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When Should You Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care?

Anti-aging skin care is becoming increasingly popular, and there is now such a huge variety of different anti-aging products and ingredients out there to choose from. 

For many, the big question is…

When do I need to start using anti-aging skin care products? 

The answer is…

Much earlier than you would probably think. 

When to Start Using Anti-Aging Products

Many people don’t really consider using anti-aging products until they first begin experiencing some of the visible signs of aging, whether this may be fine lines, dark spots or anything else. 

While anti-aging products can help to reverse some of this, wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t experience skin aging at all, at least until much later on in life? 

In order for this to happen, you need to begin using anti-aging products quite early on, more as a preventative measure. 

When you are in your 20’s, your skin is likely to be smooth and youthful, and it can be hard to imagine that big changes are on their way. 

However, while your skin may look great at this age, by the time you reach your mid-20’s, many of its processes begin to slow down…

Here are a few of the skin changes that you may experience in your mid-20’s: 

  • Natural production of collagen and elastin starts to decline, leading to a loss of firmness and elasticity 
  • Skin starts to become thinner and more fragile 
  • The skin’s oil glands slow down, resulting in increased dryness

You may not notice all of these changes at once, but this is what is going on beneath the surface of your skin, and all of this will only continue to develop the older you get. 

With all of this in mind, your skin could really do with some extra help from anti-aging products from your mid-20’s onwards. If you don’t want to start investing in anti-aging products from this age, you could wait a few more years, but should definitely begin an anti-aging routine before you are 30. 

What Should An Anti-Aging Skincare Routine Consist of?

Once you decide to take the plunge and start using anti-aging skin care products, you will need to know how to best incorporate these into your skin care routine. 

1) Cleansing and Toning

Let’s begin with your cleanser, which should be the very first step in any skin care routine, whether this is an anti-aging one or not. 

When it comes to your cleanser, you don’t really need to purchase a special anti-aging cleanser. 

Instead, look for one that is mild and gentle, and preferably not of a foaming formula. 

Why? 

Because foaming cleansers tend to strip the skin of its natural oils. Since your oil production is already beginning to slow down, you want to hold on to as much of your natural oils as possible, since this is what keeps your skin moisturized. 

Next up is a toner, although this is more of an optional step, especially if you are using a cleanser that is already pH-balanced. 

2) Choosing and Applying an Eye Cream

Now it is time to apply an eye cream, and this is likely to be a new product that you introduce as a part of your anti-aging routine. 

Woman applying eye cream under her eyes

Since eye creams are new to you, you need to make sure that you are choosing the best one for your skin. 

How? 

It all depends on the issues you are trying to target. 

When it comes to preventing all of the general signs of aging, antioxidants, such as retinol and vitamins C and E, will tend to be your best bet. 

If you are also trying to tackle dark circles or puffiness, then look for one that also contains caffeine, as these will help to tighten up your blood vessels and reduce the appearance of shadows or puffiness. 

When it comes to applying your eye cream…

You may be tempted to rub this in to the skin around your eyes, but there is a much better method of application that you can opt for instead. 

Try placing some of the eye cream onto your ring finger, and then use this finger to pat the cream into your skin. 

How does this make a difference? 

It saves the delicate skin around your eyes, which can be up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, from being tugged and stretched, all of which will only speed up the rate at which you experience lines here. The patting motion also encourages product absorption, ensuring that you get the most out of your eye cream. 

3) Serums

A serum is another product that is fantastic when it comes to tackling aging skin. 

What exactly is a serum? 

It is similar to a moisturizer, but without all of the heavy ingredients. This gives a serum a much lighter and thinner consistency, meaning that the skin is able to absorb it and make use of the ingredients much more effectively. 

However, just because a serum is thin, and can sometimes look not much different to water, doesn’t mean that they aren’t powerful…

Serums contain high concentrations of their active ingredients, meaning that they can bring about a significant change to your skin relatively quickly. 

When it comes to anti-aging serums, try to look for one that is packed with antioxidants. 

Some of the most effective antioxidants to look for in a serum include the following: 

  • Retinol – one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients out there, this vitamin A derivative will do everything from speed up cell turnover to increase collagen and elastin production, keeping the visible signs of aging at bay for so much longer
  • Vitamin E – also known as tocopherol, this vitamin boosts collagen production and reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Try to look for alpha-tocopherol rather than alpha-tocopherol acetate, as the former penetrates into the skin much more easily 
  • Green Tea – another anti-aging powerhouse, green tea extract contains several antioxidants, known as catechins, that repair damaged skin cells, reduce inflammation and clear away blemishes. While all tea is beneficial, green tea contains more than five times the amount of catechins as black tea 
  • Vitamin Cboosts the formation of collagen while keeping the skin functioning optimally
  • Niacinamide – also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide helps with everything from skin texture and hyperpigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles

Found more than one serum that appeals to you? 

