Skin care in your 20s doesn’t have to be complicated. You may still be going through periods of acne turbulence or notice mild signs of sun damage, but the key to a successful and effective routine is to keep it simple.

Limit your skin care routine to basic essentials which includes a strong focus on skin protection.

Lightweight moisturiser.

Your skin needs to be moisturised regularly. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right cream for your skin, so it’s always best to ask and seek professional advice.

If you don’t moisturise your skin, it will try to replace the lack of water by producing more sebum which in turn can lead to oiliness and potentially spots.

Look for light moisturisers which are either in gel or lotion formula. A light moisturiser won’t cause congestion and shouldn’t give you a shiny look like heavier creams can.

People who are prone to skin flare ups or eczema which may require a richer moisturiser for higher protection.

You can combine your moisturiser with an antioxidant serum with vitamin C which will also offer added skin hydration and protection from free radicals.

Protect, protect, protect...and don’t forget about neck, chest and hands.

It’s a fact that when we turn 25, our body starts to lose collagen content. One of the key reasons for this is over exposure to UV radiation.

Whether we want it or not, we’re exposed to UV radiation all year round (even when it’s cloudy) and this leads to the slow break down of collagen fibres.

Later down the line, this will affect your skin and may result in premature lines and wrinkles.

It may sound quite dramatic, but you should use SPF 50 everyday. It’s the first step that you can easily take to improve efficacy of your skin care regime.

Make it a habit to apply sunscreen every time you go out into the elements - your skin, one day, will thank you for it.

Also think about other parts of your body which are constantly exposed to the sun, such as your neck, chest and hands. They can be easily missed when it comes to applying sun protection, but these areas are key giveaways of someone’s real age.

Don’t sleep in your make up.

In your 20s, it’s all too easy to take good skin for granted. You may think you’ll look this way forever but smoking, drinking or sunbathing heavily will take their toll no matter how good your genes are.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not cleansing your skin thoroughly in the evening.

First of all, yes – you have to remove your make up before you go bed everyday.

Make up products can be very heavy for the skin. If not removed properly, make up leftovers can sit in the pores resulting in congested skin and acne.

Secondly, replace soap with professional cleanser. At Transform, the Epionce Gentle Foaming Cleanser is a firm favourite with beauty professionals and journalists.

We would advise using a micellar water product to wipe off your make up and then to follow up with your chosen cleanser, making sure you massage it in well and rinse thoroughly afterwards.

Don’t pick acne.

Some of us still have regular break outs in our 20s. Exposure to environmental pollution, having a poor diet and stress all play a part.

If you have mild acne break outs, we would advise looking into medical skin care products. Keep an eye out for ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

If you suffer from severe acne we would recommend that you see a dermatologist as you may be suffering from hormonal or adult acne which is very complex.

The number one rule is the same for everyone – don’t pick spots!

Picking at spots can leave you with scarring and pigmentation issues which sometimes harder to treat than the spots themselves.

Whatever you do don’t over do it. Our skin has different needs at the different stages of our life.

Leave strong anti ageing products until you really need them, that way your skin will really benefit from them.

It’s a very precious time when your skin doesn’t need too much - keep it simple and enjoy it!