10 Ways Twenty-Somethings Ruin Their Skin

by Corinne Shoemaker

The younger you are, the more important it is to develop good skincare habits so that you don’t have to do as much work down the road! Unfortunately, not all twenty-somethings realize this. Read on to learn ten ways you’re probably ruining your skin if you’re in your twenties.

1. You Are Not Getting Enough Sleep

We get it: between your job, college exams, parties, and Netflix marathons, there’s a lot keeping you up at night. But sleep deprivation can cause big problems for your skin including dryness, breakouts, discoloration under the eyes, under-eye bags, and more. Basically: you really need your beauty sleep! Even if you aren’t getting a full eight hours every night, try to nap throughout the day. You will be thanking yourself years from now.

2. You Don't Wash Your Face Before Bed

It doesn’t matter how tired you may be when stumbling into your room late at night – you should always wash your face before going to sleep. Your skin comes into contact with so many gross materials throughout the day, from dirt and pollution to bacteria. Of course, makeup (which traps the buildup and clogs pores) makes things worse. You may even want to try double-cleansing (washing your face twice) with a strong cleanser, like Precleanse by Dermalogica, to ensure your face is completely free of damaging buildup. At the very least, you should go over your skin with a couple of makeup removal wipes.

3. You Don't Eat Enough

Our bodies need frequent nourishment to function properly. If you aren’t eating enough, you'll feel sluggish, and you will speed up the aging process of your skin. If you know you’re going to miss a meal, keep something healthy to snack on close by, like fruit or nuts. This will give you the energy you need to stay sharp during the day while keeping your body properly nourished.

4. You Are Consuming Way Too Much Caffeine

If you aren’t getting enough zzz’s, chances are you’re trying to make up for it with caffeine. Unfortunately, whether it comes from coffee or Red Bull, too much of the stuff will dehydrate you and add definition to any fine lines that may be beginning to form on your skin. Drink plenty of water and use a moisturizing serum like Phyto Replenish Oil by Dermalogica. With plant oil extracts and vitamins, it deeply hydrates and rejuvenates parched skin to keep it soft and silky.

4. You Aren't Gentle With Your Skin

From popping zits to simply resting your face into your palm, touching your skin too much is a sure way to trigger and worsen breakouts. It can also lead to scarring and enlarged pores.

It just isn’t worth it.

An alternative and much safer way to attack your zits is with a spot treatment formula, like Clearing Mattifier By Dermalogica. It contains high concentrations of sulfur, zinc oxide, and camphor to quickly eliminate blemishes, leaving skin smooth and even.

Learn thirteen surprising causes of Acne.

6. You Are having A little Too Much Fun

If you indulge in one too many drinks too often it can of course have severe consequences on your health, but it can also dry out your skin just like caffeine can. Make sure to follow up every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water as this will help you both stay hydrated and prevent hangovers. Again, a serum can be very helpful in making up for lost moisture, especially if it contains hyaluronic acid which binds moisture to the skin and can even lessen the definition of lines and wrinkles. Try Moisture x10 by Bioelements.

7. You Aren't Having Enough Fun

We’ve dedicated an entire Article to all the ways stress shows (in not so flattering ways) on your body. When it comes to your skin, stress can lead to breakouts, dullness, rashes, and fine lines developed over time by the expressions you make when stressed (very common on the forehead). Make sure to set aside some time every day to forget about work, school, or whatever else is nagging at you – it’s important to build the habit as early as possible so you can reap all of its benefits. Meditate, listen to music, or go for a walk. Sometimes, it only takes a few minutes of peace to transform your whole day!

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8. You Spend Too Much Time On Your Couch

It’s unfortunate but it’s true: you won’t be young forever. If you don’t hit the gym every now and then, you will only be making things much harder for yourself down the road. Luckily, there are short-term benefits to exercise including stress reduction (no more stress-induced zits!), clearer pores, and a brighter complexion. Doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

9. You Give In To Your Sweet Tooth More Than You Should

As delicious as sugar is, you should be careful not to go overboard with it. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar will cause your skin to sag as it gradually breaks down collagen, making you appear older. Eat sweets in moderation and help your skin stay tight with CreateFirm by Bioelements, the advanced anti-aging facial serum.

10. You Don't Use Anti-Aging Products

Despite what you may think, investing in your skin early with anti-aging products can pay off big in later years. The nourishing ingredients found in formulas like that of Overnight Repair Serum by Dermalogica could mean the difference between fine lines and gorgeous, firm skin in the years to come.

 If you know anyone who might benefit from our tips, please share them!