By Ying Chu
Q: I am 24 years old and buying into the hype of aging/wrinkle prevention. I know many products are geared for more mature skin and are therefore too intense for my skin. What are some good products for skin at my age (aside from sunscreen, which I use every day), which will help prevent sun damage and wrinkles? Also, any eye creams that will be light enough for my skin?
A: Physiologically, for most women, it's between 25 and 30 that your skin first starts noticeably aging. That's when your hormone balance begins to shift and you start losing collagen. Depressing, I knowI'm feeling it now. The sunscreen is a great start (well done!), but in addition to that, I recommend using a serum or lotion with an active, such as an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or vitamins A or C. It'll just help smooth your skin out, prevent spots and lines, and make pores tighter. Start out twice a week at night, and increase up to three or four times if your skin doesn't get irritated. Great options include: DDF-Doctor's Dermatologic Formula Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Moisturizer and Ole Henriksen Re-Start Anti-Aging Serum. As for eye creams, some nice, light ones that help prevent lines include Dr. Brandt Skincare Lineless Eye Cream and Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream. Look for ones in tubes or pumpsthey're generally less rich than the ones in pots (unless they say "gel" on the label).