People have been searching for the Fountain of Youth and its secrets to antiaging since the dawn of civilization.
While I'm sure all of us would prefer a magical secret to prevent aging, slowing down the signs of aging doesn’t have to be an unattainable goal.
By maintaining a simple, yet effective skincare routine, you can keep your skin looking young and fresh for years to come.
The perfect time to start a skincare routine is in your 20s! And as with anything related to your body, preventative maintenance is always a much better choice than waiting until it’s too late and trying to make up for lost time.
What happens to your skin in your 20s?
Before we jump into preventative care, it’s important to know what happens to your skin during your 20's. Four main things will slowly start to occur:
- Decrease in collagen production
- Build up of dead skin cells
- Gradual loss of elasticity
- Increase of wrinkles and fine lines
Your early 20's is the peak collagen production time for your skin.
Collagen are the long, fibrous proteins that hold your skin (and body) together. More importantly, collagen is responsible for keeping your skin taut and wrinkle-free. As you go through your 20s, collagen production will begin to slow down at an average rate of one percent per year.
Dead skin cell buildup
Before your 20's, your skin cells would die and replenish themselves rapidly. However, as you age, this process begins to slow down, which causes dead skin cells to build up across your entire body. This can cause your skin to lose its natural color and start to show the signs of aging much more quickly.
Loss of elasticity
Also known as "elastosis," this is when collagen and elastin break down. Elastin is a protein that makes your skin highly elastic, which allows your skin to return to its natural “form” after being stretched or moved. This can also sometimes happen as a result of too much exposure to the sun. But more generally speaking, as you age, your skin will gradually and naturally become less elastic, which can make your skin look leathery or weathered.
Wrinkles and fine lines
Over time, due to age, exposure to the elements, and your normal facial expressions, it is common for wrinkles and fine lines to start to appear on your skin. It is a gradual process that will begin in your mid-20s and become more apparent as the years go on.
How to prevent the signs of aging
There is no magical way to prevent the signs of aging; however, by adopting the right skincare routine in your 20s, you can dramatically slow down the signs of aging.
Here’s what dermatologists recommend you do as a starting point:
Human skin is made up of 64% water. Therefore, it’s important to drink at least four to six glasses per day. Dehydration will cause your skin to become drier and more wrinkled. It also causes stress on your skin that will lead to collagen breakdown, the formation of deep wrinkles, and the loss of its natural elasticity.
Just like every organ in our bodies, our skin needs oxygen, too. Exercising will help your blood circulate through your body faster and more efficiently. As your blood is pumping, it also delivers oxygen and vital nutrients to your skin to keep it looking young and healthy. Finally, increased blood circulation helps eliminate waste products, like free-radicals, from skin cells,.
Smoking is one of the worst things a person can do, for both their general health and the health of their skin.
When you smoke, you inhale carbon monoxide— along with over 7,000 other cancer-causing chemicals—that deprives your skin of much-needed oxygen. It also makes it harder for your skin to absorb vitamin C, which is critical for collagen production.
Even more, the muscles around your mouth that you use to smoke cigarettes daily cause wrinkles to form around your lips and on your cheeks.
Clean your face daily
Wash your skin with a natural face cleanser twice daily. A cleanser is gentle on your skin, less abrasive than soap, and designed to clean your skin properly without stripping its natural oils or pH balance.
During the night, your skin rubs against your bedding and picks up whatever dirt, germs, sweat, and dust are on your sheets. In the morning, it’s important to clean your skin and remove anything that it has picked up during the night.
Also, after a long day of replenishing dead skin cells, picking up debris from the outside, and building up oils, a cleanse before bed will remove anything keeping your skin from looking young and healthy.
As you age, your skin cells start to replicate more slowly. If you don't remove dead skin cells regularly, you can find yourself faced with acne, blackheads, ingrown hairs, pimples, wrinkles, and dry skin.
You should exfoliate two to three times per week to prevent a build up of dead skin cells and dirt on the surface of your skin. Exfoliation also allows your skin to absorb nutrients better, increase blood flow, and give your skin a healthier glow.
Avoid exfoliators that use plastic microbeads—which are bad for both your skin and the environment—and opt for a natural men's face scrub using high-quality ingredients, like finely crushed walnut shells and bamboo powder to avoid harming the skin during exfoliation.
Moisturizing is one of the most critical steps to making sure your skin will continue to look young and fresh throughout your 20's. Most people wait too long to start using a moisturizer, but by making this a good habit immediately, you will notice that your skin remains in good condition for a lot longer.
After cleansing your skin, apply a natural face moisturizer—one that’s not loaded with chemicals and artificial fragrances. A moisturizer does two things: 1) It absorbs nutrients and water into your skin and 2) it forms a protective layer on top of your skin in order to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Exposure to UVA or UVB light from the sun is attributed to 90 percent of the visible signs of aging by damaging your skin's collagen and elastin proteins. Applying SPF 30 or greater will protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
Recap: Men's skincare routine in their 20s
The perfect time to develop a healthy skincare routine is in your 20s. The better care you take of it now, the easier it will be for you to keep you skin in tip-top shape in the future.
Don’t wait until you’ve reached your 40s or 50s to suddenly regret not having taken care of your skin once you see the signs of aging in full force .
If you want a high-quality way to take care of your skin in your 20s,backed by natural ingredients, check out our essential skincare kit.