At What Age Should You Start an Anti-Aging Skincare Regimen?
Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet Oscar Wilde once famously wrote, “Youth is wasted on the young.” For those of us who are into our thirties and beyond we can appreciate more than Millenials the benefits of having healthy, supple skin. Yet, more and more experts are recommending that even people in their twenties and earlier not take for granted youthful wrinkle-free skin. In spite of everything, we are all being moved forward by the relentless march of time and the question remains – how early is too early to start a beauty regimen that includes the application of anti-aging skin products?
When Does Visible Skin Aging Begin?
Technically our skin, just as the rest of our bodies, is always aging. Cells are dividing, our skin is shedding and new skin is constantly being formed in its place. Although the typical wisdom is that an anti-aging skincare regimen should begin at around thirty, some experts actually recommend that it begin at around 25 years of age. This is because by that age, the intrinsic signs of aging begin in many people and as with most problems the earlier it is addressed… Signs of aging that can begin as early as the twenties may include:
- Reduction in the skin’s firmness (studies show that the skin produces 1% less collagen every year after the age of 20).
- Reduction in the skin’s elasticity
- Reduction in the water holding molecules that assist collagen and elastin.
In short, by the time young men and women reach their twenties and the signs of intrinsic aging begin to appear, they should start to actively incorporate age defying products into their skincare regimen.
Skincare tips for various age groups
Women in their twenties should include in their skincare regimen the application of anti-aging creams such as the kinds we have at Apothederm. We sell an entire kit full of products including: firming serum, hydrating and moisturizing creams, and also our moisturizing cleanser. All are tested and contain antioxidants, peptides and botanicals that are proven to restore youthful appearing skin. Women in their twenties should also watch sun exposure and exfoliate their skin at least once a week. Earlier than that – pre-teens and teens – females (and males) should eat a healthy diet containing antioxidants and cleanse their skin on a regular basis to aid in the development and maintenance of healthy, youthful skin.
In conclusion, smooth, wrinkle-free skin is a gift of youth but one that does not last forever. In order for it to be maintained it is important to start measures to protect and revitalize it early and to follow those measures on a regular basis.