I’ve always known there were anti-aging tips to follow when I turned 20, but I wasn’t aware how quickly aging would start showing or how important these tips were going to be.
Let me tell you a story about when I first learned I was getting older:
A nice, young boy that’s a senior in college walks up to a lady. “Let me buy you a shot,” he says.
“What kind?” She asks. “A lemon drop, which is-” “I know what a lemon drop is,” She says and giggles more to herself.
“Really, how old are you?” “Old. Like the 26 kind of old.” Kid spits his drink halfway across the bar and says, “What! Do you wear creams?!”
I wasn’t sure how to react in this situation. If I didn’t wear creams, then I should feel offended (?) but I do wear creams so thanks for the compliment (?). Quite the pickle…
We all know about aging. It’s the thing that happens to us around 40 and increases through 60, right?
Well, sure we’re going to look older at 40 than we do now, but aging has already set in. Although there’s no cause for alarm just yet, there are some things that we should start now to help us age well later. Here are 5 anti-aging tips you should implement in your twenties:
1. Eye Cream
The first place I started to notice wrinkles on my face was around the eyes. Whether that’s from smiling too much or squinting to try to read…well anything (I probably should wear my glasses more). So I’ve been applying cream around my eyes since I was 20 and moved to around the mouth at 25.
This is something I would recommend for everyone to start with. I LOVE using this eye cream but I used to use this more cost-effective eye cream. It’s where we see wrinkles first and is one of the easiest habits to add to our routine. It’s also great to combat puffy eyes the next morning after a long night out.
When I was 7 years old, I asked my mother how the models on the television had beautiful knees. I had dry, dust white knees and was envious of theirs. She told me they put lotion on every day. So I did too.
If you don’t want to buy creams, because you’re not ready to say you’re ‘anti-aging’, then this is what you should definitely do! I’ve been using this lotion for 10 years and I absolutely recommend it. Dry skin shows age, especially in your hands and elbows.
There's a reason we've all been warned on the dangers of sun exposure (You know that whole skin cancer thing). It also adds age spots, freckles, and wrinkles just like the hide they tan into leather. So the best thing to prevent seeing that reflecting on your skin is to wear sunscreen. Every day. I buy face moisturizer with SPF 30 pre-mixed in so I don't have to remember multiple products.
Just like with the moisturizer, exfoliating helps with dry skin. It's great because it scrubs off all the dead stuff to reveal the younger skin underneath. I especially love it on the back of my thighs to make them look soft and smooth. I use this scrub but you can always make your own!
The biggest realization that I was aging was the day I waved to a friend across the way from me and my WHOLE arm waved with me! I was so confused about this flabby thing attached to my shoulder. This also came after I realized my butt was starting to droop. It was a rough week.
Exercise is the number one way I've found to keep my body looking tight. I also feel like it's going to be the best way to combat the inevitable droop into my 30s and 40s. (I have even discovered a way to use playing with my dog to strengthen my arms and get in a cardio workout!)
I know that we can't prevent ourselves from aging, but there's no reason we can't do it gracefully. Be sure to check out my article on how to get a full night's sleep, too. Sleeping is a great form of anti-aging without buying any fancy products.