They say your skin is at its prime when you’re in your twenties, but all those night outs with your friends and the stress of a demanding job could take its toll. Of course, wrinkles are thought too far into the future to worry about, but how you look after your skin now could affect the way it looks later. So, here are some must-know skin care tips for every twenty-something. Follow these religiously for healthy, glowing skin always.
Even if you are blessed with great skin, your lifestyle can play a huge role in how good it looks. Smoking, drinking and being lazy about applying sunblock will age it and make it appear duller.
Of course, we’re sure you cleanse your face daily, but washing your face at night is an absolute must you can’t compromise on. No matter how tired you are or how much you’ve had to drink, get up and cleanse your face to remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil from the day. If you don’t, it will cause zits and premature lines.
It’s smart to start early when it comes to looking after the delicate skin around your eyes. Start using an eye cream with SPF to protect the thin skin in the area and to fight wrinkles. Also, don’t forget to take off your kajal at night and slide on your sunnies when travelling to prevent lines caused by squinting in the sun.
Of course, the cleanse, tone and moisturize routine is the Holy Grail for healthy skin. But if you want, along with the toner, you can treat your skin with a healthy antioxidant serum to keep it looking super fresh, followed by moisturizing religiously.
Exfoliating your skin is an absolute must. Everyone knows that, but how often do you really do it? Exfoliate twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells that are making your skin appear dull and watch it get smoother and softer.
Having face wipes around is a great way to refresh your skin and mop up oil, sweat and even makeup in a jiffy. Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes (Rs 325) are amazing for wiping away all your makeup and leaving your skin clean without having to actually wash your face (perfect for those lazy nights!).
Antioxidants are amazing at any age, so why not start young? Sipping on green tea, which is a fantastic source of antioxidants, will help fight free radicals to prevent wrinkles later on. Other great sources of antioxidants are nuts, blueberries, strawberries, fish and green veggies.
Even if you have slathered on your SPF, try and limit your sun exposure. The sun robs your skin of its youth and accelerates the ageing process while increasing your risk of skin cancer. It’s best to minimize your fun in the sun and save it all up for your beach vacays.
Did you know the skin on your neck and hands are big giveaways about your age? It doesn’t matter how young your face looks if the skin on your neck and hands is saggy and wrinkled. It’s important to follow the same routine as you do for your face on your neck and hands as well. Remember, these areas along with your face are the most exposed to the sun.
If you’re still dealing with acne and zits well into your twenties, the smartest thing to do is see a dermatologist. It’s probably caused due to hormonal or other factors and needs to be professionally treated to avoid scarring.
Your metabolism is never going to be as quick as it is at this age - and even if you still can eat anything you like without having to worry about your waistline, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to exercise. Staying active will help you stay fit always, keep a lot of health problems at bay, as well as do wonders to your skin. Sweating it out increases your blood circulation, which is the best way to bring that much-desired glow to your skin.
All your muscle movements will lead to lines. Smiling gives you smile lines, frowning gives you frown lines. Obviously, you can’t really turn into an expressionless zombie, but do your bit to prevent wrinkles. Keep your skin hydrated always and make sure not to smoke. Puckering your lips when you smoke and even drink from a straw will give you lines around your mouth.
Covering up blemishes, going all out with smoky eyes, contouring, strobing and what not – we’re all a little obsessed with makeup. But it’s important to give your skin a break. Don’t apply too much, always remember to take it off or it will clog your pores, and remember to let your skin breathe. No makeup days a few times a week will go a long way in keeping your skin healthy.
Watch what you eat. Too much junk and greasy food will increase oil production and cause breakouts. Coconut water and fresh juices should replace those fizzy drinks and cups of coffee. Late nights and too much booze will take its toll on your complexion. Be meticulous in your skincare routine but don’t overdo it either. Make sure the products you use are lightweight, not too heavy and well suited for your skin type.
Our skin heals the maximum when we sleep. Just like our body, our skin also gets tired during the day and it needs rejuvenation. One must never compromise on their beauty sleep and try to get about 6-8 hours of sleep every day. This will make you look fresh.
You must drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated at all times. You must try to consume at least 8 glasses of water if not more every day. Also, eat fruits and vegetables that have high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, oranges and others. Dehydration makes your skin look dull and loose. So, drink as much water as you can.
Go back to your roots and embrace Ayurveda. Use vegetable peels and other remedies from your kitchen to pamper your skin. Ayurvedic scrubs nourish the skin and exfoliate it. They help your skin breathe better and also open their pores.
Did you know that breathing right can help you prevent spots and pimples on your face? Make Sudarshan Kriya your beauty mantra. All you have to do is sit on a mat with your legs crossed and your hands placed on your knee. Take deep breaths and let this exercise harmonize the body, mind and emotions.
We spend a fortune on buying the best face washes and face scrubs but don’t realise that the real problem is the water that we use to wash our face with. Soft water doesn’t remove soap well and hence can leave residue on your skin making it coarse. Hard water, on the other hand, doesn’t allow washes to lather easily. Keep a check on the quality of water you use.
