In this day and age, we can find dates at the tap of a button, shop without leaving our room and also fall victim to whole new range of skin problems! As if teenage acne and ageing wasn’t bad enough, now at an age where our skin should look its best, it actually doesn’t sometimes. We’re talking about a quarter life skin crisis – yes, it’s a real thing. Partying, environmental pollution, stress of making crucial life choices and loads of heartbreak is wreaking havoc on our complexion. We tell you the signs that your skin is having a quarter life meltdown and what you can do it about.
Signs Your Skin Is In the Midst Of A Quarter Life Crisis
Our skin can appear less radiant than it should, yellowish and tired-looking. Increased pollution, stress and a hectic lifestyle (yes, we know we’re guilty!) are the main reasons for this.
2. Visible Pores
Why do you think so many cosmetic brands are suddenly creating so many products like concealers, primers and serums to decrease or cover enlarged pores? It’s a common problem you see in many twenty-somethings, which was once a problem that didn’t occur till women were much older.
3. Rough Skin
Your skin is supposed to be at it’s healthiest at this age, but for many it doesn’t feel as baby soft as it should. Pollution and a buildup of dead skin cells can cause it to feel uneven and not so smooth.
4. Early Ageing
Your skin can seem older than you are. Dark spots, pigmentation and general unevenness as well as even fine lines for some can begin prematurely.
What’s Causing Your Stressed Skin?
You may want to believe it or not, but a quarter life skin crisis is a very real thing, just like a quarter life crisis. There’s a similar lifestyle pattern for people born between the 1980s and early 2000s - we’re always on the go, working too much, partying a lot, drinking, smoking, downing coffee and stressing about too many things from relationships to new jobs to making major life decisions. Plus, pollution is worse today than it was 20 years ago, which is also having adverse affects on our skin.
How To Deal With It
1. Find A Go-to Product
If you’re one who’s always testing new products for your skin as well as makeup, then please stop. You’re doing nothing but confusing your troubled skin. An anti-ageing product is great to start using now but most of the ones available don’t suit your young skin just yet. Instead, we suggest a skin-plumping serum that renews your skin, revives it and help it look its radiant best. It’s a simple step to add to your beauty routine that will go a long way in giving you the glowing skin you deserve right now. Origins Skin Renewal Serum is specifically designed for quarter life skin to help recover from the stress of late nights, sun damage and stress. Also, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery is a magical concoction of essential oils to rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. Oh and it’s tried and tested by yours truly.
2. Never Compromise On The Sunscreen
Okay, there’s not much you can do about pollution taking its toll on your complexion but you can protect it from sun damage. If you haven’t already understood the importance of sunscreen then we’re always here to remind you. Sun damage will age you, cause spots, lines and dullness. Slathering on SPF every day, sometimes even more than once - it’s non-negotiable.
3. Tweak Your Weekend Routine
Yes, the weekend is when you should be catching up on your beauty sleep (we hope!), running all those errands you never find time for and going out with your gang. But, you also need to make time for pampering your skin and helping it recover from the long week you just had. A simple face pack of multani mitti and rose water, or whipping up avocadoes and applying it for 15 minutes will go a long way. It’s just about taking out 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday to help your skin repair itself and help look fresh and youthful like it should.
4. Go Mild
It’s time to do a major beauty cleanse and throw out all products that could be too harsh for your skin. Super strong acne products that may have worked in your teens, an extremely heavy foundation that will clog your pores and scented creams and cleansers...get rid of all of those. And fragrance-free is always a safer bet.
5. Switch Off
It’s so important to just relax and detach your mind from the daily stress of life and people. Take a yoga class (it will do wonders for your body, mind and skin), get a massage or just have a 5-hour nap. You need to slow down and give your mind (not just your skin) a break every now and then.
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Published on Nov 12, 2015