If you're anything like me, you're probably taking one of your biggest sources for makeup and skincare advice completely for granted. For years I dismissed her advice, not on purpose, but because really, who pays attention to that sort of thing till they're twenty-something? Now I'm discovering that my mom knew what she was talking about all along. She knows more about makeup and skincare than I do, knows which products work and which don't, andddd (drumroll, please!)...knows how to prevent signs of aging and has the wrinkle-free skin to prove it (whereas I'm two months away from twenty-three and can already detect the beginnings of fine lines plus a scarily deep forehead wrinkle). I definitely need some preventative action.
I sat down with my mom this weekend and actually listened to her best anti-aging tips. Now I get to pass them on to you!
Her first suggestion is the easiest and the most important: stay out of the sun. We've all heard a million times about the dangers of tanning and sun exposure, but listen up because they are 100% true. Avoid the sun whenever possible and especially try to avoid it between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, when the sun's rays are most direct and intense. Yes, even in winter. This also goes for tanning beds. Just don't. Buy a bronzer and get some good self tanner if you can't stand being pale.
Triple Strength Wrinkle Smoother also by Dr. Denese provides a more concentrated approach to solving and preventing wrinkles; you just apply the cream where you need it most. For me, this is definitely my forehead. When I use this product, I can almost feel my skin tightening. It's serious stuff, but not at all harsh for even the most sensitive skin.
Perhaps most important treatment of all is a great eye cream. Again, Philosophy makes the best with their Hope in a Tube. It's useful for both eyes and lips and is specially formulated to target fine lines in these particular areas. Also, when applying any sort of product around your eyes, make sure to use your ring finger. This also prevents unnecessary tugging and wrinkling on the extra sensitive thin skin around your eyes.
To treat and prevent wrinkles in your twenties, the best things you can do are: stay out of the sun as much as possible, wear sunscreen, invest in a great moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated, and start using an intense eye cream. Even if you aren't concerned with wrinkles at the moment, it's still a good idea to take preventative steps. Baking in the sun or the tanning bed definitely won't do your skin any favors and moisturizing simply makes your skin look better at any age.