What to do by 25
You’re a quarter of a century old, and amongst all the other very important things on your radar; like finding a decent job, struggling though awkward first dates and the harsh realisation your metabolism isn’t what it was at 19 – there’s another thing you need to prioritise. Your skin.
Your twenties are the perfect time to first visit a Dermatologist – why? A number of reasons. Here are the top 3:
- Adult Acne: Our go-to skincare expert, dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, says that adult acne is multi-factorial, meaning there isn’t one specific cause. There are a couple major ones that primarily effect women. Number one being using the wrong cosmetics which are too rich for the skin, resulting in breakouts. The other reason being an elevation of certain hormones, namely testosterone, stress, environment and diet. A good dermatologist will have you bring in all the products you’re currently using, evaluate your skin and lifestyle, and educate you on the products and treatments you should be using to prevent future breakouts.
- Pre- Juvenation: In your mid-twenties, your collagen production starts to decrease. This causes a bevy of beauty issues such as fine lines, dry skin, brittle nails and hair thinning. Dr. Kellett tells us a couple things that we can do in lieu of this – “If you think of your skin as a house, collagen is like the scaffolding of our skin. Internally, we need a great diet filled with vitamin C, leafy greens and coloured vegetables. Externally, we can use a topical preparation containing vitamin A, which helps with collagen remodelling and building.” A good dermatologist will give you a well-rounded variety of options to start your anti-aging routine, giving suggestions for both natural and cosmetic options. With all the different gimmicky products on the market, it’s great to speak with an expert who will tell you what truly will work for your skin.
- Practice Safe Sun: Scary stat warning – Skin cancer is the number one cancer in women 25 to 29, and the second most common after breast cancer in the 30s. No excuses, book yourself in for a mole check and make it a yearly recurrence. Remember to wear SPF of 30+ every day, even in the winter. And don’t forget your ears and ankles, common areas to watch for moles. A dermatologist will be able to educate you on moles and what you need to watch for.
If you’ve made it past twenty-five without visiting a dermatologist, make sure to book in for a consultation today!