It is never too early to use skin care products for the cleanliness of our skin and as a preventative measure from the signs of ageing. However, one needs to be careful and selective in their choice of skin care products according to their age. Anti-ageing products are made to focus more towards repairing, rejuvenating and renew ageing skin.
As we age we tend to see the early signs of ageing, as early as in our 20s, such as uneven skin tone, dryness, dullness, wrinkles and fine lines. There are many causes of skin ageing which can be due to both external and internal factors. One of the external factors is the damage of skin cells by oxidation due to free radicals invading the surface of our skin. The constant UV exposure can also damage the skin cells. The internal factors are due to the decline in collagen production and the slowing down of the skin renewal process as we age.
It is recommended for those in their 20s to start using an early anti-ageing skin care regime consisting of a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen. The products must emphasis on hydration, antioxidant protection from free radicals damage and sun protection to prevent UV damage.
For those in their 30s and 40s, face oils addressing the 3Rs (renew, rejuvenate and repair) can be added to provide enough nutrients, including collagen, to keeping skin looking young, firm, and even-toned. Regular exfoliation and masking are a must because of the accumulation of dead skin cells and the slowing down of skin renewal.
The 50s, or the golden age, is when you need a richer anti-ageing moisturiser for adequate hydration of dry and ageing skin, and more intensive anti-wrinkle, lifting and brightening products to counter the onset of rapidly ageing skin.