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8 Things You Need To Know About Skincare As An Adult

Because you now have ageing concerns AND adult acne to contend with.

In high school, I was fortunate enough to be mostly spared from the wrath of the acne gods.

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Sure, I woke up with some juicy zits every now and then, but for the most part my teenage years were unmarred by pimply struggles.

But oh, my sweet summer child, that all changed when I hit my twenties.

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It was honestly as if my skin thought, "Oh, you think you're safe? Well here's some painful cystic acne, you piece of shit."

Lifestyle factors* aside, the biggest change I made was adopting a strict AF skincare routine β€” which was both anti-ageing and anti-acne.

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*But those lifestyle factors are v important too β€” so chug that water, get those eight hours shut-eye and meditate the stress away.

For anyone suffering similar struggles, or if you're just in need of an ~adult worthy~ skincare routine, here's what you need to know:

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1. Reconsider the humble cleanser.

2. And always, always double-cleanse in the evening.

3. Chemical exfoliation > physical exfoliation.

4. Serums are your most powerful weapons.

5. Embrace the power of retinol.

6. Moisturiser is not your enemy.

7. Slather on that SPF daily, unless you want to age like well-worn leather.

8. And finally, please stop touching your fucking face.

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For anyone who truly cares about the quality of their skin: please stop picking, rubbing and just generally touching your face throughout the day. Risk of scarring aside, your hands are also covered in germs from touching everything from your mobile phone, to your keyboard, to that sweaty public transport handrail β€” which will all wreak havoc on your beautiful face. So do better. Your skin deserves it.

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