're likely to go through so many life changes and phases that can affect your skin — change of environment, routines, stress, lack of sleep, eating habits, babies etc. — what should our skincare routine look like in our 20s?
Diyana: I would say the most basic skincare routine is Cleanse, Moisturise and Protect. Cleanser, Moisturiser or Serum and Sunscreen should be part of your everyday regimen. As our lifestyle and environment change, you will also notice some changes to your skin. When you see that your basic regimen is no longer enough, that is when you need an upgrade! You will be surprised what additional steps can do to your skin. By adding exfoliation, you are creating a fresh canvas that allows your moisturiser or serum to penetrate better. The process removes skin's outer layer of dead skin cells so its surface is smoother and clearer.
PS: How much does everyday life have an impact on our skin?
Diyana: Environment, lifestyle, stress all will impact our skin in one way or another. Your environment could be dulling down your skin with air pollutants, low humidity, harsh winds, and UV exposure, which can create havoc on unprotected skin. Sleep is the body's restorative time when your skin cells repair themselves and regenerate. If that period is shortened or altered, skin cells cannot perform at their optimum and will lead to pre-aging. You will notice skin dullness, brown spots and even fine lines.
PS: As a millennial scientist, what's the first thing you look for in your own skincare?
Diyana: After giving birth, I noticed changes in my skin. It looked dull and felt dry. My dark spots took longer to disappear. Most products tackle one skin issue and would require multiple products to handle all needs. I want a product that can resurface, re-texturise and replenish my skin in one go, so my skin can appear radiant and bright.
PS: When creating Neutrogena's new Bright Boost range you settled on three main products, can you walk us through the range and tell us why you settled on each?
Diyana: We learnt that Millennials' skin is very dynamic, and by choosing the right combination and regimen, it can be "beautified". Neoglucosamine became our key ingredient to boost cell renewal and reactivate all essential skin processes. We further enhanced each product by carefully developing a combination of highly efficacious brightening ingredients to best deliver on each dimension of brightening, which is tone, hydration and smoothness.
Bright Boost Polish: The creamy, foamy polish is formulated to help speed up cellular turnover by exfoliation, smooth out your skin's texture, even out its tone and brighten the skin. You can see the benefits from the first application . And then when you use it every day, it helps bring out that glowing effect, thanks to the glycolic and mandelic acids that help remove dead cells and the natural exfoliants that work to exfoliate your skin.
Bright Boost Serum: An intensive serum formulated with Glycerin, naturally derived Turmeric Extract and our highest concentration of Neoglucosamine, that not only hydrates but brightens your skin at the same time. Pair it with Bright Boost gel cream for three times the Brightening ingredients.
Bright Boost Gel Cream: It contains three powerful combination of NeoGlucosamine; skin exfoliating alpha hydroxy and polyhydroxy acids; which boost surface cell turnover by 10x.
PS: When it comes to skincare we love a good active ingredient and there is a new hero ingredient in the brightening range, can you tell us a bit about NeoGlucosamine?
Diyana: We call NeoGlucosamine a powerhouse ingredient! It's a building block of skin's natural hyaluronic acid, which attracts and holds moisture and promotes superior plumping of the skin. It can gently resurface skin to encourage cell turnover, helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and exfoliates dark spots for a more even skin tone. I like to compare to using Neoglucosamine on your skin to a shiny car that has some dust on it. Once you polish your car, take a cloth and wipe off that dust, you can see the shine coming through.
PS: If you had to pick one product from the range to take to a desert island with you, which one would it be?
Diyana: I will bring the Gel Cream! This is personal bias because I designed the Bright Boost Gel Cream like how I want my moisturiser to be. It is a multi-tasking cream which not only moisturises the skin from the dry condition in the desert island, but it can also boost skin cells turnover by 10x when compared to untreated skin, to tackle the uneven skin tone and dark spot which I might develop during my stay. It has a good combination of skin brighteners to help in my skin tone, texture and radiance.
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