Preventative Skin Care for Your 20s
CNN quoted Dr. Ranella Hirsch, president-elect of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery as saying that while in your 20s, it is not likely you'll need to include wrinkles creams, microdermabrasion or skin lighteners as part of your skin care routine. Although you may not have many wrinkles or age spots in your 20s, you can take preventative measures to avoid these signs of premature aging. The way that you care for your skin in your 20s can affect how your skin looks later in life. You should decide on a skin care routine and stick to it on a daily basis to keep your skin clear and fresh looking.
Moisturize the skin. After cleansing the skin with a gentle face wash, apply an oil free moisturizer to your face and neck each day.
Treat breakouts. After cleansing morning and night, apply an acne topical treatment if you are suffering from acne. Over-the-counter acne medications typically contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Allow the topical solution to dry before applying any other cosmetics or skin care products. Treating active breakouts prevents future problems, such as acne scarring.
Use sunscreen all year long. Protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays by applying a broad spectrum sunscreen to the face. It should contain SPF of 15 or higher. You can also use hats and sunglasses to avoid sun exposure. Try to stay outdoors during the mid-day hours when the sun is at its strongest.
Apply a retinol based product each night before bed. Dr. Ranella Hirsch appearing on CNN recommends smoothing a pea sized amount over all areas of the face, including the eyes to treat acne, prevent fine lines and improve collagen production. Retinol is included in various serums, lotions and creams.
Avoid smoking. Smoking can thin out the skin and also cause you to make repeated facial expressions. Quit the habit to prevent premature wrinkles.
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