This is a great question—most of us don’t even think about aging skin until it’s upon us! But taking a preventive approach early on can help you retain a healthy, youthful glow for years to come. Healthy habits can certainly be a challenge when late nights and junk food are the norm—but it’s these things that can prematurely age your skin. So start by choosing a healthy lifestyle, then add a simple skin care routine to keep your skin looking young longer.
The healthy trifecta: Diet, exercise & sleep
Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This simple yet profound statement teaches us that food really can serve as the foundation of our health.
The best thing for a healthy lifestyle is to learn to cook with quality, healthy ingredients that nourish the body with valuable nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Save money on take-out and pizza delivery by cooking simple, healthy meals at home. Invest in a few cookware essentials (aluminum free) and convenient food storage (like these from Lifefactory and U Konserve) to pack leftovers for lunch the next day.
Next up: Make sure you’re prioritizing exercise! Don’t make it a chore; instead, find an activity you actually enjoy. It may help to sign up for a class so it’s scheduled and part of your routine. Make sure to fit in a combination of aerobic (heart health), stretching (blood flow) and toning (strength) each week. There are so many great options for aerobic exercise, such as nature walks/jogs, hiking, swimming, biking and dancing. And yoga is great for both stretching and toning—you can even do it at home with a few essentials from Gaiam.
Finally, don’t forget that good sleep is important at any stage of life. We need about 7-8 hours of sleep every night—without that, we can become irritable, unproductive and stressed out, which can in turn lead to further health problems. Reduce stress and get better sleep by taking an epsom salt bath before bed (try Pharmaca Himalayan & Epsom Salts, featuring magnesium sulfate that helps soothe tired muscles, soften skin and heal the body) or filling a diffuser with Pharmaca Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend to help you sleep. A sleep mask may also be a good addition, since it can facilitate a 20-minute power nap during the day when needed. A store favorite is Bucky 40 Blinks Eye Mask for pressure-free comfort.
Don’t forget about your emotional well being
Keeping stress in check is vitally important, since too much of it can have negative health consequences (e.g. headaches, sleep, immune system) and affect emotional well being (potentially leading to anxiety, depression, under or over eating). When you need a little extra support, try WishGarden Herbs Deep Stress, featuring a powerful combination of soothing herbs.
Another key part of your well being is hormonal balance, as out-of-balance hormones can negatively impact digestion, weight and mood. Consuming healthy fats, such as avocados, olive oil, coconut oil and grass-fed butter (in moderation) can help. For extra support, try Nordic Naturals Omega Woman, featuring an oil blend rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to help balance hormones and improve mood, skin and hair.
Develop a simple skin care routine
Get in the habit of taking care of your skin in your 20’s with a skin care routine that’s simple enough that you’ll stick with it! Here are a few recommendations for where to start.
Cleanse: Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Wash is a gentle, all-natural, two-in-one product to both cleanse and gently exfoliate.
Tone: Nourish Organic Refreshing & Balancing Face Toner features both witch hazel (astringent) and rosewater (soothing).
Moisturize: Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30 is another great two-in-one product that acts as both a daily moisturizer and sun protection. If you’d prefer makeup-like coverage, try store-favorite Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC Cream SPF 30 (Nude or Tan), for a moisturizer, SPF and tint.
Under-Eye Treatment: evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm is a great multi-purpose product that can be used as an under-eye balm, a lip balm or to soothe any dry, chapped areas. Tip: Rub together between clean fingers until warm and easy to apply.
Mask: Honey Gardens Organic Raw Honey—use a spoonful for a weekly mask (leave on 20 minutes and gently remove with a warm washcloth). Honey is a natural emollient (moisturizes dry skin), is rich in antioxidants (anti-aging), and is antimicrobial (soothes and heals skin irritations).