Skincare starting from the age of 20 delays aging; see what to do

Skincare starting from the age of 20 delays aging; see what to do. Photo: Pexels
Skincare starting from the age of 20 delays aging; see what to do. Photo: Pexels

The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the more effective the action against premature aging will be. Although aging is inevitable and natural, it is ideal to start a skin care routine from the age of 20, as this not only avoids issues like skin cancer, but also prolongs youthfulness, avoiding more invasive treatments in the long term to alleviate signs of aging.

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Regardless of the good quality of your skin in your twenties, skincare should not be neglected. “Young skin needs to be protected from moisture loss and sun exposure, which can result in premature aging of the skin,” dermatologist Eileen Tan tells “CNA Lifestyle”.

Basic care includes healthy practices such as avoiding smoking, having a good diet, and consuming at least two liters of water daily. Besides these habits, it’s necessary to maintain a routine, in the morning and evening, with facial products that are ideal for your skin type — normal, dry, combination, or oily — focusing on cleansing, hydration, and sun protection.

Advanced Care

In addition to the essential routine, to enhance results, it’s worth including more advanced products, according to your needs. Serums are a good option; it’s worth investing in a formula with hyaluronic acid, which provides greater hydration and radiance. Eileen Tan also recommends using vitamin C, which brightens the skin, as well as topical retinoids, like retinol and tretinoin, usually used to treat acne or lighten scars and pigmentation.

Acid-based skin products can also help maintain youthfulness. “BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids) have anti-inflammatory properties. Salicylic acid, the most well-known BHA, can penetrate pores and dissolve excess oils. AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids), such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, offer chemical exfoliating properties. A facial exfoliant containing AHA or milder acids can help in cellular renewal and, simultaneously, treat acne. However, if you’re unsure how your skin will react to these products, it’s best to consult a dermatologist before using them,” the specialist explains.

Although it may seem essential, eye cream is optional for women in their twenties who are following a basic skincare routine, the dermatologist states. For those who wish to incorporate it, it’s worth investing in an oil-free formula that’s specific for young skin.

Seeking a dermatologist is also important. Only a professional will be able to evaluate your skin individually and recommend treatments based on your needs.

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