No one said the road to adulthood would be easy, but a little warning on how much post-grad education we’d have to do would have been nice. Mastering — or, at the very least, having a mostly-functional understanding of — IRAs, 401Ks, and perhaps even the stock market are only half the battle. There’s always more to learn. On today’s lesson plan? An anti-aging skincare routine.
Look, we’re not saying that youthful and beautiful are one and the same — they’re not and shouldn’t be! But, as much as we wish it weren't true, losing radiance in your skin is just something that can happen in your mid 20s. And a little glow from within never hurt anyone. So, if that’s something you’re looking to achieve and maintain as your skin matures, we’re prepared to equip you with the right tools. Follow along as we break down how to handle those first signs of aging.
WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT ANYWAY?!
First thing’s first: what is anti-aging skincare, and why is it such a hot topic? Essentially, products touted with anti-aging benefits seek to reduce, slow, and, in many cases, restore common changes in maturing skin. (Think dullness, fine lines and wrinkles, and loss of elasticity or firmness — fun!) The ingredients that make up age-fighting formulas are particularly powerful in achieving noticeable results — starting at the earliest signs of aging. Similar to the way you'd want to avoid acne through your teens and young adult years, you want to retain your skin’s natural glow.
Now that you’ve got that down, where (and when!) do you start? That answer isn’t quite so cut and dry. Some take preventative measures by adopting anti-aging products in their 20s and 30s. Others may want to explore new options as their skin begins to change significantly — an influx in dryness, for example. Either way, it’s never too early to address concerns you have now (like using eye cream for undereye discoloration or texture), as they can set your skin up for success — so there’s less damage control to do later.
WHERE DO YOU START?
Decisions, decisions! With so many goops, oils, and elixirs on the market, the idea of navigating them all can be enough to deter you completely. What makes this $10 cream different than that $300 one? How strong should my daily SPF be? Is now a good time to use concentrates or serums?! Let’s start off small.
A concentrate is one of the best products to use when you notice the first signs of aging, like overall dullness or changing skin texture. Similar to serums, concentrates are potent formulas that contain a controlled amount of ingredients to target particular skin concerns. This is why you may see a vitamin C product that promises increased brightness, or a retinol formula to reduce wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. What’s more, a concentrate can be applied two ways: solo or in addition to your other products. Serum, on the other hand, should always be followed with moisturizer. A safe, non-intimidating (yet still visibly game-changing!) place to begin is with philosophy's renewed hope in a jar dew concentrate that preserves hydration and that youthful, "living my best life" glow. We're partial to this formula's barely-there, water-like texture that shows results in as little as seven days.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU APPLY?
Routine is the name of the game here. Regular application is crucial to seeing results and simultaneously keeping signs of aging (especially the early ones!) on lockdown. Though the products you use may change over time, how often you treat your skin should stay consistent. So no matter if you're 25 or 45, if you're not already washing your face twice a day, now's the time to do so.
As a general rule of thumb, you should be cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your skin morning and night. Serums and concentrates, on the other hand, aren't quite as specific. You can use them once or twice a day, a few times a week, or as needed. Nighttime use, in particular, can give you that covetable "woke up like this" look, since your skin naturally restores itself while you sleep. If you're not sure what you skin needs, feel free to start out with twice-daily usage, and adjust the frequency as you see fit.
But wait — that's not all! Those who already practice holistic living know that skincare products aren't all that can keep your complexion happy and healthy. If you're still brushing up on your wellness skills, however, a few simple lifestyle tweaks can make a world of difference. Clean eating, limiting sun exposure, staying hydrated, and getting a full night's sleep are small but mighty habits to start adopting ASAP. Pair them with a killer skincare routine, and you'll be glowing well into your golden years.