When you think of your 20s, what comes to mind? The importance of forming a good skin care routine? Me neither!
I think of independence and adventure, the perfect mix of freedom and responsibility. But your 20s is also the ideal time to start eating right and taking care of yourself. Skin care is a huge part of that. Just a few good habits can truly make a lifetime of difference for healthy and glowing skin.
Whether you are in your 20s or have a daughter who is, take note of these 6 simple habits that your skin will thank you for later!
- Wash and moisturize daily – As hard as it can be to feel motivated to wash your face at night when you’re tired, it’s worth it! It is critical to remove makeup, pollutants, and bacteria to clear out your pores before applying a moisturizer. The moisturizer you choose should include hyaluronic acid – a humectant that draws water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
- Wear sunscreen EVERY DAY – Skipping sunscreen is the biggest mistake you can make for your skin! It takes less time than brushing your teeth and can save you money in expensive anti-aging treatments that sun damage will result in. Wearing SPF 15 daily decreases your risk of melanoma by 50 percent!
- Eye cream is worth it – A moisturizing eye cream with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid will do wonders keeping the sensitive skin around your eyes hydrated and preventing collagen damage. Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses during the day, too!
- Avoid smoking – Everything about smoking is harmful for your skin. Each cigarette constricts blood flow and starves your skin from oxygen, inhibiting circulation and breaking down collagen and elastin. The repetitive motions you make with your lips and brows to smoke actually increase lines and wrinkles. Lastly, the toxic cloud you exhale falls all over your face increasing breakouts and skin damage.
- Get enough sleep – When you are sleep deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. Stress hormones can increase inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. Not getting enough sleep also results in poor water balance, leaving puffy bags under your eyes, dryness, and more visible wrinkles.
- Diet and exercise matter – Your skin benefits from a healthy lifestyle, too. Exercise increases blood supply to skin, leaving it healthier and glowing. Try to pack as many antioxidants as you can into your diet for a healthy glow – berries, beans, and dark chocolate are great! Limit dairy and sugary carbohydrate food as they can worsen acne.
It may be hard to believe that these 6 things can have such lifelong impact but believe it! Your healthy and glowing skin will thank you for years to come.
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