When you are in your 20s and 30s, you can easily get away with one mimosa too many at brunch or four hours of sleep without it showing on your skin. Although it might not be explicitly out there, it doesn’t mean that the binge-drinking or sleepless nights are not taking a toll on your skin.
Your lifestyle during your youth certainly makes you more susceptible to signs of ageing and poor skin health in the long run. Prevention is better than cure, so here’s everything you can do to keep your skin in prime condition for the years to come and prevent wrinkles in your 20s and 30s.
1. Do not break your skincare rules
No matter how tired you are after that long day of work and cocktails with friends, never break the supreme skincare rule. You know what we’re talking about, but if you still need a reminder here’s a recap: You must take off your make-up and cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin before hitting the sack.
2. Go easy on anti-ageing products
It might sound counterintuitive to the problem, but many anti-ageing products have potent ingredients in them that increase the metabolism of skin cells and might be too active for younger skin.
In your 20s, your skin is already metabolically active and slathering on these products can actually increase your risk of acne.
Instead, streamline your routine to a few skincare products such as a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and protective sunscreen.
3. Book a facial
Deep-pore cleansing facials are a must in your 20s and 30s. They not only clean out the grime in your pores and prevent acne, but also work hard to prevent premature ageing of your skin. We get it’s not easy on your pocket to schedule one on a monthly basis, so try ringing in a session at least four times a year when the season changes.
4. Make eye cream your best friend
Your under-eye skin is the first place where the signs of ageing begin to show. Make sure you’re using a well-formulated anti-ageing eye cream that’s gentle on the skin to prevent wrinkles in this area.
5. Try an in-clinic treatment
Micro-needling treatments, like the kind we have at Isya Aesthetics, promote collagen production to fight wrinkles. For something simpler, you can also try anti-ageing peels and gentle exfoliating/infusing facials.
6. Follow a healthy diet
Like the old adage goes: what you eat shows on your face. Unhealthy diets that are high in sugar and junk will naturally accelerate the ageing process. On the other hand, foods that are rich in antioxidants like leafy green vegetables, fruits, avocados, berries and salmon that fight ageing inside out and also minimize cell damage.
7. Stay hydrated
Not to sound like a broken record, but hydration is key to solving almost every skin issue. If you’re bad at drinking from the bottle, download one of the many apps that recommend the right amount of water for your body weight and remind you to drink up on an hourly basis.
8. Never skip sunscreen
Sunscreen is actually the number one way of preventing ageing of young skin. You must use sunscreen every single day of the year, not just when it’s sunny. Find the right one for your skin type and slather on some when you leave the house. If you’re lazy, you can also try SPF-infused mineral powders or foundations that you can use in your make-up routine.
9. Fix your sleep cycle
Beauty sleep is a real thing. Sleep is when your body and all its cells, including skin cells, repair themselves from all the damage they go through in the day. Lack of sleep can aggravate skin conditions like acne, eczema, and obviously, the process of ageing.
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