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BN Beauty: 6 Age-Defying Tips for Your 20s



Beauty Tips for your 20s - BellaNaija - April 2014Did you know that with every decade added to your life, your beauty regime has to change? No? Then thank God you’re reading this now! Your 20s are the prime years when your beauty is either broken or molded.

Your focus when it comes to beauty benefits and your beauty regime needs to shift to more appropriate products and routines that would not only help your skin now, but give you age-defying benefits to last a lifetime.

If you are in your 20’s there are a ton of tips that can help manage your beauty at this very delicate stage. At this age most people ignore the tell-tale signs their skin gives them and would either age or damage their skin in the long run. Now is the time you can build those long lasting beauty habits that will benefit you now and in years to come.

An example? Did you know that the excessive use of straws increases your chances of getting wrinkles? No? Well here are a couple of more things you didn’t know and great tips to help give you life-changing beauty.

1. One of the major concerns for 20-something year olds is acne. From stress to being allergic to certain foods, there are many reasons why we get acne. But one thing a lot of people don’t know causes acne is using dehydrating products that strip their skin of natural oils.

When your skin looses a lot of oil, it notices; this causes it to over produce oil (sebum) to make up for what has been stripped away and this leads to build up of oil, resulting in pimples. And you all know what happens when you pick at pimples right? They cause dark spots and that’s a different battle on its own.

In the same turn, try not to use products that are packed with excess oils that could build-up on your skin, to reduce your chances of breaking out as well.

2. Let your skin breathe. If you are in your 20s, it is important not to be too reliant on makeup and to let your skin have some room to breathe. You can achieve this by using oxygen-based products. This helps with blemishes, and the main bacteria that causes acne – propionibacterium acnes – cannot survive oxygen. So load them up.

3. Sunscreen is just like brushing your teeth – the more you skip it the worse the effect is. Sunscreen is one of the most effective anti ageing creams you can use and has immense benefits; especially with the harsh sun this season. Be sure to always target your hands and neck when using this cream as those areas are extremely exposed to the sun and age very fast.

4. This one may sound weird but we just had to share. Straws cause wrinkles. Yes, shocker! Any type of repetitive muscle movement can cause wrinkles. For example, if you smile everyday, you get a smile line; If you frown often, you get a frown line and many more. Now, using straws in most cases is inevitable, so how can you help this situation? Retinol. Using a light night cream that has retinol around your mouth and forehead can help take those lines away.

5. Keep moving. Exercise has been seen as something you do to loose weight. But that’s not all exercise is used for. Keeping in shape and toning are great ways of preparing your body for life after your 20s.

6. As soothing as a hot bath may feel, hot water actually dries the skin and hair. Reduce the temperature of the water to lukewarm to help lock in moisture. As you age, natural oils reduce, hair dries out and becomes more brittle – and so you need as much moisture as possible. And the best time to save up on all this moisture is in your 20s.

We are sure there are loads of other tips you have to share so don’t forget to do so with us. Toodles!

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    April 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Great tips!! Had no idea about straws. Tumeric also works wonders for anti- ageing and hyper pigmentation.

  2. CEO

    April 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I especially agree with the make up part. I find it disturbing when ladies in their 20s wear makeup very often and sometimes even on a daily basis. I think you should work more on your skin looking good naturally than being heavily dependent on make up. What will you do when you’re 50 yrs?

    Sunscreen, another hit especially here in Nigeria. I wear it everyday, people are always asking why my face looks glossy, I just bone. SPF 50 baby!

    Not a bad article, true stuff.

    • Desert Rainbow

      April 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

      But everytime I wear sunscreeen….i end up with an almost pasty white ‘shirley’ looking like tinge to my face the whole day.Is there something I’m not doing right?Wrong brand perhaps?I’ve tried varying strengths of SPF’s still ended up with same issue.Any suggestions will be most appreciated..Thanks.

    • joi

      May 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

      is spf 50′ d name of d sunscreen u use?

  3. Cheliz

    April 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Nice write up! Come see great tips on how to lose weight and keep it off.

  4. mamanmadu

    April 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    @CEO Abg which sunscreen u dey use??

  5. Miss Mo

    April 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    LOL @ CEO. Feeling u on the Sunscreen mami.

  6. bolatito

    April 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    true talk,we can also get a flawless skin by applying the Naturals
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  7. Anon

    April 24, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Straws cause wrinkles for Caucasian skin. I’m a living example that it’s done nothing to my skin.

    It’s very good to use straws when drinking anything cold not water to avoid staining and corrosive-ness of the teeth.

    For sunscreen I’ve tried everything and there’s nothing as good as milk of magnesia. It mattifies the face and protects it from harsh sun rays. Then I use my powder on top of it. Shake the bottle vigorously and apply lightly to avoid the white residue on the face. The sunscreen you have that’s not working can be used on your hands and feet if they are exposed.

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