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When to Start Using Anti-Aging Products

Getting older is a wonderful experience that gives us all the opportunity to learn, discover, create, and grow. However, time goes by all too quickly, and before we know it, we’re showing visible signs of aging. Wrinkles, lines on our faces from laughing or stress, and grey hairs start appearing before our eyes. Our bodies slow down and so does the natural production of collagen.

The good news is, there are hundreds of ways to slow down the natural signs of aging – or eradicate them altogether. Everything from medical procedures, to surgery, to skincare products have been designed to combat the signs of aging so we can feel and look our best. So, in this blog, we will be discussing the topic of when the optimal time is to start using anti-aging products. 

When Is It Best to Start Using Anti-Aging Products? 

Common skin concerns that accompany aging include: wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, crow’s feet, and age spots; unfortunately, no one is completely safe from these age-related issues. That’s why it has become increasingly advisable to start incorporating anti-aging products into your skin regimen as soon as possible.

While everyone’s body is different, collagen and elastin production are typically abundant in your teen years. The production gradually starts to decrease once you hit your 20s and 30s. Collagen and elastin are natural fibres that support the structure of the skin. Collagen provides the skin with its firmness, while elastin maintains the tightness. Both of these fibres are essential in keeping the skin youthful and healthy. 

The science is quite simple. If you get a headstart at battling the adverse effects of aging, you’ll be saving your skin from more problematic concerns in the future. Even if your skin looks smooth, firm, and radiant at the moment, taking preventative measures at a younger age is integral to healthy, happy skin when you’re older.

External Causes of Skin Aging

Wrinkles and fine lines are all-natural attributes associated with aging, and they can affect the face, neck, forearms, and hands. Apart from the obvious reason we get wrinkles (growing older), there are also some external culprits responsible for why fine lines appear on our skin. 

While there is a vast array of cosmetic solutions specifically designed to decrease the visibility of wrinkles and other age-related skin concerns, there’s nothing quite like preventing them before they happen. In order to do this, we need to determine the causes and tackle them head-on. 

Pollutants and Prolonged Sun Exposure   

Exposure to pollutants in the air and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun contribute to the acceleration of aging, and is the primary cause of facial wrinkles. Prolonged exposure to UV rays breaks down the connective tissue of the dermis, wherein collagen and elastin are produced and stored. When these fibers get broken down, your skin loses vital support and thereby causes your skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely. 

Smoking and Alcohol Consumption

The principal impact that excessive alcohol consumption has on your precious skin is dehydration. This results in the skin losing plumpness and developing wrinkles. The same applies to smoking, as cigarettes contain over 4000 chemicals that damage elastin and collagen. If you want to keep your skin hydrated, youthful, and healthy, it’s imperative to make a conscious choice in that direction.

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The Importance of Prevention for Anti-Agin 

The importance of preventing the visible signs of aging are clearly essential in the journey to keeping skin healthy and supple. When you look young and beautiful on the outside, your confidence is bound to get a boost as well. Most of us want to stay young forever, and since there are various methods to achieve this, why not go for it? 

Thanks to modern cosmetic technology, we have a plethora of skincare solutions at our disposal. Skin types vary greatly from one person to another, so in this sea of beauty products, it’s essential to really know your skin to identify what suits you best.

Aside from pampering your skin with effective skincare products, we’ve compiled helpful tips to help you defeat the visibly negative effects of aging.

Moisturize Daily

Unfortunately, the drier your skin, the more pronounced wrinkles and fine lines will look. The answer to this dilemma is simple: moisturizer. Moisturizing retains water in your skin, which aids in reducing small lines and creases. Invest in a good moisturizer that won’t clog your pores but helps your skin breathe – especially when the weather gets colder and there’s less moisture in the air.

Protection from Sun Exposure

An essential step that you can take to prevent or minimize the adverse signs of aging is protection from prolonged sun exposure. Extended hours in the sun may be fun, but it has harsh effects on your skin. When leaving the house ensure that you’re covering your skin in protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses, and wide-brimmed hats. Moreover, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to prevent sun damage. Apply generously before going outside and retouch every two hours.

In addition, when choosing your daytime skincare products, make it a point to go for creams and moisturizers that are incorporated with broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. 

Drink Lots of Water 

Drinking plenty of water is the simplest way to keep your skin youthful! Approximately two to three liters of water is all you need to keep your body well hydrated and your skin bright and supple. If you feel like you need a boost in the hydration department, you can always harness the power of cosmetic treatments, such as the revolutionary Hydrafacial

Revamp Your Diet

Sweets are tempting, but consuming excessive amounts of processed sugar can cause dehydration, dark circles under the eyes, and wrinkles. No matter how challenging it may be,  putting time aside to cook balanced meals and incorporate healthy snacks into our diets feeds our skin with the nutrients it needs to stay younger-looking. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that improve your overall health, including your skin’s wellbeing.

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How to Incorporate Anti-Aging Products Into Your Skincare Routine

Cleansers and Exfoliates

The first step to integrating anti-aging products into your skincare regimen is cleansing. Cleansers play a vital role in keeping your skin young by protecting its natural barrier. It is recommended to use a gentle cleanser, and exfoliate about three times a week. Exfoliating is great for eliminating impurities and dead skin cells. 

Find Products Rich With Vitamin 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is abundant in anti-aging properties. It reduces the visible signs of aging while brightening the skin at the same time. However, it’s most beneficial factor is that it protects against external stressors, such as pollution and UV rays. In its most basic form, vitamin C works as both prevention and treatment against the negative effects of aging. 

Retinoid Creams

When it comes to topical anti-aging products, retinoid creams have been hailed as the highest standard. These miracle creams stimulate cell turnover and boost collagen production to render smoother, brighter, and healthier skin. 

It is important to keep in mind that retinoid creams tend to irritate the skin, so it would be best to use them moderately. Your skin specialist can help you determine what frequency of use suits your skin type best. 

Moisturizer

As mentioned in the previous section, moisturizer is an indispensable part of your skincare routine. It helps retain a healthy amount of water in your skin, keeping it soft, youthful, and healthy. 

Skin Treatments Proven to Reduce Wrinkles 

As an added preventative measure, pampering your skin with only the best cosmetic treatments on the market will minimize wrinkles and stimulate the production of collagen. Harmony MedSpa offers a wide range of treatments that target the signs of aging with non-invasive technology such as skin tightening, BBL, IPL, and laser skin resurfacing. Contact us today for expert advice on the best anti-aging products for your skin!