It's never too early to wage the war on wrinkles
When you're in your teens and early 20s, it's likely you have a million things on your mind - and wrinkles probably aren't one of them! But while your skin might not be showing any real signs of ageing yet, it's important to remember that prevention is better than cure.
As Catkin Wemyss-Bodmer, founder of BRYT Skincare, explains: you should start thinking about wrinkle prevention from the moment your skin is exposed to the sun. Infra-red light can also destroy collagen and elastin, the things that make our skin look plump and young. Computer screens, phones and electric light all expose us to infra-red.
"Whilst we are young our skin has the capacity to regenerate, but as we get older this deteriorates and toxins such as pollution, bad diet, and of course infra-red, use up more readily the skin's ability to regenerate," she explained to Cover Media.
"Thus it is very important that we boost the skin's vitamin content to counteract the oxidising process, and if we seriously start this from our mid-teens onwards, we will really reap the rewards as we mature."
To give your skin a helping hand, try not to strip it and stick to botanical ingredients. But don't rely entirely on products, as it's about the bigger picture.
"Drink lots of water, eat healthily, exercise and ensure you get enough sleep," Catkin advised.
"If you look after your skin from your mid-teens to your mid-twenties, you'll reap the benefits in later life. You need to help the skin by cleansing well, always taking off make-up and feeding your skin right down into the lower layers."
If you do want to invest in some products, BRYT's skincare range relies on botanical ingredients that cleanse the skin without stripping it. Make it a habit now, and you'll find it much easier to stick to later in life.
While genetics does play a part in ageing, there are many outside forces working against you too. That's why it's so important everyone starts early to keep wrinkles at bay for that little bit longer.