Do you remember having soft, supple skin that never needed moisturizer, makeup, or night serums? Do you recall the energy and resilience of youth that allowed you to party all night and still wake up looking fresh-faced and well-rested? For 20-somethings still living in the embrace of young adulthood, aging often seems like a problem for the future, but those of us currently experiencing the aches and pains of sallow, tired skin know the truth all too well.
The decisions made in the formative years of life can affect the course of things to come, and your skin isn’t exempt. How you treat your face in your youth can be the difference between a fresh, dewy complexion and wrinkles and fine lines.
Your Skin and the Aging Process
The signs of aging often begin to appear in the 30s and 40s, but that’s not where the process starts. Whether you know it or not, aging actually begins around age 20, with the commencement of the decrease of collagen production.
Youthful, healthy skin has several key qualities, including:
- Collagen, a structural protein found in the extracellular space that provides skin firmness
- Elastin, a highly elastic protein that allows tissue to regain its shape after moving or stretching
- Glycosaminoglycans, also known as GAGs, groups of complex proteins that restore, refresh, and rehydrate skin
While in abundance early in life, these aspects of skin diminish over time, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other negative characteristics. Collagen in particular is at its peak at around age 20, and begins to diminish at a rate of approximately 1% a year as production drops. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and weaker. In addition, sweat and oil gland activity, elastin production, and GAG development also diminish as time goes on, transforming skin from soft and supple to wrinkled and crepe-y.
The solution? Prevention.
Prevention Starts Early
There’s no true way to stop the clock on the aging process. Whether you like it or not, all elements of your body, from your joints and muscles to your skin, will begin to show signs of wear and tear over time. However, this doesn’t mean you have to live with it.
The earlier you can begin treating your skin, the better. While you may not be able to see signs of decreased collagen production yet, especially if you’re still enjoying life in your 20s, your body is working and changing under the surface, just waiting to surprise you in 10 or 20 years with a face that shows every line, crease, and wrinkle.
As such, it’s highly recommended to start your anti-aging routine around age 20, maintaining production of collagen, elastin, and other essential proteins as long as possible. A robust skincare regimen should feature products for both day and night, targeting early problem areas and penetrating skin where it matters most.
Essential products include:
- Antioxidant-rich creams and serums for day and night protection
- The presence of protective ingredients to ward against sun and toxin damage
- Special moisturizers for areas of sensitive and thin skin, like around the eyes
With the right approach, it’s possible to maintain your beautiful skin for longer than ever, keeping the youthful glow you’ve come to know and love.
Choosing Beauty Products for Your Body
With so many anti-aging beauty products available, it’s only natural to have more questions than answers. Are they all the same? Is there a right choice? What should I be looking for in a serum or cream? Will the wrong product damage my skin?
While there are plenty of great options available, here’s what to look for when evaluating the pros and cons of skincare options.
Collagen and elastin make a big difference in the firmness and suppleness of the skin, but over time, production diminishes. The right cream can offset this side-effect of aging, utilizing ingredients like Vitamin C and Vitamin E to deliver super-antioxidants to the skin. Our LIFT & Firming Serum, for example, combines these critical nutrients with Ferulic Acid to boost antioxidant bioavailability, creating an all-in-one treatment for tired skin.
Maintaining Skin Tone
From freckles to sun spots, the skin changes dramatically over time. When you want to maintain a clear, smooth appearance, healing oil blends can help target and minimize changes to the epidermis for rejuvenated, age-defying results. REVIVE Rosehip Oil can help you accomplish this, utilizing omega fatty acids like Rosehip Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, and Vitamin E to enrich your skin.
Taming Undereye Circles
A chronic problem for those underslept or growing older, nothing shows aging like eye bags and deep, dark undereye circles. Products like EYE Remedy Cream contain Fruit Acids, Chamomile, Cucumber Extract, Caffeine and other compounds that can help remedy these effects, promoting soft, even skin while minimizing crows feet and other wrinkles in the ocular area.
Hydration is a big part of maintaining healthy skin around the clock. This doesn’t mean using the same product 24/7 however; instead, unique formulations for both day and night can help you reap maximum rewards.
Day formulas, like our DAY Moisturizer, should be lightweight and breathable for comfortable wear without sacrificing protective properties. With ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Scenedesmus Rubescens Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract and Aloe Vera, you can stay shielded from the effects of the world all day long.
Night moisturizer, on the other hand, should be rich and dense, allowing for healing and protein production while you sleep. Our NIGHT Moisturizer hydrates and detoxifies all night long, using ingredients like Sea Kelp Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Calendula and Licorice Root to nourish the skin, reduce wrinkles, and erase fine lines.
It’s Never Too Late to Get Started
If you’re reading this in your mid to late 20s, 30s, or even 40s, you may find yourself thinking, “it’s too late for me.” Without getting started as soon as midnight hits on your 20th birthday, there’s no more to be done, right?
Wrong. Fighting back against aging can start at any age, so if you’d like to make up for lost time, now’s your opportunity. It’s never too late to start a preventative and restorative routine, and being consistent with effective products – in addition to an overall healthy lifestyle – can do wonders for your skin. In fact, the right products can even overturn some of the signs you’re already seeing, helping to shave years off the look and feel of your face.
While you can’t truly freeze aging in its tracks, premium skincare products can do the next best thing. By focusing on moisturizing and collagen-boosting ingredients, you can help your skin retain or regain the plump, elastic look of youth.