Much like that luxury handbag or those Louboutin heels, an effective anti-aging skincare routine is a solid investment. Instead of purchasing buzzy new products we see on Instagram, it's about investing in high quality products with high-performing ingredients that work. The type of products that are really going to yield results - provided that you make them part of your daily routine, that is.
But where do you even get started? With an overwhelming number of anti-aging cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers to choose from, it can be hard to figure out what you need, when you need it, and how to use it.
Below, we bring you the back to basics anti-aging skincare guide. Everything you need to know about aging skin and the appropriate skincare regimen is right here for you to soak up!
Aging is a natural process that takes place over the years, starting after the age of 20. From 20 onwards, a person produces approximately 1 percent less collagen each year, causing the skin to become thinner and less agile with age.
While it's a natural process that happens to all of us, aging occurs as a result of sun and environmental damage, too. It can sometimes appear as precancerous changes such as actinic keratosis, skin cancer, freckle and sun spot formation. There may also be drastic loss of collagen and elastin - the building blocks of youthful skin.
Unfortunately, these processes give the skin the appearance of uneven tone, dark patches, roughness, and deep wrinkles.
When you look in the mirror, are you seeing baby-soft, wrinkle-free skin or are there fine lines etching around your eyes and mouth that you never noticed before? Either way, if you're in your 20s, there's no better time to start incorporating anti-aging beauty products into your regimen. After all, the earlier the better, right?
Right! According to dermatologists, there's no such thing as being too young to target premature signs of aging (think fine lines, pigmentation, uneven skin tone etc.) The sooner you start addressing or preventing these issues, the more your complexion will thank you in a decade or two.
For the past few generations, anti-aging skincare products were predominantly targeted at women 30+. No more! It seems that people are wising up to the fact that starting earlier can prevent a whole lot of issues in the years that follow. It's actually pretty smart when you think about it!
But that's not the only reason.
According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, people are starting to age faster than before. Yikes!!!
"I am seeing more women in their 20s with lines and other stigmata of aging that previously hadn't surfaced until the 30's," says Dr. Loretta.
She elaborates, "I attribute this to the external factors that are aging us faster and at younger ages, including pollution, visible light and even irritants often from the multiplicity of products we are 'experimenting' with, which leads to irritation and in turn to collagen breakdown among other unwanted skin aging changes."
So to answer your question...yes! You definitely do need an anti-aging regimen in your 20s!
Prevention is key to diminishing dark spots and minimizing wrinkles. By establishing a routine now, you can prevent everything from fine lines to large pores, brown spots to precancerous changes.
A lot of people make the mistake of adding youth-reviving facial oils and eye creams into their regimen when it's too late. Well, it's not that it's too late - but it certainly won't be as effective as if you were to prevent these problems from happening in the first place.
Luckily, with adequate hydration, a few good products, and the desire to keep going, you can maintain beautiful, radiant skin for many years to come.
To start with, you'll need a good sunscreen. Sun protection against UVA and UVB rays should be worn 365 days a year to protect your skin from free radicals that cause aging. Use an SPF of at least 30. If you're acne-prone, try using a sunscreen that contains zinc as this is ideal for blemish-prone, oily skin types.
After the age of 25, incorporate a retinol product into your routine. Besides preventing aging in the first place, retinol used regularly can improve fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and dark spots over time. Just be careful if you have sensitive skin, as retinol may irritate it.
Try Truly's Retinol-Formulated Vegan Collagen Skincare Bundle for everything you need to keep your complexion youthful, healthy, and glowing.
In addition to retinol, try using moisturizing products, serums, and other products that contain antioxidants to feed your skin with nutrition every day. Look for ingredients like vitamin E, vitamin C, rose hip, and other natural oils that moisturize and target aging simultaneously.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is another go-to ingredient for its powerful hydrating abilities. Dry skin is more prone to aging, which is why using a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid can hydrate the skin and prevent fine lines from appearing.
Try Truly's Cream Skin Face Cream which is formulated with HA, grape seed oil, sea kelp, and glycerin for day-long dewiness.
Yes, you'll need that too!
"It's important to keep your under-eyes hydrated because this is what helps to make wrinkles less noticeable and keep the skin firm and plump!" says esthetician Shani Darden. "If you need extra hydration, you can add a hyaluronic acid serum before your moisturizer."
Truly's Eye Candy Eye Cream has got you covered.
Aging shouldn't be something to worry about. It's natural, it happens, and nobody can escape it. Well, technically you can, provided that you follow an anti aging skincare routine starting in your 20s. Still, that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with aging. By all means, embrace those beautiful lines and creases. They're a symbol of your growth, wisdom, and grace.