Leaving behind your terrifying, acne-prone teenage years and entering your twenties is a huge relief for most, as your skin is at its prime. However, if you’re like most 20-somethings, you take your clear, beautiful skin for granted instead of caring for it. We’ve put together a skincare routine that will make sure your skin stays youthful and flawless even when you enter your thirties. Just follow this regimen everyday and you’re sure to thank us later!
We know how tempting it is to crash in bed after a night of revelry, but it is absolutely essential that you remove all your makeup before you sleep. Use a gentle milk-based cleanser or coconut or almond oil to effectively take off the makeup from your face and neck. Cleaning eye makeup thoroughly is a must, as the area is delicate and prone to signs of premature ageing. Wash with a little warm water and a gentle, sulphate-free face wash.
If you haven’t already started using a toner then it’s about time that you did! A toner not only deeply cleanses your skin and pores but also helps balance PH levels. Splash your face with cold water after you have washed your face with a cleanser and warm water, and then use a cotton pad to apply toner on your face and neck. You need to use a toner twice a day. In the morning it assists in removing sebum produced at night, while at night it completely removes makeup, dirt, and impurities.
Hydrate Your Skin
While hydrating from within by drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day is a great practice, external hydration with a moisturiser is a must. So if you’re the kind of person to whip out your moisturiser only when your skin is dry, then it’s time to change your habits. Not moisturising after cleansing your skin with a face wash and toner dries out the skin, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Restore the moisture levels of your skin by using a lightweight yet hydrating cream in the morning and at night after your cleansing ritual.
Daily Sun Protection
If you thought that sunscreens were just for hot summers or beach trips then think again! Irrespective of the season, be it monsoon or winter, you need to get into the habit of using a high SPF sunblock everyday. Harmful UV rays from the sun tend to hasten the onset of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. If your moisturiser, foundation or primer offers built-in sun protection then you do not require a separate sunscreen. However, make sure you reapply the sunblock frequently throughout the day, especially if you are going outdoors.
Gentle with the Scrubs
Exfoliating scrubs are beneficial as they help remove a layer of dead skin cells to reveal the smooth skin beneath, but using them too often during your twenties can be counterproductive. Constantly using an exfoliator could abrade the skin and strip it of essential oils, thus resulting in dull, dry skin.
Up the Antioxidants
Your skin is barraged with harsh environmental elements, toxins, and pollutants, which causes free radical damage and early signs of ageing. The best-known fighters of these harmful free radicals are antioxidants such as vitamins E, C, and B3, and lycopene, green tea, and resveratrol. Making sure that at least one product from your daily regimen has an antioxidant, goes a long way in preventing premature signs of ageing.
Don’t Forget Your Eyes and Lips
When you’re young, crow’s feet and dark lips don’t scare you as there are no visible signs today. But believe us when we say that if you neglect to care for your eyes and lips now, you are sure to regret it later. You don’t need a separate eye cream in your twenties, but you need to make sure that you protect the delicate eye area with sunblock and a moisturiser. You also need to keep reapplying a lip balm with SPF protection throughout the day to keep your lips soft and pink.
Your skincare regime would be incomplete without regular treatments by professionals. Facials, cleanups, manicures, pedicures, and body spas that are designed to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish your skin. Specific treatments for problems such as acne, dark spots, blemishes, tanned skin, are also available. Professional beauticians not only know how to take care of the most sensitive skin, but also help reduce stress levels with their massage techniques. For healthy and glowing skin, schedule regular skincare treatments at a salon near you or book an appointment with a home salon service provider.
In short, while you should enjoy your twenties to the fullest, you need to treat your skin well on a daily basis instead of doing so only when you spot pimples or blemishes. Make your skincare regime a priority now to keep your skin soft, radiant, and youthful even in your later years.