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Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Recently, one of my friends asked if I noticed any difference after using an eye cream in my skincare routine: “Does it smooth out dry patches? Has it made your makeup glide on better, easier?”

Truth is, we won’t actually know if any of these products are actually working, all we can do is wait and see. Sticking to a solid skincare routine of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and applying a serum is the best way to fight premature ageing, but what are some of the best products to use in your early 20s?

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Cleanse

The purpose of cleansing is to gently remove any makeup and other impurities from the surface of the skin. There is even a variety of cleansers (foam, liquid, powder, gel) which all work well to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant.

If you’re searching for a daily cleanser, look for something with mostly natural ingredients and with no strong fragrance. This is a deal-breaker for most women, especially those who are already suffering from sensitive skin.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Nuxe Lait Demaquillant Confort, $24.99

Exfoliate

Think about the layers of dry skin and makeup that your face has to deal with on a daily basis – the idea is somewhat scary, right? Regular exfoliating helps to renew the skin cells and will actually help to fight against the build-up of acne spots and clogged pores.

This can get a little tricky for women suffering from dry or combination skin, since it can strip your face of all its natural sebum. Rather than using a scrub which can potentially damage your skins surface, use a warm flannel and hot water to carefully wipe away any impurities. Always follow any type of exfoliating regime with a solid moisturiser.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream, $60

Moisturise

Regardless of our skin type, it’s important that we all moisturise on a daily basis – even those who suffer from oily skin! If you’re heading out into the sun, make sure your moisturiser has an SPF of at least 20. Anything lower won’t give your skin the protection it needs and can lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

A pea-sized amount is enough to hydrate your entire face, but don’t forget to pay attention to your neck. With an open palm, swipe the products upwards into your jaw line. It will help against lines in the future.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, $50

Serums

One of the most important (but neglected) parts of a solid skincare routine are serums. Serums are often misunderstood because, well, who wants to apply a think oil onto their face every morning and evening? The truth is, serums are actually more concentrated than moisturisers and when used properly, can dramatically change the appearance of dull, patchy skin.

If you are interested in using a serum for the first time, choose one which has rosehip oil. Not only will it leave your skin with a sweet fragrance, but it’s suitable for all skin types – even those suffering from extremely oily patches! Just two drops is all your need for your entire face and the correct way to apply it is to pat it gently over the forehead, cheeks, and neck.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Tarte Maracuja Oil, $47

Eye creams

When is the correct time to start using an eye cream? Answer: whenever you want. Eye creams are usually more concentrated than your average moisturiser, therefore, a little goes a long way. Even though you won’t see any drastic changes any time soon, they will help to smooth the appearance of dry skin and bring moisture to the delicate eye area.

It’s easy to get carried away and search for a formula designed for mature skin (we’re talking for women 50 plus), but honestly, this won’t prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As long as you’re using it consistently (and not abusing it), you will see results over the next few years.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Indeed Laboratories Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue, $34.99

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Do Eye Creams Actually Work?

While we are constantly encouraged to use eye creams even in our early twenties, how can we be sure that these often expensive formulas even work? Effective eye creams boast smoother lines and wrinkles, eliminate dark circles and decrease puffiness – which will often lead to a more youthful appearance. Below are just a few different ways to choose your eye cream, and how to treat your face the correct way.

Effectiveness on puffy eyes

Although almost all eye creams aim to combat those irritating puffy circles, this buildup of fluid and blood under the eyes can also be cured by caffeine. Try switching up your diet, since this could also dramatically alter the way your skin looks and feels. Recent studies show that cold temperatures can also reduce the look of puffy eyes – a cold compress works well to decrease the puffiness on problem areas.

Effectiveness on dark circles

Dark circles are often hereditary and won’t fully reduce in appearance – regardless of what you do to them. Other factors such as sun damage and pregnancy can often highlight dark circles which are often difficult to get rid of. Vitamin C, vitamin B3 and niacinamide have proven to slightly conceal the look of dark circles more effectively than eye creams.

Can I use regular moisturiser on my eyes?

Sure. Just remember that the eye area is more delicate than the skin on your forehead or chin, since it is quite thin and prone to breakage. You can use a normal moisturiser on your eyes, but the formulas are not as concentrated as you think. Choose an under eye cream which is fragrance-free, since this would be less irritable for the delicate eye area.

What ingredients should I look for?

When choosing a new eye cream, look out for the following ingredients which will transform the look and feel of your skin. According to plastic surgeon DR Marck Malek, pay close attention to “Hyaluronic acid (hydrates ), ceramides (retain moisture), retinol (promotes new cell growth or regeneration) and neuropeptides (increase the production of collagen and elastin production), vitamin C (collagen production), vitamin E ( nourishes and soothes skin). ”

How much eye cream should I be using?

Many people have the mentality that using too much eye cream will only help to repair and nourish the intended area. Only use the size of a pea on your under eye area, as well as the inner corner extending into the brow. If you have too much product left over, use it on your neck or hands.

These ingredients work in a number of ways to repair, smooth and nourish skin after increased exposure to the elements.

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