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When should I start using anti-aging skincare products?

Updated: Jan 9

At what age should I start using anti-aging products? This is a very common question. Some people are afraid that if they start using anti-aging skincare too early then it will start loosing its effectiveness and won’t work when they are older. Others think that there is no use of anti-aging skincare if you don’t have any wrinkles or sagging skin. Both statements are false. It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin. Taking preventive steps by using anti-aging skincare at a younger age is much easier than trying to reverse the process; Especially in this day and age, when we have a vast variety of high quality products, facial treatments and research available for us to understand the process. It’s the same as saying there is no use in exercising if you haven’t gained weight yet. Keeping your body in shape from early age is much easier then trying to loose extra pounds later.

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, it’s important to note that we start aging pretty much when we stop growing, which is in our early 20s and our skin can already start benefiting from certain skincare products. The only difference is that we would be choosing different anti-aging ingredients in our skincare for different age groups. Also, being consistent with your skincare regimen is the key no matter how old you are. ..... Anti-aging in your 20’s - at this age we rarely see any visible signs of aging but it’s important to start protecting your skin from the sun, your skin will already benefit from vitamin C and daily moisturizers. You also might be dealing with adult acne and breakouts, in this case you can use products that contain Salycilic Acid or Azelaic Acid, and skincare that regulates sebum production. ..... Anti-aging in your 30’s - we may start seeing more noticeable signs of aging. Continue moisturizing your skin with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin. Your 30’s is a great time to start investing in good quality serums with ingredients such as Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, probiotics, niacinamide, peptides. You should also start using Retinol (Vitamin A) which increases collagen production, helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improves texture of the skin and boosts skin cell renewal which starts to decline in your 30’s. ..... Anti-aging in your 40’s - good news is that if you did start taking care of your skin in your 20’s you might be still looking young and radiant. At this age our skin’s turnover rate slows down and you might start noticing loss of firmness, more dullness and hyperpigmentation spots. Retinol (vitamin A) is a must-use anti-aging ingredient in your skincare regimen. Continue using moisturizers, antioxidants and peptides. ..... Anti-aging in your 50’s, 60’s and up- fine lines and wrinkles might start being more noticeable, the skin becomes drier, thinner and more sensitive. If you didn’t protect your skin earlier in life your might start noticing dark spots and uneven skin tone. Continue using Retinol but in smaller concentrations, because skin is thinner and higher concentrations of retinol can start irritating it. Use skincare with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, it will help to gently exfoliate the skin. Also look for skincare that contains Peptides and more gentle Antioxidants. At this age our sebum production slows down, which means skin also becomes drier. Look for products with oils, richer creams and moisturizers, and facial oils. ..... For all ages: ⁃ Using sun protection every day is very important regardless of age and time of the year. Sun exposure accelerates aging and causes damage to quality of the skin. ⁃ Make sure you choose skincare according to your skin type. ⁃ Get used to proper skincare regimen from the start; your skin will thank you later. ⁃ Exfoliate on a regular basis. ⁃ Monthly chemical peels boost cellular renewal and help to brighten your skin. ⁃ Discontinue use of any products if you start experiencing irritation and consult with your physician to find out if you are allergic to any specific skincare ingredients. ..... The sooner you start using anti-aging products, less likely you are going to develop fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Not just fine lines and wrinkles make us look older, but also dehydration, hyperpigmentation spots and broken capillaries. .....

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