Anti-Aging For Young Skin

Anti-Aging For Young Skin

     I'm pretty surprised that in central Europe most anti-aging products are about repair rather than prevention. There many products targeted at mature skin, which focus on minimising existing wrinkles, but there is barely anything for under-30s who are getting (or going to get) their first lines. Prevention of ageing is a big thing in east asia (or so I hear), and should be a part of every younger woman's skin care regimen.

So what can you do if you are in your 20s?

Eat, move, drink

     The people with the best skin that I know are the ones that eat simply but healthy (basically lots of fresh fruit and veggies) and stay hydrated. And I have noticed that people who have been doing yoga (or something similar) regularly look less than their age even in their 70s.
       Basically, the best skin care regime will not help you if you eat crap, smoke, and sit in front of the TV all day long.

Avoid the sun:

       This photo is the best proof of how sun ages the skin. But before you slather on any old sunscreen, inform yourself as because there is more to than than SPF. Many sunscreens are not photostable, or don't protect from both UVA and UVB, or contain ingredients that are more likely to give you skin cancer than the sun. Also, you need to apply a certain amount of product to get the promised protection. Avoid anything with nano-particles.

Protecting skin elasticity:

   Be gentle on the skin, don't tug or pull. Don't overdo on the scrubs, your face is not the bathroom floor. Be gentle when removing eye makeup. Massage your face in upward movements, using a moisturiser or oil as lubricant. If you want to prevent slack facial muscles, try face exercises.

Choose your skin care wisely:

       Obviously keeping the face moisturised helps to delay ageing. I like hylauron, urea in lower percentages. Collagen is also a good moisturiser (but it doesn't have any other anti-aging properties!). Occlusives like plant oils are great for sealing the moisture in.

Anti-aging ingredients to look for:

Check the ingredient lists of your moisturisers, serums and creams for these:

  • Antioxidants: look for extracts of green tea, pomegranate and blueberries.
  • Vitamin C: of all vitamins, vit C is the one that is best for preventing ageing. It helps the skin to regenerate faster.
  • Adenosine Triphosphoric Acid: Stimulates the production of skin protein. Meant for skin that has already lost firmness.
  • Oils: rose hip, carrot, seabuckthorn, argan, berry seed, pomegranate seed as well as neroli essential oil have anti-aging properties. These can also be used for oil-cleansing, or as moisturisers.

    I have heard the opinion that anti-aging products might harm younger skin. This is only true for "strong" anti-wrinkle ingredients like AHAs. The ingredients I have mentioned in this post are great for skin of all ages!
    Also, labels like "for ages 40 upwards" on products should not be taken seriously. Your skin can be up to 10 years younger or older than you are!

Be happy

   If you feed your soul everyday and keep your inner joy alive, you will be beautiful even if you are 100 and covered in wrinkles. Nothing looks as good as a woman who feels comfortable in her skin!

    Do you use / have you used anti-aging products in your 20s? What are the attitudes to ani-aging skin care in your country? What are your best anti-agin skin tips?

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