3. 20s: Establish a Legit Skin Care Routine

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In addition to protecting yourself from harmful sun exposure, the 20s are also the time to establish habits that will ensure a lifetime of great skin.2

β€œDevelop good skin-care habits: Wash your face every night before bed, moisturize, [and] exfoliate as needed,” Dr.

Wechsler says.

Think of it as one big high-five from past self to future self.

Get yourself in the habit of taking off your makeup every night (even after the late-night ragers), and get a skin-care regimen in place.

Dr.

Wechsler recommends using a gentle cleanser and a basic moisturizer.

And, for heaven’s sake, if you smoke, stop.

β€œNot only is it terrible for your overall health, but it can lead to long-term, visible damage to your skin,” says Dr.

Wechsler.

Good lifestyle habits β€” like staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep β€” may not reap immediate, instant-gratification results, but in the long run they’ll do more than any miracle cream can.

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