We’re getting older every second. Sometimes this can be a good thing, but when it comes to aging appearances, I’d rather not. No one wants wrinkles, especially to start developing them at such a young age. But unfortunately, wrinkles are inevitable.
Most people don’t realize that the majority of their wrinkles begin to develop in their 20s. While they’re spending all of their time in the sunshine and living their life to the fullest, their skin is taking the biggest toll. We can’t stop this regression, but we can certainly slow it down and drag out the process.
A retinoid, or a vitamin A derivative and one of the only topicals that can actually reverse the signs of aging, should be liberally applied starting right now, especially during the summer months.
Meghan O'Brien, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC, was quoted in an interview saying that contrary to popular belief, it's good to start using some form of a retinoid in the summer, rather than waiting until winter to start the anti-aging process.
"The air contains more moisture since it's humid, so it leaves your skin naturally more moisturized during the warmer months. And because your skin is so hydrated, there ends up being less flaking, since your skin can tolerate the dehydration that the retinoid brings on more easily than it can in the winter."
That being said, retinoids are a no-joke anti-ager, but will make your skin photosensitive, so you have to be careful when you're outdoors in the sun.
"The retinol ends up making your skin thin because it's turning over your skin cells so fast, leaving you more apt to get burned in the sun," she adds. "I recommend applying a broad spectrum SPF of 30 to 50 to make sure you're properly protected."
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