But when is it too early to begin an anti-aging regimen?
For many African American women’s skin care routines, the steps towards anti-aging are reactionary rather than pro-active in preventing signs of aging. This does not have to be the case. Your black skin care regimen should be stopping the aging process in a few simple steps; exfoliation, moisturizing, and sun protection.
To begin with, it really comes down to a personal decision. An anti-aging regimen does not necessarily mean applying creams with magic potions to reduce the appearance of wrinkles that may already be there. Making a few changes for early prevention can be an example of an anti-aging regimen. For this case, it is never too early or too late to prevent wrinkles from forming. In fact, it is recommended that you protect your skin at the start of your twenties. The best thing you can do, no matter how young or how old, is protecting your skin from sunrays. Using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher everyday can come a long way.
What about using products with anti-aging ingredients?
The most popular ingredient used for anti aging effects is alpha hydroxy acid. These ingredients bring additional benefits other than fighting against the appearance of aging. Alpha hydroxy acid is primarily used to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two products that help reduce the appearance of aging. But it can also be used as an exfoliant that sheds off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to allow new skin to grow. Since exfoliating is an important part of a skin care regimen, one does not have to necessarily be showing signs of wrinkles to use a product with alpha hydroxy acid. For example many Black women’s skin care regimen’s we recommend Clear Essence Complexion Soap with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. This exfoliating soap bar removes the build up of dead skin leaving the complexion smooth and radiant.
So can it be too early to use anti-aging products?
Not necessarily. It has always been recommended to use sun protection during the day and products with alpha hydroxy acid are not limited to just reducing the appearance of aging. Therefore it is not such a bad thing to use an anti – aging product with alpha hydroxy acid because it brings benefits either way. In the end, it is just a matter of personal decision.