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Anti-Aging In Your 20s
Skin & Body
Sun protection. The sun is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles, dark spots, and of course, skin cancer. Even if you aren’t going to beach or laying out by the pool you should be wearing sun protection every single day. Cloudy outside? Don’t be fooled. Clouds are just water-they can’t shield you from the harmful UV rays. When choosing sun protection, stay away from formulas that use oxybenzone and avobenzone as those chemicals have been banned in certain countries for their negative side effects. Try to find a mineral sunscreen as they are more eco friendly and won’t burn your eyes.
Beauty starts on the inside. Drink plenty of water and eat skin healthy foods such as avocado, salmon, walnuts and dark chocolate. Avoid too much alcohol consumption and cut out cigarettes altogether. Taking supplements such as omega-3, vitamin C, vitamin E and probiotics will promote healthy skin, hair and nails.
Take your makeup off every night. That makeup may make you look beautiful while you’re out on the town, but if you make a habit of sleeping with it on, over time it will ravage your skin of moisture and clog your pores.
Daytime moisturizer. Use something light that absorbs fairly quickly so that you can seamlessly work it into your morning routine. Like multitasking products? Look for a moisturizer with SPF in it so that you don’t have to add sunscreen on top of your moisturizer.
Nighttime treatments. There are so many options it is a good idea to try out a few and see which one you like best. Many beauty stores will give you samples so that you can try it before you buy it. Creams that contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, green tea and pomegranate help fight against the environmental factors that damage the skin. Gels containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) can be used once a week to gently exfoliate and promote a radiant complexion.
Eye cream. Dark circles? Fine lines? Puffiness? Figure out what you would like to tackle and then buy an eye cream that addresses that particular issue. If you have puffiness in the morning you may want a cooling gel-like product and if you are beginning to see some fine lines you may want to buy a special eye cream for at night.
What about retinol? Retinol encourages cell turnover and is very effective at diminishing fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, pretty much everything. It is a very powerful product so it is important to use it with great care. A doctor can prescribe a very concentrated form of retinol or you can buy a cream or serum from your favorite beauty store that contains a less concentrated amount. No matter what, start by applying it only at night (makes your skin more sensitive to the sun) and only about 3 times a week. When your skin adjusts, you can work up to applying it every night.
Sleeping beauty. Yes, your mother was right: getting good rest is key to aging gracefully. Try to get at least 7 hours of sound sleep each night and consider your pillowcase fabric. Egyptian cotton with a high thread count is very soft and gentle on your skin, but if you feel like splurging, invest in a 100% silk pillowcase.
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