This year is my last year in my 20s. Despite being excited about turning 30, it comes with worries about aging skin. Is that crow’s feet under my eyes? Am I starting to get wrinkles around my mouth?
I wish I could say that I was smart and took a good care of my skin in my teens and early 20s, but I can’t. I spent way too much time outside without sun screen. I replaced water with an alcoholic drink way too often and didn’t moisturize regularly. I changed my ways in my mid 20’s, but was that enough? Was it too late? Is there anything else I can do now to keep my skin from aging too quickly?
Call me crazy, but I started using anti-aging products about two years ago. I did worry that using anti-aging products too early would do more harm than good, so I invested my time into research. I looked all over the internet to find the recommended age to start using anti-aging products and here is what I learned.
In your early 20s, your skin produces enough collagen (and we all know that collagen is responsible for keeping skin looking healthy and young) on its own. As the years pass, collagen production slows, eventually causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Let’s face it, there are no magic creams that can reverse signs of aging once and for all, so I believe it is important to start an anti-aging routine before it’s too late.
My question is: “When is the right time to start?” Many beauty experts advise starting at the age of 25. Does this mean that you need to run and get Botox on your 25th birthday? No, it doesn’t. It means that you need to start introducing your skin to anti-aging products. “You should absolutely be wearing an eye cream, even if you see no problems around the area,” say doctors. Using an eye cream twice a day can made a huge difference. I use Advanced Radiance Eye Cream and I even noticed that my under eye concealer stays in place longer and doesn’t begin to cake by the end of the day.
This is also a good time to add exfoliation to your skin care routine. This will help your skin get rid of old cells to leave room for new, beautiful skin. You can even make your own brown sugar scrub at home, by simply mixing brown sugar, honey and a drop of coconut oil together.
And don’t forget about antioxidants! Vitamin C is one of the most important ingredients you should look for. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can slow down the rate of free radical damage and boost the skin’s ability to product collagen. Free radicals are responsible for damaging collagen, leading to flaky skin, fine lines and wrinkles. Recent studies also show that skin care products that contain Vitamin C help skin recover from sun damage. Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Nightly Restoration Cream is a good example of a Vitamin C - rich skin cream.