In the war against aging skin, prevention is the number one key. In general, prevention should start at the earliest ages possible. The earlier that prevention is started, the better the skin will look in the long run.
Many teenagers actively tan both outside and in tanning salons thinking that they will never age. By the time a person is in his or her 20s and 30s, however, UV effects on the skin medically known as photoaging begin slowly but surely.
It is at this stage that starting an anti-aging regimen is especially important. The longer the damage to skin persists, the longer and more effort it will take to reverse the damage.
This blog post will be primarily directed at the beginner in the anti-aging battle. In subsequent newsletters, I will try to address specific issues seen in various older age groups as well.
First and foremost, develop the habit of wearing sunscreen every single day. You want wearing sunscreen to be second nature. You want it to be like brushing your teeth or your, hair or like wearing your makeup.
If you don’t put on your sunscreen, you want to feel like you really missed something important. All the anti-aging tactics in the world will not help if you do not protect what you started off with which is younger undamaged skin.
One ironic trend is that despite the fact that many young parents will put sunscreen on their children, they do not put it on themselves. If you’re a young parent, it goes without saying that you should practice what you preach.
Second, at the younger ages, antioxidants will give your skin extra protection. Antioxidants creams and serums such as vitamin C applied daily absorb free radicals produced in your skin from UV exposure and prevent them from causing damage to the cell DNA of skin cells. Consider it an additional line of protection for any sun that does get through the first line of defense with sunscreen.
Third, incorporate retinols to your skincare regimen. Retinol and its derivatives are tops in the anti-aging field due to their ability to improve collagen.
Chemically, retinols stimulate collagen production, which helps to keep skin smooth. They also increase the rate of skin cell turnover, meaning that old skin cells are removed sooner, resulting in brighter and healthier appearing skin.
An additional benefit to women in their 20s and 30s is that retinols are very good in acne-prone areas to decrease breakouts. If you have sensitive skin or tend to dry out very fast, use retinols sparingly until you know your skin can tolerate it.
At whatever age, it is important to slow down the effects of the aging process before they become significant. But in the earliest stages, ounces of prevention in the form of sunscreens, antioxidants and retinols will be worth more than many pounds of cure in the future.