Great news…your skin cell turnover remains very high giving your complexion a fresh and glowing look. Plus, your dermal support system of collagen and elastin is still strong. Ahhh...to be young again. Unfortunately, many of the skin issues we face today stem from our careless and carefree party lives. From binge drinking and taking recreational drugs on the weekends, to pulling all-nighters and going to bed with our makeup on. Let's not forget the basking in the sun without sunscreen despite all the warning signs.
Being in your early 20’s isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! “Yes, I’m still young and youthful” states Alison. This is the time when you’re starting to find your feet as an adult but not quite there yet. All of a sudden having real life responsibilities and filling the leisurely gaps in your life can take a toll. The transition from your teens to your 20’s can have a huge impact, both physically and mentally.
“Prevention IS better than a cure so focus on damage prevention”
Hard living in your 20’s may come at a cost. Fine lines may have already started to creep in, so committing to daily routine with skin care is paramount. We can show you just how simple this can be.
Step 1. Cleanser - If you have acne lingering from your teens or only just beginning to develop acne/breakouts it is best that you stick to a gentle foam or gel cleanser to remove makeup and excess oil. It is best to use milk based cleansers otherwise, to avoid drying out the skin.
Step 2. Toner - If you have a very oily T-Zone choose an astringent (alcohol-based) toner and avoid the cheeks as they are generally drier. Choose a freshener (caffeine and green tea based) instead if your skin is normal to dry. Your toner will remove any residual makeup and neutralise the skin's PH.
Step 3. Spot treatment - If you get mild breakouts, consult your skin specialist for appropriate spot treatment. DO NOT PICK! Picking can lead to long-lasting or permanent scarring.
Step 4. Moisturise – If you continue to smoke, drink and have late nights, we recommend using an antioxidant to counteract the damage. Serums containing vitamin C, grapeseed or pomegranate extract are great and should be applied at night before you moisturise. During the day use a light moisturiser with a low oil percentage.
Rule 1. NEVER GO TO BED WITHOUT WASHING OFF YOUR MAKEUP! My mother has been telling me and my sisters this for years, even though I never really wore makeup, we still collect a film of environmental and chemical pollutants which clog our pores and cause build up. Creating blackheads, whiteheads and pre-mature ageing as our skincare can not be absorbed.
Rule 2. Sunscreen, a DAILY MUST. If you would like to prevent the dreaded signs of premature ageing then please apply sunscreen every morning before leaving the house. Sunscreen is best applied after your moisturiser and before makeup. Hours of sunbathing by the pool or on the beach, slathered in coconut oil are so outdated and many of us know the effects this has on our skin. This is not to say we must remain indoors, rather, making us aware that only 20mins daily is adequate exposure.
Rule 3. Never forget to exfoliate. Do this once or twice a week to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, so that your serums and creams are able to penetrate. Look for an exfoliant with very fine granules or a natural clay mask, which both provide gentle exfoliation.
Rule 4. Consider an eye cream. If those laugh lines are lingering a little too long for your liking, then yes, it's time. Look for something with hydrating ingredients such as ceramides, amino acids and essential fatty acids (EFA’s help to build up the lipid-based cell membranes that hold in water and nutrients).
Simple non-abrasive facials are highly recommended to clean out the pores at least once a month. “Steam and Clean” is what we like to call it. Please ask us about other treatments available for those of you who have moderate to severe acne (coming soon).
Most of us have read about or heard of someone who has had an anti-wrinkle facial and skin treatments treatment such as a “toxin” or “dermal filler”. The most popular treatments for those in their 20’s are subtle enhancements to lips, cheeks and frown lines. Too much can look fake and unappealing. Careful facial planning and education is given and should be thought out prior to going ahead. (This treatment is not limited to those in their 20's.)
Please learn more about our recommended treatments in your 20's.