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Skincare is like a 401K; the sooner you start, the better it works. While you may think you’ve got plenty of time before you need to worry about your first wrinkle, investing early will pay dividends later because prevention is always easier than repair.

Here’s what to watch for and sure-fire strategies for getting out ahead, minimizing damage and maintaining your youthful glow.


Fine Lines

These tiny little creases seem to show up out of nowhere just about the time you start thinking about mortgages and dinner parties instead of roommates and raves. They are superficial lines close to the skin’s surface but can appear deeper than they really are as dead skin cells build up and emphasize them. Cell renewal is the key to smoothing fine lines. Removing dead skin cells also clears a path for moisture to penetrate the skin and plump cells to minimize lines. Acids and vitamin A make a formidable pair for this purpose. Acids slough off dead skin cells while vitamin A accelerates renewal and encourages collagen production to maintain the skin’s structural integrity.


Crow’s Feet

Because the skin around the eye area is thinner and more vulnerable to damage, the first signs of aging often show up here. Sun exposure and pollution initiate free radicals that degrade collagen and elastin, accelerating aging. Plus, as early as your twenties, your skin’s collagen production begins to decline. A good pair of sunglasses will help shield skin from environmental aggressors and reduce squinting. Sunscreen is a must to ward off free UV damage. Now is definitely the time for an eye cream with antioxidant and protein-building ingredients to protect and rebuild collagen, elastin and lipids.


 Dullness

As we age, we get a little dull. We’re talking skin, not the sparkle of your personality. It’s just a fact. Cell turnover starts to slow, which leads to a buildup of dead skin cells and boom, just like that, skin gets dulled down. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. Regular exfoliation to increase cell turnover is the answer. Acids dissolve the “glue” that binds dead cells together to slough them away and instantly give skin a brighter, fresher appearance.  Those who can't or do not want to do acids the next best ingredient are enzymes which digest the dead skin cells.


 Dry Skin

The skin’s key moisture factor is hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule with a unique capacity to bind and retain water.  And like those other structural components, HA production decreases with age. Because collagen and elastin fibers are dependent on HA to maintain flexibility, the loss of HA has ripple effects. 


 Dark Spots

Dark spots are often the result of accumulated sun damage. UV damage starts in the deeper layers of skin and eventually makes its way to the surface. To keep skin healthy, bright, and even-toned in the long run, incorporate brighteners and antioxidants into your skincare routine now. Antioxidant vitamin C is another good choice, especially when paired with vitamin E, which amplifies its photoprotective effects.  


If you’re already seeing the beginnings of pigmentation, the super duo of vitamin A and hydroquinone will put you on the fast track to fading unwanted pigment.


And, of course, no matter where you are in this journey, SPF is a must for your prevention strategy. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to fight against UVA and UVB rays.



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