Different times in life call for different skin care regimens. Here are a few beauty secrets for you young ones in your 20s.

Ahh, to be young again. I certainly don’t want to date myself, but I barely remember my twenties at this point. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace my age; each new decade comes with a whole new world of experiences. One thing I certainly remember is the transition from teenage years into the 20s being a big one. It’s in our 20s when we come of age. Doors are opened to a whole new world of both bad and good when it comes to skin.

In teenage years, waking up with a tiny blemish was disastrous. In your twenties, however, you have a whole slew of new things to worry about. The first signs of aging are starting to appear, making it more challenging to keep your youthful skin. It’s time to take a look at your current skin care regimen and the individual products you’re using, and perhaps make some lifelong adjustments. It’s better to start with good skin care habits early than wait until your youthful skin looks more mature.

Remember when you turned in your training wheels for the big girl bike? Well, it’s time to do the exact same thing with your skin care regimen. If you’re in your twenties, here are five beauty secrets that you need to know.

Scrubbing is a Must
It’s been engrained into our brains from a very young age that facial cleansing is a must. We know that it’s something that we must do every single morning when we rise and shine, and every single evening before going to bed. Cleansers help to remove all of the dirt, oil and other impurities from the skin. Women, removing makeup is an absolute must, and even more so as we enter our twenties.

In addition to daily cleansing, now is the time to kick things up a notch with a good exfoliating scrub. Scrubs are essential when it comes to getting rid of those drab, dead skin cells that build up on the surface. Those yucky, dead skin cells can clog our pores and lead to breakouts. We all want to avoid breakouts at every cost, no matter what age. In addition to removing the dead skin cells and helping you achieve the look of youthful skin, a proper exfoliation also allows all of your other skin care products to work better. Just by removing that barrier of excess skin cells will allow your serum, toner, day and nighttime creams to penetrate deeper into your skin so you’ll receive their maximum benefits. Invest in a good facial exfoliating scrub immediately and commit to scrubbing your face up to three times a week to keep your youthful looking skin.

Secret Weapon: The Right Serum
Many people don’t even know what a skin serum is and they certainly don’t understand just how important serums are when it comes to maintaining youthful looking skin. When you’re in your twenties, consider adding a serum to your daily skin care regimen. It’s the one beauty secret all 20-somethings need to know!

Replenish Thirsty Skin
When you’re in your twenties, your lifestyle may change considerably. New responsibilities arise, which means you may need to say so long to late nights on the prowl and sleeping in the next morning. You may have a bit more stress in your life and your “beauty sleep” may be compromised. It’s essential to make sure your youthful skin has all of the proper hydration that it needs to look and function at its best. Invest in a good facial moisturizer and night cream right away. Never miss an opportunity to moisturize your skin. Proper hydration will keep your skin looking young and fresh. You may have been able to skip your night creams up until now, but in your 20s, start taking advantage of those products that will deliver benefits to your skin while you catch some much-needed zzzzzs.

Add Eye Products to Your Arsenal
Before the age of twenty, there’s little attention to the skin around eyes. But, like many things in life, there will come that moment when its importance becomes very obvious. Now is the time to make the leap into adding eye products into your skin care regimen. The skin around your eyes is different than the skin elsewhere on the body because it lacks in both sweat and oil glands. That means this area of your face is highly susceptible to dehydration. Also keep in mind that first signs of aging usually pop up around your eyes. It usually starts out gradual with just a tiny expression line and then bam! One day you suddenly wake up with crow’s feet. Invest in a hydrating eye cream and/or a firming eye gel. Give your eyes the extra tender, loving care they deserve. By the time you reach the age of 30, you’ll be very glad that you did.

Become Familiar with the Term “Anti-Aging”
Anti-aging products are not just for mom and grandma. If you’re in your twenties, you need to embrace this term whole-heartedly. These words are very positive, and will surely become your go-to words when investing in skin care products. Our skin ages at different rates due to many different factors, including our lifestyle. Why not invest in anti-aging products as a proactive measure to keep skin looking good? Do it now. Trust me. Secret or no secret, this is something you must do in your twenties. You must put up the good fight against the signs of aging at all costs. Look for creams, serums and lotions with anti-aging benefits across all categories. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, spots and moisturization. You’ll be glad that you did.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife.