How Early is Too Early to Start Using Anti-Aging Cream?

January 7, 2014

I actually don’t have an answer but I do have a story.

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I electively spent a lot of time at a dentist’s office in midtown during the former half of my freshman year in college. I was eighteen and recently broken up with and therefore insufferable but with a lot of recreational time to allocate toward doing the things the rest of the population puts off. Like taking care of a receding gum line.

It took a consecutive six Fridays to eradicate the oral damage I would have otherwise ignored and in that time, my dentist became my therapist. While probing at my gums with her instruments, she would explain that her best friend Cathy, or her Uncle Mark and even her own sister had been broken up with a significant other for [insert large time frame here] before one day, poof! They got back together.

I cherished the happily-ever-afters she told, hoping that one day she might be able to share mine, and on the last of my six visits (we were replacing a crown on one of my molars), I was sad to say goodbye. She told me I was wise beyond my years in spite of my tender age and I loved that.

As I waited for her to fix the final tooth, I thought that our journey together had been profound. It had now been six weeks since my heart and gums were first broken and I was beginning to feel alive, like an adult with a repertoire of manageable despair beneath her belt. But when a nurse walked into my room at the dentist office to verify my information and giggled as I confirmed that yes, I was born in 1988, she ruined everything.

“Honey, I thought you were 13! You can’t be really be turning 19 in a week? You look sooooooooooooo young!” Unwittingly, she devalued all the adult anguish I’d experienced. Mouth fixed, I never went back. Partly because my dentist was clearly an evil oligarch to have employed such a monster but also because she kindly requested I not return. You see, I less-than-gently informed the nurse her English — and eyesight — were [expletive] [expletive] [expletive].

Who wants to hear that they look 13? Especially before the ripening that comes with a 21st birthday, fresh wounds from failed love still irritating battered skin? But this was not a new qualm for me. I faced the majority of the first quarter of my life being told I looked much younger than my age.

When I was in 8th grade, my own school nurse thought I was in 5th. At my Bat Mitzvah, an old friend of my father’s thought I was the Bat Mitzvah girl’s younger sister. (I don’t have a sister). And when I had a fake ID, it never ever worked.

My mom used to caution that the time would come when I’d long for those days. I’m annoyed that she was right. At some point after my 21st birthday, the underestimations became overestimations; Twitter and its publishers aged me 20 years, commenters gaped at my eye bags and forehead wrinkles when held against the years my life boasted and then, one day last summer, a waiter at Le Pain Quotidien asked me in earnest if I was treating my daughter to lunch.

On that day, I was dining with my mother who, don’t get me wrong, is beautiful, but is also currently the inverse of my age.

I ransacked a beauty counter at a pharmacy in midtown that afternoon to find a seemingly reliable anti-aging cream plus supplementary serum. As a self-proscribed low maintenance individual, I hated the idea of skincare. Shouldn’t it care for itself? Look like a baby’s ass until I’m at least 65? Still, I bought both products and have been using them ever since. The result has left a lot of people asking me why I look a. sun-kissed b. well-rested (under eye bags be damned but not injected), and c. baby-ass chic.

The way I have come to see it is like this: if we’re consciously eating healthier and engaging in activities that are meant to support life-longevity and to preventatively protect us from the complications that make growing old seem so shitty, why not, too, protect our skin from being mistaken for a 50-year-old’s?

But the title question still remains. How early is too early to start using anti-aging cream? Or more ominously…how late is too late?

Ironically enough, I have three appointments set up with my dentist through the course of the next three weeks — she’s taking me back. There are like four cavities in my mouth and I pray that her nurse is still there to tell me I look 13.

