They say our 20’s are for making mistakes, and our 30’s are for learning from the mistakes we made in our 20’s.

This couldn’t be more on the money – especially when it comes to skincare.  In our 20’s we can get away with a lot. Too much alcohol, too much sun and too many late nights falling asleep with make-up on, and let’s not forget the bad diet. Word to the wise – these will leave their mark and show very quickly on our face in our 30’s. Everything slows down a little.

If you’re in your late 20’s (or early 30’s) listen up, we’ve listed the 6 habits you need to break before you turn 30 (or as soon as possible if you are already 30)

  1. Wearing too much make-up. There is a time and place for heavy foundation, concealers and powder. You should avoid these in your day to day make-up routine and rather opt for a tinted moisturiser to allow your skin to breathe. Aim for no more than 4/5 products in your daily make-up routine.
  2. Not getting enough sleep. All-nighters and watching the sunrise after a party might have been the norm in your 20’s but in your 30’s the only time you should see the sunrise is if you’ve woken up at 5am for a jog. Ok, just kidding but seriously, you do need to be aware of the amount of sleep you are getting every night as you get older. Not only does it affect your mood and eating but your skin will also pay the price and result in breakouts, redness and dehydration. Be sure you get between 6-8 hours most nights.
  3. Not wearing sunscreen daily. If there is only 1 thing you stop – this is it. The sunburn and sun-tanning you do in your 20’s will 100% come back to haunt you (and your face) as you get older. Not only is there a serious risk of skin cancer, but too much exposure to the sun without protection will result in premature wrinkles and sun spots. You can still achieve a summer bronze glow with a self-tan. There are so many brands to choose from that deliver the same result without the consequence.
  4. Not applying product to your neck and décolletage area. When we wash, cleanse, moisturise, exfoliate or apply a mask most of us stop at the chin and jawline. But we should be including the neck and upper chest area. This skin is actually thinner and more prone to premature ageing so it’s important to include them in your skincare routine.
  5. Sleeping with make-up on. By now we should all know that this is a no-no. A lot happens to our bodies and skin while we sleep, including epidermal cell turnover where new skin cells are pushed to the surface and the old cells on the surface shed. So - when you sleep with make-up on you not only wake up with a dirty pillow, but this make-up can trap dead skin cells, leaving you with a dull complexion.
  6. Not updating your products. Every year our skin changes, and so do our skin concerns. As you get older your skin needs more moisture, so the day cream you’ve been using for the last 5 years won’t quite do the job. Just as the seasons change and you change and update your wardrobe, so should your skincare routine and products.

Don't say we didn't warn you......