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    Default Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    So i'm almost at the end of my 20's, and thinking of stepping up to using either a night or anti-ageing cream to start preserving my skin as the late nights take their toll. Am i too young to start thinking about this? Most men in their 30's/40's should be using it not in their late 20's?

    And what are good ones to look at? Saw Nivea's Q10 night cream earlier today, less than £5 on promotion.

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    Default Re: Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    There's certainly no harm in using creams and the like at any age. I don't think there's any evidence that over the counter creams have long lasting effects on the skin, but many help the skin look better for a few hours, by hydrating and the like. Also, different creams can have different effects, so there's now a number of creams targeting specific problems (brightening, smoothing, under eye bags, dark circles, etc). Nivea is a good brand.

    Of course, one thing that does matter is sun, UV rays damage the skin, so using sun protection does have long run effects on the skin.

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    In my opinion, it is almost never too early to start. Personally started to use anti-aging products in my mid to late twenties and never regretted my choice.

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    never too early to start.

    I'd say it's matter of what you're realistically going to stick with and return on time/money investment.

    so as someone who worked in skincare for a few years... depending on what level you're at, I'd say that the basics are cleanser+exfoliator, sunscreen, and eye moisturizer (+ ideally face moisturizer). The toners, serums, etc are nice but not imperitive. People will notice dark spots, freckles, and other color inconsistencies, hence the spf. And they'll notice eye bags, dark circles, and wrinkles, hence the eye cream. And none of that moisturizer will sink in if your skin isn't clean, hence the cleanser+exfoliator.


    the earlier the better. IMO anyone around that mid-20 mark should really start because it's good to get into the habit, plus by the time you're 35-40 it's almost really too late at that point.


    As for night versions and specifically anti-ageing stuff, well I'd say keep it simple, so the same clean and moisturize, and that's about it. Before you go to sleep, wash your face with cleanser to remove the day's dirt, oils, that morning's moisturizer, etc and apply your moisturizer and eye cream.
    The way I see it is either you can have one version of moisturizer (face and eye) and then daytime mix in spf and night time first put on a serum layer that's something to do with anti-ageing, but you use the same moisturizer day+night, or you buy a seperate version of the moisturizer for day and night, with the day likely having spf, plumping up, etc and the night having photosensitive ingredients that are stronger like peelers, or antiwrinkles, or dark spots, etc. I suggest the former method, so it's the same moisturizer for day and night and then just find a serum that does what you want and put that on before the moisturizer. At least for me, I find when I apply moisturizers at night I have breakout by the morning, so I prefer to just wash my face, put on some serum and call it a night.
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    Hmm yeah i've never been a fan of having to buy 2 creams but if i'm using one solely at night it'll last a lot longer? Can i use the normal Q10 one in the morning for the day then the night cream at night?

    I have to admit i only use an SPF in the summer months when the sun is out and beaming strongly. I do use SPF30 though which is alright i guess. Hard to find a non-greasy one.

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    SPF30 is more than enough. The key though is to remember to reapply, because if you put it on in the morning, it won't last through the day. And whether it should be worn in the rest of the year depends on where you live. Usually, it's better to err on the side of caution. Most hydrating creams now come with SPF, so you should be able to find one that has a consistency you like.

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    Yeah its a "once" type cream so its supposed to give me 6 hours of protection!

    And what's the best night cream out there? So much choice!

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    After working in beauty for a couple of years, my non-scientific opinion is that just cleaning and moisturizing to begin with is a huge step, like say 60-70% of the benefit. The brands, lines, formulas, etc are sort of splitting hairs and everyone's skin and preferences are different so sample and sample. As with scent, don't trust any SA's, they're paid to sell you their product and if they don't at least drink the cool-aid their company fed them, then they're at least going to lie to get you to buy. Doesn't mean it's not a good product, but never buy a whole bottle without sampling it for a few days.

    You're really going to have to go out there and test out some stuff. At a basic level you have guys like Neutrogena, L'Oreal, etc and their mens lines which are drug store lines. IMO they're fine but basic, sort of like $10-25 per product, maybe as much as $40-50 for some specialty product. Then I'd say there's basic but department store lines like say Clinic (men's line, but also check out their "women's" line). I like Clinique just because they're pretty cheap, often have promos like gift with purchase, and they're backed by real testing and are scent-free. Then I'd say there's guys mid-range like say Keihl's, which I use a lot of their product. They're also mostly scent free, have a milllion different formulas for different concerns and skin types and are more like $25-50 per product, but they last the same 3-5 months each so it's a small price to pay to 'upgrade', though honestly I don't really know if it's any better than Clinique's stuff. And then there's 'higher' end but still sort of generic stuff, like say Lab series, which do decent product but I find them expensive and I don't know if they're really any better. Might be worth sampling them though. And then there's really the real skin care companies like Amore Pacific, ReVive, La Mer, Sisley, La Prarie, etc which are more like $200-500 per product or more. I've sampled all of them and unless you have a really specific skin problem or unusual skin, it's possibly you'll see some sort of miraculous result with them but if you just want a basic routine, IMO start at a Clinique or L'Oreal level and maybe sample something like Keihl's or even Lab if you're feeling adventurous. Lastly, there are skin care lines from companies like Guerlain, Lauder, Cle de P'eau, Chanel, etc, and IMO they're as much fragrance and makeup as they are skin care, which is to say I'm sure their products are adequate, but IMO I don't think they're very good, yes decent and acceptable, but not the same as dedicated companies.

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    Yeah i want a mid-range decent quality one, so not the high st brand but not one that's £50+ either.

