For most people, their skin will never look better than when they are in their 20s. For others, it will never look worse. Regardless, it’s so important to learn how to protect your skin in your 20s.

How your skin looks at the age you’re in really depends on your genetics and many other factors, but it can also be affected by using the wrong products or using the right products wrongly. Let’s explore.

A bunch of skin care products laid out to protect your skin in your 20's.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats are all important tools to help you protect your skin from the sun. While a little sun exposure each day, up to 30 minutes each day, is healthy, overexposing is not. You’ll want to ensure that you use sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to help protect your skin from the sun to keep it healthy.

Treat Acne Properly

If you have acne, the best treatment is to seek medical advice. Some people have acne due to hormonal imbalances, others have it due to genetics, others still due to an allergic reaction to things like dairy. The main thing to know is that if you have acne, you don’t want to touch your acne and cause further infection and scaring by picking at your skin. Find a professional who uses the most natural methods and stick to that.

Avoid Using Too Many Products

Many people get a little crazy with the products, piling them on and ending up causing themselves issues. All you really need is gentle soap for washing, a microfiber washcloth /towel for wiping and drying, and a skin type appropriate moisturizer with sunscreen. For makeup, less is more too, but you can use a lot if you make sure it doesn’t have a lot of additives.

Remove Makeup before Bed

No matter how natural your makeup is, washing your face before bed is an essential beauty regime that will really make a huge difference. Wash off not just the day’s makeup but also the germs and oils that can cause acne and dullness. Add a night-time moisturizer, and your skin will work hard to repair itself while you sleep.

Get an Annual Skin Cancer Check

Everyone is at risk of skin cancer, no matter what shade of skin you have. Getting an annual skin cancer check is one of the ways that you can reduce your risk of dying from highly treatable skin cancers. Most of the time, a simple procedure that takes less than 10 minutes can remove problem spots before they get serious.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Right

Like most things health-related, you cannot beat eating right and hydration for helping to maintain and even improve your health.

Eating a diet that is high in plant nutrition is essential for healthy skin and eyes. Drinking enough water is also essential. Did you know that most people are dehydrated right now and don’t know it? Try focusing on drinking a minimum of 64 ounces to one gallon (depending on your height and weight) of water a day for 30 days. Take pictures. You’ll become a believer.

Do Not Tan

No amount of tanning is protective or good for you. Not in the sun and not in a tanning bed. If you’re going to be outside more than 30 minutes at a time, you should use sunscreen, reapply often, and get in the shade if you can. Your skin may turn darker just due to the normal time you spend in the sun, but you don’t want to purposely lay out and try to get a tan. It’s not worth the risk.

Clean Your Makeup Applicators and Brushes

You may be surprised at how damaging your makeup applicators and brushes can be to your skin. You can cause a terrible infection that looks like acne but is a really nasty infection. Clean your brushes regularly with a good cleaner recommended for your type of applicators and brushes, and let them dry.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

Not much can improve your skin as much as sleep. Sleeping enough each night gives your body time to perform repairs that only happen while you’re asleep. Getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night helps cut down on sagging skin, dark circles, and dullness. Imagine that – you can look many years younger just from sleeping? It’s true.

You really don’t have to do much to keep your skin looking amazing and feeling amazing. Remember, less is more. Wash your skin gently, moisturize, eat right, and watch the sun exposure, and your skin will look its best all the time now and later.

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