TERRIFIC T WENTIES
What’s going on? If there’s ever a time to party first and sleep later, it’s in your energetic 20s. However you can’t have all the fun and not expect your skin to pay the price.
‘Hectic lifestyles, not wearing SPF daily, travelling and addiction to smart devices all get reflected in this young skin type,’ says Dr Preema Vig, medical director of Dr Preema London Clinic (drpreema.com).
So what are the major concerns of millennial skin? ‘The common skin concerns can range from dull, uneven complexions and sun damage to the skin, to premature ageing beginning to start to make an appearance,’ she says.
What to do: Perhaps more importantly for this age group we need to look at what not to do first. ‘Avoid harsh ingredients like Glycolic acid and doing anything too invasive like facial peels,’ advises Preema. She suggests delaying these until late 30s or early 40s to resurface the skin. So, what is good for young skin? ‘Vitamin C is an important ingredient for women to look out for in their 20s. It helps protect the skin from sun damage and it also promotes collagen production, evens out the skin tone so is ideal for keeping your skin looking younger for longer.’
Cleansing is of course also key at this stage. Ensuring the dirt and grime of the day is off the skin as well as removing all make-up, means that anything that’s applied afterwards will be far more effective. This is also the age group that has time and inclination to indulge in weekly face masks so slather one on that will drench the skin in hydration.
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