They say it’s never too early to start taking care of yourself, and they’re absolutely right. Having the right skin care routine and healthy habits is a great way to ensure you keep your youthful looks well into maturity. Still, at what point should that skin care routine involve anti-aging products like wrinkle creams, collagen ointments, and hyaluronic acid shots. When will you be ready to turn back the hands of time? Let’s find out.
To know when to start, we first must understand the process of aging. When we are young, our bodies are chock-full of everything we need to stay plump, limber, and active. But as we get older, those things that keep us looking young start to fade. We are all born with an abundance of three proteins that are directly correlated with having a youthful look: collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
Collagen is responsible for the plumpness we attribute to youthful skin. Elastin provides the elasticity we see when we’re younger, which stops us from having wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid gives our skin moisture to keep it from looking dry and cracked. The older we get, the less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid we have, thus creating the look of aged skin.
This is why scientists work hard to create the perfect serum to help replace these lost jewels of our youth.
Most people think to start using anti-aging products when they’re well into their fifties, right around the time when the wrinkles, drooping skin, etc. start to look more and more permanent. In actuality, you can and should start using these products as early as your 20s. This is the age when these products will be the most productive. Sound crazy?
Think about it. Isn't it always better to prevent something than it is to cure it? Of course it is! Prevention simply stops something from happening, whereas a cure is trying to undo the damage that has already been done. Such is the case with anti-aging. If you can prevent your skin from showing the signs of aging, not only will you keep your youthful look in your older years, but should wrinkles and sagging skin appear, your skin will better respond to treatment.
If you begin using anti-aging products in your 20s, you are essentially training your skin how to behave. The daily application of hyaluronic acid cream will train your skin to stay hydrated, and when you use retinol creams, your skin will thrive on the daily dose of vitamins.
The bottom line is, the earlier you start, the better off you will be.
Starting anti-aging products in your 20s isn’t the only thing that will help you achieve youthful skin in your maturity. There are several cosmetic dermatology procedures that can also serve as preventative measures. Chemical peels, for example, are a great way to keep your face fresh and new. Even Botox can be used preventatively to train your muscles to relax and stop the creasing of the skin that will lead to wrinkles.