You must have heard how stress causes premature greying of hair. Well, that’s not the only thing it does to tamper your overall look. Stress can also give you wrinkles, an oily skin causing acne and take a major toll on your skin. Use stress management techniques like breathing right, yoga, exercises and meditation. These will help you calm your restless mind and the results will show on your skin.
You must closely monitor your dairy intake. Skimmed milk, cottage cheese, breakfast drinks, and sherbet can also cause acne. Experts say that those teenage girls who consume a lot of milk are almost 30 percent more likely to have acne than those who drink less. While complete cutting down would harm your bones, you can consume lesser than you usually do.
Not many know how some kinds of toothpaste with added flavours can cause redness on your face and pimples too. Switch to a basic toothpaste that is tartar-free and you’ll notice the difference on your face.
Our skin gets exposed to sunlight even when we’re at home. The sunlight that comes from the windows is equally harmful and being overexposed to it can cause skin cancer. UV rays that can penetrate the windows in your home and office can cause wrinkling and brown spots. Keep the blinds on when it’s too hot and protect your face from too much sunlight.
Humidifiers are a boon in winters. They put moisture back into the air that helps your skin stay moisturized. They help in breathing by keeping nasal passages clear. Use a humidifier to keep the air around you clean. Get one and put it in your room. This will improve the air quality around you and help you in breathing right. Further, it also hydrates your skin retaining its moisture.
Going for a bath in winters is always hard. But you know what’s harder? Getting out of the hot shower once you’re in it. It’s so tempting to keep standing there and enjoy the warm water soothe your skin, isn’t it? But it actually does the opposite to your skin. Your skin will be served much better if you bathe with lukewarm water and not for more than 10 minutes.
Winters can make your skin dry and suck the moisture out of it. Picking the right face wash is more important than you think. The wrong soap can worsen dry and itchy skin. Also, opt for a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel to keep your face free of irritation and patches of dryness.
Apply a moisturiser or a body cream after you take a hot shower. And use a hand lotion every time you wash your hands. This with help your skin retain its natural oils. Make sure to use a lip balm to prevent lips from getting chapped. You can go for chapstick or even use Petroleum Jelly. It heals cracked lips faster than ever.
The myth says that sunscreen should only be applied in summers as it prevents your skin from getting a tan or getting sunburnt but no, it is equally important during the winters. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage to your skin. You must protect it by applying sunscreen even on dark winter days.
You’ve heard it all the time from your mother, and that’s because it’s true. You must apply sunscreen to keep your face moisturised and for it to glow as it is the best way to prolong healthy, glowing skin. Look for one that offers protection against UVA rays (the ones that cause premature aging) and UVB rays (one of the main causes of skin cancer).
You are what you eat, no? Up your vegetable diet and you’ll notice the change in your skin. Your face will glow when you consume more and more green vegetables. Also, mushrooms are very good for the skin.
Vitamin C-rich foods not only prevent wrinkles and your skin from sagging but also nourish your skin to retain the inner glow. Have citrus fruits likes oranges, grapes, pineapple and berries that also act as great antioxidants. Apart from that, get yourself a Vitamin C packed day cream and apply it on your face before you step out in the smoggy city.
Watermelon hydrates the body. Consume watermelon in whichever form you like. You can toss it in salads, add it in smoothies, drink watermelon juice or make watermelon juice ice cubes. All you have to do is take some watermelon puree, sweeten it with concentrated apple juice, pour into an ice tray, and freeze. Then add cubes to water for a refreshing, healthy skin-saving mocktail.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Take half teaspoon of turmeric powder, four tablespoons gram flour and either milk or water. Mix the two powders and add milk or water to form a paste. Apply this pack on your face and neck. Let it stay 15-20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Coconut oil locks the moisture in the skin and also nourishes it with essential fatty acids. Take five tablespoons of coconut oil and lightly heat it up. Apply it on your face and neck and massage for 10 minutes in a gentle circular motion. You can sleep with the oil on your face. Next morning, wash your face with a mild face wash.
Isn’t aloe vera the ultimate solution for all skin related problems? Be it acne or dryness, it cures all skin problems leaving the skin smooth as a feather. Take one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and add one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon milk in it. Mix all the ingredients well and apply this face pack for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Baking soda exfoliates dead skin cells and also neutralizes the skin’s pH. Take one teaspoon baking soda, one teaspoon extra virgin olive oil and half teaspoon honey. Mix the ingredients and apply this face mask. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Apply this pack once a week for glowing skin.
Lemon cleanses, bleaches, and also removes tan from the skin. Take two teaspoons of lemon juice and add two teaspoons of sugar to it. Scrub the mixture on your face and neck for ten minutes. Wash your face with warm water and use a mild face wash.
Ripe papaya contains papain, an enzyme that acts as a mild exfoliator. This gently removes the top layer of dead cells on the face and makes your skin radiant. Take ripe papaya and cut in into small pieces and add Multani mitti and honey to it. Apply the pack on your face and let it stay for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water.
Cucumber is cooling for the skin. It replenishes and rejuvenates dull skin with its antioxidants. Grate cucumber and add some yoghurt to it. Mix the two well and apply it on your face until it dries. Wash it off with cotton and then rinse your face with cold water.
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