While everyone knows it’s important to take care of your skin, many don’t start heeding this advice until at least their mid-twenties. Just like our bodies, our skin isn’t invincible, so it’s important to start caring for your skin as early as possible. You don't need microdermabrasion or chemical peels in your twenties to keep up a youthful apprentice. Follow these easy tips!
Board certified dermatologist and co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi and celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas recently offered a list to Bustle of the most important things to know about your skin in your twenties.
It’s important to start skincare young
“Imagine someone who never works out and at 44, starts trying to go the gym,” Vargas explained to Bustle. “It’s really impossible to get results at that point without a huge effort and months with no change. It’s the same with skin. If you keep it healthy with a good routine from a young age, you will be ageless.”
Don’t sleep with your makeup on
“Sleeping with makeup on decreases the body’s ability to repair itself,” Vargas revealed to Bustle. The bad habit’s also much harder to break later in life, so start now.
Environmental factors matter more than good genes
Your family might have good genes, but it won’t save your skin in the long run unless you take care of it.
“The way the skin ages depends a lot on genetics, but especially environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure and smoking,” Dr. Tanzi explained to Bustle.
“If a 20-year-old is tanning and smoking, she will age sooner and faster than a 30-year-old who takes better care of her skin,” Vargas agreed to Bustle.
We have much more control over our bodies than we think, so make sure you take care of your skin rather than worrying about how genes will affect the aging process.
Wear SPF every single day
“It is most important to wear the SPF daily because sun damage is cumulative,” Dr. Tanzi told Bustle. “The sun you get from daily activities in our 20s will affect the skin for years to come.”
A three-step morning and nighttime routine is key
Dr. Tanzi advises maintaining simple yet effective morning and nighttime routines to make sure you’re doing everything to take care of your skin. First, you should cleanse; secondly, treat your skin with an antioxidant in the morning and either retinol or glycolic acid at night; finally, protect your skin by moisturizing with SPF in the morning and a basic moisturizer at night.
Don’t forget to exfoliate
Vargas recommends exfoliating your face twice a week in addition to your daily routine. The exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and keeps your face smooth and shiny.
Avoid too much sun, even after applying SPF
The number one skincare rule, according to Dr. Tanzi, is to “avoid too much sun on your face,” as the sun “will rob you of youthful skin in the future.”
If you really want that tan, Dr. Tanzi suggests skipping the beach and tanning salon and instead simply using a sunless tanner.
“In your twenties, the most important thing is to protect the skin by not subjecting it to excessive sun exposure and tanning salons,” Tanzi recommended to Bustle. “Over one million people visit a tanning salon in the US on a daily basis; the vast majority being Caucasian women under 35. Many of them are trying to ‘get a base tan’ but they are increasing their risk of skin cancer dramatically, accelerating the aging process and causing wrinkles. So just don’t do it.”
What you eat and drink affects your skin
Skincare doesn’t end with SPF and moisturizer. What you eat and drink is just as important as what you apply to your skin.
“Skin and diet are linked, so the better you eat, the better your skin will look,” Vargas told Bustle. “Drink green juices daily instead of an afternoon coffee. Your skin will look great and you will have more energy.”
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