The Real Reason You Should Start Using Anti-Aging Products In Your 20s

Whether you're already adamant about a 10-step routine or unsure of what an alpha-hydroxy acid is, it's important to have some kind of product lineup for your complexion, yes, even in your 20s. Don't stress, though, if you haven't fully immersed yourself into skincare. It can be an overwhelming beast to tackle, especially with the numerous products available out there. Take it easy and start simple, then you can build up from there. But before you start adding 100 different products to your online shopping cart, it's important to remember that this isn't about anti-aging or demonizing wrinkles and other indicators of age. We all grow older and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that — it's just a matter of keeping your skin healthy and in its best possible state.

An article from Marie Claire notes that it's about prevention, rather than having to treat things once you reach middle age. "Instead of jumping to intense procedures that might not be appropriate for younger skin, begin by protecting your skin so you may not need to take dramatic action when you are older," board-certified dermatologist Dr. Loretta Ciraldo told the site. While you can really get into the nitty gritty with different types of serums, peels, essences, and masks, there are a few key products to start with when you begin adding to your arsenal.

How to start a skincare routine in your 20s

Vogue suggests a cleanser, vitamin C serum, sunscreen, retinol, eye cream, exfoliant, body polish, and hyaluronic acid. This can change depending on your skin type and preferences, so it's best to cater to your own needs and speak with a dermatologist or esthetician to get a customized routine. But if you're just starting out, you're probably wondering what all of these products do and what they're for. Let's break it down.

Unsurprisingly, a cleanser cleanses, and will help remove impurities, makeup, and other dirt and grime from the day. After this, you can use a toner or essence, or simply skip that and use a vitamin C serum and hyaluronic acid. The first can brighten and improve texture, and the latter will help hydrate your skin. Following your serums, you'll want to apply an eye cream and a moisturizer to lock in hydration and repair. If it's daytime, the most important step in prevention is finishing with an SPF of sorts, and at night, you can use a retinol to target fine lines and promote collagen production, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Body polishes and exfoliants are great to use a couple of times a week to slough off dead skin and keep your complexion bright and dewy.

Don't worry if your head is spinning, it'll take some time to get in the rhythm of things, but having a routine nailed down will truly pay off in the end.