7 Skin Care Tips I’ve Learned in my 20s

The American Academy of Dermatology Association has some general skincare tips from dermatologists, that can generally benefit everyone. They include:

  • Applying sunscreen protects your skin and slows down the signs of aging.
  • Smoking speeds your skin’s aging process.
  • Get any spots checked for cancer.
  • Indoor tanning is horrible for your skin.

And every day, there seems to be a new ingredient, technique, or product that everyone wants to use. Remember coconut for your skin? Yeah, coconut oil made me heavily break out, so I learned the hard way not to take what you read on the internet to heart. Of course, I’ve learned all I know from the internet, but these women include Jackie Aina, Alissa Ashley, and Susan Yara of Mixed Makeup.

A few classic skincare tips, usually what we are told as we get older, are to drink water, wash off makeup before going to sleep, and that meth is horrible for your complexion. Oh, was that just my childhood?

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Anyways, here 7 things I think you should remember when you are developing your skin care routine.

  1. Invest in good products. I truly believe the simpler the better, but you should definitely look into investing in good products that are going to help you with your skin concerns.  Now, this doesn’t mean run to the nearest Sephora and buy up all of their Lancome products; this means figuring out what works for you at the budget you have at this moment. For me, this means I use a combo of high-ish end products and products I can get at Target or Walmart.
  2. Figure out your skin type. Are you oily, dry, normal, combination, or sensitive? Do you have a skin condition like eczema or acne? When you use products formulated for your skin’s needs, it will look and feel its best. Basically,  try to use skincare products that match your skin’s needs.
  3. Be gentle with your skin. Gentle cleansing helps protect your skin. My cleansing routine looks like this: I apply a mild cleanser after wetting my face and gently applying the cleanser to my face in a circular motion with my fingertips. Try doing this along your cheeks, your forehead, your chin/jaw, and your neck. I finish by rinsing off the cleanser off completely with lukewarm water and then gently patting my face dry with a clean (ish) towel. Patting your face dry helps you avoid any unnecessary tugging at your skin, which causes wrinkles. Being gentle is also important when applying moisturizers, serums, and facial oils.
  4. Buy products that will help your skin as you age. As we age, our skin’s needs change. What might have work for us in our 20s, will probably do nothing for us in our 30s — or 40s and especially 50s. The best thing we can do is tailor our skin care regimen to what decade we are in.
  5. Treat your neck as if it’s a part of your face. Signs of aging, like wrinkled skin, uneven skin tone, and sagging, will DEFINITELY show up quicker on parts of the body that are not shielded from the sun. And you don’t need to buy separate products for these areas; it is unnecessary and a total waste of money. Instead, you can simply bring the products down on your skin. Cleanse your neck. Add your serums, creams, and SPF to your neck.
  6. Get professional advice. Dermatologists are experts when it comes to skin. (DUH!) These doctors diagnose and treat thousands of different skin diseases. They also have the expertise needed to help their patients safely revitalize and care for their skin. If you don’t have health insurance or if your health insurance doesn’t cover dermatology (like me), reach out to people at the stores who are hired to help customers. Though they can push products on you, I have personally met some very helpful people at these stores, especially Sephora. Another resource I use is the Internet. Yes, I know, I KNOW! The Internet can’t fully be trusted. This is why I stick to people I trust, like Jackie, Alissa, and Susan.
  7. Physical health reflects on the condition of your skin. This includes getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and eating the right food. I know I’m not the only one who angrily stares at a pimple while thinking back to eating half a $5 Hot and Ready. I’ve been working on cutting out fried foods, dairy, gluten, alcohol, and especially sugar.

Getting beautiful skin something that is going to happen overnight. You have to be consistent and figure out what the right products are for you. Whether your goal is to slow down the natural signs of aging in your skin, reduce and prevent acne flare-ups, or deal with hyper-pigmentation, there are plenty of products and treatment you can do to maintain healthy skin. And luckily, nowadays, having a great skincare routine doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Sure, you indulge in some higher-end products, but the main thing to do is to figure out a daily skincare routine that will help your skin’s health.

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