In Defense of Being 20 Years Old and Using Antiaging Products
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As a teenager, I spent nights curled up on the sofa with a cup of green tea, leafing through glossy magazines. My mom ordered everything from People to Seventeen and Glamour because she knew how much I loved them (hey, I'm a journalism junkie at heart). First, I'd flip to the love and relationships section, followed by the beauty section. These publications often suggest that you should begin using antiaging products in your early 20s in a preventative way. While fresh skin shouldn't be subjected to harsh exfoliating or extreme antiwrinkle products, a lighter antiaging regimen can have long-term benefits. And I took note.
My mom reinforced the magazine mandate by making sure I knew the importance of good skin care. She regrets all her younger days in the tanning booth, so she buys high-end SPF products to protect herself from further damage. Plus, she invests in serums and firming creams to reverse the damage. As a result, she looks good — she's almost 48!
The combination of the beauty advice I read and my mom's leading example compelled me to start using antiaging products when I turned 20 last Fall. I hope I'm on the right track toward radiant skin for a longer time frame. Obviously, we can never fully stave off the external effects of aging — it's just a part of life, and worrying excessively about lines and creases simply causes stress and strips away happiness. However, in my mind, there's nothing wrong with taking a few extra steps to attend to your appearance . . . after all, you only get one face!
Properly caring for my skin makes me happy. I'm not perfect, and there's more I could do (I'm so bad about drinking enough water throughout the day!), but I think I'm off to a pretty solid start. To shed light on my research, I decided to share seven skin care products I recommend to anyone — whether you're 20 or 60. And remember, even if you're not old enough to drink yet, it's (probably) still OK to include an eye cream in your nightly routine.