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At 20 years old, my skincare routine consisted of nothing but makeup wipes, Vaseline for dry lips, and the occasional acne treatment. Well, it’s a good thing we get wiser with age. Around 25, I realized that maintaining the glowing skin of a 20-something well into my 30s was going to take a bit of work. The natural aging process usually begins in the late 20s/early 30s, the production of collagen starts to decline, leading to thinner skin. There is also diminished functioning of the sweat and oil glands, so our skin becomes drier. Now, I never leave home without applying my antioxidant serum and a SPF 30 sunscreen. Preserving the best skin of your life starts with learning good habits and filling your bathroom with the right products. And I know what you’re thinking, I don’t have time or money for a lengthy, 10-step skincare routine. But taking care of your complexion doesn’t have to be complicated. Committing to these healthy skin habits in your 20s will keep you looking forever young.

 

Wash your face instead of using makeup wipes all the time. While face wipes are a good quick fix, nothing is better than washing your face with soap and water. It may seem like a simple request, but it’s important to cleanse your skin every day. We shed 50 million skin cells a day, if you don’t wash and exfoliate, then all of the other stuff you’re doing to help your skin is not going to penetrate in. It’s going to sit on there like a layer of dust. Make sure when you’re choosing a cleanser, you turn over the bottle to look at the ingredients. Some products have the same bubbly sulfates as dish soap, which can strip the skin. Look for natural surfactants and moisturizing ingredients.

Get in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day. We’re beginning to sound like a broken record with the whole sunscreen thing. But it really is the most important step in a skincare routine. 90 percent of the signs of aging come from unprotected UV exposure. Spending time in the sun unprotected also increases your risk for skin cancer. So, it’s important to find a product that fits into your daily routine. One easy way to work in daily SPF 30 is to find a makeup product with sunscreen built in.

Apply an antioxidant serum every morning to protect skin from pollution and free radicals. Like all antioxidants, vitamin C can help fight free radicals from all environmental aggressors, like pollution and sun damage. Try applying a serum with vitamin C underneath your sunscreen. Not only will it boost the protection of your SPF, but it also has skin-brightening properties.

Invest in a retinol. A vitamin A derivative (a.k.a. retinol) is a dermatologist favorite for fighting the signs of aging. Using one every night can increase collagen production and decrease collagen breakdown. Retinoids teach aging cells how to behave like younger, healthier cells by encouraging them to turnover more rapidly. This makes way for new cell growth. In prescription form, retin-A is known as tretinoan and retinoic acid. But you can also get gentler retinols in the beauty aisle. These products are balanced out with ingredients like shea butter and niacinimide to decrease the chances of irritation.

Resist the urge to pop pimples. The satisfaction you get from obliterating a whitehead is not worth the potential for permanent scarring. In your 20s, you may recognize that some of the things that used to fade down, like freckles or discoloration, doesn’t. So, popping pimples could lead to long-lasting dark spots. Instead, apply cortisone cream and Visine to help minimize redness and pain. Then, treat the acne with a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment.

Get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Sleep is something we could all use more of, and seven to eight hours a night will help you achieve clear skin, among other amazing benefits. If you don’t sleep, your cortisol levels can go up, and when your cortisol levels go up that promotes inflammation in your skin. When you do finally hit the sheets, remember to boost the skin benefits by applying an antiaging product like retinol.

Eat with your skin in mind. Your diet can affect the appearance of your skin. So, packing your diet with foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and zinc can help keep your face clear and glowing.

Acknowledge that your face isn’t the only area that needs attention. Your hands and neck deserve love, too. Dermatologists think of the face, neck, and décolletage as a skincare unit, and you should too. Make sure to extend all your serums, creams, masks, and sunscreen down past your throat. It’s also important to pay attention to the skin on your hands, especially when you’re applying sunscreen. A few other spots that get overlooked: the scalp, the tops of the ears, and the lips.

Exfoliate on a regular basis. Exfoliation doesn’t have to be a laborious skincare step. You can use something as simple as a microfiber towel to get rid of dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants with ingredients like glycolic and lactic acid can also brighten the complexion. Chemical exfoliants remove the top layers of the skin by weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy skin cells.

Use a product with hyaluronic acid to soothe tired eyes. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold water. It’s a great hydrator for the skin, so it’s definitely going to give superficial plumping to help with fine lines. So when your eyes are looking a little tired after a long night, dab on an eye cream with this powerful ingredient. A lot of face moisturizers are packed with hyaluronic acid as well, so you don’t necessarily need to buy a separate product, because no one needs more bottles in the bathroom.

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5 Lifestyle Changes You Should Do in 2020

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Doing various lifestyle changes can be difficult especially when you attempt to initiate huge modifications that merely remain unfulfilled over time. Experts assert that planning small changes is more practical and achievable in real life.

Drink more water

The regular intake of water provides a multitude of benefits. Water helps reduce the frequency of migraines; it helps slow down aging; it aids in digestion; it assists in weight loss, among others. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day provides you with more energy, enabling you to manage the daily grind.

Go for daily walks

We all know that exercise helps keep us healthy, as well. However, not everyone has the time—or inclination—to start a rigorous and time-consuming exercise routine. Nonetheless, you can still keep yourself healthy by taking daily walks. You can start by taking a walk after you get up from bed each day and then do another round when you get home from work in the afternoon. If you are working from home, take several breaks and walk in your front yard or garden for a few minutes each time.

Begin writing a gratitude journal

Stress gets accumulated due to the many upheavals of daily life. There is a lot to complain about and work can become too stressful at times. You should know, though, that stress and worry can be debilitating to your health. Starting a gratitude diary allows you to destress yourself, realize how blessed you are, and allow catharsis to unfold.

