We get it. Wrinkles and aging skin are probably the last things on your mind right now. In fact, you may still be dealing with the same acne troubles and oily skin from your teenage years.
Not to sound like a prophet of doom, but right now is the time when fine lines and wrinkles are just starting to set in. The period between your 20s and 30s are when the most changes occur on our delicate complexions. The good news is that you hold all the power in prolonging the youth and beauty of your skin.
Take these little steps today and enjoy supple youthful skin forever. Here’s how:
Water as a Way of Life
The first step to achieving plump, dewy skin is drinking at least two litres of water everyday. Your body, and more importantly your skin, uses water to flush out toxins and keep your skin fresh and hydrated. Get into the routine of constantly drinking water while you’re young and the habit will stay with you well into your old age.
Easy on the Sugar
On the topic of diet, try to lay off the white stuff – yes, we mean sugar. While fruits are jam-packed with skin-friendly antioxidants, too much of a good thing can be bad too. Aim for your recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables daily but limit your intake of fruit juices and smoothies. These often contain added sugar which could not only lead to acne breakouts, but also premature aging.
Diet Plays a Big Role
Your mother knew what she was talking about when she told you to eat your vegetables. They contain vital nutrients and healthy fats necessary for glowing youthful skin. The best of the bunch? Definitely avocado. This super food comes laden with antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which fight against inflammation and repair the DNA of skin cells. Other must-haves on your skin-saving shopping list: olive oil, almonds and salmon. Ready, steady, eat!
Steer Clear of the Words ‘Anti-Aging’
We know, it can be tempting to slather yourself in heavy anti-aging creams at the first sign of a wrinkle. Isn’t that the point? Well, not exactly. These serums are targeted at drier, more mature skin and so they’re loaded with higher concentrations of active ingredients and moisturizing agents. By applying these types of products unnecessarily, you’re opening yourself up to potential breakouts. Worse still, you may end up weakening the skin’s delicate barrier layer and pH levels. Instead, look for skin creams carrying the words retinol, retinoid and hyaluronic acid. These substances offer more gentle results, like boosting the production of collagen without any nasty side effects.
Fine Tune Your Skincare Routine
Ideally you will already be into a solid routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing every morning and evening. If not, it’s time to get started. We’ve spoken about added extras you can incorporate to boost your skin’s collagen production now already like retinoids, retinols and antioxidant serums. These preventative measures have the added benefit of staving off free radicals caused by pollution and daily environmental damage.