[Drops mic]

  • Sara

    I’m 35 and 2 weeks ago the cashier at the CVS told me I looked 16. I appreciate the sentiment but if I’m lying I’m going for 28 or so. what I’m saying is I look young for my age, am familiar with how much that sucked as a teenager / early 20s, but hoping it stays around forever now! As to when to use anti-aging? I’m a skin care junkie and I’ve been using it since about age 28 or so. does it help? who knows. see the CVS clerk comment and hope that means yes. The wrinkles around my eyes stick around slightly longer when I stop smiling these days.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Leandra — boom. This is one of the best essays I’ve ever read by you, hands down. I’ve already inherited forehead lines and I’m not very good at wearing sunscreen, so perhaps I should even start getting on this bandwagon (And wearing sunscreen). My excuse has always been that I can’t stop genes, but nowadays people seem to be able to do all sorts of relaignment to their chromosomes (not literally but maybe literally….?). People think I’m younger than my age but I think that’s more because I’m very flat-chested, given I harbor wrinkles which would make them think the opposite. On the other hand, I’ve never been entirely concerned either.

  • greengirl528

    an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure…. or, in layman’s terms, about 160 bucks if you believe la mer is an actual “miracle broth”.

  • OnTheRiver

    Forget about the “anti-aging” stuff, and wear sunscreen every single day. No excuses. Even when it’s cloudy/rainy outside. I’m 45, and people regularly think I’m in my early 30s. They get really confused when my 20 year old son is with me. ;)

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  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    I started using anti-aging cream at around 30, because I thought I might feel grateful for it when 40. This has constituted my only beauty ritual so far, apart from shaping eyebrows, which I started doing a few years later (everything else belonging under the heading “Occasionally”).
    Now, I have been also much more laid back, satisfied and happy since my 30ies and it has made me sort of look younger than I did at my high-worrying 18, so I can’t tell you whether my creams actually work … At 41, I might be taken for 31 if it weren’t for under-eye abysses I sometimes sport.
    Anyway, last December I decided I was going to count my age backwards again (because I feel so good about it), so now I tell everyone I am 39. And sometimes looking it :-)

    • Samantha Benarroch

      I use http://www.gracieintl.nerium.com for discoloration and uneven skin texture. It works for enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It is naturally based and gentle for sensitive and aging skin as well. It works wonders!! It’s an all in one cream that tackles so many areas. The cream has a 30day money back guarantee so it’s worth giving it a try.

  • Mimi

    I started using anti aging eye cream at 22. I can safely say that as yet, at 38, I do not have a single crows feet and was recently told by a facialist that I have nearly perfect skin. As to when you should start, I say the earlier the better so it becomes preventative instead of damage control.

  • CarlotaLMorais

    Its never too soon I think, maybe before your 20’s is a bit tooo soon. For example, i look at my mom that is 43 and at my aunt, her sister, that is 41. My mom can afford good skincare and anti-aging creams and products. My aunt can’t. They both drink and smoke and dont go to gyms since they’re 30. Results? My mom looks much younger than my aunt. Like 5 years younger. True story.

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    Part of my problem comes with having a husband who, even though he’s 5 years older than me, looks far younger. Most people would guess that I’m older – in fact, most people have guessed that I’m older than I really am since I was, like, 15.

    I was the girl who rarely got carded in college, and for that short time in my life, it was amazing.

    Now, at 30, I’ve started to notice how tired I look all the time, and how much more makeup I have to put on just to look somewhat my age. It sucks, and I guess for me 30 is the age where I have to start with this anti-aging stuff.

    Having the skin of a baby butt is great…so long as you don’t smell like a baby butt. ;-)

    • http://adeliberateimagination.wordpress.com/ CDJ

      I don’t think you look old and tired at all from what I can see in that tiny photo next to your name!

      • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

        Thanks! :-)

  • Quinn Halman

    First off, this was such an amazing read. Secondly, I believe there are three items that every man and woman should spend a lot of money on; jeans, skin care products, and hair products. Jeans never go out of style so get a good pair that you’ll have forever, my hair is thick, curly, and has chemicals in it; I need to take care of it. From all ages skin should be a priority whether it be me dealing with little zits now or wrinkles 20 years in the future. Personally, I’ve always been mistaking for being older than I am, which is good if you’re 16 (you know what I’m talking about ;) ) but I think it’s because I know how to do my make up in a certain way and I tend to hang out with an older crowd.

