Yes ladies, you as well as your skin are in the prime of your life. Annoying acne is a long-gone memory (a few zits here and there are normal) and wrinkles are a problem too far in the future to even worry about. But that doesn’t mean that you can be lazy about taking care of your skin. Your skin will only look amazing as you age if you take care of it now. We tell you the skin care routine every 20-something must follow for a healthy complexion. It’s never too early to start. Trust us, you’ll be thanking yourself 10 years down the line.
You know the importance of sun-protection but you still don’t lather on sunscreen twice a day, do you? Even on a not-so-sunny day, it’s important to protect your skin as the UV rays can still have harmful effects. Make sure to use sunscreen on your face, neck and chest as well as any exposed part like your arms and legs. You’re also reducing your chances of wrinkles by doing so.
No, we will never tire of telling you to cleanse, tone and moisturize. It’s important to cleanse properly to get rid of dirt, oil and traces of makeup. Use one that is not too harsh for your skin like Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Face Wash. After that, wipe your face with a ball of cotton soaked in toner to remove any excess gunk and brighten up your complexion. We like The Body Shop Pomegranate Toner. Finish off with moisturizing, as dry skin will only lead to lines and wrinkles. A good moisturizer will hydrate your skin and leave it firm, fresh and plump.
It’s important to add an extra step of exfoliating your face once or twice a week. This will help get rid of dry and dead skin, leaving your face soft, smooth and shiny. Make sure not to use one that is too harsh and not to rub too hard.
Enhance your beauty sleep with a good nightly serum that will hydrate your skin while you catch up on some shut-eye. It will help you wake up to a fresher, more radiant you. We like Pond’s Gold Radiance Precious Youth Serum.
Don’t forget that the skin around your eyes is extremely thin compared to the rest of your skin and very delicate. It is prone to fine lines and crow’s feet, so try not to squint, always wear sunglasses in the sun and use a good under eye cream like L’Oreal Youth Code Eye Cream to keep the area fresh and hydrated.
What you eat reflects on your complexion so make sure to load up on your greens and cut back the caffeine. Switch that third cup of coffee or fizzy drink for a fresh juice or a refreshing glass of coconut water. Cut back on junk and greasy food, which can enhance the production of oil in your skin and lead to breakouts.
Don’t slack off on your routine but don’t overdo it either. Use lightweight products and creams, don’t cake on the makeup and make sure to take it off religiously before going to bed. Don’t forget that your lifestyle choices also affect how good your skin looks – late nights, alcohol and smoking all play a significant role in dulling your complexion and aging you.
This is your 20-something beauty arsenal:
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