The skin secrets we wish we’d known in our 20s!

The skin secrets we wish we’d known in our 20s!

6 August 2015

With youth on your side (and those awkward teenage years behind you) you’ve never looked better than you do in your 20s! To keep that fresh-faced glow there are a few skin saving tips that’ll stand you in good stead for the years to come.

  • The sun damage you do now will surface in 10 years’ time.

Having a sun tan might look great now, but all that UV exposure will catch up with you in later life!

The damage you do during your 20s will cause your skin to age prematurely, causing uneven pigmentation, lines, wrinkles and brown spots, as well as dramatically increasing your chances of melanoma skin cancer. Protect your skin by applying a high factor SPF liberally- even when the weather is over cast – you’ll thank us when you’re 40!

The same goes for sun beds. A trip to the tanning salon may seem like a brilliant beauty cheat when the skies turn grey, but the amount of UV rays you’re exposing your skin to is even higher than when tanning outdoors. With just one sunbed you increase your chances of developing melanoma by 20 per cent! The bottom line: if you really want bronzed skin, stick to false tan.

  • Cigarettes are a no-no

Smoking is dreadful for your health – you know this – but the cigarettes you smoke in your 20s will also cause you to look much older than you are. The toxins inhaled when you smoke damage the system that repairs your body, and hinders the production of collagen, leading to lines and wrinkles. Smoking also dehydrates the skin, depriving you of a fresh, youthful glow and leaving your complexion dry and thin looking.

  • Most twentysomethings still struggle with break outs

While we’d like to think of acne as a relic from our teenage years, 8 out of 10 twentysomethings still suffer from regular break outs and blemishes. A healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and a regular sleep pattern can all help minimise acne flare ups in your 20s. Be sure to cleanse and remove your make up properly before bed as well, to prevent excess dirt and oil from clogging your pores.

  • Exfoliate!

Regular exfoliation is the secret to giving your skin a radiant glow. Using a facial scrub will remove the dead skin cells which can dull your complexion; it also encourages the production of healthy new cells for a rejuvenated appearance. If your skin is sensitive, stick to exfoliating every other day and always follow with a soothing moisturiser.

  • Alcohol will dry out your complexion

You know too much of a good time can be bad for you – your body lets you know with a hangover the morning after! So as well as giving you a pounding headache, alcohol dehydrates your skin, making it look unhealthy, as well as causing lines and wrinkles.

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