Good skincare takes a lifetime. This doesn’t mean that perfecting one’s skin will take that long but that it is a process of continual learning. We start out with basic concepts and then slowly build up as we learn more about how our skin works and what techniques and habits will help it stay healthy. It is almost necessarily a thing of regrets as a result of this. We always run into things we wish we knew at a particular point to help avoid problems later. Unfortunately, no one has invented a device for sending a brief message to yourself back in time. The most we can do with such regrets is to remember such tips and tricks going forward to avoid any problems becoming worse. It certainly doesn’t hurt to warn younger people about the things they’ll likely want to take care of while they’re still young either. Let’s review a few of the skincare tips that many of us wish we knew in our 20s.
Yes, most of us knew to moisturize back then, but not all of us were aware of how regularly we should moisturize. When we’re infants, our skin is capable of trapping and holding on to moisture with supreme ease. That’s why an infant’s skin is so soft and smooth. That ability degrades over time and by the time we’re in our 20s we’ve already hit a point where making up for our skin not being able to trap enough moisture is a viable habit. Regularly moisturizing one’s skin keeps it healthier, more resilient, and better able to resist damage from all sources. So find the right moisturizer and stick with it.
Sunscreen is A Must
There is an air of invulnerability that we carry around with us in our 20s. That subconscious knowledge that somehow we are untouchable and the rules don’t necessarily apply to us. Many of us end up neglecting our sunscreen for this and other reasons. After all, sunscreen makes it harder to get the perfect tan, right? Thinking in this way just ends up hurting one’s skin. Everyone needs to wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that offers broad spectrum protection any time they are going to be exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time. Yes, this includes sitting by a window. Failing to do this will mean long term damage to your skin that will show up later and lead to premature aging.
Bad Habits, Bad Skin
Our 20s tend to be a continuation of the time of experimentation that our teens represented. Many people are getting away from their relatives for the first time in their early to mid-20s and simply want to try out things they’ve never tried before. There’s no shame in exploring one’s options, but sometimes it leads us to bad habits such as smoking or drinking in excess. Neither of these is healthy for your skin. Each contributes to the destruction of supportive tissues within the skin that the body then needs to repair. These bad habits are the two major culprits for premature aging with smoking being the biggest contributor. Quitting smoking and drinking reasonable amounts is the ideal route to go for keeping healthy skin.
Protect Vulnerable Areas
Some areas of our skin tend to be more vulnerable to various kinds of damage than others. These are the areas that have thin skin or are consistently exposed to the sun. Any combination of those traits is bad news for skin. That’s why we generally want to have invested in an eye cream at some point in our 20s to help protect the area around our eyes to minimize wrinkling. Similarly, you’ll want to extend facial routines down to cover your neck as well as remembering to exfoliate and moisturize your decolletage. Don’t forget to use a hand cream either. All of this will help highly visible and exposed areas age gracefully.
Many people erroneously feel that using anti-aging products is a surrender and an admission to growing age. No one should feel this way. Anti-aging products are useful from your 20s onwards thanks to the various compounds in them that support your skin’s health. This is especially true of the rich antioxidant nature of such products that help offset the free radicals introduced into the skin from sun damage and other sources. Furthermore, the high concentration of vitamins A, C, and E in these products helps the skin stay on top of repairs at all ages.
We will keep learning new skincare tricks for as long as we live. That’s because there is always something new to learn or adjustment to make to our routines to make the best of our current situation. Trying to learn from an earlier part of our lives is the best option available to many of us. So keep these tips in mind and examine your own skincare routine and habits. You might just find something to improve.