Your twenties are a special time. Never again will you be able to have three burgers AND chicken nuggets, try out a pink Mohawk, or party for five days straight with such reckless abandon. But, like all good things, your youthful radiance won’t last forever. Especially if you don’t lay the foundation of proper skin care as early as possible. Basically, don’t look back on your twenties with regret. Retain your skin’s youth with this list of simple skin care tips that you can start implementing, like, now.
SKIN CARE DO’S
1.Look After Your Health
If you’re anything like us, long study sessions and even longer work hours can encourage one to stop exercising and reach for the nearest takeout menu… or five.
A poor diet means your skin will be lacking vital vitamins, minerals and fats. These help to develop healthy skin cells and produce a protective barrier against the sun and infections. Exercise promotes blood flow which helps to regenerate skin during sleep. As a result, a lack of regular exercise and well-balanced meals affects your skin, leaving it dry and dull.
Dust off that yoga mat, gurl, it’s time to get active!
2.Defend Your Youth and Start On Anti-Ageing Products… Now
Despite their popularity among your mum and her mates, anti-ageing products produce A-mazing results on younger skin. After all, most of the damage done to your epidermis occurs during your twenties – with all that festival-going, beach-bumming and party-harding.
This damage only becomes visible in your thirties and forties – so the sooner you begin treatment, the better. Using the correct products will promote collagen and elastin in your skin, which helps to prevent sagging and fine lines from appearing (normally the first signs of these little guys appear around the eyes). They also help to protect the outer skin epidermal layer. In short, they will keep your skin on fleek.
So, what’s a girl to do?
Beautiful skin starts at A – vitamin A – and you should get started on Environ Skin Care (who swear by this important ingredient) ASAP! We especially love their Ionzyme® Range: a premium Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ (look that up here) which contains a powerful combination of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides that work together to create even, smoother and healthier looking skin that glows with youthful radiance.
SKIN CARE DON’TS!
1.Change Your Skin Care Routine
During your twenties, you begin to truly understand your skin. But it takes some time to get there. Initially, you won’t know which products will produce a favourable result, and which might turn your skin into a red, itchy mess. It’s a time of experimentation, and while experimentation can be good, constantly fluctuating between skin care products may irritate your skin. We suggest you find a skin care routine that works and stick to it.
Even better, visit one of Environ’s authorised Professional Skin Care Centres where you get your skin assessed by trained skin care professionals. Trust us, they’ll lead you down the road of A-mazing skin care and #RebornBeautiful skin!
Many individuals in their twenties tend to indulge in a fair amount of drinking, socialising and partying. LOL, and by “fair amount” we mean “huge amount”.
Unfortunately, this lack of sleep affects your skin’s health. Skin functions according to your body clock, known as your circadian rhythm. During sleep, microcirculation helps to circulate more blood and oxygen to your skin. This helps to regenerate skin and promotes the functioning of healthy skin cells. So, if you’re having a late night, ensure you’re home in time to get enough rest for the following day. Experts recommend adults get between 7 – 9 hours of sleep per night. We’re into that.
3.Sit with Crossed Legs
Varicose veins occur when valves in the veins are damaged and blood collects in these valves. While it depends on whether or not you have a genetic predisposition, crossing your legs can cause varicose veins. If your job or studies require long hours spent on your feet, ensure you switch your weight between both feet.
Whether it’s due to a late night of studying, personal problems or work, stress affects your skin as much as it affects your body. Stress causes a chemical reaction. It triggers the release of epinephrine and cortisol, also known as the stress hormones. As a result, your body tends to neglect the skin, leaving it vulnerable to infection. So, not only does it affect your ability to sleep, but stress can lead to breakouts, rashes and even cold sores. Ew!
Despite the fact that it’s linked with numerous skin disorders and even cancer, at some point, most of the general population have tried smoking. If you’re a smoker, the ideal time to quit is now. The longer you smoke, the more your skin becomes damaged, resulting in premature wrinkles. Here are the hard facts: Smoking causes vasodilation (the widening of blood vessels) and vasoconstriction (the narrowing of blood vessels). This reduces blood and oxygen supply to the skin, which affects the production of elastin and collagen and as a result, skin begins to show signs of ageing prematurely. Also, it’s just gross.
A variation of this article was originally published by Environ.
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