The twenties are likely to see your skin at its best. You probably survived the agony of acne and your skin is clear, your pores invisible, and your complexion even and taut. But there's a to-do list.
Plenty of water and exercise, sensible skin care and a balanced diet will help ensure healthy skin throughout your twenties. Using a light moisturiser and some gentle exfoliating treatments will help ward off the ravages of pollution and time.
It’s vital that you apply proper sun protection to prevent wrinkling and discoloration. Take these steps when you're planning to be in the sun:
- Wear a hat with a wide brim;
- Use a broad-spectrum (make sure it protects against UVA and UVB) sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30. If you have a light skin or are at risk of skin cancer, make that an SPF of 45 or more. Reapply the sunblock throughout the day;
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going into the sun;
- Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm, when it’s at its most powerful. Remember that any sun damage sustained now will show up in a few years' time.
If your skin has persistent blemishes or is prone to flare-ups, consider seeing a dermatologist.
Your skin in your thirties