The needs of your skin change depending on your age and environment.
In an interview during Cosmopolitan Beauty Block 2018, Dra. Vicki Belo sat down with Female Network to talk about the skin-care habits that need to change once you hit yours 30s.
Her advice sounds simple, and very familiar to anyone who's been making an effort to stay healthy lately: "Stop smoking, drink lots of water, eat a lot of vegetables and fruits... sleep more.
"You know when you're younger you can recover fast... you have a party, the next day, you're fine."
So true. Raise your hand if you're guilty of NOT getting eight hours of sleep regularly, and instead staying up late to catch up with work (or TV shows), and then opting for fast food because it's the most convenient option?
The next time you decide to take your health and nutrition for granted, keep in mind that continuing on with these bad habits will also affect your skin's health, especially after the age of 25.
"You start aging kasi at 25... at 25 you're fully developed..."
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Vicki Belo also recommends taking collagen as early as your late 20s, especially if the lines begin appearing, exfoliant for the face, and moisturizer even for the neck.
She underlined the importance of exfoliation or the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin's surface.
"The neck doesn't really have a lot of oil glands so you should really moisturize there. But on the face, we have a lot of oil glands.
"Basically, when we're babies, your skin changes every 21 to 28 days. As you get older, the skin becomes more 'glued to your face.' So what happens is, dead skin usually covers your face. And if you put moisturizer, it stops it from falling off.
"That's why when you're already 25, you should put tretinoin or alpha-hydroxy acids to peel off the dead skin, because underneath, there's good skin... I do glycolic everyday or tretinoin to make the cycle faster.
"Because if not, some of the wrinkles, like let's say your expression wrinkles, on top of that, if the skin doesn't fall off, [your wrinkles] look thicker... deeper. But if you do exfoliation, then they're not so deep."
She also added that using a product that doesn't work for you just because 'sayang naman' can cause even more skin problems.
Since "our country is so humid and polluted, you have to adapt..."
Moisturizers can sometimes clog your pores, so you need to adjust your skin-care routine depending on where you're based and other external factors to consider.
Another reminder is that we shouldn't take testers for granted!
This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.