  • Maura

    I’m 47 and constantly told I look early 30s. You don’t need expensive, just a routine. Sunscreen EVERY day – my tinted moisturizer has SPF 30. Drink tons of water all day – make it the only liquid you drink (unless you’re going out), wash and moisturize your face every night before bed. I wash my face with a Clarisonic (addictive!) and SLATHER Cetaphil while my face is still damp. Moisturizer is key!

  • Jessi

    you should start in your 20s! at the end of the day, you can’t really reverse wrinkles… the best things is to prevent them before they happen. anti-aging and sunscreen everyday.

  • Angela

    Im 33, but get mistaken for early 20’s all the time. I started using Estee Lauder face creams with SPF every morning and Advanced Night Repair every night at age 25. At 28 I started using a dermaroller at home which significantly improved my skin and has me looking even younger than before. It is never too early.

  • ANNIE

    Never is too early!!!
    Annie

  • Mac

    I’ll say it. I started using my mother’s skincare products in elementary or middle school. (I pray it was middle and not elementary, but I can’t be sure.) I wasn’t fully delved into her serums and magic potion creams that have, in her and their defenses, kept her looking 38 for about 15 years. But I had a routine: cleanse (and sometimes tone) at night before putting on a relatively thick moisturizer and wash my face in the shower each morning before applying a light SPF moisturizer. Before make up, before a pimple, before under eye bags, I had a skin care regimen.
    This process has matured over the years. And while I’m not mistaken for a 13 year-old, I have always been the friend with “perfect skin” and have replied, “Moisturize from the inside and out,” to those who ask what I do. Today, my skin preservation program, if you will, does include a magical serum, nightly eye cream, weekly moisturizing mask and downright religious SPF application. But the idea has stayed the same: buy good products, use them every day, drink a shit ton of water.

  • gorgeousgab

    find out what your skin needs (dry, normal, oily) and give it to it,. there is no magical potion that’s gonna stop you from aging. but i’ve found out my skin type and do nothing but moisturize with a good lotion and essential oil. BAM! i get 18 – early 20s though i’m in my late. dont need to spend all my fashion monies for fake elixirs promising youth

  • Laura Mitchell

    I;m 25 as well and ready to start reversing the damage. Now a Somme addict (thanks to your article). What other serums should we be using? Really tempted to start getting a little Botox in my forehead. Something about bad lighting and SnapChat makes me see new lines

  • cougarsandcrones

    It’s like the old “ounce of prevention” saying. Almost never too young. I want to scream and point to my lips, when I see young girls smoking. No can do “the red lip,” unless I want to look very bad indeed. The red bleeds up my lip lines all the way to my nose. I’m pretty sure the lines are there because I smoked a lot, for a long time. Lesson learned too late.

  • http://www.stylefile.in/ Dayle Pereira

    I wonder that too! Skin specialists have told me that at 21, I’m probably too young for anti-ageing and I think so too. I do take regular care of my skin & so hopefully, by my end of the 20’s I may get into it.

    http://www.stylefile.in

  • Liz

    Getting excited about anti-aging at 23 is like getting excited about your 401K. Something so distant is hard to prioritize now. The benefits are obvious but finding the money for it isn’t always easy.

    • Leandra Medine

      You’re so wise (i am really excited about having opened a retirement account though. Not for me — I probably won’t still be around but my kids will be like DAMN. MOM? WHO KNEW?)

  • AA

    This is so bizarre because I was literally looking in the mirror last night as i was flossing and thinking, “FML, are my fucking gums receding?!?!”

    Next thing you know, I have scoured eight pages of Google images, read through countless pages on WebMD, and have ultimately deduced that this is a sure sign that I am getting old because I am totally going to have all my teeth pulled like that girl on TLC’s Breaking Amish show, and will undoubtedly have dentures by my 29th birthday next month. This then led me sending pics of said receding gums to my dentist sister, to which she immediately called to talk me off the ledge by reassuring me that receding gums are quite common, and simply a good reminder that I need to start practicing better oral hygiene.

