If you’re asking when to start using anti-aging products, the best answer is “yesterday!” We know that seems extreme, but the truth is, you really cannot start soon enough when it comes to taking care of your skin for the long haul. And remember--anti-aging isn’t just about taking care of issues like fine lines and wrinkles. It’s about preventing problems before they even start--if you want to be mistaken for a college kid in your 50s, start upping your skincare game in your 20s!
Also, remember that anti-aging doesn’t necessarily mean you need specialized or targeted products--it can mean just making more of a commitment to basic skin care that keeps your skin young and healthy looking. That’s why in this article, we’ll talk about when to start using anti-aging products, what skincare issues you’ll want to address, and what, exactly, you should be using on your skin.
When to Start Using Anti-Aging Products
We know that anti-aging products are generally not front of mind for most people in their 20s, or even 30s, but if you ask anyone north of 40, they’ll almost certainly tell you they wished they hadn’t waited to start a good, anti-aging skincare routine. The best way to think of anti-aging skincare is to pretend you’re about 20 years older than you are. In other words, start thinking about the delicate skin around your eyes, the cumulative damage caused by the sun, the lack of moisture you might experience, etc. If you do, you’ll be way ahead of the game when you actually get there!
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Main Takeaways: It’s never, ever too early to start using anti-aging products. If you’ve shied away from using products like eye creams or moisturizers in the past, now’s the time to incorporate them into your skin care routine.
Good to Know: Using anti-aging products isn’t just about specialized skincare. It’s also about creating and maintaining a basic skincare routine that not only remedies aging issues but stops them before they start.
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If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you might not even be all that aware of what anti-aging issues you might eventually need to address. Right now your skin is probably line free, you probably don’t have issues with dryness, and you even wake up with that glow that everyone’s after. It’s a glorious time--but it won’t last forever which is why we’re going to outline just a handful of issues you might experience as you get a bit older so you can anticipate dealing with them.
As we age, factors like sun damage, dryness, pregnancy, hormones, and actually, life in general can cause skin to lose its dewy, healthy sheen. Skin often becomes dull and uneven as our skin starts to regenerate more slowly and environmental damage starts to add up.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Even little kids know that fine lines and wrinkles are a big part of the aging process, but when you’re young, it’s almost impossible to look at your line-free face and imagine there will come a day when you’ll see wrinkles. Although there are lots of factors that go into why we develop wrinkles, a big one is that as we age, we produce less collagen. Collagen is known for keeping the skin plump and healthy looking. When it starts to diminish, skin is much more prone to develop lines.
Speaking of collagen--one of the biggest effects of collagen loss is that skin tends to sag more since collagen is what helps skin stay elastic. To see what we mean, gently tug on your skin. If you’re in your 20s or 30s it will probably bounce back into place easily--if you’re not, you might find it takes a second for that to happen. A great way to get that elasticity back is to use a product with hyaluronic acid in it.
For many people, one of the most obvious signs of aging, both in terms of how it feels and looks, is dryness. Everything from hormones to heredity can cause dryness in skin and the results can range from simple discomfort to really visible wrinkles. That’s why it is beyond important to start moisturizing now on a regular basis! Don’t wait until your skin feels tight or flakes on a regular basis to hydrate your skin! Use a moisturizer on a regular basis and don’t forget that that’s not the only way to moisturize! Using a toner throughout the day is an easy way to give your skin an extra boost of hydration!
What Anti-Aging Products Should You Start With?
Let’s say you were in a race and someone told you there was a legal way to get a head start. Chances are, you’d take it. That’s basically what using skincare products preventatively is, which is why it’s so important to know what to use and how to use it.
As we said, starting an anti-aging skin care routine doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a lot of special products. In fact, it’s actually a really good idea to start with the basics. For example, if you don’t already have a great toner, now’s the time to incorporate one into your skin care routine. We strongly recommend a great hydrating toner like our Rose and Shine rose water toner. Just a few spritzes right after you cleanse will leave skin dewy and smooth--both attributes that make skin look younger.
Next, choose a serum that restores radiance and brightens the skin. With 10% vitamin C, our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum is brilliant--no pun intended--at bringing back the glow your skin had when you were really young. It’s also full of vitamin E which is known for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while adding moisture to the skin. As if that’s not enough, it also has aloe vera which not only soothes the skin but forms a thin, protective layer to lock in moisture--crucial for keeping skin looking young!
Above all, you MUST use a moisturizer! If you’ve never used a moisturizer, this is absolutely the time to start. If you’re in your 20s, you may be looking at yourself in the mirror, thinking, “What? Moisturizer? But my skin is SO not dry! I mean, my face is shiny in every picture! And I don’t have a line on my face! Why would I need a moisturizer!?”
Well, remember what we said about prevention? A good moisturizer, like our Crème de la Cream natural moisturizer, will help keep the fine lines and wrinkles at bay over the long term and will help make sure you keep that gorgeous, glowy look that only youth--and great skin care--can provide! And yes, even if you have oily skin, you need to replenish moisture if you want to keep your skin looking great (remember--even oily skins can become dry as you age).
You’ll also want to incorporate an eye cream like our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream into your skin care routine. If an eye cream seems even more ludicrous than using moisturizer, consider this: the skin around the eye area has much less moisture than the rest of your skin. That means it ages a lot faster. Also, think about what happens to most of us when we smile. Our eyes scrunch up and we develop little lines--also known as crow’s feet--right at the edge of our eyes. Although not smiling our whole lives isn’t really a great option, using an eye cream is! All you have to do is gently dab just a bit around the eye area (make sure to get your eyelids which also winkle quickly), using your ring finger to avoid pulling too hard.
Finally, be absolutely certain to use sunscreen every single time you leave the house. Sunscreen is one of the best anti-aging products there is since the sun can potentially do a lot of damage (and not just when it comes to aging the skin prematurely--we’re also talking about your health). Even if you can’t see the damage yet, that doesn’t mean it’s not happening--guard your skin from the sun and you’ll keep your skin looking a lot younger.
We hope this gives you some clarification--and inspiration--about when to start using anti-aging products! Feel free to send us a picture in 20 years when your skin still looks as fabulous as it does now!