Signs of aging appear on everyone in a different pattern depending on a unique combination of influences. Some of these factors include sun exposure and the melanin content in your skin (which gives you a darker or lighter complexion). But no matter your age, it’s good to start thinking about an anti-aging routine, because prevention is the best medicine!
When Does Your Skin Age?
Collagen production reduces about 1% every year after maturity, which is around the age of 21. So that is the standard age most derms start recommending that you add anti-aging products into your routine. Famed esthetician Renee Rouleau advises that “anti-aging products, particularly those with antioxidants, can be used as early as age 21, but the most important thing is to use anti-aging products that are appropriate for your skin type. If your skin is very dry, you need intensive, lipid-rich oils, but normal, combination, acne-prone, and oily skin types do not need this. The result can be clogged pores, breakouts, and an increase in blackheads!”
What Products Should You Use?
The best way to prevent aging of young skin? Sunscreen. Use an SPF every single day, all year round. And while it’s not a “product” per say, eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help to prevent aging internally in a way that will show up externally. You should also start to use a retinol as the benefits are two-fold. First, retinol is the gold standard ingredient in anti-aging strategies to improve skin tone and texture. This potent ingredient preserves collagen by deactivating the enzymes (matrix metalloproteinases) that break it down. It also improves the skin’s moisture retention regardless of your skin type and it increases cell turnover. The second advantage is that retinol can also help with acne. The improved rate of dead cellular turnover ‘declogs’ the skin. Retinoids also reduce oil production, reduce inflammation associated with acne, and decrease the growth of P. acnes, a bacteria that’s sometimes associated with increased acne. Since people in their 20’s are often still battling acne, retinol is the perfect ingredient because it multi-tasks.