We can’t stress how much you’ll thank yourself for investing in your future skin health and aesthetic while you’re still fresh-faced. Here are a few anti-ageing products to consider – you can thank us when you still look fab at 50!
Your 20s are a time for self-discovery, new experiences and making life plans. But, it’s also important to remember that around your mid-20s is when skin starts to apply the brakes on collagen production and the ageing process begins, albeit slowly.
Know your skin type
Knowing your skin type is the number 1 place to start when it comes to choosing anti-ageing products that are compatible with your skin. Here is a guide to the kind of ingredients to use for each skin type:
- Oily skin: choose products containing glycolic and salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide and hyaluronic acid. Oily skin tends to produce excess sebum and these ingredients will help to control this. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid will target specific areas across the face that need hydration.
- Dry skin: seek out products containing lactic acid and shea butter, as these will help to provide mild exfoliation and hydration.
- Sensitive skin: aloe vera, shea butter and oatmeal are all effective moisturisers that won’t cause a breakout for those with sensitive skin.
Not sure what type of skin you have? Booking in for a dermatologist appointment to find out what type of skin you have will save you from making the wrong decisions when it comes to choosing products – you never know, you might be inadvertently harming your skin. As we’re still currently in lockdown, it might be a challenge to get a dermatologist appointment, but don’t fret.
There are apps that can help you determine your skin type and set you on the right path to glowing, healthy skin.
Know which ingredients to look out for
Before hitting the high street (or more likely the internet, during the lockdown period) you should get clued up on the ingredients to look out for and what they do:
- Retinol: encourages collagen production and cell turnover. In removing dead cells, retinol helps to keep your skin bright, beautiful and blemish-free.
- Anti-oxidants: protect against environmental factors that can dull the skin, such as pollution.
- SPF: even during winter, your skin needs daily protection from UV light. Sun damage is the biggest cause of premature ageing
- Hyaluronic acid: when your skin is young, it’s full of hyaluronic acid, which carries 1000x its weight in water. Once you hit your late 20s, your body is no longer able to produce this in such great quantities, which is why your skin begins to wrinkle and lose its volume. Hyaluronic acid-based products will address this.
- Ceramides and peptides: ceramides and peptides protect against environmental damage by preventing moisture loss and contribute to triggering collagen production.
Do your own research
It can be easy to take an influencer’s word for it when choosing the best products of your skin. Instead of focusing on what an individual’s skin looks like now, seek out how it looked before they started treatment using a specific product, as this will give you some context surrounding how the results might affect your skin – it’s all relative!
Identify your main skin concern
Before deciding on a product, make sure you know which concerns your skin is most likely to run into as your age. A good way of working this out is to take a look at your diet and lifestyle habits, as well as your family’s skin history.
Good luck on your journey to healthy, youthful and glowing skin!