Anti-aging Products/Steps for 20-somethings

My fellow 20-somethings, whether you've just entered your 20's, or if you're well into them or leaving them soon, we've got to take care of our skin now to assist with lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while our skin is still young.  Welcome to adulthood, ladies! I'm nearing my 26th year of life and I've noticed some drastic changes in my skin compared to my teen years. I've developed some crows feet around my eyes (minimal, but still noticeable after a long day) and smile lines/creases around my mouth that crease with my foundation after a few hours of wear. I have to admit, it sucks, but that's a part of life. Yay.

What products should we be using? Well, we don't need to be using some expensive, high-end, advanced repair anti-aging doodad, but we should be using some type of preventative skincare/moisturizer twice a day.  I've tried several anti-aging products so I could give an honest review. I've created a list of 4 simple steps we should be doing every day to help prevent those pesky wrinkles.

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  1. Exfoliate. I can't stress this enough. Your skin will thank you if you exfoliate daily or weekly, depending on how dull your skin is. When you have dead skin on the surface, it can make your skin appear dull and flaky, also making your makeup look like it's caked on by clinging to these dry patches of dead skin. I exfoliate daily- not always with an exfoliating cleanser, but I use my Olay ProX brush with a mild cleanser every night to remove dead skin cells and deeply cleanse. If you want to spend the extra money, you can purchase the Clarisonic, but personally, I feel it's overpriced.

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  2. Apply and under eye cream day/night. I've tried so many under eye creams and have my two favorite that alternate between above. I get an allergic reaction to retinal (most people with sensitive skin will), so I had to stop using that under my eyes. In our 20's, we should just focus on keeping the under eye area moisturized day and night, instead of focusing on high-end anti-aging under eye creams. The Burt's Bees Sensitive Eye Cream with cotton extract is my favorite morning eye cream and the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream is my favorite nighttime eye cream. Although it contains retinal, it's a mild amount and Neutrogena is geared toward sensitive skin, so I don't get any odd reactions.

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  4. Apply a serum nightly. This is where it gets a little tricky. If you have sensitive skin like myself, i'd use the Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum since it's hypoallergenic but still effective in preventing premature wrinkles. If you don't have sensitive skin, I'd use the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum. Serums sink into the skin better than moisturizers do and these two are great at not making your skin feel oily. Make sure you repair this every night after following the steps above for best results.
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  5. Moisturize. If you're not wearing a foundation that contains SPF or a bb cream, then you better grab some type of moisturizer with SPF in it pronto.  You may think you should skip this step if you have oily skin or if you're not going to be outside much, but you must apply some type of SPF to your face, neck and decollete area daily. Even if you're in the sun for 5 minutes, unprotected skin can lead to bad results (you know, same thing your parents talked about all those year, just sun related). There are consequences! My recommendation is Simple's Protecting Light Moisturizer which contains SPF 15 without oil.

All of these products are fairly inexpensive and can be found at any drugstore. The main thing to remember to is to keep your skin moisturized, especially your under eye area. Let me know what anti-aging products you use and recommend!

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