It’s tough to say when is the right time to start the anti-aging process. Pre-secondary school it’s all “when I grow up” and everything that this will encapsulate; wearing makeup, living sans parents, buying what I want, when I want, finding the perfect career (ok, maybe we’re not thinking about careers, but we have an idea of what we want to be). To be honest, I still say “when I grow up.” My 26-year-old “when I grow up” includes owning a house with exposed brick that offers the perfect amount of DIY, and being able to enjoy a whiskey on the rocks, because that screams adult. In some sense, keeping these ideas in mind allows me to deter from the fact that I am getting older, meaning more responsibility, life decisions, and of course a more mature appearance – to put it politely. While I used to wear mascara, lip gloss, and blush to look older than my age, the shift to younger looking skin has taken over my skincare regime.
Found on my checklist of anti-aging products, below sunscreen and night cream comes serums. In my skincare sequence (when I’m following all the rules), I wash, tone, serum, and moisturize, all before applying makeup. Sometimes it’s a daunting task and I find myself skipping from wash to moisturize, in fact until a few years ago I only washed my face in the morning and slept in my makeup. I’m still not 100% convinced that removing my makeup before bed affects my skin personally, but maybe in the long-run the results with come to surface (literally). BUT WHEN I DO FOLLOW THE RULES, a serum is a great product to use pre-moisturizing. The point of this potion is to deliver concentrated active ingredients to your skin. By following with moisturizer you can lock in the ingredients and hydrate your skin.
Estée Lauder’s tried and true Advanced Night Repair serum is my go to. It’s both light in consistency and scent, and with years and years of development, I can definitely trust its formula. While I don’t have deep wrinkles yet, I cannot flat out say that my lines have disappeared, but I image deep down inside it’s working it’s magic and since using I have not seen any progression in my skin’s aging. For the day, Perfectionist [CP+R] works wonders. Paired with an SPF, and even on it’s own, this serum is more like a moisturizer leaving skin super soft, like out of this world soft, within minutes – no lie.
While my headspace may still be dreaming of my future vineyard and pony in Napa, my skin is on par with its mature lifestyle. So, I say bring it, let’s play this game, I’m very competitive.