    Been looking at the Baxter of California night cream 120ml for £24. Not too high and not really cheap.

    Interested to see how long that tube will last.

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    Default Re: Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    Just to add, keeping your skin clean prior to sleep is the best thing. When you're young and have normal to oily skin, your inherent oil glands will be doing the job for you. It's when you get older, or if you have naturally dry skin, that supplementing with a cream helps.

    When I was in my early 30's, I suffered a facial trauma near my right eye. I was encouraged by the surgeon to use anti-aging creams to help the skin. Because I found it odd doing it on just one side, I applied it to both. Even after I'd healed, I was already in the habit so I kept doing it.

    Fast forward a couple of decades, all of my peers have "crows feet". I do not. I have slightly oily skin that does help with skin elasticity, but I attribute my condition to having applied those supplements.

    EcoGenics makes a skin serum that's simply amazing. This is a small company that has been in business for several decades and doesn't advertise (they mostly sell through boutiques). I use this just around my eyes, then follow up with a good quality moisturizing cream. I'm very glad I got into this routine and feel it paid off.
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    Broad spectrum sunscreen is the most important item you can use. Don't just look at spf, as that's just a measure against UVB rays (which burn you). You need adequate protection for UVA rays as well (these are the rays that age you). Make sure your sunblock has either Zinc Oxide or Avobenzone.
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    No, you're not to young and let me make a reasonably priced suggestion: Loreal men's expert vita lift spf 15 anti-wrinkle & firming moisturizer with sunscreen.

    You're smart to start thinking about this early. When people are in their 20s, they have a tendency to be carefree and never think that they'll get old or that their metabolism will slow down like it eventually does. When you're 22, 40 seems an eternity away. One day, that day will come and when everyone around you is complaining about their wrinkles deepening, you can smile, because you were smart.

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    Start. I began with the Clinique system which I really like. Recently I switched to pericon md. I'm using the nutritive cleanser and the plasma that has the sun block. My skin has never been clearer and I love how the cleanser smells.

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    Nothings works like tretinoin!
    Currently wearing: Le Monde Est Beau by Kenzo

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    Been using the Nivea Q10 night cream since January, and I don't really like it, the smell isn't nice either. Baxter's Night cream is better and I can tolerate the smell.

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    Default Re: Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    Anti-aging seems to be too early for your age -unless you've seen a marked loss in your skin's overall condition compared to before-, what I would recommend more is a good sun block/sun screen -as it has been mentioned- or a light cream/lotion that has high SPF(also depending on the climate conditions and you specific skin needs)... that would be better for prevention than a regular anti aging cream. (Imho)

    If you still feel the need for an anti aging product then it's best to go see a Dermatologist who will pin point you specific needs.

    Remember also that most of these are just cosmetics and they don't go through a super-wide clinical scientific study to be approved, so there's no really telling if they actually work or not . (some might even irritate your skin or intensify an already existing problem)

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    Its never to early my friend, your skin will love you for it

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    Default Re: Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    Decent age. Just don't overdue it.

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    I am a strong proponent of night cream - my skin is in good shape for my age, and that is not in any way due to genetics or lifestyle - I was in the sun for the entirety of my youth, tanned and burned both as we live in a sunny place, and my mom's skin aged early, AND I have the blue eyes and relatively fair skin, not superwhite but in the neighborhood, light beige. And was allergic to all available sunscreens for 30 years.

    The only thing I can say that I've done right is never go to bed without some sort of night cream and never wash my face without putting on at least a light lotion. I think if you are going to spend money on any skin care product, night cream is the one to spend it on. Use cheaper cleansers and a non-irritating day lotion, but at night use heavier moisturizer and something "anti-aging" (that means exfoliating - it helps the skin turn over faster), the anti-aging products also help clear up blemishes by exfoliating, so there isn't really a downside as long as your skin tolerates them well. Your body does its repair processes while you sleep. It has worked for me.


    I started around 25? Maybe earlier. It is more preventing than repairing if you start early, that's a better tactic IMO.

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    Been using the Baxter night cream for about a year now and ordered my third tube on Monday, earlier this week I got ID'd at the supermarket, the cashier thought I was 22 when I'm a lot older than that! Shows the stuff is working haha.

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    Default Re: Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    According to Dr. S. Gupta on CNN this morning we begin to show signs of "ageing" (grey hair, wrinkles etc.) about our 30th birthday and from 30 to 70 we 'age" approximately 1.5% yearly. I am not quite sure what that means but it seems to indicate that there is a 100% baseline somewhere that the 1.5% can be judged against.

    So...use whatever you think will work to slow that process down, and the sooner the better.

    Sun, smoking, alcohol, drugs, diet and lifestyle damage to our bodies are variables we can control to a great extent. Our inherited DNA, unfortunately, we cannot.
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    Default Re: Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    There's certainly no harm in using creams and the like at any age.
    I started using creams at an early age and I have seen the personal benefits that such a routine affords one especially now that I'm at an advanced age although others find it hard to believe.
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    Default Too young for anti-ageing/night creams?

    Have any of you tried the stuff from SkinActives Scientific(SAS) ? Stumbled across them a while back and ordered some stuff...they have a product called ELS which is a mix of various oils primarily and is fantastic for hydrating and plumping up the skin. Am a smoker and have oily skin which also tends to dry up fast..the ELS product applied on a damp face before bed gives me an amazing soft and plump and dewy fresh skin the next morning...this one is a keeper.

    Have tried their coral nutrient serum also and mixed some of the other boosters suggested..nice but I will probably try one of their equivalent ready made stuff rather than this again. Probably the anti aging cream as its closest to the cocktail is mixed up.

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