Today we’re tackling the question that a lot of us are asking: when is the best time to start an anti-aging skincare routine? Are there actually any benefits to starting early? And is there any harm in starting too early? There is a myriad of information on anti-aging, which can make it seem very overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting out, so we’re going to break it down for you.
When it comes to looking after and maintaining your skin, there really is no good or bad time to start. A great routine when you’re younger will help prevent damage in the future and delay your skin’s aging process. Starting an anti-aging routine when you’re older will help repair damage that is already there. However, as your skin has different needs at different times in your life, it’s really the kind of products that matter.
In your 20s:
Your skin is at its peak when you’re in your 20s. Collagen production and cell turnover are still working at their best, meaning your skin is still plump and bright, and fine lines or wrinkles have yet to crop up. When you’re in your 20s, the best anti-aging routine is a preventative one. Your skin is already renewing and repairing itself at optimal levels, so avoid wasting money on excessively harsh scrubs or peels that can also irritate your skin. Instead, use a mild exfoliant, 1 -3 times a week and look for products that will protect your skin from aging factors (like the sun and pollution) in the first place. A great sunscreen (worn every day!) and protective antioxidants will shield your skin against aging damage from the outside.
Eve Lom Day Cream – An antioxidant rich daily moisturizer that hydrates and protects while controlling oil production.
Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 – A light sunblock that protects from UVA and UVB damage while providing a matte finish.
In your 30s:
30 may be the new 20, but unfortunately, things do begin to slow down a little bit in your 30s. Collagen production has already begun to decline and cell turnover isn’t what it used to be, leading to duller skin. You may also start to see the signs of sun damage pop up, mainly in the form of sunspots and fine lines. Now’s the time to bump things up from preventative to active. Upgrade your exfoliator to a skin-renewing peel to brighten, fight hyperpigmentation and soften fine lines, and look for products that contain proven anti-aging ingredients like retinol.
Try: Filorga Age-Peel – A weekly two-step skin peel with a combination of six hydroxy-acids to smooth out wrinkles, fade dark spots, and retexturize the skin.
SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex – Three forms of vitamin A combine in this daily-use cream to refine skin texture.