Many consumers wonder when to work anti-aging products into their skincare routine. Should you begin using them once your first wrinkle appears, or is it already too late by then? In general, prevention can be more effective than trying to tackle skin issues after they arise, but it’s never too late to begin using products that address aging concerns. Below we have compiled a general guide with solid recommendations around when to incorporate anti-aging products into your daily regimen.
In Your 20s
During your 20s, you may notice fine lines and dark spots indicating sun damage, or you may show zero signs of aging. Either way, this is a great time to make a couple small changes to your routine to help skin remain youthful.
Retinol, a powerful, widely available skincare ingredient, promotes cellular turnover and boosts collagen production, diminishing aging signs including fine lines and sun damage (over 25 years of data back
this up). A retinol product is a great first anti-ager to incorporate into your routine: many experts recommend using a retinol product by the time you enter your late 20s. Retinol products should be used at night.
If you’d like a second product to add to your arsenal during your 20s, try an antioxidant serum or cream in the mornings (Something containing 20% Vitamin C will be especially effective). These products will help protect the skin against free radicals as well as helping reduce any dark spots.
During your 30s, your skin may become noticeably duller due to decreased cellular turnover: cells linger on the skin’s surface for longer, reducing luminosity. Exfoliation will help: try using an exfoliating scrub a few times a week. There are two general types of exfoliants: chemical exfoliants, which use chemicals to remove skin cells and work well but can be pricier, or physical exfoliants, which rely on grainy particles to scrub away skin cells, and tend to be more affordable but can be rough on skin. Additionally, a weekly at-home glycolic peel can work wonders, helping significantly brighten skin.
In Your 40s and Beyond
Your 40s are a great decade to seek professional help with aging concerns: visit a dermatologist to explore tailored, in-office options like chemical peels and laser treatments. If you’d like to step up your retinol game, dermatologists can hook you up with a prescription strength product.
The skin’s moisture can diminish significantly in your 40s, so now is the time to incorporate a rich skin cream into your routine. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, shea butter, and petrolatum. You can also try a skin oil, which can be layered over serums/creams.
At Any Age
No matter what your age, avoiding sun exposure remains one of the best preventative measures against aging. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SP
F 15 and ideally, at least SPF 30. The best sunscreen is one you will actually use, so pick one with a scent, texture and application method that appeal to you.