Growing up, I was always the girl who looked younger than everyone else. I never tried to make myself look older but secretly got a kick out of it when carded in my younger days. By no means have I developed a lot of wrinkles, but that I’m sure is part genetics, and part skincare. I see many 20-somethings treat their skin as if it’s invincible, when that is far from the truth and though I get the occasional hormonal blemish, I do not have an major skin care woes. Let’s take a look at the top 3 skincare habits I stand by.
Do Not Sleep with Your Makeup On
Are you that lazy and sleep-deprived that you cannot take three minutes to wash your face? Think of all the dirt, oil, and bacteria that can accumulate throughout the day, that alone should be motivation to keep your face clean and pores clear. If you are known to fall asleep mid-Netflix binge, or computer work, keep a box of makeup-removing wipes in your bag or near your bed. Makeup-removing wipes are not as effective as using a facial cleanser but they are a lot better than sleeping with your foundation on.
Environmental Factors are Important
Though the way our skin ages depends a lot on genetics, good genes alone may not save your skin. Environmental factors such as smoking and tanning with make you age faster than a person 10 years your senior who takes better care of their skin. Likewise, sun damage is cumulative. You cannot undo one day’s damage by wearing sunscreen the next day. Make sure to apply (and reapply) an SPF daily.
Your Diet Affects Your Skin
About a year ago I had random blemishes for ‘no apparent reason.’ I believed it was due to breastfeeding and I would be doomed to have periodic breakouts because of this. Come to find out the culprit was a particular bagel I was eating. Once I stopped consuming those bagels my skin was (and has remained) clear, and I’m still breastfeeding my toddler. What you eat and drink has a lot do with your skin. The better you eat, the better your skin will look.
Do you have any skincare routines you stand by?