    I digress. But I will mention that I work with older adults, and it is amazing how some 90 years olds look WAY better than the 70 year olds. I have inquired with those that seem to look the best in their later years and the majority swear by sunscreen, moisturizing, and just a butt load of water. However, they do admit that they don’t drink as much water now because that means “more leakage.” LOL.

  • http://rosekeats.blogspot.com/ Roisin Elizabeth Keats

    This is a question I go over a lot, I’m 22 and although I don’t use anti ageing creams I do use Estee Lauder ANR serum and a whole host of other bits and pieces – though they’re mainly marked as hydrating rather than anti ageing (for now). Having said that, I started investing in skincare when I was about 17 or 18 and looking at it now I’d never recommend a younger cousin to buy the products I was insistent I needed at that time, and I worry when I click through beauty blogs and find 15 and 16 year olds using the same products as me. I’m not sure exactly how our culture got to be that 15 year olds should be picking up anti ageing creams but I’m really against it, skincare and hydration and looking after yourself i’m all for, but when 15 year olds are spending a fortune on creams aimed at ‘mature’ skin (and we’ve got shop assistants encouraging them because there’s a better cut of commission) then I think we’ve got a problem.

  • http://www.anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    The irony is when we are young we want to look older and when we get old we want to look young. The fact of the matter no one wants to look like the crypt keeper.

    http://www.anorexicescapades.com

  • http://funkymonkynancy.tumblr.com/ Nancy S.

    I wish there was an answer to that question. So I know when I should start O.O….

    The Artistically Challenged: Beauty, Fashion, Music, Lifestyle Blog

  • http://b-tg.tumblr.com/ Colleen Garrity

    I’m 20, and went tie shopping with my 17 year old brother a few weeks ago for his holiday dance. The sales person first asked if I was his date, and then when I told him that no, I was his older sister, he said I was doing “very well for my age” and “hardly had any signs of aging,” and thought I was 30.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that most people are just trying to say something, anything, and don’t think about it much before it comes out of their mouth. (I’m still cranky about the 30 comment though. I can’t even legally drink that sadness away, even!)

  • http://www.thefashionfuse.com/ Angie Wilson

    love this post! your posts are so entertaining and have so much character! i love reading them.

    xx Angie| http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

  • Jolien

    Suncreen!, sunscreen!, sunscreen! as someone in the comment section already stated. Every single day, no exceptions. And preferably a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical one.
    But mostly, don’t worry too much about the wrinkles. (Worry about the skin cancer, instead!). We’re all too hung up on looks when, at the end of the day, nobody ever cares about is as much as you. We’re our own worst critic and we really shouldn’t be.

    • Annie

      This post is SO timely. I just turned 19 and I feel like I should really start preventative stuff so I can postpone the painful stuff! Everyone is saying sunscreen but I have a few questions…
      1- Do you put it on your face/neck or your entire body?
      2- Do you use the cream or the spray?
      3- How does it fit into your makeup routine? I just started wearing primer, so do I put it on before the primer and wait a bit?

      • CarlotaLMorais

        I’m 18 and I have the same concern.
        I tryed for a week or two a routine where I used moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, foundation and then powder! This was soo much my face was too pasty and it was way too much coverage for me!
        So i tried a BB Cream! That’s my advice! All in one its amazing!
        I like this one http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-BB-tinted-primer
        but there are tons of brands outthere with good BB Creams (Clinique, Garnier, Vichy, Maybeline).
        Also, the key to have the best skin in the world: always put sunscreen on your face during summer! Some of my friends (most) dont do it and their skin looks like a dry fish’s skin. Good luck for them when they’re 40.
        Hope I was Helpfull! :)

        • Sunshine

          There is no way you will be able to use enough of any BB cream to get the correct SPF – you need a 1/4 teaspoon for your face. It doesn’t sound like a lot but measure it out & try applying it into your face. yikes!

