So you’re 25 and you think you’re going to look fabulous forever – you don’t need to worry about taking care of your skin problems until you can actually see them, right? Wrong!!
It’s never too early to be proactive. The health habits that begin in your 20s can make a big difference later in life. Although there are many to consider, begin with these 4 health habits to keep skin looking and feeling younger longer.
- Never, Never, Never Fake Bake
- Wear SPF, Like Every Day
- Cleanse, Moisturize, Repeat – Morning & Night
No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer.
Research shows that tanning is especially hazardous to young people; those who use sunbeds before age 30 increase their lifetime risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75 percent.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting tanning devices – tanning beds and lamps ‘ have been added to the list of the most dangerous forms of cancer-causing radiation.
This is the most important health habit. Recent studies showed that wearing a daily sunscreen on the face reduced one’s risk of developing melanoma by 50%. Look for one SPF30 or higher that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you’ll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective.
No matter whether your skin type is dry, oily or sensitive, you shouldn’t skip the moisturizing step in your skin care routine. Leaving it out might quickly cause redness or flaking, and in time it can allow wrinkles and other aging signs to show up on your skin earlier than they otherwise might.
Invest in a good, overall eye cream, as eyes tend to show the first signs of aging.
Your skin does most of its repair work at night, so it’s really important to make sure it’s thoroughly clean and moisturized before you go to bed.
Exfoliating a few times a week will not only wash away dead cells but also help in the production of new cells, leaving you with healthy, glowing skin.
If nothing else, let your vanity kick in. In 25 years, your skin will thank you, and chances are, you’ll look much better than all your friends!