I am sure we have all been guilty of cleansing with a wet wipe or going to bed with a full face of make up on but in our early 20s why would we have to worry about our skin ageing?! But the damage that you do in your 20s is what is going to come back to haunt you in your 30s, 40s, 50s. I will be the first to admit that I have never had an interest in investing in my skin and have always thought I was invincible to any form of ageing or skin damage because those worries come when you're older right?? WRONG. Below are a few tips that your 30 year old self will thank you for as well as a morning and night skin care routine to follow!
The leading cause of skin damage, premature skin ageing, prematures lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and skin cancer is UV rays. Using sunscreen should be part of your daily beauty routine during summer AND winter. Not only when you are heading out for the day but also if you are inside and working close to a window. If you are using a foundation or tinted moisturiser that contains an SPF in it, regardless to what you may think (I was always a culprit of this), it is not enough to protect your skin for the whole day.
I wear an SPF 50, organic compound, natural based sun screen consisting of Aloe Vera, Physalis Angulata plant extract and German chamomile. It is for face and body which I love and does not leave you feeling greasy.
2. Cleanse 1-2 Times A Day
We all know that we need to cleanse once a day but do we need to cleanse twice a day? This is a topic that is open to different opinions but I believe in listening to your own skin. Cleansing in the evening is a MUST due to your skin being exposed to make up, pollutants and irritants through out the day - this is when I like to do a deep cleanse - I use a non abrasive cleansing device which has an anti ageing Normal to Combo, Oily, Dry, Sensitive or Blemish Prone cleanser.
When it comes to morning cleansing it is still important as your skin is exposed to pollutants, oils and build ups 24/7 - even when you are sleeping. I usually use my cleansing device but I like to alternate to my Vitamin C Collagen Face Wash and if I wake up to dry and irritated skin I skip my cleanse and use a facial oil. Make sure that you never over cleanse and always cleanse after exercising.
This is an essential part of your skincare routine to make sure that you are removing any dead skin cells - just make sure that you are not over exfoliating which is a common mistake. I can usually tell when I need to exfoliate due to the way my make up sits on my skin. You can either use a gentle exfoliant scrub or an AHA exfoliator that chemically removes dead skin and improves skin tone. I use an AHA Facial Peel about once a week when my skin needs a refresh and brighten.
Invest In Your Skin, It Is Going To Represent You For A Very Long Time
4. Use An Eye Cream
The first signs of ageing can be seen around the eyes and is the most delicate area which needs to be looked after. The skin around our eyes is the fastest ageing area on your face and is something that we either forgot to do regularly (I confess!) or we think that we don't need to worry about this is our 20s but prevention is better than cure. Not only is it the most delicate but also the thinest with the least elasticity and is the first place that will show fatigue. You will thank yourself in the future. I use an Intensive Eye Complex from a range called Nutricentials but have recently also started using an anti ageing formula called Ideal Eyes with my Lumi Spa Cleansing Device which is launching this month.
5. Don't Wear Too Much Make Up Everyday
I am all for make up - I love how it looks and the creativity of it but it is so good to give your skin a break on days that you don't have events or occasions. Make up clogs up your pores and contain allergenic ingredients which are absorbed by your body so there is no harm in going make up free every now and then or investing in a great BB Cream or Tinted Moisturiser. For years I used a really thick foundation because I never found a full coverage tinted moisturiser that i was comfortable with but a year ago I started using this Advanced Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in shade Medium Beige mixed with a drop of Tinted Tanning Gel for face and body for a glowing looking complexion. (Don't forget to also regularly clean your make up brushes as they are also exposed to dirt and pollutants.)
6. Avoid The Tanning Bed
I will admit that I have been a culprit of using tanning beds since I was 17 which is almost 10 years of use - mainly coming out of winter and going into summer but regardless it is still damaging. Tanning bed usage is linked to skin cancer and is 12 times more damaging than outdoor tanning. Not only can it be bad for your health but causes premature ageing and breaks down the collagen and elasticity in the skin. Is it worth it when your intention is for cosmetic purposes?
Easy To Follow Day & Night Skincare Routine
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Lumi Spa Cleansing Device
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