          Moral of the story – don’t rely on any makeup, tinted moisturizer BB, CC cream for sun protection. They are makeup, nothing else.

          Ok, soapbox over :-)

        • elena

          hi dear can u tell me that at theage of 14 is it suitable to use anti aging bb greme ( garnier) ? will its cause any side effects if i use ?

          • CarlotaLMorais

            It won’t cause any side effects I think but it’s not the appropriate bb cream for a 14 year old! You should look for one suitable for your age, complexion (dry, oily or combination) and finish desired (lots of coverage, less coverage etc etc). Like I said, I liked the Tarte one, but since I went to a dermatologist now I only use BB creams or CC creams from Pharmacies. They are more expensive but are better for your skin and most of them have SPF! Try Vichy, La Roche Posay etc. Hope I was helpfull :)

      • Jolien

        Definitely cover your neck AND your face. (And on that note, also moisturize your neck area. It should get the same treatment you deem your face worthy of.) In the summer and late spring, roughly around the first of june up until the start of september, I start applying an SPF 20 sunscreen whenever I go out. In the winter my skin is usually covered, so there’s obviously no need. Although I do think hands could do with a bit of SPF all year round, but I can’t suite make that work. The décolletage is also an area that shows wrinkles quite easily so pay some attention to it.

        I always use a cream one, and always a natural one. They don’t differ all that much individually, so just choose one that doesn’t make you skin feel greasy. (This is probably hard is you have oily skin, my dry skin tends to soak up whatever moisture I apply to it with a greedy willingness.)

        Personally I apply it right after my moisteriser. I don’t use a primer, but I’d definitely apply it beforehand then let it sink in a bit. I tend to brush my teeth, put on my clothes, have a bit of breakfast and only then I put on my make-up. So I give it around 15/20 minutes.

  • Anna Maria

    I think another important question to ask is, how early is it to start a skin-care regimen? For me, that answer is 6th grade. With an Eastern-European mother who once did facials for a living, I was taught from a young age too moisturize, moisturize, moisturize and always cleanse my face before going to sleep. I’m 34 now and am often mistaken for someone much younger. At 29 I was refused a beer on a flight because I was “too young to order THAT.” ha. Recently when getting ID’ed at a bar a girl shrieked, “You’re a decade younger than me! What are your secrets?” (blush!) I didn’t get into anti-aging products till I was 30, but I think that’s because I started taking care of my skin at such a young age. So, I guess, my answer is, it depends on how late or early you start taking care of your skin. Even though I started taking care of my skin at a young age and gave up sun-bathing 9 years ago, I still moisturize my whole body at least twice a day, exfoliate twice a week, only use expensive moisturizers, milk cleansers and makeup and apply under eye cream under my eyes or my whole face at least 4 times a week. I’ve recently gotten into eye masks and face masks and use those once a week as well. Oh yeah, and I’ve been a Pescatarian for 18 years (I think diet is an important factor in looking and feeling young) and drink water like there’s no tomorrow… but I also drink a lot of wine, too, so I guess they kind of even each other out. ha.

  • http://www.erptraining9.com/ SAP Training

    If you are healthy enough, it will show on your face. You
    won’t require over-the-counter anti aging creams. Basic care of body and skin taken
    at home will suffice, however, taken strictly.

  • Nicole

    I’ve been using anti-ageing products since I was 21. I hate going to the cosmetics counters in departments stores and have them give me that look and say “This really isn’t a product you should be using. Your skin is lovely and you should just be using this ___”. Well look honey, my skin looks this good because I’ve been using the products I use (and btw I’m not using the extreme anti-ageing stuff, just your friendly serum and eye cream). I think it’s well worth starting earlier. It’s definitely the reason I have never had to wear makeup day-to-day. Take good care of your skin and you won’t have to spend half the day trying to cover it up and pass for something else.

    http://www.wishtodoplay.blogspot.com

  • http://phantomco.blogspot.com/ Deaunte

    I read that french women began applying Anti-aging cream at 15

    Yeah..

