When it comes to the use of anti-aging skin products, many assume that we need to do so at a later age or when the skin starts to show signs of aging. While it is true that the use of such products during the 40s and beyond is beneficial, it is also recommended to start early on for prevention.
Why start in your 20s
Many skin experts agree that it is ideal to use anti-aging products like creams and serums in your 20s. This is because during your early 20s, the skin produces about 1% less collagen every year. Some may not see the effects of collagen decline in their early 20s, but this process is inevitable and will eventually happen.
Do take note that collagen production also declines with bad habits like overexposure to the sun, smoking, and excessive sugar consumption. The exfoliation process of the skin, furthermore, decreases by 28%. This means that dead skin cells stay in the skin’s surface longer.
What about good genes
Genetics do influence the way your skin looks and ages. If your parents or grandparents, for instance, had good skin even in their later years, it is likely that you’ll have the same skin as you age. We have no control over genetics and this provides an explanation as to why some look younger compared to other people of the same age.
Good genes are important, but if you engage in bad habits like smoking, premature aging is likely. The same is also true if you’re always under constant stress; this decreases your ability to produce collagen. Stress also causes you to produce the hormone cortisol, which is found to inhibit collagen formation.
Mind your skin care regimen
Whether or not you have good genes, it is still important to take better care of your skin to delay or avoid signs of aging. Here are some of the anti-aging products you should consider including in your skin care regimen.
As ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause premature skin aging, it is only important to wear sunscreen daily, regardless of your age. Be sure to buy a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it 15 to 20 minutes before the anticipated outdoor exposure.
Do take note that a tan or the darkening of the skin after sun exposure is the skin’s way of protecting it against further damage. While the sun-kissed glow may look appealing, the World Health Organization says there is no such thing as a healthy tan.
Pollution generates free radicals that can damage the skin and cause dullness and skin aging. This only makes it important to use products infused with ingredients that can protect your skin and minimize damage. This is true for products with antioxidants or those with PPF or pollution protection formula.
Dr. Sylvia’s Vitamin C 20% with Ferulic Acid is a comprehensive antioxidant serum that fights oxidative stress and hydrates the skin. This product also offers hydration and lightening benefits and contains various antioxidant actives that work synergistically to boost free radical fighting properties.
Retinol is a vitamin-A based skin care product that can help boost cell regeneration and provide anti-aging benefits. It can increase the production of collagen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as fade age spots and pigmentation. It is advisable to consistently use the product for months to see improvements.
Do take note, however, that retinol, can cause dryness and irritation. This is why it is best to start slowly with the application. You should also wear sunscreen at daytime, as retinol increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. A consultation with an aesthetic doctor will help you know which retinol to use and how you should apply it.
Anti-aging creams and serums
If you want to improve the signs of aging, invest in good quality creams and face serums. Many of these products offer skin-lightening benefits, nourish and hydrate the skin, as well as help smooth lines and wrinkles. Serums can also penetrate deeper layers of the skin quickly, providing better results.
One good recommendation is Dr. Sylvia’s Multi Peptide Essence. This contains a complex of powerful peptides to fight against visual signs of aging. It also has hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract to improve skin’s hydration and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Start the use of anti-aging products to have a better chance in delaying or fighting the signs of aging. Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today for medical-grade skin care products and non-invasive treatment recommendations that can give you a more youthful appearance.