While it is true that aging is an unavoidable aspect of life, who doesn't desire to age gracefully?
Some people start showing signs of aging in their twenties or even earlier, while others (the lucky ones) start considerably later. So, when should we start paying attention to wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation? In our late 20s? Only when the crow's feet start to appear? Let's take a look at the answer!
Is there a certain age when it's too early to start using anti-aging products?
The short answer is: No. We understand that anti-aging may sound like something for the elderly, but did you know that wrinkles form a long time before you notice them?
Our skin begins to accumulate damage as soon as it is subjected to external aggressors (such as UV radiation and pollution), as well as internal aggressors (like hormonal changes and the side effects of stress and anxiety). Our skin's capacity to retain moisture and repair itself from damage is already slowed by ageing, and after being exposed to these additional aggressors on a regular basis, it begins to lose its ability to do so.
It's simpler to avoid skin damage than it is to reverse it later, so if you start using anti-aging products at a younger age, you'll cause less damage to your skin than if you start using them in your late 30s. Because younger skin is more receptive than older skin, the sooner you begin using these products, the better!
So, while I'm in my teens or early twenties, what anti-aging products should I use?
Before you grab for your mother's pricey night creams, keep in mind that the most important thing is to use anti-aging products that are suitable for your skin type and specific needs. Anti-aging products that contain high levels of retinol and hefty night creams aren't the only ones available!
While it's true that anti-ageing formulas containing vitamin A (such as retinol) are the most effective, there are plenty of other gentler alternatives in Korean skin care, such as ginseng, vitamin C, peptides, niacinamide, and snail mucin, that can also help with other skin issues like acne, dark spots, and dullness.
If you don't think your skin is ready for targeted treatments yet, keep in mind that the simplest method to begin your anti-aging routine is to simply use SPF every day. Because UV light damage is the leading cause of skin aging that can be avoided, sunscreen is the best anti-aging solution you can buy, regardless of your age.
Another simple approach to begin your anti-aging regimen is to look for antioxidant-rich products, which assist to slow down the ageing process by avoiding skin damage and counteracting the breakdown of collagen fibres. Antioxidants are commonly found in serums, moisturisers, and even cleansers! Look into The Ordinary Vitamin C products, which are chock-full of antioxidant-rich ingredients.
Will powerful retinols/anti-aging products lose their effectiveness over time if I start using them early?
While you may believe that your skin care product isn't functioning any more if you don't notice any improvements, this simply implies that it is working extremely well. Let's imagine you're taking a retinoid product, for example. Because your skin may develop a resistance to the retinoid over time, it may appear to be less effective, but your skin is simply getting more tolerant of the ingredient (think: no more redness, tingling, or peeling!) If you stop using a product for a while and then come back to it, you can notice that it starts to "work" again.
One good idea to remember is to start with lower-potency active ingredients and gradually increase their dosage. For vitamin C, for example, you can start with the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, which has 5% vitamin c, and then progress to more potent Vitamin C such as The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid. You may also test subtly different ingredients by branching out into the ingredient family tree, such as switching from your typical glycolic acid exfoliant to something with lactic acid, like the The Ordinary Lactic acid 10%, to give your bored skin a little surprise.
Don't wait—slather on that sunscreen, grab that vitamin C serum, and do what millions of people wish they had done when they were younger!
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