  • Anna Louise

    Use skin care products that you need when you need them….the only preventatives are sunscreen (or better still staying out of the sun) and diet. Luckily I accidentally found out that glycolic acid works well for both acne and wrinkles, so my own product transition was seamless. Especially since I now suffer from both at the same time! Lucky me!

  • Katrina88

    I enjoyed reading your post! I was born in 88 myself… and like u have been thought of years younger… when I was 23 the cashier at HMV asked for my iD because I was buying a DVD rated 15 !!! WTF. In terms of anti-aging cream I’ve invested in Estee advanced night repair.. but only use it on my blemishes….for now. I do get tempted to buy the night repair for eyes bcos of 1 inconspicuous line under each eye….hmmm

    I’ve been very extremely low maintenance until this new yr honestly… just a face wash kinda girl (though im obsessed with body butter).. but I realized the dry skin on my face needed some overdue love.. so i finally bought lotion and sunscreen (and the lovely Estee Lauder serum) and thought hey… its never too late… our skin is the largest organ in our body, gotta take care of it

  • Chris Valencia Domínguez

    I am 22 and that question has been on my mind for a while now. My mother and grandmother have very few wrinkles at their ages (53 and 70. I know how cool is that) but they didn’t use as much make-up as I do at my age.

    They were blessed with beautiful skin and no dark circles. I inherited the bad skin from my father’s side of the family, so I have no guide in what products to start applying in my face to prevent wrinkles.

    I have now started looking from treatments or cream or anything that could help, but there is so much stuff in the cosmetics market I don’t know what to pic. I hope you could give us some examples of the best brands of skin care.

  • http://www.portmanteaustore.com/ Azra

    I’ve started using “anti-aging” creams when I was your age but wrinkles still came, at some point in my life. Recently I gave up on skin care and I am using only rose hip oil for my skin. It really is great. I look 18 again. Not really. it boils down to what you eat, drink, life style you have and most imoprtantly your genetics ( I hope you are lucky in that department). Great post.

  • em

    love your writing :)

  • julie

    I just turned 56 and I mean it when I say I look better than I ever have. I’ve grown into my face, which is more handsome than pretty. We all have our season. What this post made me think of is the idea of being ‘well-preserved’ a hilariously strange notion. We’re all getting older, be good to yourself and enjoy it.

  • http://www.creamstop.com/ Mademoiselle C.

    Leandra you are hilarious!

    I think it’s completely acceptable to use the anti-aging products 10 years your senior. I, at the ripe old age of 26, use products catered for the 30’s.

    A friend of mine just turned 30 and she’s switched to the gear for the big 4.0’s.

    But you can’t beat good genes, my mum was getting ID’d at 35. I hope I am the same :) although seeing as when we’re together people ask if we’re sisters, I am not holding my breath!

    P.s Leandra you have such a beautiful and unique face, even with what you call your “forehead wrinkles”, you’re so damn gorgeous that no one will ever notice!

    http://www.creamstop.com

  • http://glitterandblush.blogspot.in/ Rupsha B

    I have got these two older cousins and they always keep mocking me, “ugh Ru, you look like a kid. What would you know about the sad aspect of human existence?”. It gets annoying, every once in a while.
    I have no complains against looking younger than my age, it might come in handy one day. Say when I’m around 30 maybe? But yes, looking at the appalling dark circles under my eyes, I doubt I’ll last that long.

