While it's safe to say your 30s are the new 20s, that doesn't mean you should live with total abandon as you approach your 30th birthday. Yes, your 20s are a time for mistakes and misadventures as you gain your footing, but they're also a time to establish the good habits that will carry you through the rest of your life.
When it comes to skincare, this is especially true. Preventative measures you commit to in your 20s will greatly impact the health and appearance of your skin in your 30s – and beyond. Fighting signs of aging occurs long before you begin seeing your first wrinkles. The lifestyle choices you make today will determine what your skin looks like years from now.
That's why Get The Look is helping you maintain the fountain of youth by listing the top skincare habits you should establish in your 20s to look great in your 30s and beyond.
SKINCARE HABITS TO DEVELOP BEFORE YOU TURN 30
ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN
It should go without saying that wearing sunscreen regularly is a must for women of any age. Too often, women in their 20s skip this essential step of skincare and end up paying for it later. You may only start to see sun spots in your 20s, but it takes a few more years for them to come to the surface, so it's best to keep them at bay now. The best approach is to fend off harmful rays before they begin to do any visible damage.
Remember to apply sunscreen after moisturizing, or you can get your hands on a moisturizer with SPF to kill two birds with one stone. Apply sunscreen where damage routinely occurs like your hands, forearms, shoulders, and neck. Even if you tan easily or never burn, you're not immune to the damaging effects of the sun.
REMOVE MAKEUP NIGHTLY
At some point or another, we've all found ourselves guilty of hitting the sack before washing our faces. But not washing off facial makeup at night is the worst skincare habit many women in their 20s adopt. Cosmetics can trap skin-aging free radicals and bacteria against your skin – causing premature fine lines, discolouration and acne. You may have gotten away with this in your teens, but as we get older our skin becomes less forgiving.
Make sure to use a thorough cleanser or multi-step process that removes the makeup and cleanses the skin and make it a nightly habit you never skip!
USE AN EXFOLIATOR
The skin is continually renewing itself – shedding dull, old skin cells to make way for newer, more radiant cells, but as we age, this process slows down, so assisting with our own exfoliation helps to counteract. When you exfoliate, superficial skin cells send signals to the layers of cells below to increase new cell production. This speeds up cell renewal and returns out radiance and glow!
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
As we age, our collagen depletion slows down. After the age of 20, we even experience a 1% reduction in collagen every year. While there is the possibility of seeking professional help to correct early damage, lifestyle changes can also have a great impact. One of the main factors that will help your collagen depletion slow down? Getting enough sleep.
Even though your 20s will demand late nights out or at the office, make a good night's sleep a priority. Getting enough rest has an immediate impact on the look of your skin and even more lasting effects down the road.