One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to skincare is ‘what age should you really start applying anti-ageing products?’. When it comes to ageing skin, most of us are doing all we can to halt the hands of time and keep our youthful and supple complexion forever. But are we doing enough, and more importantly... doing it in time?
What age should you start applying anti-ageing products?
When we are young and our skin is wrinkle-free and firm to the touch, we often neglect anti-ageing cream. After all, what is the point in applying anti-ageing products when our skin is still youthful? This is one of the biggest misconceptions about anti-ageing products; that you already need to be ageing before using them to slow down the process. However, anti-ageing products should be used prior to the skin ageing process to more effectively prolong that youthful appearance and act as a preventative measure. This should begin sometime in your 20's and 30's as this is when skin slowly starts to lose collagen. But do not fret, starting anti-ageing skincare this young doesn’t need to be intense or complex. Especially when you are in your 20's, anti-ageing products can be kept simple with a few good products such as a daily SPF and a retinol cream or serum. But remember, it is never too late to start!
Which anti-ageing products?
One important anti-ageing product to begin incorporating into your skincare routine in your 20's and 30's is a good retinol serum or retinol cream. We recommend for first-time retinol users starting with Skinceuticals Retinol Refining Night Cream. This retinol cream is gentle on problematic or sensitive skin at only 0.3%. The purpose of a retinol cream is that it will stimulate cell regeneration overnight and build the collagen that naturally begins to diminish with age. This will not only improve the appearance of fine lines, but will also diminish age spots, blemishes, blotchiness and pore size.
To use the Skinceuticals Retinol Refining Night Cream, begin by gently applying the product at night twice a week for the first two weeks. This will allow your skin to slowly build up its tolerance for retinol. After the two week period you can slowly build up to using the cream nightly. Another benefit of using this retinol cream is that it also eliminates the need for additional moisturiser at night, win win.
When it comes to anti-ageing cream, SPF is another extremely important one to remember. Sun exposure is one of the leading causes of ageing skin, wrinkles and sun spots. Using SPF from a young age will delay the ageing process considerably and keep your youthful complexion for longer. Even when it isn’t sunny and you are spending the day inside, SPF will protect you from the harmful UV rays that cause your skin cells to generate free radicals. Whilst a glowing tan may make you feel like your skin is glowing with youth in the moment, repeated sun exposure will quickly reduce the level of elastin and collagen produced, and therefore speeding up the ageing process. You can learn more about daily SPF use in our blog post ‘Why You Should Start Using SPF Everyday’ here.
Other ageing skin stressors
When it comes to anti-ageing, it is not just skincare that can help us retain our youthful glow. Lifestyle factors also play a key role in the appearance of our skin. For example, smoking speeds up the skin ageing process and can result in a dull, sallow complexion. Excessively drinking alcohol dehydrates and damages our skin, enhancing the appearance of wrinkles. Even air pollution can damage our skin, highlighting the need for a good cleanser and moisturiser. Living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle alongside your anti-ageing products will help you retain your plump and healthy complexion for longer.