Many of us feel that it is too early to start with a regular skincare regime when you are in your 20s. Even I was also of the same opinion just like you. In the early 20s, my skincare routine would just consist of facial cleansing and moisturizing. But in the late 20s, I realized that my skin has started showing wrinkles around the eyes and found my skin to be very dull and dry. My dermatologist friend told me that ‘by the time you reach your late 20s or early 30s, the production of collagen starts decreasing in your body, resulting in duller skin. There is a decline in sebum production which leads to dry and dull skin. By late 20s the effect of sun damage starts showing on your skin.’
Starting a regular skincare regime in your early 20s will help to keep your skin soft, supple and youthful for the rest of your life. You need to arm your beauty arsenal with the right kind of skincare products that suit your skin texture. Experts reveal that preserving your skin is not a complicated process if you do it the right way. Here we will be sharing the 10 commandments of skincare that will make your skin look flawless.
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10 Skincare Commandments For Women In Their 20s
Women should proactively start taking care of their skin from the beginning of their 20s. As per dermatologists ‘By the time you attain 25, there is a sharp decline in the production of collagen and elastin.’ You will notice visible signs of sun damage and environmental damage on your skin. So start with the strict skincare regime as soon as you enter your 20s. If you are not sure how to start and where to start, fret not, we are there to help you. Below mentioned is the compilation of the top 10 skincare tips from professionals.
1. Don’t Skip Exfoliation
You cannot afford to miss exfoliation as it helps your skin to get rid of dead skin cells from the surface revealing fresh, new skin. Exfoliate your skin daily so as to boost collagen production. Salicylic acid, alpha or beta hydroxy acids are exfoliators that help to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and grime gently from your skin. This process unclogs the blocked pores, preventing further breakouts and boosts cell regeneration.
2. Always Use Sunscreen
Always use sunscreen whenever you step out of your house. Don’t skip sunscreen even on cloudy days. Sun rays play a vital role in damaging your skin and promote the appearance of early signs of ageing. So it is always better to use sunscreen with good SPF throughout the year to protect your skin from its harmful radiations.
3. Eat A Balanced Diet Along With Exercise
Your diet can reflect on your skin. If you eat too much oily and junk food, it shows on your skin as your skin becomes greasy, resulting in breakouts. Avoid canned food, frozen food, fast food as much as possible for your skin health. Instead, start consuming fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, fish and milk. Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. Exercise regularly to have a fit body, healthy mind and beautiful skin.
4. Cleansing Your Skin Is Critical
Are you still using the same facial cleanser that you had been using as a teenager? Then, it’s time to change. Your skin is not the same as it had been during the school days, it has changed and so does your facial cleanser. In the 20s your skin may behave differently so choose a cleanser wisely as per the requirements of your skin. Too much cleansing and scrubbing can aggravate your skin and make it more prone to acne and pimples. So, stick to a simple cleansing routine using the right kind of product that suits the needs of your skin.
5. Include Retinol In Your Skincare Routine
As per experts ‘your skin starts to lose its elasticity as early as in your 20s, due to a decrease in the production of 2 body proteins- collagen and elastin’. It starts losing its ability to repair and recuperate on its own. Hence it is important that you start using an anti-ageing serum at the beginning of your 20s. Including retinol and glycolic in your skincare routine will help to keep your skin flawless and radiant, because of their anti-ageing properties. Retinol is not only equipped with anti-ageing properties but also helps to keep acne at bay, hence highly recommended by many skincare specialists.
6. Opt For Oil-Free Products In Summer
Hydrated skin looks healthy; hence it is important to keep your skin well hydrated. But instead of using thick, rich creams and lotions, look for moisturizers containing humectants as they retain moisture in your skin for a long time keeping your face plump, well-hydrated and well-nourished.
Look for Hyaluronic Acid in your moisturizers, as this active ingredient draws moisture from the environment and keeps your skin hydrated for a longer time. Hyaluronic acid is compatible with your skin as your body produces hyaluronic acid and hence will not cause breakouts. So avoid oil-based skincare products and embrace water-based products this summer, as it easily blends with your skin without causing breakouts.
7. Remove Your Make-Up Before Hitting The Bed
Always remember to remove make-up before going to bed as it can block your pores. These clogged pores are the breeding area for bacteria, fungi, resulting in the buildup of products, breakouts and other skin infections. So always go to bed with a clean face. Try using witch hazel extract as it is a natural toner with anti-irritant and antioxidant properties.
8. Apply An Anti-Ageing Serum
Include anti-ageing serum in your skincare routine. You can include Vitamin C serum in your daily skincare routine and apply it before going to bed followed by a moisturizer. Vitamin C serum is rich in antioxidants which helps to fight free radicals from causing skin damage.
9. Start Using An Under-Eye Cream
Your eyes are the mirror to your inner health. Sparking eyes indicate a healthy you. The area around your eyes is very delicate, hence requires special care. Just like other parts of the skin, keep your under-eye area well hydrated, otherwise, wrinkles start appearing under the eyes. Always apply an under-eye cream before going to sleep.
10. Get 8 Hours Of Sleep Every Day
Lack of sleep can adversely affect your health as well as your skin. Lack of sleep can make your eyes puffy and your skin dull and lifeless. Lack of sleep can increase the level of cortisol in your body, resulting in skin inflammation. So, it is extremely important to get 8 hours of sleep every day.
11. Treat Your Acne Gently
Never try to poke your acne, as it will cause infection and there are chances of infection spreading to other areas. Treat your acne gently by applying some cortisone- based cream which treats the acne gently without drying out the skin. You can also go for any OTC on-the-spot acne treatment.
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Maintaining skin health should always be at the top of your priority list. Keeping it well-nourished and hydrated, getting proper sleep, maintaining a healthy lifestyle all these things account for healthy, flawless and radiant skin. Taking care of your skin at an early age ensures ever-youthful and problem-free skin for the rest of your life.
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