If your in your 20’s then listen up! Because this is the most important time for your skin. The way you care for it now will determine what it will look like for the rest of your life. Because it’s probably at its healthiest, with great collagen support, your skin is supple.
My mother always told me how important it was to take care of my skin, but it wasn’t until I reached my mid-thirties that we really start to listen. ( I only wish I would have listened sooner) While the skin we have in our 20’s may look supple and serene, most everyone agrees it’s in its “glory years,” and if we don’t start caring for it now, it’s going to be all downhill from here. But a lot of us don’t really understand what we should be doing at that age. So many 20-somethings treat their skin as if it was invincible, when the truth is far from it.
In your 30’s, even if you’ve taken good care of your skin, you’ll probably start noticing a few fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth.
It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin. “Imagine someone who never works out and at 50’s starts trying to go to the gym. That’s great but, It’s a lot harder to get the same results at that age than it would have been early on and then doing upkeep and maintenance in our later years. (I know this first hand) “It’s the same with skin. If you keep it healthy with a good routine from a young age you will be ageless.” (So to speak)
Here are some simple tips on obtaining/keeping healthy skin:
- DON’T SLEEP WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON! Here’s one reason to drop that bad habit now. Not only will it be harder to break later in life, but sleeping with makeup on decreases the body’s ability to repair itself. Which happens naturally while we sleep. We call it “Resting Beauty.” This again is one of the most known yet most ignored steps when it comes to skin care and beauty. Taking away all traces of makeup before going to bed is extremely important if you want a clear skin. If you choose not to take off your make-up at the end of the day, it will likely end up clogging your pores. This is part of the cause for unwanted and unexpected break-outs. Also, all of your little pores on your skin need to breathe, so make sure your skin if free of to do so. For best results, give yourself a day or two in the week where you wear no makeup at all.
- REPAIR AND RECOVERY: During the “night cycle,” the skin that has been damaged by environmental assaults, UV rays, free radicals and other obnoxious stimuli, get the opportunity to repair, rest, and recover itself.
- TOPICAL PRODUCTS BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE: As you sleep, your body does not have to work at protecting your skin anymore- during the night. Instead, it focuses on repairing the damage done throughout the day. Hence, any product that you use at night will be much more effective at hydrating the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and brightening your skin tone. While your cells repair and rebuild themselves at all stages of sleep, the majority of cell turnover and regeneration occurs during deep REM [rapid eye movement] sleep. So make sure that you maintain a regular shut-eye schedule to be able to get the best results. Avoid late nights and all distractions during sleep time.
- RESTORATION: Your skin restores its vitality, combats the appearance of lines and wrinkles and becomes more radiant the next day.Think of your skin cell’s as 100’s of little construction works going to work on repairing a damaged building. It’s very similar. During waking hours, our body produces stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, that help us deal with life situations when we’re awake. As it gets darker, our circadian rhythms prompt the body to start producing melatonin, responsible for causing drowsiness as well as lowering body temperature in preparation for rest. With the decreased daytime stimulation, the levels of stress hormones drop. Once we reach deep sleep, the body starts releasing human growth hormone (HGH), indispensable for growth, repair and regeneration in our bodies.
- ELASTICITY REPAIR: During the REM stage of sleep the cellular processes reach their maximum production levels, and result in a “reconstruction” of collagen and elastin. This helps your skin take on new energy with effects that will be lasting for the next 8 hours. Our skin, like all other organs, constantly makes new cells via division, while discarding dead cells from its surface. Cell division happens constantly. But it happens at different rates over the 24-hour day. Skin cells regenerate faster at night than during the day doing most of their cells repair work most effectively at night… skin cell regeneration almost doubles at night, peaking between 3:00 and 4:00 am.
- IRRITATION REVERSAL: Not getting the required amount of sleep is what causes skin irritations and many other skin related problems. While you sleep, your growth hormones peak and repair cells and tissues. Did you know that sleeping not only rejuvenates your mind, but it also boosts up your skin renewal process?
- COLLAGEN PRODUCTION RISES AT NIGHT: Collagen, a chief protein in skin tissue, gives skin its elasticity, maintains its suppleness, and helps resist wrinkles and fine lines. The growth hormone produced during your sleep increases the production of this mainstay skin protein. But cheat on your sleep, and the stress hormone cortisol will wreak havoc on the collagen instead. Knowing all this, wouldn’t it be silly not to use that knowledge to your skin’s advantage?
The upkeep processes of the skin is an ongoing and occurs throughout the day. Otherwise, night shift workers would have problem! However, at night during our sleep is when most of the repair process begins and is in motion. An important anti-aging step is a good facial wash before bed,vitamin A, minimal alcohol and a good night’s sleep!
There are also day and night time retinols, creams and treatments to nourish and replenish and rejuvenate the skin for all age groups. Find one that is suitable for your age group and your skin type and start now.
While your family may have good genes, it may not save your skin in the long run if you don’t take care of it. Yes, the way your skin ages depends a lot on genetics, but the other contributing factor is environmental, such as excessive sun exposure, free radicals, excessive drinking, smoking, not taking care of your skin because you think your too young for a beauty regiment. For instance; a 20-year-old who excessively tan’s, parties, has no beauty routine and smokes will age sooner and faster than a 30-year-old who takes better care of her skin.” We have more control over our bodies than we think.
I’m sure a lot of you young’ins with perfect skin now don’t think this pertains to you, but absolutely does. More so than us oldie but goodies. Because when your young is the time to get into a good routine and start a good cycle of caring for the skin you will have for the rest of your life. I’m not saying if your older it’s just simply too late, because it’s never to late to break a bad habit or get in a good routine. It’s just easier if you start when your young.