When Should You Start Using Anti-aging Skincare Products?Posted on 16/03/2020
Just like how Hot Cross Buns are being sold straight after Christmas Day in our supermarkets four months early, it’s never too early to start progressively using anti-aging products. Anti-aging products, particularly those with antioxidants, can be used as early as age 21 – but the most important thing is to use anti-aging skincare products that are appropriate for your skin type.
Most anti-aging skincare formulations are typically targeted to treat drier complexions. This means that oily complexions may find some anti-aging serums or creams a bit too heavy. If your skin is very dry, you’ll need products that are rich in nourishing oils. If your skin is normal, combination, acne-prone, and oily skin types, you will not need anything too heavy. Heavier formulations may result in clogged pores, breakouts, and an increase in blackheads (and to that we say no, thanks).
If you’re still breaking out, we’d recommend paying extra-close attention to the ingredient list as some combinations and peptides can activate the metabolism of already-active skin into a higher gear than necessary.
Sunscreen is still the best anti-aging product
One of the best anti-aging products is using a daily sunscreen protectant underneath your makeup. To limit the signs of aging, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 or higher, every single day. We love MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ which acts as a light foundation to provide dewy coverage and blemish cover. Its formula contains Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide to supply moisture as well as enhance moisture retention; which improves the appearance of fine lines.
Once you get into your 30s and acne is mostly a thing of the past, you can start to consider incorporating more active ingredients into your skincare routine. These include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Chemical exfoliators (AHA/BHA/PHA), Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Adenosine, Niacinamide and anything rich in Antioxidants. These are just a few examples of key ingredients to look out for in anti-aging skincare.
If you’re in your 20s, we would recommend avoiding overly harsh exfoliants, whether in chemical or granular scrub form. Many people will use acids in their serums, scrubs and cleansers. In high concentrations, this can be too aggressive or ‘strong’ and may damage the skin’s barrier function; resulting in redness and irritation. Be blessed that there is still a lot of skin regeneration and good stuff going on with the normal cell function in your 20s. Many anti-aging products are focused on stimulating cell turnover by exfoliating with ingredients like glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids. So, instead, use a gentle scrub once or twice a week such as the iUNIK Lime Moisture Mild Peeling Gel.
If you’re really concerned your skin is forming fine lines, we recommend using a serum in your night routine. You can look into a chemical peel to tackle both breakouts and premature signs of aging at once. The more you rid the skin surface of dry skin cell build-up, the less oil and bacteria will be trapped underneath; resulting in less clogged pores. In addition, it helps to speed up cell turnover which is an absolute must for keeping the skin healthy, smooth, and young-looking. We recommend using antioxidant-rich serum, SKIN&LAB Dr. Color Effect Red Serum.
So, the verdict is that it’s never too early to start incorporating anti-aging skincare products into your daily regime. But the important thing is to use skincare products based on your skin type, not because it’s necessarily trending.
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