You may have heard that preventative measures are one of the most effective ways to combat the signs of ageing. After all, fine lines and wrinkles are undoubtedly much easier to deal with before they’ve appeared than after they’re already visible. However, are your 20s too young to start thinking about using anti-wrinkle creams and serums?
We always imagine anti-wrinkle products as something we associated with older people, but you’d be surprised how certain products could benefit those with youthful appearances. Here’s everything you need to know about when to start using anti-ageing products.
What Can Accelerate Ageing Skin?
It’s essential to understand how skin ages before you can decide whether anti-ageing creams are something that you could benefit from. Naturally, there are some factors that determine how quickly our skin ages that are out of our control, such as genetics. The genetic lottery can play a big part in how our skin ages. Quiz your parents about when they first started to notice their skin ageing; it may just be an unfortunate reality that your genes have determined that your skin is going to age prematurely.
Fortunately, other factors are entirely within our control, and preventative measures can be taken. Smoking is 100% something to be avoided. Not only is it bad for your health in general, but smoking can speed up the normal ageing process of the skin. The nicotine in cigarettes causes the narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of the skin, impairing the blood flow. This prevents the skin from getting as much oxygen, and nutrients, such as vitamin A. The chemicals in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elastin, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. Stopping smoking as soon as possible is one of the best things you can do for your skin.
Wearing sunscreen every day is also something many people are guilty of not doing. The sun’s UV rays are incredibly damaging to the skin and something that can cause premature ageing. SPF protection in the form of sunscreen or moisturiser should be applied every day, even on cloudy, overcast days, as the rays can pass through clouds. Here are some examples of products designed to protect against UV rays:
SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50 is ideal for all skin types, not only does it offer protection from the sun, but its 100% mineral filters offer a sheer mineral tint that has been tested on skin of all ethnicities. Unlike traditional greasy sunscreens, this product leaves a matt texture allowing you to use it as the base for foundation or concealer whilst still affording UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection.
Obagi360 Hydrafactor SPF 30 has a clinically advanced formula to help shield the skin from environmental damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. It is ideal for younger people as it works to diminish hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles whilst its lightweight moisture instantly brightens and plumps the skin.
Obagi Matte Sun Shield SPF 50 offers excellent protection against sun-induced skin damage. Its non-greasy, PABA-free and fragrance-free formula absorbs quickly for a matte finish, ensuring that the skin is defended from UVA and UVB rays. The addition of vitamin C rejuvenates the skin and promotes skin firmness.
Are My 20s Too Young for Anti-Ageing Products?
Ultimately, this comes down to how your skin currently looks and the exposure it has had to skin-damaging elements. If you’re someone who has smoked for many years or has spent a lot of time outdoors without wearing SPF protection, then your skin could benefit from anti-ageing products to help prevent the skin damage from becoming visible.
The average person in their 20s probably doesn’t need to be reaching for anti-ageing products just yet, however, preventative measures are one of the most powerful ways to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing in the future. SPF protection and hydrating skin products are essential for anyone in their 20s wanting to minimise the effects of skin ageing in the future.
How Do Anti-Wrinkle Creams Work?
How effective a product is at reversing the signs of ageing depends on its ingredients. Retinol is a crucial ingredient; it’s an active form of vitamin A, which is something the body naturally loses as we age to create the signs of ageing such as wrinkles and a dull complexion. Retinol can reverse this by increasing cell turnover, building collagen and treating wrinkles by replenishing the body of vitamin A. Products that contain retinol encourage ageing skin cells to behave like younger, healthier skin cells to give smoother, brighter and firmer skin.
Antioxidants are also an essential ingredient, as they promote repair and healing in the skin. Their main advantage for anti-ageing is prevention; they help protect the skin from free radical damage and environmental factors such as UV damage or pollution. So if you’ve not begun to see the signs of ageing yet but are concerned about the future, products full of antioxidants are ideal.
Remember that the changes do not happen overnight, it takes time and consistent use of products to see the results. Even the best products can take a good few weeks to start showing the effects; you’ll need to use them every day and keep up the consistent routine.
What is the Best Anti-Ageing Face Cream?
There is no straightforward answer to this question, as every cream is unique and suited to different skin types. You should first assess what kind of skin you have and what your problem areas are. Our experts at Skinstation could help advise you on the different products we stock to help point you in the right direction. Here are some examples of anti-ageing products you could benefit from:
Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Ageing Moisturiser has triple benefits of hydrated skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles for a firmer texture. Its complex formula of antioxidants and retinol strengthens the skin’s ability to repair itself and improve the skin’s overall complexion.
Obagi Retinol 1.0% is formulated to hydrate and revive all skin types. It’s minimally irritating, high-concentrated retinol formula fights the signs of premature ageing caused by environmental aggressors to promote a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion. It boosts cell turnover to minimise fine lines and wrinkles whilst diminishing hyperpigmentation. Hydrating jojoba oil and shea butter promotes firmness and elasticity, as vitamins C and E work synergistically to neutralise free radicals.
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is an anti-ageing gel designed to boost skin hydration and help with tissue repair. The gel locks in moisture using hyaluronic acid, leaving skin feeling smooth and supple. The vitamin B5 encourages skin cells to repair, heal and hydrate to soothe the skin, all whilst promoting a healthy, beautiful appearance.
If you have any questions or concerns about anti-ageing products such as Obagi skin care, contact Skinstation today. Our experienced doctors and clinical nurse practitioners are on hand to advise on skincare and your particular needs.