Since the mantra, “preventing skin aging is better than trying to reverse it” was scientifically proven to be factual, anti-aging products have been targeting the much younger segment of potential clients. With the ever growing obsession to stay young, it isn’t surprising that even those in their 20s who are truly young are dead set on “preserving” their young skin.
How early should one employ an anti-aging regimen anyway? How much is good enough and how much is too much anti-aging for young skin?
Women’s Skin in 20s
Ask any skin care specialist and she or he will agree almost automatically that your best weapon to keep your skin young-looking is to prevent signs of aging from appearing in the first place. The skin undergoes a natural aging process but unprotected and chronic sun exposure, smoking, poor skin care regimen, excessive alcohol consumption, and lack of regular workout can facilitate premature aging well before you turn 30.
In general, skin of 20-something-year-olds is very much capable of fast skin cell repair and cell turnover. It does not need collagen production boosters nor stimulators to repair or renew damaged skin. It becomes a whole different story when skin has aged prematurely though.
What are Anti-Aging Creams?
Anti-aging creams often work two ways: to help reverse signs of aging that are already present on skin, and to protect the skin from further developing fine lines and wrinkles. “Do they work?” is an entirely different discussion altogether.
Many anti-aging creams fail to deliver on their promise and, often, these products contain active ingredients that make claims that are not scientifically-backed by evidence. Many may seem effective because they give you soft, radiant, and supple skin but, what you don’t know is that these products have been scratching off the surface of your skin, making it thin, more susceptible to infections, and more vulnerable to sun damage.
Do You Need to Start Anti-aging Creams in 20s?
This is one area where experts can’t seem to agree. Some say you’re never too young to start an anti-aging regimen but some advice against using anti-aging products too soon. Using anti-aging products on very young skin causes skin fatigue, decreases* skin’s resilience to damage over time, and may even cause skin diseases like acne or rosacea to develop.
Anti-Aging Creams for 20s
Young skin in 20s is delicate and sensitive. Too much too soon can only damage what otherwise would have been flawless skin.
What women in their 20s need:
- Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize. A simple cleanse-tone-moisturize skin care regimen for when you wake up and before going to bed is all you need. Keep in mind that you have sensitive skin so, keep it simple, sister!
- Day time and night time moisturizer. Make sure to moisturize with two formulations: one fit for daytime and another fit for night time. Light, water-based moisturizers that contain plant extracts help rejuvenate skin while you work or play, and while you sleep. Avoid alcohol or petroleum-based moisturizers which can cause skin irritations.
- Exfoliate. Choose gentle exfoliants that contain alphahydroxy acids (AHA) that gently peel off damaged skin and flush it out. Regularly exfoliate as indicated and depending on your skin type.
- Broad spectrum sunscreen, Topical Vitamin C or antioxidant, and a pair of sunglasses. One area where skin experts do absolutely agree is in minimizing sun exposure.
- Eye cream or serum. Skin around your eyes is ultrathin and overly sensitive. You’re never too young to start giving skin around your eyes a much needed TLC. Use moisturizer on your face, neck shoulders, and hands but, use only specially formulated eye creams and serums for skin around your eyes.
Religiously apply sunscreen, no matter if there’s a snowstorm going on. Twenties is also the best time to start bombard the skin with essential vitamins including Vitamin C, A, and E and other nutrients like iron and zinc.
What you don’t need yet:
- Retinol: The effectiveness of retinol has been established by scientific studies. However, retinol works by giving users temporary skin suppleness and elasticity by scraping the skin which thins out with continued and prolonged use. So, leave that retinol to the 40 and above, and reserve using it until you’re there.
- Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels: Young skin is very delicate, and microdermabrasion and chemical peels will only cause damage. Besides, these procedures aim to boost* collagen production, and that’s not an issue at all for your collagen-rich and naturally elastic skin.
- Peptides: Moisturize well but leave the peptides to your seniors. Applying peptides to a 20-year old’s skin will only make skin oily which, in turn, may cause an acne outbreak.
Prevention is truly the key to hold back the years longer. More than simply taking advantage of the latest skin science breakthroughs, however, the 20-something-year-olds can start focusing their attention on eliminating other risk factors they have for aging skin.