You are young and in school/college or have just started a career and you are having the time of your life exploring the world, gaining new experiences and skincare in not really your priority maybe because of two reasons, either because you dont have any major skin issues like wrinkles or dark circles and your skin is glowing or you probably don’t have time because of your busy work schedule.
But what you do in your youth really does make a difference. It’s worth it to put in the time, money, effort & research when you’re young. The future, older you will thank you.
We will talk about what your skincare routine should look like in the morning and night. The important thing to keep in mind is to keep it short and use only what is required because your skin cells are already on full charge so you don’t need to use any smoking gun ingredients to take care of them.
The tips apply to both men and women.
Skincare routine in the morning
Step 1: Cleansing
Use a gentle low pH gentle cleanser. The pH of your cleanser should fall between 4.2-5.6 (healthy skin pH level).
Step 2: Exfoliation
Add an AHA (glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) to your routine. These ingredients chemically exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin, pigmentation or acne/sun spots.
Step 3: Toning
Toning is necessary to help soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance after cleansing/exfoliation. It is important to go for gentle hydrating toners rather than astringent toners, that might further strip the skin of moisture.
Step 4: Moisturizing
Leaving moisturizer out of your routine today could lead to deeper wrinkles later on and a damaged moisture barrier. When the skin barrier is compromised, it results in a number of skin issues like acne prone sensitive skin.
In your 20s, you dont need to look for any ingredient heavy moisturizers or serums. Go for gentle moisturizers that do just that, “moisturize”.
Step 5: Sunscreen
This is the most neglected step in skincare and the most important one. Using sunscreen prevents skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Your skin can be harmed by constant sun exposure, whether or not you see a sunburn. Remember, sunburn is an immediate reaction, but damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime.
With repeated sun damage, the skin starts to look dry, wrinkled, discolored, and leathery. Although the skin appears to be thicker, it actually has been weakened and, as a result, it will bruise more easily.
It is safer to use SPF 30 or higher to prevent any damage. Apply the sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before you go outdoors, whenever you will be exposed for 30 minutes or more.