The Beginner's Guide to Anti-Aging in your 20's

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Jun. 23, 2020
Pick up an issue of Vogue, InStyle, Glamour, or browse the endless feed of Refinery29, Byrdie or PopSugar and you will find an article dedicated to passionately urging you, a delicate woman in her 20's, to start an anti-aging skincare routine immediately or your face will fall off by 50. 
While dramatic protestations tend to have an effect on the tinder of fear that exists in all of us about the physical signs of aging, it is more convincing to truly understand why you need anti-aging treatments when you've barely graduated college! 
Here are the facts: skin starts to rapidly lose elasticity, collagen and glycosaminoglycans (GAG's i.e. the compounds that keep skin hydrated at the tissue level) by the age of 20. You rarely see the physical effects of the internal aging process until later in life, but you will see the effects of external aging factors like: pollution exposure, UVA and UVB sun rays, smoking, etc. The end result: skin that makes you look older than you are, which stops being cool when you can legally purchase a drink.
The most effective strategy to prevent the early onset of fine lines, wrinkles, crow's feet, sun spots and more is to start an anti-aging skincare routine with active ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and AHA's. The following companies are notorious for their high quality, maximum efficacy anti-aging product lineups.
Kate Somerville 
Los Angeles based skin health expert to the stars Kate Somerville developed her line of incredibly effective products in 2004 after years of working alongside high caliber dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. 
With a desire to treat skin conditions before they escalate in severity, Kate Somerville developed quality solutions for all skin types from dry and sensitive to acne prone and oily. Her anti-aging lineup includes creams, serums and targeted treatments dedicated to improving skin elasticity and smoothing the complexion. The
DermalQuench Wrinkle Warrior® ($98) is an anti-aging treatment that deeply hydrates the skin with hyaluronic acid while improving skin elasticity with Sichuan Pepper. In a clinical study, 100% of participants noticed a significant improvement of hydration in their skin. Proper hydration of the skin prevents the breakdown of the skin's natural moisture barrier preventing the skin from looking sallow and sunken over time. 
Skinceuticals
Skinceuticals is a L'Oreal brand situated in the medical skincare space, but don't let that intimidate you! Medical skincare brands like Skinceuticals, Dermalogica and ZO Skin Health are highly recommended by dermatologists and often sold in medical offices by either dermatologists or estheticians on staff. 
Skinceuticals has a high quality product lineup with an emphasis in cutting edge ingredient and delivery system research. Each product in their lineup is guaranteed to improve your overall skin health over time with clinical studies to prove efficacy. The Skinceuticals philosophy is "Prevent. Protect. Correct," which is a key strategy for age delay in your 20's. 
Whether you are a seasoned or rookie retinol user, Skinceuticals has a retinol product perfect for you. Choose from Retinol 0.3 ($67), Retinol 0.5 ($76) and Retinol 1.0 ($88). This night cream formula contains pure retinol, a vitamin a derivative, which is the most effective ingredient for improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Skinceuticals retinol formula also contains bisabolol, an ingredient used to reduce irritation and redness often caused by retinol use. 
Estee Lauder
This beauty powerhouse needs no introduction. Your mom and grandma may have a few Estee Lauder products on their vanity, but the 2020 Estee Lauder is not your mom’s Estee Lauder; the Lauder team is focused on continually improving their product offerings and maintaining relevance in this fast-moving industry. 
The tried-and-true anti-aging product every woman needs in her beauty arsenal is the Advanced Night Repair ($72). This glorious brown bottle with the delicate gold lettering you see in every influencer shelfie has won over 150 awards and counting. Formulated with the patented ChronoluxCB™ Technology for nighttime skin renewal, Advanced Night Repair restores skin hydration and delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used regularly. The formula is oil-free, which is crucial for oily, acne-prone skin types making this a product effective for everyone. 
Fresh Beauty
Fresh beauty is dedicated to providing products with effective natural ingredients using modern science yet honoring ancient beauty rituals. Founded in 1991 by Russian immigrants, Fresh Beauty started as a brick-and-mortar shop and expanded into the product lineup we know today. 
Natural skincare need not be ineffective in treating common skin conditions like fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots. Fresh Beauty proves this misconception false with their Black Tea Age Delay collection including the Black Tea Age Delay Eye Cream ($68), the Black Tea Corset Cream Firming Moisturizer ($95), the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask ($92) and the Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum ($75). This collection features a robust formula with the Fresh Beauty black tea complex containing black tea extract, kombucha, blackberry tea extract, and lychee seed extract to prevent free radical damage and improve the skin’s elasticity over time. 
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