Most girls don't worry about anti-aging routines and products because no wrinkles are showing, their skin is still glowing so why bother? But is fighting off wrinkles and other skin problems that come with old age better than preventing it before it even happens? Dr. Raissa Francisco-Pasion weighs in on how young a girl should start building her anti-aging kits.
Q: How early should I start with my anti-aging routine?
Dr. Raissa: As early as possible! As they say "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." We all want to keep our skin glowing and youthful for as long as we can. So aside from skincare basics like using a gentle cleanser and moisturizing, the best anti-aging product to use when you're still young is a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects against UVA and UVB daily. Most teens just use sunscreen at the beach but it's important to get into this daily habit while you're young. Why? Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are responsible for majority of the changes we see in aging skin - sagging, uneven pigmentation, coarse texture and dullness. Tanning and prolonged sun exposure in childhood and the teen years are also associated with an increased risk for skin cancer, so best to start protecting your skin early on.
Dr. Raissa Francisco-Pasion is a Board-certified Dermatologist, a member of the Philippines Dermatological Society, and a Consultant Dermatologist at SKIN Dermatology and Laser Center at The Fort.
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