Do a few minutes of reflection and meditation

Because you tend to be so busy each day, you forget to find time to reassess all the things that you are already blessed with. Worries are everyday facts of living. However, you do not have to dwell on them all the time. Find a few minutes to reflect upon the good things in life. Stay still and silent for a bit. Listen to the birds and smell some flowers if you can.

Ask for help when you need it

The funny thing about most people is that it is considered a crime to ask help from others. Most people think that admitting the need for help is tantamount to admitting weakness—a terrible blunder for one’s dignity. However, it is essential to remember that no one’s perfect and that a lot of us need assistance from time to time. Learning to lower yourself and admit the need for aid ultimately lightens your soul—and even helps you learn the virtue of humility.

In essence

It is necessary to plan some changes in your life. These changes can help lighten your everyday burden and eventually welcome more positivity in the different aspects of your existence. However, you should start with doing small modifications. Keeping them small allows you to easily fulfill them because big goals tend to be too difficult especially when you’re too busy trying to keep up with the daily hustle and bustle. Also, laugh a little. Accept your frailty and be at peace with the world.    

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8 Ways of Dealing with People You Don’t Like

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It always helps to note that no one in this world is perfect, according to the author of “A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles to Success,” Deep Patel. That means that everyone, including you, is filled with various weaknesses and strengths that need to be considered when attempting to understand someone else.

Patel highlights several tips for dealing with people you don’t like. He asserts that it is essential for everyone to learn—and remember—these tips, especially since the failure to do so may only mean limiting oneself in the process.

Accept that you cannot deal with everyone

Patel says that it is normal not to like everyone. Each person has his own personality. Some may have a dominant personality, and others may have a timid one. However, this does not mean that you are a “bad person,” which does not mean that the other person is one.

Attempt to find positivity in the other’s words

It is always essential to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Not everyone is out to sabotage you, and you aren’t always about to hurt anyone, too. Hence, even when someone else says something hurtful, it may not be meant that way for the other person. Learning to pick through the other’s words of the other person may be helpful, as well.

Stay in touch with your emotions

Patel also mentions that our emotions play a significant role in understanding the people around us. Our feelings can affect how we view others. As they say, when you are in a bad mood, you also tend to see the world as ugly. In contrast, feeling good tends to make us see the world in a more benevolent light.

Try not to take things personally, and put some space

Taking things personally all the time can also hinder understanding. Emotions play a massive part in analysis. Staying objective lets us see the bigger picture and permit empathy to arise. Put some space between you and the person you don’t like, as well. This will further allow you to look at things more objectively.

Calmly express how you feel and find a referee

When you’re about to burst, try to relax yourself first. Spontaneity can be good at times, although saying what you feel when you feel so may further damage communication. Try to soften your words and say things in a quiet, relaxed voice. You can also find a mediator to help you communicate your thoughts better.

Choose your battles

Remember also that not all battles are worth your time. As they say, try not to go down to the other’s level. If you can still ignore them, then you are free to do so.

Never be defensive

Defensiveness means you are on your way to the losing end. It is always best to state facts and avoid having to explain everything you say. As long as you aren’t doing anything wrong, there shouldn’t be a reason for you to explain yourself to anyone.

You are in control of your own happiness

In the end, you are the one in control of yourself—and your own happiness. Never let anyone dictate how you act or feel. When you let others irk you to no end, you are merely allowing them to control you.

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Black Designers Celebrated During the Milan Fashion Week

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Five designers were part of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the Italian fashion group of the event. A name inspired by the international movement trending worldwide as a form of protest against racial injustice. However, due to the pandemic, the event was one of the first fashion week’s virtual shows. The digital event named We are made in Italy was filmed at Milan’s grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the summer/spring 2021 collections of Joy Meribel, Karim Daoudi, Mokudu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, and Fabiola Manirakiza. As Manirakiza was initially from Burundi, Mokodu Fall and Claudia Giselle Ntsama grew up with a family of tailors from Cameroon. At the same time, Karim Daoudi was born in Morocco, and Joy Meribel grew up in Nigeria. The five designers were mentored by the only black member of the Italian fashion council, Stella Jean. The Italian-Haitian was also campaigning against racism in the industry. According to Jean, Made in Italy used to represent itself around the world as a white concept. However, now it is no longer like this as the new Italy doesn’t want to be part of it.

Going against the grain

According to the Italian high fashion black designers, they believe that it is essential to show the world that Made in Italy doesn’t correspond to any particular color.  They want to abolish the prejudice of being Italian means being white. They claim that this world we live in is a world that only a few know of its existence, and even fewer are able to enjoy it. 

However, since the show was dedicated to black Italian designers of Milan’s fashion week for the first time, it’s debut was the marking point in the official calendar. A strong move of the organizers in the hope of highlighting the lack of diversity in the industry. 

According to Stella Jean, it is quite depressing to think that most Italian brands enjoyed by worldwide attention have a mass amount of influence on billions of people who don’t even realize that an entire generation in Italy is asking for a voice and space.

Jean demands that the sector governing body support black designers and have called out Italian fashion houses to confront racism.

Making a permanent mark

Some may even say that predominantly, Italy has shown blindness to horrifying racing hiding underneath its skin. 

Jean claims that it is unfair that some people remain invisible. Italian brands tend to pretend not to see them and give most of their attention in an inappropriate way towards the Black Lives Matter movements outside of Italy. Instead, they would focus on things happening in the United States while ignoring things happening in their own country. She believes that Italy has a serious racial problem, and if we don’t open the wound now to heal it, it will never heal. 

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