    -Ru
    Glitter And Blush

  • http://www.thehipsterhousewifexx.blogspot.com/ The Hipster Housewife

    I love all you under 30s talking about anti aging. Crazy, but entertaining. More important things to worry about and spend your money on, IMPO. It’s just another way the beauty industry fucks with women. Seriously, how many guys do you know worrying about anti aging?! Don’t get me wrong, I freaked when I turned 25 and bought a bunch of serums, potions, and creams, but upon turning 30 I stopped giving a fuck. I have a family. I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive skin care every month (heck I can barely afford my platinum hair habit, and my best friend is my hair dresser)! I use basic products, I have some minor crows feet and forehead wrinkles, but the way I look at it – I’m 30! I deserve these wrinkles. My mom is 55. She has wrinkles. She’s beautiful. She doesn’t want to look 35, or even 45. She’s proud of the things she’s earned with her age. This whole debate drives me crazy. Clearly.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Had the same thought. The question shouldn’t be “How early is too early to start using anti-aging cream” but “Why are we concerned with anti-aging?”

      • Young4EV

        leandra is always getting shit for her eyebags (they’re huge!) so probably its our fault lol

  • Bri Veon

    I actually started using anti-aging cream from my mothers medicine chest my senior year of high school. By accident of course, I had always experience trouble with my acne and my mother is a true testament of trying a variety of products until something worked for her. So once she did, I stayed consistent with her match until it was no longer necessary. So for a short amount of time (within a matter of a couple months) my skin cleared. My mother raved about the sudden realization and asked how my skin clear and I told her I was using her products as well. Stared at me with popped eyes and said “brit, that product is for older women!!” Talk about not reading something properly before using it. “Then again”, she added, “it actually did work for you”. So I can agree with Medine, it is never really too late or the earlier the better I guess.

  • Sharon A. Swanson

    I started using Puristics Anti Aging skin care products at 40!

  • http://eileentheooer.blogspot.com/ Eileen

    I put on makeup so I look my age instead of a 14 year old so people will actually take me seriously. True story. When I’m older though, as long as I look my age I think I will be happy.

  • lilly

    Love your articles. A small correction: a lady from your dentist’s office couldn’t have a nurse. She was a dental tech or a dental assistant. Nurses do not work at dental offices.

  • lilly

    *couldn’t have been a nurse. sorry, english is my third language :)

  • lilly

    why was my comment deleted? LOL

  • lilly

    can’t take criticism?? lol

  • Mimi Minh Nguyen

    I’m a simple, low-maintenance girl and my most favorite item is my boyfriend’s shirt (which I have customised for it not looking too baggy on me), so I love your blog, and this post! I’m in my early 20s, so I use moisturiser most of the time and nothing else. However I just just bought a tube of anti-aging eye cream recently since I start to have dark circles and eye bags after endless late nights staying up late doing fashion schools homework. I must say the under eyes areas are the worst…. people judge you on that :) Maybe you can share a bit about your skincare products next time? I would really like to know about your eye cream! x

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  • Lydia

    I’m a total skincare junkie, and am addicted to sunscreen- I wear it everyday, highest SPF available and constantly preach to my friends how important using the right skincare is. On the other hand though, I always get annoyed when I’m constantly asked for ID despite being of age for a fair while now and blame my chubby cheeks that seem to be the only part of my body that didn’t thin out when adulthood hit. Older and wiser people in my family always says that I’ll be glad of my ever-lasting cheek ‘puppy fat’ when I’m older, because it will keep my skin looking healthy, so I hope they’re right and that I get to the point where being asked for ID is a compliment!
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  • Michelle Grant

    Moisturise, SPF every day. Lots of water and a clean diet. When I’m eating well and drinking lots of water it shows on my skin. I’ve moisturised religiously since I was 18 and worn eye cream since 22. I’m reaping the rewards already at 33 years old. I think a great skincare regime, taking makeup off each night and keeping your face out of the sun is key. I live in Australia where I have to be on top of it all the time. I’m very pale and burn within 10 minutes. This forces me to wear SPF 30 every day – and don’t forget the chest area, which ages quickly too. Its not just one thing – its a few different factors that contribute to clear bright skin.

  • http://sanfranista.wordpress.com/ Sarah

    Oh, storyteller skills- you have them. So much. Forgive me- I’m having a bit of a fangirl moment.

