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Hi, My name is Alix Rentsch and I have a confession to make. I’ve never used an eye cream.
Who actually gives a s**t, you might be thinking? Me too, until now…
Your 20s are furiously fast-paced with long hours and late nights. And I’m guessing, like me, the last things on your mind right now are wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. They seem about as far in the distance as the menopause and dodgy eyesight - all of these things only happen when you’re, well, old right?
Wrong. In fact, ageing starts in your 20s. Gulp. Like many, I thought I’d just address skin problems when I actually saw them, but my skin currently resembles some un-ironed linen and apparently this is mistake number one. Nailing a good skincare regime will see you through your 30s, 40s and beyond. Think of it as skin training. Get your work done now and you’ll save yourself a whole host of pain later.
We’ve outlined the key errors you make in your 20s and how to resolve them. Now someone pass me some eye cream…
1. Skipping sun cream is a criminal offence
Ok, so we all know how important sun cream is. But it isn’t just for stopping skin from burning. It also protects skin from harmful UV rays that are the number one cause of lines and wrinkles - woah. And unfortunately any foundation that has an SPF in it doesn’t count as daily protection (sob!). You’d have to trowel on so much for it to make a difference that you’d virtually create second (foundation) skin, ew.
2. Eye cream is the best EVER
The skin around your eyes is 10 times thinner than the rest of your face, so starts to age first. An eye cream will restore depleted moisture and keep the fragile skin around your peepers fully nourished. Failing that you could just pull an Anna Wintour and rock a pair of sunglasses wherever you go. Just own it.
3. Dose up on antioxidants
We don’t just mean drinking green juice until you look like Shrek (a terrifying thought, we know) – but there are plenty of serums laden with antioxidants to rid skin of toxins.
4. Get fit. Urgh! Really?
Yes, really! Find what you love doing and just enjoy getting fit. Exercise increases the blood supply to your skin, making it healthier and glowy. Increasing cell health will keep you looking younger for longer so jump, skip, dance, run and do just about anything else you can to get moving.
5. Water, Water, WATER
Did someone say water? Yes we know, you’ve heard it a million times before. We are yawning just writing this but drinking water will make your skin so much more hydrated to curb any future creasing. If you can’t stand the stuff try eating water-rich foods such as watermelon, orange or celery instead. They’re high in minerals too so actually hydrate faster than water alone.
6. And relax…
Possibly the most annoying advice, we know, but a lack of sleep and stress basically just winds skin up. It sends the sebaceous glands into oil overdrive – hello acne! This is why a stressful week is often accompanied by a sprinkling of stubborn spots. Although a couple of late nights are bound to happen, try to avoid loosing so much sleep that it starts to show all over your skin.