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

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Jun. 23
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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Why pH of skincare products is important?
Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
Update regarding November 23rd posting bug
Update regarding November 23rd posting bug
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Is this sunscreen worth the hype?
Is this sunscreen worth the hype?
There is 𝗻𝗼 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗻 without 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻. And, the 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝘂𝗻𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 is the one that you will wear religiously. Is 𝗜𝗦𝗗𝗜𝗡 𝗘𝗿𝘆𝗳𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗮 𝗔𝗴𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗨𝗹𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 tinted mineral sunscreen worth the hype? #Isdin - ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless Ultralight tinted mineral sunscreen[products]#[FourStars] Pros ☀️ 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 sunscreen aka physical blocker, thus broad spectrum ☀️ Contains 𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝘅𝗶𝗱𝗲𝘀, though unclear of percent. May provide protection against blue light. ☀️ One of the few tinted moisturizers that blends in well in skin of color. The tint is so homogenous and nice that you can away with not applying foundation after. ☀️ Contains 𝗽𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝗹𝘆𝗮𝘀𝗲, an enzyme, that help repair damage caused by the sun. Not too thick or too thin, apply easily on the skin. ☀️ contains 𝗩𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗻 𝗘, an antioxidant as well as moisturizing Cons 🥴 𝗢𝗶𝗹𝘆, would not recommend for oily skin 😱 $$$ 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘃𝗲, it is definitely a splurge when there are comparable more frugal options out there.
Curology vs The Ordinary! Which is better?!
Curology vs The Ordinary! Which is better?!
Curology - Curology formula This is the first photo! Did wonders for my skin it was the best it had ever been since I started getting acne in middle school. Curology literally saved my skin, it was clear and great! (Over a year later) The second photo:/ I decided to stop using curology around 2 months ago and start using ordinary products. I decided to do this because I wanted to see if the ordinary could do the same thing as curology and maybe make my skin even better. This wasn’t because curology was bad or anything It was just something I wanted to test. I was pretty confident in my skin so I didn’t think it would be bad. I saw on social media how great it was so I figured why not? ... After slowly introducing ordinary products into my skincare routine to ( i used both ordinary and curology products together) I could see that my skin was breaking out more when I introduced the ordinary products. I didn’t think much of it cause I knew that my skin was just purging from the new products. After about 2 months of using both curology and ordinary products I decided to just try ordinary products because my skin was breaking out a lot and I felt that the ordinary would help it. (I think should’ve stuck with curology but this was just my curiosity about the product). ... (Now) I am on week 6 of using all ordinary products and this is what my skin looks like (photo 2) and I’m not happy with the results:/The first couple weeks I knew I would be purging, my skin was at its worst a couple weeks ago (week 3). But I figured that by now or next week my skin would be clear( the only reason I felt that my skin would be pretty much clear by now or next week was because while using curology all my acne was gonna by week 7). So I’m still trying to figure out if I wanna continue to use the ordinary products for a couple more weeks before I give up because it’s not giving me the results I want. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I don’t really know how to rate this because obviously it hasn’t worked for my skin very well but I’m not sure if it’s because my skin needs more time to adjust (it has been 6 weeks so...). I think that this product works great for some people but for me definitely not. Right from the start of using it, it broke me out and then once I only used this line of products it made my skin terrible. I also used The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Which didn’t do much in the 6weeks I used it. I did feel like it helped my acne a little. Overall I really did wish this line of products would help my acne and make my skin clear like curology but that wasn’t the case. This product line is definitely not for my skin. I’ll write out my skin care routine comparisons in my next post!