The typical 20-something schedule is pretty hectic – from confusing career decisions to late nights to spending loads of time in the sun, you can’t blame your skin for being as confused as you! It’s also the time in your life where your skin is the most resilient and supple; the key is to keep it like that well into your 30s and beyond. If your complexion looks anything short of fabulous right now, it could be because of these skin care dilemmas that are common in your 20s. We tell you how to deal with them so you can have the best skin yet for the best years of your life!
Also read: #BeautyDiaries: My War With Adult Acne…
Those annoying zits still posing an issue well into your post-teenage years? Adult acne is very common; in fact, some women experience a bigger pimple problem in their 20s than they did in their actual teens. It’s mainly caused because of hormone-related inflammation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide ointments are the easiest way to treat acne. Also, cut back on spicy foods, sugar and dairy. If it’s a persistent problem, though, you will need to see a dermatologist who will prescribe stronger medication to keep hormonal acne in check.
Embarrassingly large and visible pores are one of the most stubborn skin care woes. Your pores can enlarge when too much oil is being produced and that oil mixed with skin cells can clog the pore and force it to enlarge. Be sure to stay far away from thick, greasy and emollient products as well as irritating and drying ingredients (like a fragranced cream for example). Try a non-irritating clay mask weekly to absorb excess oil and use gentle, water-soluble products. An exfoliator containing salicylic acid is also important to deal with greasiness and large pores.
Puffiness and dark circles are a very real problem that every girl faces at some point in time thanks to late nights and stress. Try an egg white mask in the area to tighten the skin and combat puffiness. Make a conscious effort to stop rubbing your eyes, which causes friction and darkening. A cold ice compress on your eyes gives instant freshness and also massaging your eye area with almond oil regularly really will go a long way. Read about how to deal with dark circles, without using makeup here.
It can occur seasonally or be more of a constant problem based on your skin type. Dehydration is extreme dryness when your skin feels uncomfortably tight. Use a foaming cleanser that works for your skin type and be sure to moisturize at least twice daily without fail. A homemade concoction of milk and honey can also work wonders for providing extra moisturizing. Oh, and we don’t need to tell you twice that your skin is demanding more water intake every day.
You’re at the age when your skin should be at its prime, but how come it looks dull and tired instead? What you eat really does affect your skin, so switch sugar and carbs for foods that are rich in antioxidants, like sprouts, nuts and berries. Iron and zinc also contribute to a better complexion; taking supplements may be a good idea. Cleansing, especially before bed, is non-negotiable, so is moisturizing your skin daily to keep it supple and young. Try a turmeric (haldi) pack that will really brighten your face and give you that much sought-after glow. We hope we don’t need to remind you about the importance of sun protection for the health of your skin.
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