5 Skin Care Habits For Your 20s & 30sPosted on 02/04/2018
April is a special month for us. Let’s Face It turns one!! And…I’m also turning 30 😕. So lately I’ve been thinking about what some good skin care habits are to pick up before you turn 30 that I wish I had known earlier, and what’s the best skin care routine for your 30s?
According to the Scientific American, once you turn 20, your skin produces 1% less collagen each year and it only declines more rapidly from there. Along with less collagen, your skin also starts losing elasticity and it decreases in the ability to retain moisture and hydration, leading to…wrinkles!
Okay, so ageing starts at 20. At that age the last thing on your mind is the thought of getting wrinkles in a few years, but had I known this, I probably would have changed a couple of things. I definitely would have stopped sleeping with my makeup on and kept up with a skin care routine more consistently! So what are some other skin care habits to adopt in your 20s & 30s?
1. Wear SPF every day
First and foremost, the best skin care habit to pick up in your 20s is applying sunscreen on a daily basis. This needs to be at least SPF30+ (optimum: SPF50+) and can either be sunscreen before makeup application, or wearing foundation formulated with SPF. Even if you are indoors for most of the time or it’s not sunny outside, if you are exposed to UV rays at any time of the day, sunscreen is a must – no matter what your skin type. It is especially important on partly cloudy days because the UV rays are even stronger.
Sunscreen protects your skin from free radicals and from forming other lesions e.g. skin cancer. Free radicals are molecules found in pollution, smoke and from sun exposure that accelerate the natural ageing process. Incorporating this step into your daily skin care routine can prevent premature ageing, sun spots, dullness and pigmentation. Starting this in your early 20s can prolong your youthful skin into your 30s, 40s and even your 50s!
I didn’t understand the importance of SPF in my early 20s. Instead, I was preoccupied with achieving a nice tan and hardly used sunscreen! As I aged I noticed my skin, which would once tan nicely, was changing and becoming more susceptible to sunburn. I only started to apply sunscreen daily in my late 20s, and although my skin is relatively good, I still could have prevented some of the permanent moles on my face that developed in my 20s. These days sunscreen for me is as much about protecting my skin from sunburn as it is about anti-ageing.
2. The 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine
One of the secrets behind Koreans having such flawless, youthful skin is the 10 Step Korean skin care routine. If you’re able to start this in your early 20s and be consistent with it, you will definitely slow down the natural ageing process as well as keep your skin healthy. However when you’re in your 20s, a 10 step routine can be a challenge. Especially if nights are spent going out, drinking, staying up late and skin care isn’t necessarily a priority. To ease into this skin care habit, try first a basic skin care routine, with the most essential skin care steps. This routine covers cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturising and SPF. These steps will work to your advantage as you enter your 30s – keeping your skin plump, protected and helping to control oil production. This is something I regret not doing in my early 20s.
The 10 step Korean skin care routine is the optimal routine to have from your 20s onwards. As you age, your skin becomes more fragile. This routine incorporates a few more steps that help take additional care of your skin:
- Double cleansing helps to keep your skin free of impurities and your pores clear.
- Sheet Masks combat dehydration and prevent acne breakouts in addition to wrinkles.
- Serums and ampoules can be used as treatments for specific skin concerns.
- Essence helps to accelerate skin cell turnover, resulting in brighter and smoother skin.
- Eye care is crucial as we age. The skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate so it’s more prone to puffiness, wrinkles, pigmentation (dark circles) and eye bags.
- The Korean 7 Skin Method is also great to incorporate into your routine.
What’s important to remember is that not all 10 steps need to be done on a daily basis and it doesn’t take long at all. You can get this routine down pat in 5-10 minutes!
Another great skin care habit to pick up is to take care of your neck too! Usually when I layer on my skin care products, I include my neck. This area is often neglected and failing to take care of it will lead to saggy skin and wrinkles.
3. Anti-Ageing Ingredients
Start understanding the different ingredients that help to prevent ageing. This will be useful when looking at the ingredients in your skin care products. You will find that even if a product does not label itself strictly as an “anti-ageing product”, it may still contain ingredients that all contribute to maintaining youthful skin.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Chemical exfoliators (AHA/BHA/PHA), Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Adenosine, Niacinamide and anything rich in Antioxidants are just a few examples of key ingredients to look out for. As mentioned, ageing starts at 20. You should start using anti-ageing products in your 20s and make sure you keep them in your skin care routine well into your 30s and beyond.
4. Beauty starts from within
Skin care is as much about what you eat and overall health & wellness as it is about what you put on your skin. This doesn’t mean that you need to go on a strict diet for clear, glowing skin. Just be aware that your diet and lifestyle also affect the condition of your skin.
I know when I just turned 20 my diet consisted of a lot more junk food and fast food than it does now. My lifestyle was mainly late weeknights due to Uni assessments and late weekends from going out. This started to change around my mid-late 20s when I started to realise I can’t recover like I use to anymore (!!) and when my focus changed to exercise and being more healthy. A healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle leads to less blemishes and breakouts, wrinkles, dullness as well as other skin concerns. Eat fruits and green vegetables that are rich in Antioxidants and Vitamin C. Drink plenty of water every day. Nuts, avocados, lean beef and fish are high in Omega3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and promote collagen production. Of course, pigging out on junk food or fast food is okay occasionally too! Balance is the key.
5. Sleep & Pillowcases
If possible, aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep decreases stress and slows down the natural collagen depletion that is happening as you age. After all, it’s not called Beauty Sleep for nothing! Having enough sleep benefits your skin’s rejuvenation process too as it allows enough time for your skin care products to be absorbed and work effectively.
If you are prone to acne breakouts and have oily skin, a good option to consider is satin / silk pillowcases. These pillowcases won’t absorb the moisture from your skin care routine and prevent sleep lines from forming.
It’s not too late!
No matter what your age, it’s never too late (or early) to adopt good skin care habits and to start a skin care routine. If one of your goals is to stay looking youthful and maintain healthy skin for as long as possible, start picking up some of these habits today! The time you take now to care for your skin will make a difference!
What are some other skin care habits you think are important to take up? Let us know in the comments below!
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Updated: 18 March 2019.
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