For many, anti-aging products seem to be marketed mostly to “women of a certain age,” and while that may be true, it has also created a false sense of security for younger women and men alike. Skincare is important for everyone, and yes, if you keep up with a good routine, you can look younger for longer.
Here are 4 reasons why you’re never too young to begin your anti-aging routine.
Your Skin is Exposed to Damage Every Day
Sunburn, windburn, dry air, pollution, cosmetics, free radicals… it’s enough to make your head spin, and more to the point… to literally age your skin. As the biggest organ in your body, your skin works hard to keep bad things out of your system, but it takes a bit of damage in the process.
The weather and elements can do a lot of harm, and dermatologists recommend sun protection for everyone – starting at 6 months old (so there go all those “too young” arguments). People living in dry or windy climates also need to protect against chapping, especially on the lips, cheeks, nose and ears.
Free radicals are formed naturally, but they can be very harmful to your skin. These atoms can attack fat cells and DNA to cause premature aging, and other damage.
The more steps you take now to help protect your skin, the healthier it will be throughout your whole life.
You Can Start Simply
Don’t worry too much about rushing out to the esthetician and dropping tons of money on expensive repair creams. Most people can mitigate everyday damage by following a few simple rules.
- Stay hydrated
- Get adequate rest
- Wear sunscreen, hats, and protective clothing
- Don’t smoke
- Eat well
- Avoid harsh cleansers and other skincare products that could irritate your skin
- Never sleep with makeup on
- Clean your cosmetic brushes regularly
- Moisturize when necessary
Begin here, and see how your skin looks after a few weeks. If you’re still experiencing what you think is premature aging, see your doctor to talk over some options.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
Yes, there are some skincare products out there that cost as much as you make in a week. Do you need them? Probably not.
The celebrities of the world might invest in ultra high-end serums and oils, but the average person can easily get away with four things: sunscreen, a thorough but gentle cleanser, a facial moisturizer, and an allover body moisturizer.
Don’t forget to pay attention to your neck, hands, feet, knees and elbows when using a lotion, as these areas can tend to show signs of aging first.
The Sooner You Start, the More You’ll Benefit
A person who has dutifully worn sunscreen all their lives won’t end up in the dermatologist’s office for sun damage treatment. A person who uses a good moisturizer won’t see fine lines quite so soon as their friends who go without it.
Remember, gentle and restorative skincare can’t hurt – it can only help.