People are always saying how important it is to take good care of our skin, but other than when we get a zit or two, most of us don’t really see the need to do too much. It’s normal to think your skin is invincible, well… till your late 20s, at least. But girls, it’s only going to go downhill from there. Dullness, dark spots and ageing do catch up, but not if we have something to do about it! We give you the right skincare routine for every 20-something girl. Follow this and you’ll probably be mistaken for being in your 20s all through your 30s!
1. The Key To Being Ageless Remember, it’s never too early. Stepping up your skincare regime when you hit 40 isn’t really going to help much since the damage is pretty much done. The key is starting young with a healthy routine and being regular about it. That’s the secret!
2. A 3-Step Routine
A simple but powerful skincare routine for the morning and night should be:
Step 1: Cleanse.
Step 2: Treat with facial oil or serum – one for the day and one for nighttime repair.
Step 3: Protect with a moisturizing SPF in the morning and a basic moisturizer at bedtime.
3. Be Picky About Your Products Girls, it’s so important to be cautious about what you’re putting on your skin. It’s always better to use products that contain natural, mild and safe ingredients. Make sure to use a brand you trust and make sure to do a patch test before you start using anything new. Always, always read the label properly to be certain that it’s suitable for your skin type. Also, remember that homemade masks and packs are always safer than any branded ones you can buy.Also read: The BEST Skincare Tips For Indian Girls (Your Nani Was Right!)
4. Don’t Forget Your Eyes
The sensitive skin around your eyes should never be ignored. Don’t rub and tug at it when removing your makeup and be thorough in taking off that kajal
as its residue can make any dark circles look even darker. It’s a good idea to start using an eye cream by your mid-twenties to protect the delicate skin and keep your eyes looking young. This one by Clinique
is perfect to keep your skin looking young and firm and reduce puffiness.
5. Munch On Antioxidants For that enviable radiance from within, eat superfoods that are rich in antioxidants. Walnuts, berries, broccoli, spinach, fish, green tea and whole grains are a great sources of omega-3 and antioxidants for a fresh, healthy complexion. Skip that cup of coffee and grab a green juice instead!Also read: 5 Skincare Problems EVERY 20-Something Girl Faces… Solved!!
6. Remember To Exfoliate
Exfoliating your face twice a week is essential to get rid of dead cells. It keeps your face clear, smooth and glowy and also keeps those pesky blackheads at bay. Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Scrub
(Rs. 216) is great for all skin types.
7. Stay Out Of The Sun In your 20s, it’s important to avoid sun exposure as much as possible. The sun really can rob your skin of its youth. A tan does look good, and there is so much fun to be had in the sun, but you must limit it. Too much sun on your face can accelerate the ageing process and cause wrinkles. SPF protection isn’t enough to prevent these effects if you expose your skin to the sun too often and for too long.Images: Shutterstock