I turned 28 last month, and for the first time ever, I had a "oh man, I am getting old" moment. Now, before you judge, realize that everyone has those moments, no matter what age — and for me, it was on a plane traveling to Austin, TX recently for work. I sat next to a friendly 20-something female who loved makeup and fashion just as much as I did. We discussed airport attire and when she asked my age, I noticed it left her with an "oh wow" expression. Not one to hold back, I questioned her reaction, and she simply responded with "I just didn't expect you to be that old." Sigh.
I remember that feeling at 21, considering anything past the age of 25 to be terribly old. Her reaction was harmless, but it did make me think about aging in general. Though we cannot control the inevitable, we can certainly try and prevent the signs. I embrace my age and look forward to growing older, but as women we can sometimes get a little freaked out during the process. As I draw closer to 30, I decided it was time to bump up my skincare regimen and start incorporating a few more anti-aging products into it. Here's what I am using lately:
I added vitamin C: Considered an anti-aging powerhouse, the ingredient not only tightens and brightens skin, it also protects against environmental damage, and increases collagen production. I've been using (and loving) Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Serum and the results are phenomenal. The product is expensive, yes, but it's a worthy investment. For a more affordable alternative, check out Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum. For my wallet's sake, I may be trying that out next.
I'm exfoliating more. Simply put, we've got to slough off those dead, dry skin cells. The more they build up, the rougher our skin texture can be — leading to minimal absorption of our most coveted products, and potential breakouts (yikes!). Daily exfoliation is key, but make sure your doing so with the right products. I chose a non-acidic peel, Blue Plasma by Perricone MD. Applied to the skin overnight, it gently resurfaces while purifying and promoting cell turnover. Not to mention it leaves my skin with a m-a-j-o-r glow. Again, expensive, but boy is it worth it.
I've been experimenting with serums. Every gal concerned about aging should be incorporating a serum into their daily regimen. Serums penetrate deep into our skin, handling a multitude of issues. Since the age of 25, I have used many brands and still have not found one that I love enough to lock me down. It's been an ongoing mission, one that I have been taking a bit more seriously now that i'm nearing my 30's. I'll keep you posted on any favorites, and as always, recommendations are so welcome.