Now we know ageing starts as early as the mid-twenties. Totally unfair, I agree however, the great thing about it is that ageing is mostly hastened by external factors like the sun, environmental pollution and lifestyle. Nature actually has less a say on how fast a person ages.
So, you are twenty-something and want to make sure you have that Angela Bassett look by 60. It's absolutely possible but you have to start now. Skincare for a twenty-something year old is not so complicated. While you'll need to pay more attention to your skin, you don't need to go overboard just yet.
Here are skincare products that should feature in your routine:
Cleanser: Every skincare routine starts with a clean slate. You need to wash off all them makeup, dirt, sweat, oils from your skin. A simple cleanser would suffice. Just make sure you have one that does not strip off your natural oils. Rule of thumb: if your skin feels tight afterwards, it's not the best cleanser for you.
Moisturiser: You'll need to seal in all the moisture on your skin to prevent them from evaporating and leaving you dry. A good moisturiser will have occlusive ingredients like oils and butters to seal in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated and nourished for longer.
Sunscreen: If you'd do anything out of all the things I've said let it be this. Use a sunscreen... everyday. Rain or shine. Going out or staying home all day. The sun is the biggest culprit when it comes to ageing the skin making sunscreen the most powerful anti-ageing product out there. Don't render all your other efforts useless by going out without applying sunscreen. It's not worth it.
Exfoliator (To be used 1-2 times a week): Over time, dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin. This can lead to a dull complexion, dryness, roughness, clogged pores, blemishes and acne. Regular use of an exfoliator will smoothen and brighten the skin's complexion, reduce blemishes and even increase the effectiveness of your skincare products by removing the buildup that would've otherwise reduced penetration. There's really no good reason for not using one.
When you've built and mastered a routine using these products, you can then upgrade your routine and include treatments like;
Serum: These are highly concentrated actives that penetrate deeper into your skin to provide much-needed nourishment. Depending on your skin needs, you can get serum with ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration and/or vitamins and other antioxidants to protect against free radicals.
Masks: These include clay and activated charcoal masks to remove excess oils and toxins, hydration boosters for dehydrated skin.
Which of these products do you have in your routine? Add them all and you'll be sure to be on your way to ageless at 60.
Till next time...