When Should You Start an Anti-Aging Skincare Routine?

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Your face is one of the first places that signs of aging will show up due to the delicacy of the skin there and how much your facial muscles move. While aging is a completely normal part of being human, many people are understandably curious about what they can do to prevent or slow the signs of aging on your face. Today, we’re exploring if it’s ever too early to begin anti-aging skincare and what you should be doing to get started with anti-aging 3-step skincare at home.

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When Should You Start an Anti-Aging Skincare Routine?

If you’re wondering when you should start an anti-aging skincare routine, the answer is “as soon as possible.” And, yes, this means that even if you are in your twenties (or even your teens!), it’s never too early to think about helping your skin age gracefully with a quality skincare routine. That’s because one of the biggest contributors to the aging process is sun damage in the early years. Even though you might not feel the immediate impact, except for the occasional sunburn, the cumulative effects of all that sun exposure will result in more wrinkles and saggy skin down the line. Thus, taking a preventative approach when you are young is key to successful anti-aging skincare.

That being said, don’t give up if you are in your thirties or forties (or even older) — it truly is never too late to begin an anti-aging skincare routine. You will still benefit from anti-aging skincare no matter how old you are. However, it’s important to be realistic, especially with what you can achieve with at-home products. If you are older and looking to target existing signs of aging, you should definitely give your skincare routine an upgrade, but you might need to look into getting professional treatments from a dermatologist or esthetician as well.

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How to Get Started with Anti-Aging Skincare

If the section above didn’t tip you off, we’re here to tell you that the no. 1 thing you can do for anti-aging, no matter how old you are, is to apply an anti-aging sunscreen every single day. Choose a formula with an SPF of at least 30 and slather your entire face in it as the last step of your morning skincare routine. Reapply it every two hours when you are out in the sun, sweating a lot or getting in the water.

Speaking of protection against the sun, you should also incorporate a vitamin C product into your morning routine after you use your facial cleanser but before you apply your sunscreen. While vitamin C is no substitute for SPF, it does help to protect against environmental damage such as UV rays, free radicals and pollution — all of which contribute to premature aging of the skin.

Retinoids, a large category that includes prescription-strength retinol, are the next ingredient that you should focus on for anti-aging. Retinoid treatments stimulate skin cell turnover and growth, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (As a bonus, it’s also been shown to be effective for acne as well. So if you’re struggling with hormonal breakouts in adulthood, you’ll benefit twice from it.) Retinoids make your skin more sensitive to the sun so they should be applied at night.

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Dry skin will make fine lines and wrinkles more apparent and just generally make your face look tired and dull. Fortunately, you can combat this using two different types of skincare ingredients. The first is to apply a chemical exfoliator such as our Gentle Exfolitating Peel Pads one to three times a week, depending on your skin’s needs. In fact, exfoliating is so crucial that we made it the middle step of our 3-step skincare set. The second is to use an anti-aging moisturizer both morning and night to prevent water loss from the skin. You might also need to incorporate an extra hydrating serum if your skin is very dry.

Taken together, these ingredients will provide a solid foundation for anti-aging skincare at any age. Prioritize these ingredients during your search for anti-aging skincare and you will be well on your way to slowing preventable signs of aging. And if you’re looking to upgrade your skincare routine, then consider our Lancer Skincare products, which are all based on tried-and-true ingredients like the ones we have listed here. Order today and your purchase will ship free to a U.S. address!