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.”