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8 Habits You Should Add To Your Beauty Routine In Your 20s

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Your 20s are the time when your skin is usually settling in after considerable struggles post puberty. This is also the right time to develop a beauty routine because the sooner you start caring for your skin, the better. Also, skin constantly changes, so it’s best to adopt a skincare regime so that your skin is reasonably well-behaved for years to come.

Here’s how you can upgrade your skincare game in your 20s:

 

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1. Invest in a good eye cream

Neha Dhupia started using an eye cream when she was 22 on her mother’s insistence, which IMO, was a very smart decision considering the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body and is prone to developing fine lines. Your 20s can be very challenging as you run around building your career and life in general. Stress and being permanently glued to your cell phone or computer screen (something we’re all guilty of) can take a toll on your eyes. Once you develop puffiness, under-eye bags, dark circles, crow’s feet, and wrinkles, it’s difficult to reverse it. So invest in a moisturising eye cream that will hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes and brighten it.

2. Avoid hot showers

The thought of a hot bath after a tiring day is definitely enticing, but hot water strips your skin of its moisture and causes dry, inflamed skin. Try lukewarm or cool showers instead.

 

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3. Make SPF your BFF

This yawn-inducing advice is anything but. You need to apply SPF religiously to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays, which accelerates your skin’s aging process and causes dark spots. Pick a sunscreen that best suits your skin type.

4. Add antioxidants

While it is too early to add anti-ageing ingredients to your regime, you definitely should add antioxidants because prevention is better than cure. Antioxidants like Vitamin C help in preventing collagen breakdown and brighten and even out the skin tone.

 

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5. Exfoliate

Exfoliating regularly lends your skin a helping hand by removing dead skin cells and increases cellular turnover. Since we shed around 50 million skin cells each day, it only makes sense to slough away dead skin cells and make way for the new. While you can opt for a professionally done microdermabrasion service, you must use a mild scrub every week on your face and body. Avoid using abrasive scrubs, though. You don’t want to scar your skin.

6. Hands off

It’s very tempting to pop pimples. But once you give in to the urge, it all goes downhill from there. Popping pimples can lead to serious scarring like permanent divots. Plus it can also cause serious problems like epidermal inclusion cysts. These large, raised, round bumps don’t make for a pleasant sight.

 

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7. Moisturise

I’m not going to stop saying this – no matter what your skin type, you need to moisturise in every kind of weather. Avoid using heavy, creamy products if you have oily skin, and try light serums or lotions instead. But skipping on moisturiser is simply not an option.

8. Don’t forget your neck, décolleté, and hands

The neck, décolleté, and hands are a dead giveaway of your age. Most people focus on tending to their face so much so they forget to include their neck, décolleté, and hands in their skincare regime. Don’t forget to keep them moisturised and hydrated.

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