By Josh Sim, Aesthetic and Better Ageing Specialist
The UV rays from the sun can cause long-term damage to your skin, including wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, which is why wearing sunscreen daily in your twenties is essential, with a high-quality sunscreen able to prevent this damage and keep your skin looking youthful. UV rays can also increase your risk of skin cancer, so it's important to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, so look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours if you're in the sun for an extended period.
Hydrate your skin
Your skin needs moisture to stay healthy, but as you age, your skin's ability to retain moisture can decrease, making skin look dull and enhancing wrinkles. This is why hydrating your skin in your twenties is crucial as this can help prevent dryness and keep your skin looking supple and radiant, and plump. I suggest drinking plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate your body and your skin - around 2L is best. You should also use an ultra-nourishing and hydrating moisturiser appropriate for your skin type, such as a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser for oily skin, and a thicker, more intense formula for dry skin. I recommend looking for moisturisers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid which help to hydrate the deeper layers of the skin, leading to a plumper, more youthful appearance.
Cleanse your face
Cleansing your face is important for removing dirt, oil, and makeup that can clog pores and lead to breakouts, and creating a good cleansing routine in your twenties can help promote a long-lasting clear and healthy complexion. I recommend using a gentle cleanser that's appropriate for your skin type to avoid irritation or damage to your skin that can enhance the look of wrinkles. You should also wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, and always remove your makeup before sleeping as this can also promote the onset of wrinkles, especially in the delicate areas around the eyes and mouth.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is important for overall health, but it's also essential for healthy skin. During sleep, your body repairs and regenerates your skin cells, which can help prevent premature signs of ageing, dark circles, and other skin problems, meaning setting up good sleep habits in your twenties can help promote healthy skin for years to come. Aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, and establish a bedtime routine that helps you relax and wind down.
Eat a healthy diet
The foods you eat can impact your skin's health and appearance, especially in the long-term. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats can help provide the vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy and radiant. In contrast, consuming processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive alcohol can cause inflammation and damage to your skin, leading to premature ageing and other skin problems. By starting a healthy eating routine in your twenties, you can help prevent these issues and maintain healthy, glowing skin for years to come.
By setting up these good skincare habits in their 20’s, a person is far more likely to have fewer wrinkles, as well as have a clearer, healthier complexion. You're also less likely to suffer from age-related discolouration, like age spots, and have a better overall skin texture, as well as look and feel brighter.
Overall, incorporating these skincare tips in your twenties can help you maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin as you age. While the benefits may not be immediately noticeable, they can add up over time, helping you maintain a radiant complexion for years to come.