How to take care of your skin in your 20s

Our skin goes through several changes as we age. Women in their twenties have just started working at their first job or internships. Life gets busier, and that takes a toll on your skin as well. It can start to dry out, develop acne, get pigmented or oily – all depending on the type of skin you have. Luckily, one can follow a simple skin care regimen to fix and control skin and keep it perfect. 

Cleansing

You have probably heard this one rule before – wash your face twice a day. We often think washing our face once at night before bedtime is enough. But, did you know that dust mites, bacteria, dead cells build up overnight as well? This is why you have to wash your face in the morning too. 

Use a cleanser filled with antioxidants that reduce the effects of free radicals in the environment that we’re exposed to. These can lead to premature aging and dull skin. 

Hydration 

Hydrating your skin keeps it healthy. Even if your skin is oily, apply a good moisturizer twice a day, preferably after cleansing. Moisturized skin is free of dryness, irritation, inflammation that we suffer from. It can even make your skin look smooth, shiny, supple, and healthy. 

Ideal moisturizers should be one that’s suited to your skin type. You can go for a consultation with a dermatologist to assess your skin type. Some people often try essential oils or natural items to soften their skin. 

Vitamin C

Adding more Vitamin C to your diet helps your skin look bright from the inside out. It works like an antioxidant that safeguards the skin from typical external issues like dark spots, patchy or dull skin, aging even cancer. Have a fruit or vegetable containing this vitamin in the early morning before heading off to work. 

Alternately, you can use a serum or night cream with Vitamin C extracts in it. These are often called brightening serums.

Exfoliate

Go in for a deep skin exfoliation exercise each week, either once or twice, depending on your skin type. Dermatologists suggest using a glycolic acid-based gel or cream for brighter skin. Commercially available face scrubs have microbeads and rough particles in them that damage the skin.  

Glycolic acid can reduce the dullness, rough patches, and pigmentation caused by a stressed lifestyle and pollution. It does be used in consultation with a dermatologist; to find the best glycolic acid products suited to your skin.  

Sunscreen 

Skin is exposed to sunlight; UV rays all year long, even in winters and cloudy days. Protect your skin with sunscreen by applying it just twenty minutes before stepping out. Without sunscreen, your skin does become tanned, dries out faster, and ages too. 

However, not just any sunscreen will do – choose one that’s broad spectrum and made out of mineral base over chemical base. Mineral-based sunscreens are like a thicker paste, while chemical sunscreens are light, thinner, or transparent gels. It should be of at least SPF 30 or higher.

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