Your twenties are supposed to be the best years of your life, but sometimes it can be hard to strike a balance between working, having fun and taking proper care of yourself. The late nights and early mornings that come with the twenty-something’s lifestyle can be reflected in your skin. If it’s starting to look dull and tired, especially with the changing of the seasons, there are a few things you can do to brighten up your complexion.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
It’s no lie that you need enough beauty sleep. Getting 7-9 hours every night will keep your skin looking bright, as your skin cells rejuvenate when you sleep, revealing fresh, well rested skin in the morning. It will also help rid you of any eye bags, which is a better (and cheaper) alternative to any leading concealer on the market.
Eat Your Greens
Eating well is one of the most important factors of having good skin. Whatever you eat shows up on your face. Greasy foods can make you break out, so a diet filled with super foods and anti oxidants will clear your skin up. Greens and citrus fruits containing Vitamin C such as spinach, kale and oranges will help reduce any early signs of ageing.
Drinking water is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking fresh. Make sure you try and get at least 2 litres of water every day. Coconut water is full of lots of good nutrients, and is super hydrating, which is great for those pesky hangover days. Swap your go to English breakfast tea for green tea when it comes to your morning brew, as the anti oxidants are great for anti ageing.
A Little Bit of TLC
Making sure you know your skin type is important when looking at skin care. You’ll want to make sure you’re using the correct products to ensure the best results, and to limit the chance of any irritation or bad reaction. Test any new products on a small patch of skin before lathering it all over your face.
Wearing SPF everyday is also important as the delicate skin on your face can be affected by harmful rays, even when it’s cloudy. Using a tinted moisturiser with an SPF will help you skip a step of your morning make up routine.
Looking after the sensitive skin around your eyes with an intensive eye cream will help stop any major signs of ageing as you mature. Leave your cream in the fridge overnight, and apply it in the morning. The cold cream will help reduce puffiness, making you look more awake and bright eyed.
Don’t skip on exfoliation. Scrubbing away dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliator will leave you with brighter, fresher looking skin. After, make sure to moisturise and do so daily, even if you’re prone to oily skin. Massaging the cream into your face in circular motions will help to encourage blood flow, enhancing your skin tone and leaving you rosy-cheeked. Enough is enough though, as over moisturising may induce break outs, so know your limits.
Pamper yourself semi regularly with pore strips and face masks. Not only are they a relaxing treat for you, but your skin will greatly feel the benefit as they will help clear it out of any nastiness, giving you a fresh and hydrated glow.
Don’t Skip the Gym
Not only is exercising great for releasing endorphins and leaving you feeling happy, it also removes toxins from your skin and helps stimulate blood flow, resulting in a glowing complexion. Although, sweat and oils can leave your skin feeling greasy and prone to break outs, so get your hair out of your face by tying it up and using a head band to keep any sweat and oils away. After your workout wash away any impurities that are still on the skin.
Keep ‘Em Clean
Whether you’re using it to cover up or to try new looks, make up is a great way to give you confidence. However, before you go to bed, make sure you wash your face and take off any traces, allowing your skin to breathe. And what about those make up brushes? Regularly clean them, as they harbour harmful bacteria and dead skin cells, which can be damaging to your skin. Once every two weeks wash with brush cleanser or baby shampoo, then leave out to air dry overnight and they’ll be as good as new.