No, you’re not too young to be reading this.
Why You Need to Start in Your 20s
It’s never too early to take preventative action, especially when it comes to skincare. Here’s some skincare info for you: skin cell turnover is a key component to keeping the skin supple, elastic, and looking youthful. In your 20s, your cell turnover drops by as much as 28%. Additionally, dermatologists believe that our skin is starting to age faster than before. This is mostly attributed to external factors such as pollution, visible light, and irritants in products.
That means you should begin protecting your skin now so that you can prevent the need to take drastic action when you’re older. Your 20s are a time to start focusing on prevention so that there will be a lesser need for correction in your 60s.
Anti-aging isn’t about looking young
It’s important to note that anti-aging isn’t about looking young. Your skin is young. You don’t need to worry about that. The biggest goal you should have for your skin (no matter what age you are) is to look like the freshest version of yourself. It’s about keeping the skin healthy. Your anti-aging routine in your 20s should aim to prevent damage in later years, rather than looking ‘young’.
Incorporating Anti-Aging products into your skincare routine
Now that we’ve tackled why it’s important to start your anti-aging routine in your 20s, it’s time to cover the ingredients and products that can help you keep your skin healthy:
The sun is the number one cause of skin aging. Most of your sun damage won’t start showing before your 30s, so don’t wait until you see it surface before beating it. By then, you’ll be behind the curve. Stay ahead of it by starting the prevention in your 20s and wearing SPF on a daily basis. Make sure you opt for a broad-spectrum SPF product that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. (P.S. – you need to be wearing sunscreen every single day. No exceptions!)
A great way to start introducing anti-aging products into your routine is by using antioxidants. Using a vitamin C product (or any other antioxidant) helps prevent oxidative damage caused by sun exposure and environmental pollutants. Plus, it’s great for brightening the skin, giving you that healthy glow!
Peptides are a great entry point to support collagen. (Collagen is a protein that is responsible for keeping the skin elastic.) They tell your cells to produce more collagen, so by applying peptides directly to the skin, you’re telling your body that it needs more collagen. Peptides also work to rebuild and repair damaged cells, keeping the skin healthy.
One way to support your skin cell turnover is to exfoliate. It’s time to trade in your face scrubs for exfoliating acids such as AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs, as physical scrubs can be quite harsh on the skin. Exfoliating acids contain ingredients that help remove dead skin cells by dissolving the bonds that hold them together. This encourages cell regeneration to reveal fresh, glowing skin. While exfoliating regularly is helpful in keeping the skin fresh and healthy, it’s imperative not to overdo it. Once or twice a week is more than enough!
It’s time to start increasing the hydration in your skincare routine. In your teens, acne may have caused you to be more cautious about using heavier creams, but as you enter adulthood, your skin transitions and becomes drier as you age. Adding an emollient (i.e. moisturising) night cream as the last step of your PM routine is a great way to lock in the nutrients from your serums and provide hydration while you sleep. Drier skin often leads to premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging can occur when the skin is dehydrated or too dry. That’s why it’s essential to get into the habit of keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised in your 20s.