Sadly our skin does start to age in our 20’s. Although there may not be visible signs of ageing, it is better to start the road to prevention early according to Claire; a board certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in NYC.
UV exposure is the #1 contributor to premature ageing and hence, daily use of a sunscreen with a minimum SPF30+ is critical as part of our daily skincare routine.
What is also really important is choosing the right product for your skin type - for example, if you have very dry skin, oily skin or have psoriasis or similar skin condition.
As we start to age, there is a reduction in hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin fibres causing the skin to lose it’s elasticity, firmness and hydration. You can see in the diagram that with less Hyaluronic Acid, collagen and elastin; skin remodelling start to occur and the skin becomes drier, thinner and there are visible signs of wrinkles.
By replenishing our skin with something as simple as a Hyaluronic Acid moisturiser or serum, this can do wonders to prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles early.
The formulations are also mostly water-base (there are exceptions) and will not clog your pores, especially if you are still breaking out.
Hyaluronic Acid serums and moisturisers are also less expensive compare to peptides and Vitamin C serums, giving them another tick. If you want to step it up, Glycolic Acid and Retinol have many anti-ageing benefits and accelerate skin cell turnover to give younger, healthy-looking skin for much longer.
So for the best skincare in your 20’s, start getting into healthy skincare habits with sunscreen plus an anti-ageing moisturiser or serum plus removing makeup before going to bed and your skin will thank you later.
Author: Helen Lam, Pharmacist and Editor for ellé derm