Skin Care Tips for the 20-Something Woman

Healthy skin for the future

Other than childhood, our twenties are arguably the time where our skin is the healthiest it will ever be. For most of us the days of acne and blemishes are over, and we have not yet begun to obsess over wrinkles and age spots.

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However, this does not mean you should neglect your skin. It may actually be the most important time to care for your skin, because you will ensure its health for years to come. The better you treat your skin today, the smoother, healthier and more elastic it will be later in life.

Here are some tips to maintaining and improving your skin throughout your twenties:

  • Wear sun block regularly, in the winter as well as the summer. You can purchase moisturizers that contain SPF, but make sure you get one with a minimum SPF of 15.
  • Cleanse your skin regularly, use a toner that will not dry out your skin and apply moisturizer twice daily. Be sure to use products that are appropriate for your skin type.
  • Avoid too much sun exposure and stay away from tanning beds, as both will cause your skin to age. Opt instead for a sunless tanner.
  • Drink plenty of water - at least eight glasses per day - to keep your body hydrated and promote healthy, glowing skin.
  • Apply body lotion daily and exfoliate once each week to remove dead skin cells.
  • Do not wear makeup to bed. It will trap dirt and oil in your pores and could cause acne breakouts.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will also have a great effect on your skin. Avoid eating too many fatty foods and incorporate fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals into your diet. Avoid smoking and limit your alcohol and caffeine intake - these habits will age your skin. Take a multivitamin or vitamin C, D or E supplements to promote healthier skin. (Be sure to consult your doctor before taking vitamins to ensure you take the right dosage, and don't take vitamins that could interact with other products or medications.)

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