Updated January, 2020.
You are a budding young soul ready to take on the real world! This is an era for realizing your full potential and start shaping the career you want. It is time to take big steps to take on your big dreams, yeah!
You may have a lot on your plate and it is clear you don’t want anything to hold you back. So let us tick off one of the things you need to worry about. Your skincare regimen.
We know, we know. “Who has time to worry about something as simple as skincare?” It may come as a surprise but the general appearance of your skin impacts everything else in your life.(1)
Your skin and general appearance affect the way you interact with your environment. It affects your level of confidence to face the world. Although you can cover up almost anything (thank you, makeup and beauty guru’s!!!) it’s better not having to stress about your skin!
So again, while you are busy building your career, let us help you take care of your skin.
Say goodbye to bar soaps for your face
You read that right. It’s time to up the ante and be kind to your skin. Bar soaps are way too stripping and thus unhealthy to your skin. If a cleanser is leaving your skin tight, it is time to toss it out!
Go for milky cleansers that multi-task on your skin and remove makeup and dirt at the same time. There are many alternatives that do not strip your skin of natural oils. If you have oily skin, go for water-based or gel cleansers instead.
Don’t shy away from moisturizers
Moisturizers are essential in keeping the skin well-hydrated. It prevents premature fine lines and wrinkles especially on people with dry skin.
Moisturizers act as a balancing agent for people who have oily skin too. People who are fond of using harsh products tend to strip their skin with essential oils and sebum. It results in dry, sensitive skin that is prone to inflammation.
Even if you are acne-prone, you shouldn’t skimp on moisturizers. Gel or water-based moisturizers are perfect for people who have oily skin.
Skip facial scrubs with microbeads or apricot pits
The thing about microbeads and apricot pits is that it doesn’t exfoliate the skin properly. What it does is create micro-tears in your skin that causes uneven exfoliation. These may lead to infection.
The best way to exfoliate your skin is by use of a spa-inspired tool like microdermabrasion. Don’t fret. Trophy Skin offers 3 microdermabrasion devices fit for home use.
Take care of your skin without spending outrageous fees from your dermatologist. You can get the same microdermabrasion treatment at the comfort of your own home.
The best part is you can have unlimited use of your microdermabrasion device. In 2 or 3 uses, you will have paid for your machine. That's money saved instead of spending the same on just 2 or 3 professional treatment.
Battle acne like a pro
We hate to break it to you but acne is not for teenagers alone. 45% of women still battle acne in their 20’s and may still continue later in life. (2) The best way to deal with adult acne is to prepare yourself.
There are many reasons why people get acne. People get acne from bacterial infection. Acne can also occur because of a hormone imbalance. Some triggers are as simple as clogged pores, too much sebum, and food allergy. You may also get acne if you have taken a pill or have gone off it.
You should consult your dermatologist right away if you don’t want acne to wreak havoc on your skin. Most would get retinol prescription as a part of their night-time routine. It is a popular regimen but most people hate it because it could make your skin hypersensitive.
If you like to explore an alternative solution to acne, you might like to try blue light therapy. In just 5 minutes a day, you can keep acne at bay.
Thanks to the power of red, blue and infrared lights, you can shorten the life of acne. Blue light kills the causative agent of acne. Red and infrared lights help clear inflamed skin from within. You do not need to use antibiotics or topical acne medication, just the power of light.
You may get one or 2 zits from time to time so it is best to invest in spot treatments. These are miracle workers that dry up pimples fast!
There are many spot-treatments available in the market. Some use tea-tree oil, a natural ingredient known for its pimple-fighting capabilities.
You may also switch to facial washes with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These are best used a week before your period and not as a daily wash. It can be too drying for everyday use.
If you do not respond well to facial washes, you may also do this regimen a week before your period. Use blue light therapy for 5 minutes each day to help stop pimples from cropping up.
Shield Your Skin from the Sun
We know you are too young to be worrying about fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. But what you do in your 20's will show in your skin when you are older.
Prevention is better than cure and that's what you should keep in mind.
Too much tanning or sun exposure paves the way for premature skin aging. It may not be evident at first but sunlight causes UV damage to your skin. You may notice freckles at first until it evolves into age spots later. You may also notice wrinkling of the skin too.
Wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily, all year round. Even if you are staying indoors, do slather sunscreen as the UV rays can still find a way to creep in your skin.
Aside from sunscreen, you can also wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Don't neglect to apply sunscreen on your hands too when you are driving.
Antioxidants are Your Skin’s Best Friend
Vitamin C is a common ingredient in most skincare products and that’s for a good reason. Aside from its brightening effects to the skin, it is also an important antioxidant. It protects the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays, pollution, and stress.
Green tea-infused skincare products are also a good source of antioxidant. Check out the Argan Stem Cell Serum from Trophy Skin. It is rich in essential oils, argan oil, hyaluronic acid and green tea extract. It helps relieve inflammation, it plumps the skin and it is a good anti-aging serum.
Post updated for 2019.