Yes, reaching old age is a blessing, but judging by the sheer number of creams, serums, and treatments that claim to banish wrinkles, age spots, and grey hairs out there, none of us want to look our age past a certain point.
In a way, my generation is quite fortunate in this department. These days, high-quality skincare products from all over the world are both affordable and available for purchase in the Philippines, as with up-to-date dermatological treatments carried out by specially-trained aestheticians.
Still, as with a lot of things, minimizing, if not altogether eliminating, the damage before it even begins is always best. This then begs the question that headlines this article: What is the ideal age for getting started on an anti-aging regimen?
Prevention > Cure: The Case for An Early Start
Granted, preventing the aging process before it begins to show on your face is far easier than repairing any existing damage. Dermatologists have also been known to say it’s never too early to take care of your skin, and I, for one, swear by a classic cleanse-tone-moisturize regimen with eye cream I’ve been following since my teens, but the magic number is said to be 25.
“Ageing starts from the age of 25,” cosmetic physician Dr. Nagd Farag revealed, “That’s the age [when you] start to lose collagen.”
Collagen is a protein that provides integrity, firmness, and elasticity to the body’s structures, especially the skin. In other words, it’s what keeps your face from wrinkling and sagging, among other things.
Do note that not everyone ages the same, however, and that any time between your late 20’s and your early 30’s is also a good place to start.
The Basics of Preventive Skincare
So, let’s say you decide to get invested in a comprehensive regimen. What exactly do you need to do? Slather on organic honey twice a day? Go for laser treatments? Practice facial yoga?
The answer is actually far simpler.
You see, the formula for great skin and a healthy body are rather identical. Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, managing your stress levels, and drinking enough water, it seems, are key to a youthful appearance at any age.
Steering clear of cigarettes and moderating alcohol consumption, in addition, are prescribed by many skin care specialists, as is the daily application of sunscreen and always going to bed with a clean face.
What If Your Skin Has Already Started to Show Signs of Aging?
Since the buzz over anti-aging technology and skincare is a fairly recent one, it follows that the older members of the population haven’t exactly reaped its optimal benefits.
Still, filler injections and invasive surgery are only recommended as a last resort, with lifestyle changes and a carefully-prescribed regimen remaining the go-to solution for dealing with the ravages of time and the elements.
For far too long, basic skincare has been dismissed as a vain, unnecessary practice. Quite the contrary, I think. Apart from the fact that preventive skincare saves you money in the long term and forces you to live healthier, it’s also an important form of self-care.
Because let’s face it: very few things can boost your confidence as feeling good about yourself does, and the only way to do that is to look after ourselves in every way possible.