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16 June 2015

9 Skin Care Tips and Routines for Your 20s

This year, I made some New Year's resolutions to take better care of my skin and develop a skin care routine for the 2 years I have left in my twenties. Although I don't wear a ton of face makeup -- eye makeup, yes ... heavy foundations, no -- I have never been the kind to remember to wash my face before bed. It's terrible, I know. Plus, my Mom and Grandma both started going grey at 28, so I figured it was time to take better care of my skin seeing as I'll be grey any day now! Here are some skin care tips and routines for your 20s that I've embraced to keep my skin as youthful as possible!

1. Avoid sulfates 
I first learned about sulfates when I was doing marketing for a chain of salons in Tennessee. We would have continuing education classes about lotions and products. Sulfates are a cleaning agent in soaps and shampoos that strip your skin of essential oils, leaving you with dry, itchy, flaky skin. Sulfates are also found in most shampoos, and have the same negative effects for your hair as they do your skin. Look for a shampoo and body wash that doesn't contain the word "sulfate" in the ingredient list.

2. Use baby shampoo and conditioner to clean your makeup brushes
I buy inexpensive makeup brushes (think $1 to $3 from ELF) and throw them away after a few months. Or General sometimes eats them, and I take that as a sign that I need to move on and find new brushes. If you prefer expensive brushes that aren't quite as disposable, take care of them with weekly washes.

3. After a day at the pool, get straight to the shower
I'll admit it, on multiple occasions, I've spent a day at the pool and then proceeded to lounge around the house socializing in my coverup. That lingering chlorine can absolutely wreck your hair and skin. Don't be lazy, go shower. Rinsing your hair with one part vinegar to four parts water is a good trick to getting all of the chlorine out of your hair.

4. Keep hair spray far away from your face
I once had a makeup artist spray my face with hair spray to set my makeup. I thought this was genius at the time, but later learned that setting your face with hair spray can clog your pores and completely dry out your skin. Do not set your makeup with hair spray, it isn't worth it for one night.

5. Switch your pillow cases to silk and keep them CLEAN
Cotton pillow cases strip moisture and can leave sleep lines and wrinkles. Cotton can also tug at your skin, encouraging wrinkles. Makes sense, right? Silk pillow cases are expensive, yes, but the benefits extend past just skin deep, your hair will thank you too.

6. Sleep on your back
This one is easier said than done for me. I always wind up on my side -- cuddling with my man is more important than waking up flawless, sorry not sorry. If you can sleep on your back, rather than on your stomach or side, you're less likely to have fluid buildup or puffiness under your eyes in the morning! Personally, I'll just use an eye cream and call it a day night.

7. Give your face a break during the week
Having a full face of makeup for work is really not important to me. I like to give my skin a break Monday through Thursday and just do a bit of mascara and some blush.

8. Never go to bed without a glass of water
I constantly wake up in the middle of the night and feel the need to chug water. If I go to bed without a glass of water, I'll be too lazy to get out of bed in the middle of the night to get some, and end up waking up with bladder pains and depleted skin from being dehydrated. I'm very lazy at 3am, sad but true. Anytime you feel the need to drink water, drink.

9. Invest in a great moisturizer or serum
Yes, I said invest. If you can justify dropping $50 at the bar on a round of cocktails for all of your friends (guilty), then you can justify a really nice moisturizer. My friend Magen has always been my go-to for skin care advice, so when I got back from a work trip where I  spent 10 days on a boat and returned with destroyed, peeling skin, she recommended switching to a serum. She was spot on with this recommendation. I have been using a serum ever since and it has made the biggest difference.

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Any skin care tips you'd recommend I add to my routine?

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  1. Coconut oil is great for removing makeup and also a great moisturizer!

  2. I clean my makeup brushes with castile soap, which works well and is really gentle. (I also use it as body wash. So many uses and no sulfates.)

    My mom also mentioned silk pillow cases the other day, so I guess I better invest in one...

  3. I am SO so bad about washing my face at night. I really need to step it up! I've always thought you've had beautiful skin!

  4. Sleeping on my back has been a constant struggle. I always end up on my stomach when I wake up.

  5. Sleeping on my back has been a constant struggle. I always end up on my stomach when I wake up.

  6. Great tips! Pinning for sure.

  7. accept when we old ones tell you, it will wreck your skin that it actually will. LOl Just kidding, but for real apply your moisturizer while skin is still damp to help the hydration and protect your neck and chest as if it was Vennie or General ( very important as those two areas cannot be hidden and show the most wear, trust this ole lady on that one OK)

  8. I worked as a swimming instructor for years and that chlorine is just MURDER on your skin & hair! If you know you're going to be swimming wet your hair first or put in some conditioner before you go in - hair can only absorb so much liquid so if it's full of something else it won't absorb as much chlorine! I'm such a stomach sleeper - it's one bad habit I just can't quit!

  9. I like all these tips! I have read both back and side are the "best" positions for sleeping, so I guess it depends which study you're into, but all that really matters is that everyone agrees stomach is no good and that's all i wanna do!

  10. These are really great tips! Thanks for sharing-- especially the one about the pillowcases! I neeeeeeed to do that!
    Oh, and are you and CB living together?? hehehe ;)

  11. The second I'm off the computer, I'm checking all my products for sulfates. . . Why even put sulfates in products to begin with?!

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