There are so many things that lead to premature skin – and so many are impossible to avoid! I bet you never realised that pursing your pucker around a straw could contribute to lines around the lips, did you?
In order to live your life to the full, without needing to constantly worry about damaging your skin, there are a few habits you need to get in on. Your skin might be young and fresh now, but if it’s not cared for properly, it won’t last a lifetime.
Here are five skincare secrets which I believe and have followed myself, which will help maintain a healthy, youthful glow from your 20s and beyond.
Sunscreen Is Key
The first step is using a broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning. Yep, every single morning – rain or shine. You can be using the most expensive and effective anti-ageing products in the world, but without sun protection your skin’s structure will still be damaged by the sun. Around 80% of the visible signs of ageing is caused by unprotected sun exposure. To ensure you’re getting enough UV protection, I recommend applying a mineral sunscreen each morning, just after your serum and before your makeup. This will protect and nourish your skin throughout the day. If you’re planning to hit the beach or spend more than an hour in the sunshine, I would then recommend a wide brimmed hat. This is the only way you are guaranteed to completely block the sun’s harmful UV rays from your face.
It’s Never Too Early To Start Anti–Ageing.
Many say you don’t need to start anti-ageing until the age of 25, but I believe the sooner the better! During your teens you may need to focus your skincare on blemish control, but once breakouts have calmed, you should introduce a product with stronger anti-ageing properties. When it comes to potent anti-ageing ingredients, you want to look for the following:
- Vitamin C– Supports collagen and elastin production, two vital components for a healthy skin structure.
- Retinol – To put it simply, retinol is a form of vitamin A. Retinol is an antioxidant, meaning it can help prevent the free-radical damage process which causes skin to appear older and age quicker. Subsequently, it can help prevent wrinkles and increase collagen production.
- Hyaluronic Acid – A skin hydrating active ingredient which binds large quantities of water together, providing the skin with a firm and plump appearance. As we get older the skin’s ability to produce its own hyaluronic acid reduces, making topical use essential.
Keep It Clean
There’s no shame in admitting it: We’re all guilty of having slept in our makeup once or twice. But did you know that wearing makeup at night prevents the renewal process, causing damage to the skin? Our skin’s most important function during sleep is to renew itself, so whether it’s 9pm or 3am, make sure you cleanse and treat your face before jumping into bed. Your face will thank you for it and it will pay off in the long run!
Gently does it
Now I know you understand the importance of regular cleansing, but it’s time to master your technique. Very few realise the damage they are causing to their skin when drying it with a towel or applying their daily skincare products. After washing your face, make sure you are patting it dry as opposed to rubbing it. This will avoid any rough movement and unnecessary exfoliation on the skin’s surface. Did you know exfoliating your skin not only accelerates the ageing process by tampering with the production of collagen and elastin, it also weakens the surface layer of skin, welcoming in skin damaging UV rays. Next up is serum application – make sure your product is lightly pressed into the face with the palm of your hands, gently pushing upwards, not downwards. This avoids dragging and pulling the skin, causing it to sag.
Don’t Neglect Your Eyes
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body, so that’s where wrinkles will appear first. By your mid-20s, it’s important that you find a serum suitable for your eye area that contains active ingredients and seals in moisture, while supporting damaged skin cells. For more tips on getting rid of dark under eye circles, click here.
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