    But re: anti-aging and such, I started using eye cream at 19, AHAs at 21, and I now use a retinol serum at night (and sunscreen in the day, of course). If I do say so, I’m pretty pleased with how my face looks, but now I’m realizing that neglecting my neck in all of this was quite unwise. So, you can add a milestone of “realized that using anti-aging products solely on face will result in a mixed-decade look” to my 27th year.

  • Cardinham Killigrew

    I am a proponent of night creams…but hey I am biased. ;) I prefer natural butters and oils with fine line fighting compounds…keep it natural I saw. Drink water and stay out of the sun.
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  • http://www.lifecellskin.com/ Brianna Magee

    For me I started using it on my 20’s. And this is the stage that I get more conscious about my skin.

  • jjrc

    I’ve always done some good things (exfoliate!) and some bad things (stay up late and drink too much vodka!) for my skin but around 23 I saw the start of a wrinkle likely caused by a year of too much sun damage and took more action.

    I’ve dabbled in light retinol (which all the derms I know socially seemed to support) but mostly have stuck to intense moisturizers and barrier sunscreen (the best stuff is in Australia where they do not eff with UV rays). It’s gone well despite spending too much time on the beach and not always been awesome at diet/exercise/lifestyle factors. I get ID’d all the time, in my profession people think I’m a very recent college grad despite nice age-appropriate clothes, and when I get hit on it’s never by dudes my own age it’s always some 21 year old. None of these things are really pluses, but they are the first external measures I think of. And I do get puffy eyes/dark circles if I decide to do a weekend of no sleep/party all night, which was not the case as an actual invincible 21 y/o.

    • jjrc

      I should add: am now over 30.

  • coffeetoo

    so even though this was 2 weeks ago, just wanted to add in one more thing to this thread: sleep. you guys got the sunscreen, serums, and moisturizer comments down, but good sleep is also very important. While it won’t erase wrinkles or eye bags, it still helps stave off a multitude of sins that show up on your face.

    also, Leandra, I think you meant your mom’s age is the reverse of yours. The inverse would be 1/25. And while I believe she looks pretty young (heck, I’ve seen pictures – she’s gorgeous!) – that would make her an infant relative to yours or her age :p

    great read!

  • Emma

    If you’re in your 20s and concerned about anti aging, the most important thing you can do is WEAR SUNSCREEN. Even if you’re locked in an office all day at work with no windows, put it on. As for the more intense products that have collagen, retinols etc, wait it out a bit. You don’t want your skin to become resistant to those ingredients in your 20s when you’re going to need them in your 40s.

    This article from Intothegloss.com provides some good insight regarding this matter:

    http://intothegloss.com/2013/03/anti-aging-in-your-twenties-too-much-too-soon-skin-care-products-retinol

    • Emma

      And if you’re worried about breakouts when wearing sunscreen, I use Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid and have not experienced a ratchet breakout, and my skin is very oily and acne prone. Just a helpful FYI

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  • Kayla Madison

    Anti-aging cream is mostly about provide moisture. If you have naturally oily skin you need a moisturizer with this in mind. Most anti-aging creams are for dry, dehydrated skin. So a person with oily skin wouldn’t want to use anything that was too creamy… If you have dry skin then it’s never to early to start with the anti-aging creams, but you have to find one that’s right for you. Try a small amount first and see how your skin reacts and go from there. you know what they say-an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

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  • Ketty Lala

    You are never too young to protect and nourish the skin. Start your everyday with a mosturizer that contains an SPF 30 or higher. Do not rely on your makeup for SPF. At night consider a gentle over the counter retinol 3 nights a week and an eye cream like revitol eye cream which I got here http://gg.gg/2sasa. Always wash your face before going to bed – don’t go to sleep with your makeup and the day’s grime on your face! Never go to a tanning bed , don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol . Also recent studies show that high glycemic index diets, excessive sugar may age the skin and too much stress is detrimental as well. If the over counter suggestions don’t cut it , see your derm for stronger options. Good luck!

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