20 years old : the sun, my skin's enemy No 1

In your twenties, it's easy to think that ageing is for other people. Sadly not. And rule number one ? Protect yourself from the sun. Before you jet off for two weeks of lazing on a beach, or before you head to a festival for three days of full sun exposure. Or before you do anything, read our twentysomethings' anti-ageing strategy. The fight back starts here.

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Your skin at 20

At the age of 20, our skin has a lovely, natural, even tone. Teenage spots are a thing of the past and wrinkles have yet to show. Make the most of it ! There's a golden rule to keeping your skin in tip-top shape : moisturise. It's essential you moisturise your skin to keep it soft, bright and plump for as long as possible. Until you hit 30, a good anti-ageing moisturiser is enough to keep your facial skin in good nick. Or rather, a good moisturiser AND a sunscreen !
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The sun ; skin's enemy no 1

We all know it and we can't say it enough... whatever our age, exposure to the sun is not good for our skin. At 20, we want the perfect tan, but not at the expense of getting wrinkles or losing our naturally plump complexion. And it's at this age when you need to take care : sunburns during our youth will later cause premature wrinkles, sun allergies, liver spots and even skin cancer. So it's vital you use a sunscreen with an SPF of between 30 to 50 and reapply every two hours and after taking a dip. And avoid sunbathing between 2 and 4pm when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Don't worry, this won't stop you from getting a golden tan, we promise !  Some of you may be tempted to avoid sunscreen to blitz spotty skin, as the sun does make skin drier and thicker, keepingpimples at bay. However, the little devils will come back in force when the season changes. The answer's simple : apply a sunscreen. It will regulate sebum production and boost your skin tone. You'll get a great, sunburn-free tan, and prevent the appearance of pimples once the holidays are over. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain...