7 Ways You're Ruining Your Skin In Your 20s

7 Ways You're Ruining Your Skin In Your 20s

There are so many cool things about being in your 20s. You’ve got a ton of energy. You’re old enough to be independent but young enough to still get a pass on some of the mistakes that you make. And your skin? Let’s just say that a lot of older women would give their left leg to have your skin: No fine lines or age spots, plenty of collagen and a beautiful glow.

Since you can pretty much wake up, wash your face, moisturize and head out the door, why would you possibly want to take all of that for granted by doing the kinds of things that could end up ruining your skin?

Things like what exactly? We’re glad you asked.

Constantly Wearing Cosmetics

Whatever you put on your pores goes into your skin. And a lot of cosmetics brands? They contain toxic chemicals. Two in particular are sodium benzoate and propylene glycol. Both of which can lead to allergic reactions. Also, your pores need to breathe and that can’t happen if you’re always covering them up. 

If you want healthy and glowing skin, give your face at least a couple of days off. If you can’t imagine going without makeup, at least go the lighter route by applying some tinted moisturizer (one that contains sunscreen), some waterproof mascara, and tinted lip gloss.

Sleeping In Your Makeup

We’re willing to bet that every woman has had at least one night when she slept in her makeup. Don’t make it a habit, though. Sleeping in makeup can clog up your pores and lead to breakouts. If you get pimples and pick them, that can stretch your pores and lead to scarring; some scars can take a really long time to heal. 

Sleeping in your makeup can also dull your complexion and cause you to look older than you are. That’s because makeup can trap in dirt and that can breakdown your skin’s protective barriers. And that? That can lead to fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Not Drinking Enough Water

You’re made up of mostly water, so of course your skin needs it. Yep, no less than eight glasses a day. 

How can you know if your skin is dehydrated? If your lips are chapped, your skin is itchy, your complexion is dull, or you’re starting to see some fine lines—all of this is letting you know that your body needs more H20. 

If you’re not a fan of water, try making your own soda with the help of some seltzer or mineral water and fruit juice.

Not Cleaning Your Cell Phone

You’re probably constantly on your phone and guess what? Little by little, it’s aging you! Cell phones are filthy because we don’t wipe them down enough (just a damp cloth with a little alcohol, on the face of your phone only, will do). 

Your makeup, sweat, and the debris in the air is all on your cell phone. And that’s on your face all of the time. Yuck. No wonder it could play a role in ruining your skin!

Not Properly Moisturizing

Just like your skin needs water, it also needs to be properly exfoliated (to remove dead skin cells) and moisturized. That’s how your skin gets back some of the moisture it may have lost when you washed it. It’s also what protects your skin from harsh weather elements. 

Eating Too Much Sugar

Sugar may taste good, but it’s NOT your skin’s friend. It contains glycation and that can break down collagen. The moment that happens, your face doesn’t look as plump and wrinkles can set in. Prevent this from happening by cutting down your sugar intake. 

Put (brown) sugar on top of your skin instead. By using it as an exfoliant, it will remove dead skin cells and pull moisture from the air to keep it soft.

Wearing Other People’s Makeup

Makeup is a very private and personal thing. No matter how close you are to someone, avoid wearing theirs. There’s no telling if their hygiene is as good as yours (eww), plus they may have a different skin type which could end up damaging your skin instead of helping it. 

It might sound extreme, but the 40-year-old future you will thank you for taking this advice.

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