It seems like 'anti-aging' is plastered over every skin bottle and eye gel product on the shelf these days. But in your 20s and 30s, there's no need to give into unnecessary panic surrounding wrinkles and saggy skin. Opening up the conversation around common skincare mistakes that are hurting you, though, can be a good idea for adopting healthy habits now that nourish and protect your skin down the road.
By taking a few preventative measures to keep your skin healthy and protected from the sun, you'll have much less to worry about when it comes to actually dealing with damage later. Try adding products with antioxidants into your skincare routine to see a boost in radiance and brightness. Relax in the evening with a snail slime mask to add moisture to dry skin. Protect your body with UV-protective clothing. These are simple ways to make a big impact on your skin right now, so your skin can be fortified against any kind of stress you throw its way.
So stay on top of your normal skincare, but start picking up a few helpful habits to make your skin happy and healthy. That way, when you're a few years deep into an excellent skincare routine, you'll still have a nourished, healthy complexion.
Boost Your Skin's Antioxidants With Vitamin C Serum
Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant Serum , $36, Amazon
The Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant Serum is exactly what you need to improve and protect your skin — Vitamin C, peptide, and ceramide protects the outer layer of your skin, while its antioxidant-loaded formula boosts your skin's radiance. It's never too early to start incorporating antioxidants into your beauty routine, as that's the good stuff (found in berries and other nutritious fruits) that fortify skin cells against UV damage.
Use Plant Stem Cells to Lighten Dark Circles & Replenish Dryness
UltraSpa Skincare for Under Eyes, $19, Amazon
Your fresh faced look is due to a lot of things — right now though, it's mostly genetics and age. Keep it that way by using the lightweight under-eye formula whose focus is on damage prevention, not repairing years of aging that haven't happened yet. By strengthening your skin with plant stem cells and Vitamin C, your under-eye area will see decreased puffiness and less noticeable damage from the sun. One user, who said she was in her late 20s, said this silky-smooth formula dramatically improved her dark circles surprisingly quickly.
Prevent Damage-Causing Impurities By Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Often
JAPONESQUE Brush Cleanser, $20, Amazon
The Japonesque Brush Cleanser makes deep cleaning tools a thousand times easier than standing at the sink, shampooing our brushes. Just wet the bristles and swirl your brush in the tub to lather it up. The goat-milk cleansing balm dissolves makeup and impurities to deep clean your brushes, so you won't keep continually putting the same dirt and oil back on your face every day when you apply your makeup. Learning to keep impurities far from our skin is a lifelong skincare habit that, if adopted now, can prevent years of breakouts and clogged pores down the road.
Help Your Skin's Cell Turnover in the Bathtub
Borghese Bagno di Vita Body Soak, $30, Amazon
A weekly bath might seem like a luxury, but with Borghese Bagno di Vita Body Soak, it becomes a brag-worthy skincare habit that will keep your skin looking fresh and at its best. The body soak's blend of skin-soothing salts and safflower oil soften and lift dead skin cells, which speeds up cell turnover to help your skin look bright and healthy. It also relieves tense muscles, so you can relax and stop stressing so much — as stress can be another skin aggravator.
Cover Your Hair, Face, and Scalp With UV Protection
Gottex Alhambra Lightweight Packable Fedora, $49, Amazon
Getting in the habit of wearing a hat outdoors is a valuable one that will only benefit your skin in the days (and years!) to come. The Gottex Fedora protects your scalp and your hair from the damaging effects of UV rays, all while keeping your stylish look on lock. It has an ultraviolet protection factor of 40, which is one of the highest ratings UV clothing can have, so you won't have to worry about over-exposed skin when you have this on. Even with sunscreen, your skin can always use as much protection against sun damage as possible.
Boost Your Skin's Radiance With Seven Super Ingredients
Fresh Lotus Preserve Face Cream , $48, Amazon
Moisturizing is one of the most important skincare steps we need to take every day, but there is so much more your moisturizer can do besides just moisturize. This Fresh Lotus Preserve Face Cream has blue-green algae to invigorate tired skin's collagen, hibiscus fruit extract to provide hydration (and fig fruit to preserve it), Vitamin E to soften skin, vegetable glycerol to regulates skin's water levels, and more. Yeah — this little tub of moisturizer does quite a lot.
Strengthen Skin With The Snail Slime Overnight Mask
Missha Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask , $20, Amazon
To give your skin extra life, the Missha Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask boosts your skin's outermost layer to fight off damage, cleanse pores of impurities, and feed your skin the nutrients it needs. Your face will feel softer and more hydrated in the morning, and users say its versatile formula calms even the most troubled combination skin. One even said, "I'm jumping on the trend wholeheartedly now because this stuff works." If you work the mask into your bedtime routine now, think of all the good skin days to come!
Make UV Protection Clothes Part of Your Wardrobe
Coolibar UPF 50+ Cowl Neck Pullover (XS-XXL), $70, Amazon
Skincare can tend to be totally focused on the face, but our bodies need protection from the sun and other outside elements, too. The Coolibar UPF 50+ Cowl Neck Pullover is the perfect activewear top for full coverage from the sun because it's made of special ZnO Suntect fabric — combined with bamboo and comfy spandex. It comes in a bunch of colors and a wide range of sizes, so it's perfect for any girl who likes to be comfortable but protected when she's outside.
Always Protect Delicate Eye Skin With 100 Percent UV Protection
LUENX Aviator Polarized Sunglasses , $24, Amazon
Since the skin around our eyes is super sensitive, it's so important to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun. These LUENX Aviator Polarized Sunglasses have 100 percent UVA/UVB protection to make sure your eyes are staying as healthy as possible. Plus, who can resist these awesome shades? They're super trendy, so wearing them doesn't even feel like a mandatory step towards better skin.
SPF 46 Sunscreen Shields Skin & Heals Blemishes
EltaMD SPF 46 Sunscreen , $25, Amazon
Don't ditch sunscreen because you're trying to rid acne-prone skin from products. Instead, select the formula that heals blemishes while it protects delicate skin from the sun. It's the No. 1 seller in skin sun protectants, and one user saw serious improvement after one month's diligent use, saying, the lotion's for "anyone who’s looking for a lightweight protectant against the sun that won’t clog their pores."
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