When should you start using anti-wrinkle creams?

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Question: I’m 24 years old and i’ve noticed the texture of my skin has changed since my teens. I’m apprehensive about using anti-wrinkle creams and all the skin re-finishing treatments out there, someone told me they can do more harm than good. I want to protect myself from future wrinkles but don’t know what I can do.

I wish I was only starting to worry about my changing, aging skin. And I agree: it’s too soon for you to begin using anti-wrinkle creams (they can be too rich for your young complexion) and skin re-finishing treatments (I personally feel no one under 30 needs a face peel or microdermabrasion treatment).

Instead, take preventative measures with your skin—it’s never too soon to start aging well. This means using a moisturizer with at least an SPF 15 every day (the sun is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles and age spots) and incorporating night creams and eye creams specifically formulated for fine lines and dulling skin (A.K.A. The first signs of aging). Try Lancome’s Primordiale range of skincare—it’s made to answer your concerns.

Plus, don’t forget to exfoliate with a mild face scrub 2 or 3 times a week to help slough off that dead layer of skin cells that’s making your complexion look so blah (Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant is gentle enough to use every day) . Also schedule regular facials—four times a year—for a thorough cleansing and to reassess the changing needs of your skin with your esthetician as you age.

– Juliette Lie, Beauty Editor