There’s a common misconception floating around the beauty world which states that you should start taking care of your skin only after you’ve crossed the age of 30. Well, we’re here to tell you that this couldn’t be further from the truth. The skin is the largest organ in the entire human body and goes through a lot during the day and night, regardless of your age. If you want to maintain its firm elasticity and keep it healthy even when you’re older, it's important to start giving it the proper care and nourishment it needs when you are in your 20s. Aside from the drop in collagen production post 25, your body goes through plenty of other changes as well, and the effects show up on your skin. From tired eyes to larger pores to pigmentation --- we could go on and on. This is why you need to start a following a proper skincare routine religiously when you are in your 20s.
Whether you’re in your early or late 20s, we’ve noted down a few skincare routines every girl needs to incorporate into her beauty routine. Following these diligently will guarantee soft, smooth, glowing skin sans pre-mature ageing as you get older. Keep on reading to know more.
If you want to look as good as Jennifer Aniston when you reach your 50s, following these tips will put you on the part to youthful, radiant skin.
When we talk about skincare, it includes the skin on your entire body. Signs of ageing and other epidermis related issues can happen anywhere on the body, so it’s important to give it the same amount of TLC as your face. Concentrate on areas like your face, neck, back, shoulders, hands and even feet. These areas are more prone to revealing your true age so make sure it’s getting all the supplements and nutrients it needs.
Tequila shots and margaritas don’t count as keeping yourself hydrated. Your water intake should be twice as much during the day as compared to your other liquid intakes during your night outs. Other than drinking 3 litres of water a day, it’s important to also keep your body active by working out daily even if it’s just for 30 minutes. Exercise encourages blood flow to every part of the body and sweating helps eradicate the toxins within the body.
We’re sure your college face washes were about choosing the most budget-friendly one or something that seemed to be popular amongst your peers at the time. But we hate to break it to you, they aren’t going to cut it when you’re in your 20s. You need to start taking proper care of your skin and it all begins with a good cleanser. In your 20s, it is easier to decipher your skin type, so you need to choose cleansers that match accordingly if you want to maintain a supple, clear complexion.
Face serums are vital in your skincare routine when you turn 20 as they go deep within the epidermis to provide your skin with the nourishment it needs. But don’t just pick the first serum you spot online. While choosing a face serum or any other skincare product, look for the word ‘Antioxidant’. This is your skin’s saviour and will protect your skin from environmental stressors and free radicals.
Whether or not you regularly treat yourself to gel manicures, you need to look after your nails as well. Many people leave their nails forgotten and pay the price when they are older. If you want to avoid brittle nails in the future, start using nail strengtheners when you’re in your 20s to keep them moisturised and strong. Also, be sure to ditch the non-branded nail paints and opt for non-toxic formulas.
This is technically not part of skincare, but it does fall under your beauty routine. If you have the habit of washing your hair every single day, you need to stop ASAP! After all, there’s a reason why dry shampoos were invented. Daily hair washes in your 20s can instantly strip away your natural oils and result in the dry, itchy scalp which leads to dandruff which further escalates to brittle hair and major hair fall. So, while focusing on keeping your skin healthy, do not leave out your hair.
Yes, we understand removing all your makeup before bed can be tiresome which leads you to do whatever it takes to get it off faster. But harshly rubbing away your makeup doesn’t do your skin any good. Not only does this cause micro-tears on the skin, but it can also strip away the natural oils and increase the chances of premature ageing. It’s best to add your makeup remover to a cotton pad and gently wipe away your makeup and pat your skin dry once you’re done.
Anti-ageing creams are not only for those who are in their 50s. If you want to maintain your healthy early 20-year-old skin well into the future, then it’s never too early to include anti-ageing creams into your skincare routine. Most of the anti-ageing creams have collagen-boosting properties which are necessary after the age of 25, so it's better to start using them when you're young if you want to reduce or delay the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin.
Your hands go through a lot throughout the day. Think about it, is there a time when you’re not using them? Since they are put through so much, they require the proper nourishment and nutrients to remain soft and supple. And now with the continuous hand washing and sanitizing, it’s vital to keep them moisturised with good hand cream.
This is for all the oily skin type girls out there. If you fall under this skin type category, do not make the mistake of washing your face after every hour or so. We get how icky the face feels when the grease and shine increases, but continuously washing your face will do more harm than good. Instead, use face mists throughout the day, to refresh and hydrate your skin and keep the face cleansing to twice a day.
Remember, you are never too young or too old to invest your skin.
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