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by Ayesha Smith, Medically Reviewed by Dr. C.H. Weaver M.D.

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Nowadays, skincare enthusiasts are starting young when it comes to preventing fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, beauty consumer analysts discovered that more than half of women between the ages 18 and 24 are already adding products for wrinkle prevention into their skincare routines. Beauty analysts are explaining that more consumers are focusing on preventing the development of fine lines and wrinkles, rather than targeting them.

Since this trend is occurring among younger beauty enthusiasts, you may wonder whether it’s too late to start an anti-aging skincare routine of your own. But is it?

When to Start an Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

People normally think about starting an anti-aging skincare routine once the wrinkles and fine lines start appearing. However, experts recommend that you start your anti-aging regimen early because prevention is indeed better than the cure. In fact, dermatologist Amy Perlmutter explains that your production of collagen will start to decline around your late twenties and early thirties. As such, it is recommended that you start your anti-aging routine in your twenties so that you can prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines before your collagen production starts to decline.

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However, it is not too late to start your skincare routine in your forties. While prevention may not be ideal during this period, you can focus on correcting any signs of aging that may appear at this stage. It may be too late to eliminate all your fine lines and wrinkles, but you can still utilize products and invest in treatments that can reduce their appearance.

How to Start an Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

Incorporate Anti-Aging Products into Your Routine

Aging skin may contain wrinkles and look less supple, due to the slowing down of the cellular turnover and collagen production. So, if you want to combat the signs of aging, look for effective ingredients that can aid in the production of these components in your skin. In particular, retinoids are present in the most effective anti-aging skincare routines, since this ingredient can encourage cellular turnover, stimulate collagen, and reduce wrinkles. Therefore, using corrective treatments that contain retinoids can aid in the regeneration of the components, making your skin look more smooth and supple over time.

Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

Aside from reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you can further prevent their formation by protecting your skin from sun damage.
A study revealed that individuals that apply sunscreen daily are 24% less likely to have coarser skin and wrinkles, as compared to those who use sunscreen on a non-mandatory basis. That’s because sunscreen can block the sun's UVA rays, which leads to premature skin aging. Protect your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on a daily basis. You can also amp up your protection by wearing hats, long-sleeved shirts, and pants to cover your skin from the sun.

Invest in Treatments that Target Fine Lines

You can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by investing in facial treatments. To illustrate, chemical peels are quite popular, as the procedure promotes cellular turnover so that you can have smoother skin. On top of that, chemical peels can also decrease brown spots and brighten your skin. But if you want a more effective treatment, laser resurfacing can trigger your body to produce more collagen. Though this treatment is more aggressive, it can help in tightening your skin and smoothing out wrinkles.

While younger is better, know that it's never too late to start your anti-aging skincare routine. To reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, use skincare products with retinoids, apply sunscreen daily, and invest in anti-aging treatments.