A Guide To Starting An Anti-Aging Skincare Routine In Your 20s
Pigmentation – dark spots, sun spots, uneven skin tone
Wrinkles (not so fine ones)
DISCLAIMER: I am not an aesthetician or dermatologist, but knowing what I am putting on my face is very helpful. I don’t use all the products stated here at one go, but I follow closely to a routine.
You know the saying ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Don’t like dark spots and fine lines? Prevent it from happening at an early age. Here’s how:
Never go to war without a shield, never head out during Movement Control Order without a mask, and certainly do not end your daytime skincare routine without sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if it is cloudy or sunny, UV rays are still there.
SPF is how long the sunscreen is effective for. Many people advise getting an SPF of 30 or more, I am gonna tell you to just get SPF 50 (or more) because Malaysia is a tropical country and the sun is out for longer. SPF 50 will protect you for about 8 hours.
Vitamin C is not only great for boosting your immune system, but it is also great for your skin. It prevents the first signs of aging by blocking free radicals, making your skin brighter.
Remember to look at the ingredients before purchasing because the packaging may scream vitamin C, but the derivative they use may not be effective. So, don’t waste your money on that, okay?
Aged skin is dehydrated, and dehydrated skin accelerates the creation of fine lines. I mean, you’d want hydrated plump skin like a grape, not a raisin. To maintain grape-like plumpness, you need to allow water into the deeper layers of your skin.
To do that, I suggest the all-powerful chick-magnet for water molecules – Hyaluronic Acid. It can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. When we add it to our beauty regime, we are essentially preventing grape-like skin from turning into a raisin. Use it morning and night, but remember to seal that hydration with a layer of moisturiser.
To treat your skin like a fortified city, you need to have walls to protect the moisture levels. Ceramides are fatty building blocks that lock the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. They are naturally occurring on the skin, but tend to slowly diminish in your 20s. Yes, your skin starts its aging process in your 20s!
I would suggest getting a ceramide moisturiser that will be perfect for locking the hydration in after you are done smothering the active ingredients (serums and essences) on your face. When checking the ingredients list, be sure to look out for derivatives like ceramide AP, EOP, NG, NP, or NS. If you spot the words phytosphingosine and sphingosine, these are ingredients that tell your skin to produce ceramides.
When I found out about chemical exfoliants, I almost immediately got rid of my physical ones. Not all physical exfoliants are bad, but I just felt like some of those rough bits and pieces made my skin feel like a fish sent for descaling. I am now using my physical exfoliants to exfoliate my back.
Note of caution: You MUST slather on sunscreen if you are using an exfoliant. You don’t want to kill the youthful layer under the sun – again.
If you are in your mid to late twenties, using retinoids would be good for the skin. Though we have not found the fountain of youth, retinoids may be our closest bet.
Retinoids tend to be a little drying, so apply humectants (eg. Hyaluronic Acid) before you use the product, and seal it with moisturiser after. Don’t pair it with exfoliants as it can be too stripping for the skin.
These are just some core ingredients to use if you are looking to start an anti-aging skincare routine in your 20s. Try out samples and travel-size products if you are unsure of how your skin will react to it.
- Drink more water
- Care for your scalp – The scalp is part of the head, if the skin on the scalp loses its elasticity, the skin on the face will sag as well.
- Put on eye cream – Crow’s feet? Thank you, next.
- Eat healthyDouble cleanse – always double cleanse your face at night, makeup or no makeup.
I may sound a little paranoid about aging, but since I am not planning to invest in face lifters, plumpers, and the like in the future, this is the journey I must take. Start young to stay young, am I right?