Ask Melanie: “At what age should I start using anti-aging products?”

A question I get frequently from my younger clients is “when should I start using anti-aging products?” Here are the general guidelines I recommend for selecting the appropriate anti-aging products in your 20s, 30s and 40s plus:

Your Twenties: Too Soon

The twenties is not yet time for aggressive wrinkle treatments that modify skin physiology. Why? Because it is too early to tinker with cell growth rate or aggressively stimulate collagen. So highly potent anti-aging products with ingredients like retinoids (e.g. Retin A), DMAE or Idebenone are generally inappropriate. An exception to this would be if you are in your mid to late twenties and have notable sun damage and the early signs of wrinkles. If this is the case, I recommend starting with a Green Tea Serum, which will provide your skin with antioxidants and also prevent the early development of wrinkles. Overall, if you are in your twenties, the most important skin care product to use is a daily sunscreen, such as our Day 25 Cream (which will also serve as your moisturizer and infuse your skin with beneficial nutrients).

Your Thirties:  Use an Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Antioxidants

Many thirty year-olds start noticing fine lines and slight wrinkles, so your thirties is a good time to start using skin care products shown to have wrinkle reducing effects and added moisture to keep your skin plump. Ingredients to look for include those in the vitamin C family, lipoic acids, idebenone and copper peptides. I personally do not recommend retinoids (e.g. tretinoin a.k.a. Retin A) because they can irritate and thin the skin, causing it to have a paper-like texture and become sallow and dull over time. For my clients in their 30’s I recommend our products with anti aging ingredients that are also moisturizing: Ester C Cream or DMAE Cream.

Read: The Truth About Retinoids

Your Forties and Beyond: Use Specialized Anti-Aging Products

Once you reach your 40’s, its time to start using more aggressive anti-aging creams. Select a specialized anti-aging cream that target your specific problem areas, such as wrinkles or fine lines around the eyes. Retinols, while effective, can cause redness and thinning of the skin tissue over time, so I recommend products with Idebenone, a relatively new and very powerful anti-aging antioxidant that does not irritate the skin. Also, look for serums that can seal in moisture and deeply penetrate the skin.  I recommend Vasseur’s Idebenone Cream, Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Eye Q Gel.

Read: How to treat and prevent crow’s feet, How to treat lip and mouth wrinkles


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