Why skincare is vital in your 20s

The twenties are likely to see your skin at its best, thanks to plenty of collagen and elastin. You probably survived the agony of acne and your skin is clear, your pores invisible, and your complexion even and taut.

But if your skin has persistent blemishes or is prone to flare-ups, consider seeing a dermatologist.

Using a light moisturizer and some gentle exfoliating treatments will help ward off the ravages of pollution and time. Read our article on skincare for further details.

If you have acne, you may be tempted to lie in the sun to make your skin look better.

Unfortunately, suntanning has no lasting effect on acne and it’s vital that you apply proper sun protection to prevent wrinkling, discoloration and skin cancer.

If you’re younger than 18 and you haven’t yet been burned red as a lobster by the sun, now’s the time to save your skin.

Take these steps:
• Wear a hat with a wide brim;
• Use a broad-spectrum sunblock with a minimum SPF15.
• If you have a light skin use an SPF30.
• Make sure your sunblock is a UVA and UVB sunblock.
• Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going into the sun.
• Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm.
• Wear a hat in the sun

Remember: any sun damage sustained now will show up a few years from now.
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