Any dermatologist will tell you that it's never too late to start caring for your skin. This is generally true, but the sooner you develop your own care regimen, the better. “As a rule, prevention is more effective than eliminating the consequences,” comments dermato-cosmetologist Elena Tsivina. ─ You should start using brightening and anti-aging products even before you develop deep wrinkles or age spots. Barely noticeable age-related changes ─ a decrease in collagen levels, hyperpigmentation ─ begin at the age of twenty and progress slowly but surely. Most often, up to thirty, we happily do not notice anything, but then we grab our heads and start trying everything, but it is always more difficult to eliminate what happened."
At the same time, there are so many skin care tips today that it is not easy to single out the most important ones (not to mention the fact that the anti-aging services we come to clinics and salons for can be lengthy and expensive). When drawing up a beauty plan between the ages of 20 and 30, you need to choose only what you really like and suit, and what is affordable. What are the most important products, ingredients and habits in skin care?
Meet Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is one of the most important ingredients to start using between the ages of 20 and 30. It helps prevent dark spots, boosts collagen production, and has antioxidant properties and UV protection. Apply Vitamin C in the morning before moisturizer and sunscreen to never know what dull, tired skin is.
Highly effective serum CE FERULIC, SkinCeuticals
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
Over time, the skin thickens, becomes gray and lifeless, and the pores, on the contrary, stand out more strongly. Why is this happening? The fact is that dead cells do not peel off at the rate we need. Moreover, they are constantly accumulating on the surface of the skin. Because of this, the fabrics look rough and even a little "stale". Plus dead cells retain excess pigment, so skin tone can look uneven and even discolored. The inclusion of exfoliation (both chemical and physical) in your beauty routine helps to solve the problem of exfoliating dead skin particles and maintain a healthy glow. Regular exfoliation also helps other skincare products (such as Vitamin C serum) penetrate deeper without wasting energy to break through "cellular deposits."
Restoring oil-scrub for the face Replenishing Oil Exfoliator, LMer
Dermatologists keep repeating that since you've decided to include only one anti-aging product in your daily routine, let it be sunscreen. With SPF, the secret to success lies in consistency: it really needs to be applied every day and applied to all exposed areas of the body, including the face, arms, forearms, neck (front, side, back) and décolleté. Many people are afraid to use sunscreen on a daily basis because most formulas are dense in texture, and this sometimes threatens rashes. But modern science has gone so far that light texture sunscreen products work just as effectively as traditional heavyweights.
Light primer for the face Primer Plus Protection SPF 50, Bobbi Brown
Start combining moisturizers
With age, the skin becomes drier, flakes and loses its natural radiance. This means that you always need to maintain a decent level of tissue moisture. There are some really effective moisturizing ingredients that dermatologists recommend: for example, moisture-retaining lipids that mimic real ones and perfectly retain moisture, leaving the skin soft and silky, or sodium hyaluronate, derived from hyaluronic acid. The second is great for moisturizing dry skin that is showing signs of aging, reducing wrinkles and doing wonders especially around the eyes.
Moisturizing cream Toleriane Sensitive, LRoche-Posay
Include retinol in your care regimen
Just as vitamin C has to take its place in your morning routine, retinol has to fit into your nightly routine. Dermatologists agree that 20 years is a good time to start using high quality retinol at night, as the vitamin A derivative has a prophylactic effect against wrinkles and increases collagen production. Retinol is a bit of a finicky ingredient, so it's important to choose a product that contains it in an opaque and well-sealed container (and keep it out of sunlight). Because retinol can be irritating, use it once or twice a week first, before moving on to daily use.
Anti-aging serum for face with a concentrate of retinol Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum, Retinol
Take care of your skin morning and evening
It is not enough to brush your teeth once a day, and it is clearly not enough to take care of the skin only in the morning or only in the evening. During the day, facial care is aimed at protection, and at night all the strength goes to recovery. Different ends, different means. The result can be achieved only by combining both stages.
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