Nailing early morning presentations, partying it up at night and curling into bed on the weekend – that’s what your 20s are for! This decade creates a base for the most important things in your life, be it relationships, careers or your skin care regime. All of us know about the cleanse-tone-moisturize cycle, but from this age on you need to focus on what your skin needs. Here are 7 rules for every 20-something girl!
Rule #1: Sunscreen Is Your Best Friend
Yes, you’ve heard it all before but that’s only because this rule is unbreakable. Slather yourself in sunscreen daily and remember to re-apply every few hours. If brown spots and wrinkles scare the life out of you (and they should!), don’t skimp on your neck and chest area. We even recommend that you double up on the back of your hands to prevent signs of sun damage.
Rule #2: Avoid Anti-Aging Products
From perky television ads to magazine blurbs, it seems as though we’ve arrived late to the anti-aging scene. Don’t get lured into this trap though! In your 20s, your skin is producing all the collagen it needs. Using potent anti-aging products will send your skin into overdrive, and cause breakouts and inflammation. Save your money to buy a killer pair of heels instead!
Rule #3: Moisturizer Is Everything
Not using anti-aging products is not the same as preventing the process of aging. Use a lightweight moisturizer in the day and a heavier formula at night to keep your skin plump, hydrated and smooth. This rule is a must for all types of skin whether it’s sensitive, dry, normal, combination or oily. Pick a formula that works well with your skin type.
Rule #4: Start Exfoliating
If baby-soft skin is all you dream of, incorporate exfoliation into your routine. By gently scrubbing your skin, this process stimulates your circulation and lifts away the layer of dirt and pollution. Use a micro-bead exfoliator twice a week for radiant and velvety smooth skin.
Rule #5: Invest In A Good Serum
One product that you should splurge on should be serum. These potent products deliver targeted actions to your skin and can solve almost all your skin troubles! From acne, to scarring, to hyperpigmentation, serums are your saviours. Spread a light layer onto damp skin daily for maximum effect. Follow up with your moisturizer.
Rule #6: Don’t Forget Your Eyes
Squinting into your laptop to type out an email or to watch hilarious cat videos isn’t doing your eyes a favour. Since the skin around your eyes is thin and vulnerable, it is the most prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Pat a gentle eye cream around the area twice a day to keep the lines at bay.
Rule #7: Learn About Adult Acne
Are you still using the same zit cream that you’ve been using since you were 15? Turns out that the products which worked for you back in the day, won’t be as effective as they used to be. Adult acne requires targeted therapy, so consider trying out spot treatments and ice compresses. A salicylic acid cleanser will hasten the healing process, without drying your skin out.
Memorize these 7 rules for better looking skin. We promise that you will thank us in the future!