It is absolutely fine to layer your serums over each other, just try to use no more than three at a time. 

Wondering which one to apply first? 

The one that has the lightest and thinnest consistency. If it is too hard to tell, then use the one with the strongest active ingredients first, or the one that has the most ingredients to tackle your primary skin concerns. 

4) A Good Moisturizer

Your moisturizer is something else that you will likely need to change once you decide to start an anti-aging skin care routine. 

Why? 

Because, ideally, you want your moisturizer to be packed with anti-aging ingredients, such as the antioxidants mentioned above. 

Even if you don’t currently moisturize much, this is something that will definitely need to change as you age. As you already know, your oil glands stop producing quite as much oil the older you get, making your skin much more prone to dryness. This also ends up thinning your skin out, and therefore weakening your skin’s natural protective barrier. 

A moisturizer helps to combat all of this, thanks to the way in which it forms a thin film over the surface of the skin. This acts as an extra protective barrier and helps your skin to better retain moisture. 

Wondering whether you need both a day and night moisturizer? 

This depends…

If you are still in your 20’s and are using anti-aging skin care products as a preventative, you should be able to get away with using the same moisturizer both day and night. 

However, keep in mind that some night moisturizers will contain ingredients that shouldn’t be used during the day, such as retinol, meaning that you would definitely gain some extra advantages from using a dedicated night moisturizer. 

5) Sun Protection

Sunscreen is something that you hopefully started using as a child. If this is the case, then nothing needs to change, and you can continue applying your sunscreen regularly throughout each day. 

However, for those of you who tend to skip the sunscreen, this is something that you need to stop doing immediately. 

Did you know that the sun is responsible for up to 80% of facial wrinkles? In fact, some experts would even place this figure closer to 90%. 

Yes, this means that by protecting your skin from the sun, you will be able to avoid the majority of the facial wrinkles that you would have otherwise experienced. 

How to Protect Your Skin infographic

This makes sunscreen absolutely vital in an anti-aging skin care routine.

Adjusting Your Skincare Routine As You Age

By following the above routine, you may think that you have everything under control, but your skin care routine still needs to be adjusted some more as you age. 

How? 

The most helpful product to add in would be spot treatments. 

No, these don’t just treat spots. Instead, the term spot treatment refers to a treatment that you apply directly to a certain part of your face. 

When it comes to aging, the most effective spot treatment for you would be a wrinkle treatment. These can be applied directly to each wrinkle, and will contain powerful active ingredients that are able to target the skin cells deep within these wrinkles. 

You may also need to adapt the serums and moisturizers that you use too. 

How? 

By adding in stronger products, with a higher concentration of active ingredients. 

Eye serums may also be helpful. These work in a similar way to facial serums, but contain specific ingredients that will benefit the fragile skin around your eyes. These should be applied before your eye cream, since they will be of a much lighter consistency and can quickly be absorbed directly by your skin. 

An Anti-Aging Lifestyle

Anti-aging skin care products are great, but these won’t have much of an effect unless your lifestyle is one that supports your skin too. 

There are so many lifestyle factors out there that contribute to skin aging, such as: 

  • Alcohol – this dehydrates the skin, exacerbating fine lines and wrinkles, while also causing swelling 
  • Smoking – this deprives the skin of essential nutrients, as well as oxygen, and also destroys its existing supplies of collagen and elastin 
  • Stress – this causes a hormone called cortisol to be released in the body, which rapidly accelerates the aging process for your skin 
  • Sun Exposure – as mentioned above, the sun is largely responsible for the majority of facial wrinkles 
  • Sleep Deprivation – a lack of deep sleep interferes with the way in which your skin cells are able to heal and regenerate 
  • A Poor Diet – your skin needs nutrients from within as well as through topical products, but a poor and imbalanced diet prevents this from happening
  • Lack of Exercise – restricts skin detoxification, meaning that your skin ends up being plagued by unwanted toxins. A sedentary lifestyle also leads to weight fluctuations and other health conditions, all of which can manifest as different skin symptoms

Healthy lifestyle illustration

It is likely that there are at least a couple of steps that you can take to improve your lifestyle habits. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so taking care of your whole body and overall health in a holistic way will really help your skin to thrive.  

You may think that your mid-20’s is way too young to begin using anti-aging skin care products, but this really is the perfect time. Rather than allowing the changes that aging brings to take their toll on your skin before you take any action, work on prevention instead as much as you can. 

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