Your skin is at its prime in your 20s. It is abundant with collagen production and lots of elastin, making it firm, plump, and lifted. However, your 20s skin won’t last forever without a little bit of work. What should be on the forefront of your mind when you are in your 20s is prevention—good skin care habits now mean better and more youthful skin in the future. You can keep your 20-something glow well into your 30s and 40s if you start getting serious about your skin now!
Age 30 is typically when women begin to think about anti-aging treatments and products. The natural aging process usually begins at this time. The production of collagen starts to decline leading to thinner skin, fine lines start to set in, and dark spots on sun-exposed areas pop up. Getting a head start on treating these concerns now is key to long term healthy skin.
Your 20s and 30s is the ideal time to get a jump start on protecting your skin. First, start off with some good at home products. The basic skincare recipe that is great for 20 and 30-year-olds includes five essential products: 1) a gentle cleanser, 2) a medical grade sunscreen, 3) a vitamin C serum, 4) a retinol, 5) and a great eye cream. Using these products regularly will not only treat your skin by making it feel softer and more radiant, but they will also put the brakes on the inevitable aging process.
After you have picked out your favorite skin care products, it is time to start thinking about treatments that can benefit your skin during your younger years. Many of the same treatments that are used for more mature women are also used on younger women; however, the way in which we use these treatments is slightly different for different age groups. Botox is a great preventative treatment to halt the progression of the deep set wrinkles due to making certain facial expressions. Dosed conservatively, Botox used between the brows or in the forehead can soften winkles and more importantly prevent them from getting worse. Also great for young patients concerned with skin texture, tone and complexion is a series of a light laser treatment called Clear + Brilliant. This gentle laser is simple, yet effective with minimal downtime designed for younger women with minimal sun damage looking for improvement and prevention. And of course, a combination of facials and chemical peels are required for a complete skin care regimen.
Unfortunately, the first signs of sun damage generally show up in your 30s, as your skin’s reparative abilities begin to weaken—things like crow’s-feet, mild brown spots and uneven skin. Fortunately, by taking early action, you can make a significant impact on your skin’s future health. But remember, consulting with a medical provider is the best way to find out which treatment and products are best for your personal skin care needs.
Jill Kandora, PA-C is one of the medical providers at Pur Skin Clinic. She is a physician assistant who is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She specializes in injectable treatments, such as Botox and dermal fillers, a wide variety of laser modalities, and general skin care concerns.