With so many different beauty products on the shelf it can be pretty tricky figuring out which are best for your skin. On top of that, you also need to know when to use them.
A lot of women are under the impression that they only need to start using ‘anti-ageing ‘skin care products when they’re in their late thirties or forties. The truth is, prevention is always better than cure and it’s best to start early when it comes to protecting your skin from the first signs of ageing.
Know the signs
So, what are those initial telltale signs of ageing? From about the age of 25 (yes, 25!) your skin’s collagen and elastic production starts to slow down. This results in the beginning of fine lines around your eyes and the deepening of expression lines.
In your late twenties/early thirties, your estrogen levels begin to drop which can cause skin that may have once been oil-prone to become a little drier. You might also start to develop dark spots on your face or chest; the result of childhood sun damage that’s starting to make its way to your skin’s surface. On top of this, as your skin cell regeneration rate begins to slow, your skin might begin to look a little dull.
Turn back the hands of time
Fortunately, with so many great anti-ageing ingredients at our disposal, we don’t have to look our age if we don’t want to. Fine lines can be temporarily plumped out with moisturizers that contain mega-hydrating hyaluronic acid. Deeper wrinkles can be targeted with retinol, an ingredient that helps thicken up your skin whilst encouraging collagen. (POND’S age miracle Intensive Cell Regents Serum contains retinol.) Other good collagen encouraging ingredients include antioxidant vitamins C and E.
As for dark spots, prevention with a good sunscreen is always best. If you’re already sitting with them, look out for serums or moisturizers that contain ingredients proven to lighten up pigmentation, things like hydroquinone (only available via prescription), abutting, comic acid, and vitamin C and niacin amide, a form of vitamin B 3.
Timing is everything
Like we said, prevention is better than cure so the earlier you start using products with anti-ageing properties, the better. If you’re still in your early twenties, a moisturizer with a good SPF can do the trick but, once you hit your late twenties, it’s a good time to start looking at products with collagen-encouraging ingredients.
As for pigmentation, the moment those summer freckles don’t start to fade once winter kicks in, start looking for a product to help you lighten them up, something like POND’S flawless radiance Anti-spot Intensive Even Tone Serum that contains niacin amide.