Laura Núñez gives her top tips for healthy and blemish-free skin. She provides a routine we can all follow to meet our skin goals.

As I have grown older, I’ve realised skin care is a pleasant daily activity that can help to get me up from bed and have better hygiene. It allows for some relaxing time alone and improves your intrapersonal relationship with yourself. It enables you to have a daily goal and even a new hobby, as you can learn a lot from it and get excited when shopping for new products. If you are starting skincare before your 20s or in your 20s, here are some recommended products to maintain healthy skin. They are in the order you are advised to use them in! 

Firstly, it is recommended to have a skincare routine for every morning and every night. Some brands for skin care I recommend are; Avène, La Roche-Posay and Vichy. The first step in your routine should be to use a cleanser when washing your face. This can help eliminate excess oil or pollutants in your skin, gently cleaning your skin while maintaining its natural oils. It is considered one of the most essential products, so you are recommended to buy this first if you have a limited budget. 

The second product you should use is a treatment product. Unlike cleansers, there are many types of products for this step you can use depending on your skin type. Some of the most important and recommended products are; toner, vitamin c serum, retinol, hyaluronic acid and blemish control serums. For some, additional products may be necessary. Ask a specialist for advice on what you can use depending on your skin: you may be prone to acne and blemishes or have dry or oily skin. I recommend a tea tree serum application for pimples or a tea tree face wash for acne. It is also advised, for all skin types, to stimulate the production of collagen in your body; this can be done by products with vitamin C, such as serums.

As your third step, it is important to use moisturiser. In your early twenties, using lightweight moisturising is most recommended. This is important for all skin types, even oily skin, to compensate for products that may dry the skin. Optionally, you may also use eye cream under your eyes to reduce puffiness. 

The last most important step is to use sunscreen. Being exposed to the sun constantly can make skin cancer more likely, as well as dark blemishes. Sun will make your skin age and damage the most quickly.

Other tips aside from your daily routine that you should know about skincare are that you must not forget your neck, your hands, and the rest of your body, as they also need protection! Using hand and body creams that moisturise when showering or after the shower is good. You can also exfoliate your face and body and use a face mask once a week; overdoing it or incorporating these into your daily routine can be bad for your skin. Make sure you wash the exfoliator off well, as well. Moreover, regular facials by dermatologists are also recommended as they may clean your skin on a deeper level. It is also essential to keep a healthy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet with foods high in Vitamin C and E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. You should also drink around two litres of water a day, sleep at least seven hours and exercise. Sleeping with makeup on, popping pimples or smoking is also detrimental to the skin or may leave marks. 

In conclusion, it is important to hydrate your skin to keep it flexible. Cleaning your skin with products morning and night benefits your relaxation and health. We must remove unhealthy habits such as smoking to improve skin health too. 

Edited by: Caitlin Phillips (Lifestyle Editor)

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