How young is too young?

Staying young - or at least staying young-looking - is a priority to most people, especially women. Thankfully, there are plenty of anti-aging products out there for the choosing. At what age should you start using these products, though? Is it possible to start too early? As we get older, our skin changes, which means that our skin care products have to change as well. Plus, seasonal changes play a big role in our skin care regime, too. Prevention In Your 20s

Unless you’re going to start bracing yourself for aging when you’re still a teenager, you’re really not starting too young. The way you treat your skin in your 20s and 30s greatly determines how well it’ll hold up in the future. The two best things you can do to protect your skin at this point in your life are to quit smoking and wear sunscreen every single day. Choose a sun screen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of at least 30. Also, wear sunscreen year-round, not just in the summertime. The more you can prevent aging, the less you’ll have to rely on anti-aging creams that don’t have a ton of evidence as to their effectiveness.

“I Wear Sunscreen. Now What?”

To maintain dewy skin, wear an antioxidant moisturizer or serum during the day. Look for products that have Vitamin C, Vitamin E, green tea, alpha lipoid acid or niacin amide,  like the Elizabeth Grant line available at ShopHQ. These ingredients help to reduce the damage that pollution and the sun can cause. If you have problem skin, some dermatologists suggest getting a prescription for a retinoid or using an over-the-counter retinol, which can help with problems like acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, collagen breakdown and even pre-cancerous skin lesions.

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Summertime Skin Care

Protecting your skin during the summer can sometimes be a hassle - you want to stay moisturized, but some days it’s just too hot and humid to lather on a thick lotion. You want to get a gorgeous, glowing tan, but you know that wrinkles will eventually follow. Here are five tips to making the most of the summer while maintaining your flawless complexion:

1. Wear moisturizer that contains sunscreen so that you don’t have to layer on two different skin care products (Aveeno offers hypoallergenic products that simultaneously combat blotchiness ). If you spend enough time outside, you won’t be able to help getting a healthy glow.

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2. On warm summer nights, wear a thin serum instead of a thick moisturizer if you’re going to be outside.

3. Don’t forget to protect your eyes! Wear sunglasses that effectively block UVA and UVB rays. They’ll also help you to stop squinting, which means you’re saving your face from crow’s feet.

4. Sunscreen can only take you so far. If you’re going to be lounging on the beach for hours on end, wear a hat or hang out under an umbrella, too.

5. If you think you just look better with a tan, rub on some self-tanning lotion or head to a salon for a spray tan.