I once read that in your twenties your skin should be at its peak, with teenage acne behind you and wrinkles still a few years away. Well I don’t know about you, but at 26 keeping pimples at bay is still a major skincare priority of mine and I have already begun to notice fine lines forming around my eyes… However, spots or no spots skin starts to age in your mid-twenties and so now is the time to start treating our skin with care.
Despite being passionate about beauty and having tried mountains of skincare products over the years I wasn’t sure if I was quite qualified to write this post so I enlisted the help of my friend Laura who has been working in the beauty industry for the best part of a decade. Together we have come up with our top ten ways to look after your skin in your twenties.
1. Drink lots of water
This one is pretty self-explanatory; water hydrates our bodies from within and flushes out toxins, which can only mean good things for our skin.
2. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
One of the main causes of ageing skin is free radical damage, antioxidants will combat free radicals and eating foods with a high antioxidant content (like fruit and veg) will help to stop free radicals in their tracks.
3. Use an SPF everyday
Sun damage is our skin’s worst enemy so make sure you wear an SPF product everyday regardless of the weather. This can either be in your moisturiser or your foundation.
4. Know your skin type
If you have reached your twenties and you still aren’t sure what your skin type is take advice form an expert either in a beauty salon or at a beauty counter. Then moving forward only purchase products tailored to your skin type.
5. Establish a good skincare routine
This should include a cleanser, exfoliator, toner, serum and moisturiser. Then pamper your skin once a week with a mask suitable for your skin type (apply after exfoliation). Combined products are fantastic for saving suitcase space when you are travelling, but are less effective overall.
6. Exfoliate regularly
Exfoliation is a must for skin as it will remove any dead skin cells (which could otherwise block pores) and reveal glowing skin underneath. Exfoliate at least twice a week in addition to your usual skincare routine.
7. Remove make up before bed
If you don’t remove your make up at night you run the risk of suffering some hideous breakouts a few days later. If that doesn’t stop you, remember that your skin is most active at night and the technology in most modern skincare products will support your skin’s natural renewal and repair process… and who wants to get in the way of nature.
8. Pair a serum with your moisturiser
Serums and moisturisers work hand in hand and so should be used together. Serums are highly concentrated and will penetrate deep into the skin to support its natural ability to repair the visible signs of ageing. The moisturiser will then sit on top to hydrate the skin helping it to look its best and maintains its natural defensive barrier.
9. Get your beauty sleep
The skin repairs itself at night and so a lack of sleep will accelerate ageing, aim for at least eight hours a night and remember hours before midnight count twice as much.
10. Always use a separate eye-cream
The skin around our eyes is 40% thinner than on the rest of our face and so requires specially tailored products. When applying your eye cream dab it on with a figure as rubbing it in could cause damage. If you get dry skin around your eyes mix your eye cream with your concealer for extra hydration throughout the day.