In the past, popular television commercials implied that anti-aging was something for only mature women to worry about by portraying women in their 40s or 50s using anti-aging serums. However, your fight against the signs of aging starts in your 20s. It involves more than slathering creams and masks on your face. To protect your youthful beauty, follow these essential tips while you are still in your 20s.
Be Careful About Skin Creams
While you are young, your skin is naturally fuller and tighter. You do not need lifting and firming products. Save these for when you reach your 40s or 50s. Many lifting and firming products stimulate collagen production, which also results in cellular turnover. Look for products that do not contain a lot of peptide stimulants. Also, avoid products with retinol while you are young. It can thin out your skin prematurely and make it more susceptible to UV damage, which actually ages your skin more.
There are anti-aging serums with more ingredients for hydration and UV protection, and these are better alternatives to over-stimulating collagen growth. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful ingredient for helping your skin retain moisture. Coconut oil is another ingredient with multiple benefits for fighting the signs of aging.
Use Cosmetics Wisely
When you are young, it is normal to stay out late with your friends and neglect washing your face before you go to bed. The problem with this habit is that popular cosmetics often contain harmful ingredients. The mixture of dirt, cosmetics and the free radicals trapped in your skin by the cosmetics can age your skin faster. Use an alcohol-free facial cleanser to wash away the day’s dirt, free radicals and makeup. Apply a gentle moisturizer and eye cream after doing this.
For best results, use only organic cosmetics with ingredients that are identifiable. Look for cosmetics without alcohols and parabens. If you take good care of your skin and eat a balanced diet, you may not feel the need to use foundations, concealers and powders on your face.
Protect Your Skin
Part of keeping your skin’s youthful glow is staying hydrated, eating properly and avoiding too much sun exposure. Eat plenty of foods with Omega-3 fatty acids to promote a healthy layer of subcutaneous fat and healthier skin. Mackerel, salmon and flaxseed are some of the best natural sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants are also important for cleansing your skin and keeping it looking younger. Leafy greens, dark berries, avocados and nuts contain antioxidants. Also, drink eight glasses of water each day to keep your skin hydrated. When you go outdoors during any season, use a non-oily sunblock with at least SPF 30 protection.
Lastly, do not neglect sleep. There is truth to the phrase “beauty sleep.” Lack of sleep will worsen any type of existing skin condition. Since your body naturally repairs itself and cells regenerate when you sleep, your skin depends on ample rest to maximize your body’s natural anti-aging abilities.