You've heard it said: prevention is better than cure, and the same goes for warding wrinkles away. You may be a bright, bouncy 20-something, but you're definitely not too young to start on a simple, no-fuss anti-aging skin care routine! Below, we've condensed our recommended beauty regimen into as few steps as possible—one for every major part of your day. The fountain of youth isn't so elusive, after all.
1. IN THE MORNING
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Start the day with antioxidants! Coupled with your usual cream or moisturizer, use The Face Shop's Yehwadam Revitalizing Serum (P2495, SM Mega Fashion Hall), made with seeds, roots, flowers, and herbs grown only in Korea and created especially for younger women looking to fight signs early on. Look for products that contain ingredients with preventative qualities—peptides and plant stem cells are particularly potent.
Fact: air pollution and UV rays are sources of free radicals (molecules that damage living cells and cause aging), so it's best to be protected with a layer of antioxidants before you leave the house. You’re literally creating a shield so no free radicals can touch the skin!
We cannot stress enough the importance of sunscreen. Hate that greasy feeling? To avoid suffocating your skin with multiple products, try a moisturizer that doubles as SPF! Also, don’t stop at the jaw line—get in the good habit of putting sunscreen on your neck, because that’s where the first signs of sagging start showing up. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (P799, supermarkets nationwide) for ultra-light matte coverage.
3. BEFORE BED
Retinol is often referred to as skin care's ultimate do-it-all, and with good reason: it increases cell cycle turnover and helps promote collagen, effectively decreasing pore size. Also, because retinol helps shed pore-clogging dead skin, it can help clear up the adult acne that you may get at this stage in life! Apply an over-the-counter retinol cream or serum nightly (you can leave prescription retinoids for later in life). We like Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum (P898, beautymnl.com)!