Want flawless skin well into your thirties and beyond? Of course you do! In your twenties you can kind of get away with neglecting your skin because young skin heals fast - but those poor diet choices and late nights on the liquor will eventually take a toll on your body ... and your face.
Don't freak out yet though, there are plenty of things you can do now to keep your skin healthy. Invest in some skincare staples, give your routine a serious overhaul and you'll be reaping the rewards as you get older.
Your diet and exercise matter
As much as we love using oils and moisturisers on our skin, good skin starts from the inside and NO amount of skincare will make you look radiant if you have a terrible diet. Start watching what you eat and drink loads of water. Incorporating food rich in nutrients not only makes you feel amazing, it helps your skin stay healthy and radiant too.
Cleansing is critical
If you don't already wash your face at night, start. Like, tonight. Because that lovely mask of makeup, sunscreen, dirt and skin oils that you end up with at the end of the day doesn't just lead to acne. Cosmetics can also trap free radicals that float in the air (think: pollution) against your skin, eventually leading to roughness, sagging and wrinkling. Upgrade your (no doubt, soapy, sudsy) cleanser to a milky one instead that will cleanse your face without stripping it. And makeup wipes absolutely do not count as cleansing your face!
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Get serious about moisture
A potent moisturiser is something you can spend your pennies on. Invest in one that will repair and hydrate your skin and no matter your skin type, don't be afraid to moisturise morning and night.
Don't skimp on exfoliation
The key to flawless skin is exfoliation so don't skip it. Products with salicylic, alpha, and/or beta hydroxy acids remove dirt and dead skin cells that dull your complexion, as well as penetrating beneath the surface to unclog pores and boost cell renewal.
Never, ever underestimate the power of SPF
If there's only one thing you take away from this article, let it be this. Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin ageing so it's absolutely essential to protect your skin at all times. Applying sunscreen should be a step before you apply moisturiser and primer so don't neglect to do it. Hate the sticky, greasy feeling of sunscreen? (We feel you). There are plenty of sunscreens on the market specifically made for the face that sit well underneath your makeup.
Never sleep with your makeup on - seriously
We're all guilty of doing it from time to time when its late and we're tired AF but don't even think about making it a habit. Leaving all the gunk from the day behind leads to bacteria build-up and yes, breakouts. If you really must, keep face wipes on your nightstand to clean up but at least try and drag yourself to the bathroom to cleanse properly.
Your eyes are young - keep them that way
Think you're too young to start using eye cream? Wrong. The skin around your eyes is very thin which means the first signs of ageing will appear there. Learn from others mistakes and use a basic, hydrating eye cream with SPF every single day.
Emma is just your average book loving, tea drinking, story writing, narcissistic millennial on an eternal quest for the perfect t-shirt. Ever since she picked up her first copy of Dolly when she was twelve, she always knew she wanted to work in magazines. She would describe herself as a bit of a hopeless romantic with an obsession for true crime and horror and a love for red wine, whiskey or a stiff gin and tonic. When she's not binge watching Netflix or buying things she can't afford online, she spends her weekends trawling through bookstores and eating her way through Brisbane.