If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I like to talk about skincare a lot. I’ve suffered acne in my teens and early twenties, and now I’m 32, it’s sadly returned.
But as well as battling the return of acne, I also have lots of sun damage and pigmentation from years of breakouts, and spending a year in Australia in the intense heat. Freckles, red spots, acne marks, scarring…. and not to mention, fine lines and wrinkles!
Although I have no control over a number of them (my acne is hormonal and it’s just a nightmare to ever control), there are a few factors I could have prevented and cared for a little more, had I had the knowledge earlier on.
So here are a couple of tips I want to pass on for you gals in your twenties. Prevention and pre-care in so important, and it’s pretty simple to do, you just gotta be aware of some little factors!…
1. Use Vitamin C
Vitamin C in skincare is incredible. It really isn’t raved about enough, although it is starting to be recognised as a key ingredient and becoming now and more popular. Vitamin C is widely known for its antioxidant benefits for your body, but also when used in skincare, it’s brilliant for boosting collagen while helping to treat UV exposure photo-damage.
It a nutshell, it’s brightening, which means it’s key for reducing pigmentation and brightening up dull, lack lustre skin. If you know you’ve spent the Summer outdoors and have more sun exposure to your skin than usual, start using a Vitamin C serum straight away so it can banish away the dark pigments and dulling properties straight away.
2. Look into collagen
Collagen makes up nearly 80% of your skin, and it’s found in the middle layer called the dermis. It works together with another protein called elastin to strengthen the skin and help it snap back into place when stretched. You have lots of it when you are younger, but Collagen production starts to slow down as you get older.
After the age of 25, we break down more collagen than we make so that’s why we start to see fine lines and wrinkles. So it’s essential to make sure you are boosting your collagen production from 25 and over.
Taking collagen supplements orally, either in pill or powder form, is an easy way to boost your collagen stores. Research shows that collagen supplements improve skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, boost skin hydration, and increase the density of fibroblasts — cells in connective tissue that produce the protein.
3. Skin Protection
Remember the saying “Prevention is better than cure”? Well, it’s a true one! The sun can wreck havoc on your skin, leaving it tanned and freckled. But it’s never too late to start protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun, although the more care you take in your twenties, the more you’ll have to thank in your thirties plus.
A hat can protect your skin to an extent. But if you really want to keep your skin safe, use a sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15. Sunscreens too come in a variety of forms, and try not to reply on one mixed with your foundation, as this is really watered down and won’t be as effective. Pick the one that’s formulated for your skin type for added benefits.
4. Facial Massages
Facials are the best way to pamper your skin and bring a rush of blood that brings nutrients and antioxidants to the skin. One of the most wonderful tips on how to take care of skin after 25 is to invest in daily massage yourself – you don’t always need to book in for a professional one. Massages clear your complexion and give you an instant glow, clearing your skin of an impurity build up and preventing the appearance of wrinkles. Plus, you’re sure to feel rejuvenated—inside and out—after a good facial massage!
5. Face Packs/Masks
Face packs are generally a part of a facial. But even otherwise, you use face packs and masks to tighten and revitalise your skin. You can prepare your own face packs and masks at home with natural ingredients like egg, honey, gram flour, rose water, almond oil, etc. The best thing to do is to find out your exact skin type in your late twenties, and use a face mask ‘prescribed’ for this skin type weekly.
They give your skin a boost of nutrients and nourishing properties in a larger dose, and can really help to keep moisture levels up.
6. Look into Anti Aging Products
Most Anti ageing products contain ingredients that help to fight signs of ageing. You can start using anti ageing products in your mid twenties, but it is best to make them a part of your skin care routine when you are in your early thirties. But do be aware of them in your twenties and start making plans!
There is a range of key ingredients that you’ll find in anti-aging products, mainly ingredients which help the production of collagen and improve the elasticity of the skin. You should look for products containing Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s), Retinol, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and other natural ingredients. You should always follow the manufacturer’s directions, printed on the package, while using these products.
A few other tips include reducing caffeine intake, reducing fats and sugars in your diets, and also, if you suffer bad acne breakouts, try cutting out diary for a while, and see if you notice an improvement.
Either way, get your skincare in the best shape possible as early as you can, and a life of good skin shall (hopefully!) be yours!