Anti-aging – Protection in your 20’s

If you’re still young and want your skin to stay that way as long as possible, you owe it to yourself to know what’s helpful and what’s not. Early prevention is the key and it’s never too early to start anti-aging. The most important steps people in their 20s and early 30s can take to maintain their skin is to wear sunscreen and to avoid smoking faithfully.


SUNSCREEN


The number one product critical to preserving a youthful face is sunscreen. When used on a regular basis, it will slow down the appearance of photo-damage related signs of aging like dark spots, wrinkles and lackluster skin. If you always skip sunscreen, please note that it is the biggest mistake you ever made. As time goes by, your skin is going to get rougher, and the pigment isn’t going to be as even. Also, all those things get worse with sun damage. Staying out of the sun is absolutely the best medicine against skin aging. People say it’s so time consuming, but really just like you brush your teeth every day. Of all the anti-aging creams and treatments you can buy, sunscreen is the most inexpensive and effective route. No.1 thing young adults can do to limit the signs of aging is use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF 30 or higher every single day.


AVOID SMOKING

Many studies show that smoking hampers the body’s ability to make collagen and also leads to premature wrinkling. Combine a heavy cigarette habit with a lot of sun exposure and you’re more than 10 times more likely to develop wrinkles than people your same age who don’t smoke and who do stay out of the sun. It restricts the blood supply to the skin, making aging more obvious, and each time you inhale, you’re causing wrinkles around your lips.


ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

Always wearing Sunscreen, and try antioxidant moisturizer or serum that contains ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and alpha lipoic acid. They can minimize the oxidative damage caused by stressors such as sun exposure and pollution. Women who have subjected their skin to a lot of sun damage in the first two decades of life should start immediately! Daily sun protection and serums, creams and lotions with antioxidants will make a big difference.

Retinoids is a cure-all product for your skin care woes and is safe to start using in your 20s. It can help with dark spots and discoloration, reduce acne, shrink enlarged pores, even out skin tone, treat precancerous skin lesions, and build collagen while speeding cell turnover. However, this ingredient should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Retinoids can cause redness, dryness, and flaking during their first few weeks of use. They should be introduced into a skin care regimen gradually and cautiously.

Eye cream really is worth buying. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body, meaning that is where wrinkles will appear first. By your mid-20s, find an eye cream that will restore moisture to that area and ward off crow’s-feet. Sunglasses that protect against UV rays are also a must have for your beach days. Don’t skip the neck (and hands)- whatever you do for your face you also want to do to your hands and neck if you don’t want to have a young-looking face but old-looking hands and neck.

Price of a product does not always correlate directly to its effectiveness. One can achieve great looking skin with drugstore products, or clinical products. Look for the ingredients that match your skin need is the key.


BOTULINUM TOXIN

Botox or Botulinum Toxin, If you are in age 20s and do not have lines or wrinkles, or just have a little bit. Botox Injection in just a small amount to the required area will prevent the lines from worsening. It will slow down the progression and appearance of the lines considerably. This little unit amount of injection we call ‘Preventative Botox’ –Injecting Botox into areas before wrinkles form, rather than as an anti-aging measure.


OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS


Makeup can cover up a lot of imperfections, but that healthy glow from within comes from a diet packed with antioxidants. While you’re in your 20s, in addition to getting the habits of using sunscreen and good quality skincare, do not forget the habit of noshing on berries, beans, and dark chocolate that are full of vitamin and antioxidants. Eat healthy food and exercise twice or three times a week. Exercising will increase the blood supply to your skin, making it healthier, bring energy and make you always look fresh!