As you age, your skin loses elasticity and is more prone to damage and wrinkles. Your late 20s may be a transitional phase when it comes to skin care. You are too old to use skincare products meant for teens, but you are too young for the rich, emollient moisturizers that address aging issues. Make sure that you care for your skin in your late 20s with the right products and techniques to keep it looking smooth and youthful in your 30s.
Begin a skincare regimen that includes cleansing and moisturizing. Don't come home late from a night out and fall into bed with makeup on. Always take the time to wash and moisturize your skin so that it doesn't dry out overnight.
Apply a moisturizer that contains retinol and vitamin E. You most likely don't need a product that's more potent, unless you notice severe premature aging. Moisturize before bedtime and when you wake up in the morning to help your skin stay hydrated and stop wrinkles from forming early.
Protect your skin from the sun. The sun can cause as much as 90 percent of your skin's deterioration through harmful UVA and UVB rays. In your late 20s, your skin is less likely to recover from a sunburn or day at the beach than it did in your early 20s. Apply an SPF-15 moisturizer to your face every day. If going out all day in the sun, use a higher SPF and be sure to cover up with a hat.
Exfoliate at home, but don't go in for microdermabrasion. "Oprah" magazine reports that women under 30 don't need heavy procedures like microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Simply exfoliate with a scrub made of sugar and water once per week to keep the skin looking fresh.
Treat acne with a gentle salicylic acid formula of no more than 2 percent. Avoid anything stronger, which can cause your skin to peel and become dry. See your dermatologist for prescription-strength medications if your acne is severe.