I drafted this post a while ago and forgot about it until I received an email from reader Wanie who asked me a similar question extracted below:-
…As i’m approaching 24 this year… I’ve been thinking to change my skincare products to anti aging products. So what do you think? can I use anti aging products at 24? …
Do you think there is an age or a barrier when you absolutely MUST switch from regular skincare to anti-aging skincare?
I’m not an expert, but I don’t think so and I told Wanie so too! My reasons are below.
Many skincare brands tell us that we should start using anti-aging products as a “preventive” measure so we should start our regime in our 20’s. Others say you can do so in your 30’s.
Personally, I feel that your skincare regime should follow your skin concerns, not age. If you have been looking after your skin from young, applying sunblock and using a proper skincare regime, signs of aging don’t show up that quickly. Similarly, if your lifestyle doesn’t accelerate skin aging e.g. smoking, excessive drinking (alcohol), regular late nights etc your skin will remain supple and young looking for longer; or simply, if you have good genes.
Signs of aging include fine lines and winkles, sagging skin and dry and tired skin. Sometimes its nothing to do with lifestyle but might even be genetic.
Our skins aren’t all made equal. If it were, skincare companies would go bankrupt :P Because we are different, we have different concerns for our skin. So, someone who is battling acne would hardly be overly concerned with anti-aging products – all they want is to clear up their acne! Ditto someone with hyperpigmentation or dull skin. What they’d want is to brighten up their skin.
So, I say that when you should start using anti-aging products is when you feel the need and even then, perhaps only those in their late 20’s or early 30’s and up. In your early 20’s you are practically still in the bloom of youth so you might only want to be using the minimum of products to keep your skin moisturized or to treat any problems you might be facing then.
Here’s a personal anecdote. When I was younger, I dabbled in anti-aging skincare that promised to firm up skin and smooth away wrinkles as a “preventative measure”. I saw no results. However, when I gave that same product to my mum, the results were amazing and visible which prompted me to believe that the product works; just not on my younger skin. Perhaps I could return to them now :P
I’d like to think that anti-aging products are good to use when you start discovering problems related to aging skin. Otherwise, you’d never see any results and you’d wonder why you ever bothered!
But these are my thoughts and they may not be yours so how about sharing yours? :)