AM I TOO YOUNG TO USE ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS?
Think an anti-aging routine is for people in their 40s? Think again.
Today, we’re running through the key factors so you’ll know when it’s time to start thinking about an anti-aging routine.
THE “IDEAL AGE” TO START
First, let’s clear a few things up. There is no “ideal” age to start using anti-aging products. This is because anti-aging products are designed to target the visible signs of ageing, rather than a particular “age” of skin. Once you start to notice the appearance of dark spots, pigmentation or fine lines, it’s a good time to start introducing anti-aging products into your routine.
Often, mature skin is characterised by things such as a lack of hydration, eye circles, age spots and loss of elasticity, which are common conditions that occur as skin ages; this is why many anti-aging products target these concerns. However, that’s not to say that skin in its 20s won’t benefit from the antioxidants and ingredients contained in these anti-aging products – the problem is that the formulation might not be right for younger skin.
As with any skincare products, the most important thing is to always choose products that are right for your skin type. Younger skin is often characterised by oiliness (teen acne, anyone?), whereas mature skin is prone to drying out (which is often responsible for ‘crepey’ wrinkles and fine lines). If you have naturally dry skin, you can jump into anti-aging product lines a lot sooner, whereas oily and combination skin types should stick to formulas that balance sebum production as well as moisturise.
If you’re looking for anti-aging line that’s perfect for younger skin, we can’t go past d’Alba Piedmont’s collection, which is specifically formulated for combination and oily skin, and is infused with gourmet ingredients like white truffles, peptides, amino acids, coconut oil-derivates and truffle oil to target all the keys to maintaining a fresh complexion.
The other thing that can’t be ignored when it comes to whether you need to start thinking about anti-aging products is lifestyle factors that cause skin to age beyond its years. You might only be in your 20s, but if you regularly tan, have an unhealthy diet, drink alcohol, smoke or are under a lot of stress, your skin might look a lot older than you are. This is because these factors can provoke the formation of free radicals, which are a major cause of premature ageing.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD ANTI-AGING ROUTINE?
The keys to a good anti-aging routine are hydration, active ingredients targeting the visible signs of aging, and of course a good eye cream.
The first lines you’ll notice are the ones around your eyes, because this is where the skin is at its thinnest. Dark circles and puffiness also don’t discriminate by age, so if you start noticing these, you can start using an eye cream. For one that won’t break the budget, we love Secret Key’s Starting Treatment Eye Cream. For a cult-favourite eye cream that made it to the top of the blind-testing on Korea’s beauty bible “Get it Beauty“, try Benton Fermentation Eye Cream.
OUR FAVOURITE ANTI-AGING K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS
With K-Beauty’s focus on erasing pigmentation, dark spots and obtaining a more translucent complexion, many K-Beauty products fall into the category of anti-aging, whether intentionally or not. Vitamin C serums like Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum are perfect for erasing the signs of too much time spent in the sun, and Beauty of Joseon’s cult Dynasty Cream targets everything from lack of firmness to hydration and fine lines.
However, if you’re looking to go all-out on a specialist anti-aging line for mature skin, we can’t go past Missha’s Cho Gong Jin line.
This luxury line of cosmetics is from Missha’s oriental herbal line (known as “hanbang” style in Korean). It replenishes and firms skin using a special recipe formulated using principles of Oriental medicine. Not only is the price extremely reasonable for luxury, anti-aging cosmetics, it doesn’t hurt that the packaging is super bougee either, so you won’t even feel bad about needing anti-aging products!