They say hindsight is 20/20, and when it comes to the damage your skin has seen, this could not be more true. Looking back, we probably all would have slathered on that SPF 50 while tanning with friends in high school, or maybe started using wrinkle creams when we were in our 20's.
Even if there are things about your past skin care habits you would have changed, there is still time to prevent more damage to your skin. Let bygones be bygones and keep an eye out for these early signs of aging so you can prevent them.
Stop crow's feet in their tracks
Okay, so maybe you have some crow's feet on the outer corners of your eyes already. Most women start to notice these lines around the time they turn 30 – this is the time in your life when collagen and elastin production in your skin slows, allowing wrinkles to form.
You can plump these little lines by applying an eye cream with hyaluronic acid – this works to hydrate the skin so the wrinkles (which form when you flash that gorgeous smile, by the way!) don't stay put.
Dreading dullness and dryness
If you noticed your skin getting dryer or duller around your 30th birthday, you're not alone. Around this time in life, most women experience a natural drop in estrogen. Although this change makes you less likely to break out, you might start to notice fine lines on skin that looks less radiant than before.
Glycolic acid is the solution to this symptom of aging. This ingredient exfoliates the top layer of your skin, promoting healthy cell growth after sloughing away the dead ones. This gives your skin a smoother, brighter appearance. Switch out your regular moisturizer with one that has 10 percent glycolic acid.
See spot? See spot go
Remember when you were younger, and any freckles you got in the summer would fade in the winter? As we age, we start to notice that these spots stick around all the time – that's because they are sun spots, aka damage.
Hydroquinone is a bleaching agent in many skin-brightening creams, but some research has suggested health risks associated with this chemical, so buyer beware. There are safe (and still effective) alternatives, though. Hydroxatone's Luminique Facial Brightener contains ingredients that reduce the appearance of age spots, freckles and other sun damage without using hydroquinone.