10 Anti-Aging Tips continued...
Many women in their twenties and thirties also go through periods of "yo-yo" dieting, without having an eating disorder. Day says that repeatedly gaining and losing weight can stretch the skin and make it sag.
"At a certain point," Waldorf says, "your skin does not bounce back when your weight changes."
That's all the more reason to work on reaching, and keeping, a healthy weight.
8. Use retinoids or retinols.
Retinoids are prescription face medications, such as Retin-A, Renova, and Tazorac, that can help skin look younger. Retinols are a weaker form sold without a prescription.
If you're pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, ask your doctor about whether they're safe to use.
Women who aren’t planning to become pregnant can start using retinoids at any age, even their early twenties, Waldorf says. Day recommends that women begin using a retinol (an over-the-counter, weaker form of a retinoid called tretinoin) in their twenties as an anti-aging strategy.
If you don't have a lot of sun damage by your twenties or thirties, you can wait. Waldorf didn’t have much sun damage from her earlier years, so she held off on retinoids until her forties. "How necessary it is and how much difference a retinoid is going to make will depend on your baseline skin," she says.
9. Consider antioxidants and peptides.
For women in their twenties, the most basic skin care routine is washing with a gentle cleanser and using a moisturizer at night, with a retinoid if needed, Waldorf says.
Day also likes serums that contain peptides and antioxidants --such as grape seed extract, resveratrol, green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E.
If you use skin products with antioxidants, Waldorf recommends applying them in the morning before using a sunscreen moisturizer. Both products may work in tandem to protect skin from damage.
10. Consider treatments for youthful skin damage.
If you have a lot of sun damage or acne scars, microdermabrasion, light peels, or laser treatments may help. These procedures can improve skin more than facials can, Waldorf says.
Also, if you have acne, don't pick at it. Scars will look like wrinkles as you age.