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I’m A 35-Year-Old Esthetician: 3 Skin Care Habits I Wish I Did In My 20s


Extend your skin care to your chest.

“Anything you put on your face, put it on your neck and chest,” says Leite. “I promise you, these show aging first. And your hands-it’s wild.”

Contrary to what you might think, the skin on your neck and d?colletage is quite thin, yet it’s often overlooked when it comes to daily care and sun protection. See, many people forget to extend their skin care down to their chest, which makes UV damage, dry weather, and other environmental aggressors leave their mark much faster.

That being said: Extend your serums and moisturizers down onto the exposed chest skin. As for your hands, feel free to rub any excess sunscreen into your paws as well, and opt for a hydrating hand cream to keep the skin supple and moisturized. (Find our favorites here.)


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Invest in vitamins.

When your body has enough vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, your skin literally shines. It’s why experts consider antioxidant serums (like vitamin C) the gold standard of healthy aging treatments–but if you want to really amp up your body’s natural antioxidant defenses, you’ll want to ingest antioxidants, too.

“Even if it’s just a greens [powder] or a multivitamin–get a good one and stay consistent. Biggest difference,” says Leite. A multivitamin, in particular, can help you meet the daily dietary requirements of vitamins and minerals that are not easily consumed from diet alone. Just make sure you choose a high-quality formula, ideally one that contains antioxidant compounds from plants: Here’s a list of vetted options, all backed by a nutrition Ph.D.


Practice positive self talk.

My personal favorite skin care tip: “Talk to yourself nicely. It will show through your skin how happy you are,” says Leite. Look, we’re all way too hard on ourselves. It’s so easy to become frustrated with your skin–especially if you’re struggling with a certain concern–but when you look back on photos years later, chances are you won’t even notice the bout of hyperpigmentation on your chin, those fine lines around your eyes, or what have you. Try your best to give yourself grace.

Plus, positive self-talk influences how you take care of your skin: The less you tear it apart with your words, the less poking and prodding you’ll do to “fix” those “imperfections.” And respecting your skin barrier and all that it does for you no doubt pays dividends in the long-run.


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The takeaway.

As they say: Hindsight is 20-20. Leite has picked up quite a few skin care tips over the years as a master esthetician, and if she could go back in time, these are the tips she would tell her 20-year-old, supple-skinned self. Take them or leave them, but we highly recommend you give ’em a go–no matter your age.

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