At What Age Do You Start Looking Old?
Turns out, the decline of youth can begin as early as your twenties. TF?! Cue the stockpiling of anti-aging creams.
All joking aside, we don't have to tell you that aging doesn't happen overnight. But, as Marie Claire discovered, the decline of antioxidant production begins in your twenties. Your thirties mark the age when your metabolism and your cells' bioenergy slows down, which, among other other things, affects collagen production and cell repair. And in your forties is when you'll see cell "senescence" - which, is, simply put, when the life cycle of skin cells stops. Eek. Let's just stop there.
According to Marie Claire, you should begin using antioxidant-rich products with vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea extract and fruit acids is around the age of 22.
All this science geekery doesn't really explain when your face will start to look, well, old. Marie Claire goes on to say that your race and lifestyle factor into the expression of age. Caucasian women's skin tends to show age around the late thirties, whereas African-American women don't look old until their forties, according to a research study by Olay, conducted in conjunction with genetics analysis company 23andMe and Dr. Alexa Kimball, a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. A study of Asian and Hispanic women is in the works, and the findings will be revealed early next year.
But these numbers don't account for the "exceptional skin agers," as they are referred to in the Olay study. To us, it's that friend's mom who looks more like an older sister than a parent. These women have a skin fingerprint of approximately 2,000 genes "responsible for a range of key biochemical pathways, including those involved in cellular energy production, cell junction and adhesion processes, skin and moisture barrier formation, DNA repair and replication, and antioxidant production," according to the study. The genes in the exceptional skin agers were much more strongly expressed than in other women. And gene expression is affected by skin care, environmental factors and lifestyle factors.
So there you have it - proof positive that it's never too early to start taking care of your skin!