Your first summer as a high school graduate has arrived, which means it’s time to chill out and get ready for some celebratory fun in the sun! But first, you must make sure you have what you need to take care of your skin and keep your youthful glow for years to come. These tips are helpful to those of you who have already spent a few years in college, as well! Counter the negative effects of that dining hall food you’ve been eating, continuous mask wearing and all the exhaustive studying you’ve done with these skin care tips for teens and young adults:
Up Your SPF Game
Taking your skin to the next level means leveling up your skin care products— especially when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. And we’re not just talking about slathering on some SPF when you hit the pool or the beach—we’re talking about all-day-long UV protection.
Did you know that according to The Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 90% of skin aging is caused by sun exposure? What’s more, 80% of sun exposure occurs during everyday activities. That means the integrity of your skin is at risk every time you step outside. But don’t worry—we’re not suggesting you become a shut-in for the rest of your life (especially after quarantine!). All you need to do to keep your youthful glow for as long as possible is start building healthy skincare habits now; like using a moisturizer with SPF on your face, hands, and any bits of skin that are exposed to the sun… every single day. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, those who apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater on a daily basis experience a dramatic 24 percent reduction in skin aging. We recommend SPF 50, at the very least. (Trust us, you’ll thank us later).
Exfoliation to The Rescue
Great skin isn’t something that just happens. If you want your skin to look and feel amazing, you have to take care of it! This also means going above and beyond your at-home skincare regimen for professional care that cleans your skin and nourishes your complexion.
The simplest skin care secret you’ll ever learn (next to SPF, of course) is the importance of exfoliation. We’ve met countless young adults over the years who spent the majority of their youth battling acne and dull skin only to discover what they needed all along was some good ol’ exfoliation! Your body sheds approximately 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells every hour. Dead cells that don’t fall away from the skin often enough clog up pores and hair follicles, combining with the body’s natural oils (aka, sebum) to result in blackheads and whiteheads. When bacteria get into the pore or follicle, those regular pimples can turn into papules, pustules, and cysts (oh my!).
Regular exfoliation is a great way to prevent acne as it removes the dead skin cells that clog up your pores and cause breakouts. However, like with all things in life, it’s all about balance! Exfoliating too frequently or too harshly can remove too much natural oil, which dries out your skin, causes your body to secrete more oil, and aggravates the vicious cycle. That’s why it’s so important to consult a skincare professional who knows how to exfoliate based on your skin’s individual needs.
Our physicians and certified aesthetic nurse specialists and aestheticians know exactly what your skin requires, and will work with you to tailor a treatment approach that yields the absolute best results. Whether it’s microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermaplaning, or a facial, SkinCenter has everything you need for glowing, radiant skin.
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