What you do to your skin in your 20s can have a huge effect on its health and appearance as you age. That’s why we’ve laid out a list of some must-know facts to help steer you in the right direction. Read on to learn how you can take proper care of your skin so that you can look and feel your best!
1. Your Friends Get Acne, too
If you have zits cropping up every now and then, you’re not alone! Around 80% of 20-somethings suffer from breakouts. To help protect your skin, make sure you remove all of your makeup at the end of the night (use the double-cleansing method: wash twice)! Spot treatments, like Clearing Skin Wash by Dermalogica, are also super effective. Of course, you also want to do your best to avoid picking at your acne since it will only cause scarring (yikes)!
2. Too much Alcohol Will Dry Out Your Skin
If you want to retain your youthful glow, you need to make sure that you hydrate after you drink. Have one glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume.
3. You Really Do Need Your Beauty Sleep
Sleep is vital to the rejuvenation of your skin. It also prevents dark circles and helps your skin stay hydrated (and, of course, it keeps you in a good mood)! Try to get at least eight hours if zzz’s every night.
4. The Time You Spend In The Sun Is Kind Of A Big Deal
Sunbathing can create a host of problems for you down the road. Aside from making you look decades older than you are, you may find yourself with uneven pigmentation, brown spots, telangiectasia (which basically means dilated blood vessels that are visible), and – scariest of all – skin cancer. This is why it is so important that you protect your skin every time you plan to go out in the sun. Use sunscreen that has no less than 30 SPF. We love RayDefense SPF 30 by Bioelements which contains aloe and green tea extracts to soothe and comfort the skin.
5. Tanning Beds Are Worse For You Than The Sun
Here’s a shocking fact: using a tanning bed just one time puts you at a 20% higher risk for melanoma. That number only goes up the more you do it. In fact, by using a tanning bed, you are actually exposed to more UVA and UVB rays than when you are in the sun. So, basically, never use a tanning bed. Your life could depend on it.
6. Don't Shave Before A Pedicure
A lot of people don’t know that nail salons wait to clean their basins until they close. This means that if you have any nicks in your skin, you could wind up with whatever nasty bacteria is in the water. Wait to shave until you’ve already enjoyed your time at the spa. Better yet, try to get there before anyone else!
7. Cigarettes Seriously Age You
We all know smoking is bad for you (it’s a leading cause of cancer). But it can also cause premature ageing since it damages the super helpful parts of your body that repair skin and inhibit the production of collagen. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming prematurely on your skin. So, don’t do it!
If you want glowing skin, you must exfoliate. This is key to eliminating dead skin cells so that your skin looks bright and even. If you have sensitive skin, limit your exfoliation to once or twice a week. We like Measured Micrograins by Bioelements which is gentle and contains balancing plant extracts.
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