We think of anti-ageing skincare as something that doesn’t fit into our youth. It is a problem for our later years when wrinkles start to show. It is a resuscitative when we visibly see our vitality fading away. At least, this is what popular marketing tells us. Anti-ageing skincare is often marketed towards a more mature crowd, not for women in their 20s with their collagen levels still well and thriving. We’re here today to tell you that that’s a misconception.

Anti-ageing skincare should ideally begin in your 20s, when you start to inch towards maturity. According to an expert from SK-II, skin problems like dullness, spots caused by UV, fine lines or wrinkles start appearing in your late 20s. Even before the visible problems appear, the skin carries invisible ageing symptoms such as loss of defence power in your 20s. Of course, it depends from person to person, and various lifestyles have different impacts on how your skin ages. Still, anti-ageing skincare should be thought of as a line of defence, something to stave away ageing rather than to deploy only when the damage has been done.

And this is not just us saying so. According to an SK-II long-term user study, skin appearance and conditions can be transformed at any age. Women who start using SK-II in their 20s tend to look younger longer versus those who start using it at a later time.

We also understand that the anti-ageing skincare market can be overwhelming, and not everything is formulated for younger users. Instead of just jumping on the Internet and tossing popular skincare goods in your digital baskets with little research, there needs to be some clarity shed on the kind of anti-ageing products you need to get started with an anti-ageing routine. The answer is simple — look to products with high hydrating qualities, as well as a high level of UV protection.

Hydration is imperative to keeping your skin youthful and supple. Dehydration is the primary culprit of dull looking skin and a tired pallor, so spotting ingredients like amino acids, vitamins, hyaluronic acid, and other nourishing oils can help mitigate these issues.

UV protection, on the other hand, is compulsory. UV rays are a strong environmental stressor that remains one of the main accelerants behind skin ageing, and in a country like Singapore, you can’t afford to skimp on your SPF.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, let us recommend our pick of the best anti-ageing products you should definitely integrate into your routine before it is too late.

SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion

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Any good anti-ageing skincare routine should have a moisturiser rich in nourishing ingredients. The SK-II R.N.A Power Airy Milky Lotion is the perfect anti-ageing product. Its quick-absorbing, super lightweight texture is ideal for our humid climate without shortchanging you of hydration. In fact, this lotion is power packed with a formula that visibly boosts your skin’s moisture levels, and this effect lasts throughout the day.

SK-II’s signature ingredient, Pitera (the same ingredient used in the cult favourite Facial Treatment Essence), is used in the lotion to increase your skin’s radiance and suppleness, working with hydrolyzed soy and yeast extract to keep your skin firm.

Chlorella extract is another plant-based ingredient used in this star product. It conditions your skin over time, steadily reducing the appearance of fine lines that might have surfaced due to dryness. Once you start using the R.N.A Airy Milky Lotion, you’ll never look back.
The Airy Milky Lotion retails at S$149 and is available at all SK-II counters.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

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Another important anti-ageing tool is vitamin C, also known as l-ascorbic acid. Most of us are used to consuming this on a daily basis, but it is also a serious shield against the effects of ageing. This Drunk Elephant edition is packed with antioxidants that help guard against environmental stressors, increasing your skin’s natural UV defense, while leaving your complexion visibly brightened. Signs of photodamage will also fade over time with steady use of such a serum, so always make sure you put some on before leaving the house.

S$114. Available at Sephora.

SK-II R.N.A Power Eye Cream Radical New Age

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The eyes are the area most prone to dullness and fine lines, so you want a rich eye cream to guard against those signs of ageing. The R.N.A Power Eye Cream is our top choice since it can be used both day and night.

The formula is enriched with Pitera to brighten the area, alongside alfalfa extract and white lupin seeds, which nourishes your delicate eye area with antioxidants. There is also the ultra-hydrating chlorella extract you find in the R.N.A Power Milky Lotion, so you can bid goodbye to those crow’s feet.

Frequent use shows a diminishment of existing fine lines and an overall smoother eye area over time.

The R.N.A Power Eye Cream retails at S$149 and is available at all SK-II counters

Sunday Riley Juno Essential Face Oil

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Having a moisturiser is your baseline of defense. A face oil takes it to the next level, especially if you have dry skin. Use a face oil like the Sunday Riley Juno, which comes steeped with cold-pressed antioxidants, amino acids and omegas for your skin. Think of it as a shot of nutrients to your skin. Apply it before you sleep and wake up glowing.

S$108. Available at Sephora.

HERA Sun Mate Daily

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We’ve stressed how important sunscreen is, so don’t shortchange yourself of putting some on in the morning. Find one with adequate protection grade against UV rays, like this HERA version. It comes with a mattifying finish so you can use it as a primer as well on mornings where you’re rushing out of the house. Trust us, your skin will thank you for being conscientious in the long run.

S$35. Available at HERA.

L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Serum

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French skincare brand L’Occitane harnesses the power of Corsican immortelle flowers for this power-packed serum. Antioxidant-rich immortelle essential oils compose this lightweight serum, which is proven to boost your skin’s vitality, refreshing your complexion and softening fine lines. It’s little wonder a bottle is sold every minute around the world.

S$95. Available at L’Occitane.

Herbivore Orchid Youth-Preserving Facial Oil

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Clean beauty brand Herbivore Botanicals is renowned for their ultra-nourishing facial oils, and the orchid-based Youth Preserving Facial Oil is one of its bestsellers. Made with all-natural extracts from orchids, jasmine sambac, and Japanese camellia flowers, this enriching formula is packed with fatty acids and nutrients to keep your skin’s lipid barrier supple and elastic.

S$100. Available at Sephora.

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen

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As we’ve mentioned, sunscreen is essential to any anti-ageing beauty regimen. For those of us who prefer multitasking products, there’s Clarins’ UV Plus, a two-in-one sunscreen that is also a priming moisturiser that adds radiance to your skin. Ultra-light, non-greasy and formulated for Asian skin, this is a daytime must for women on-the-go.

S$74. Available at Clarins.

Su:m37 Secret Oil

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Sum:37 centres on traditional Korean herbs and botanicals to formulate its anti-ageing products, with the Secret Essence being the most well-known of its products. The Secret Oil is the more potent sister product we prefer, as the non-greasy oil, fortified with fermented botanicals, is radiance in liquid form. Ageing skin is prone to dryness, which leads to fine lines, so a replenishing moisturiser like the Sum:37 Secret Oil is a lifesaver.

S$97. Available at Tangs.

Allies Of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask

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Pollution is another pressing factor that causes skin ageing, and in an urban city like ours, it is imperative to have something in your skincare regimen that guards against these aggressors. Homegrown skincare brand, Allies of Skin, has just the thing with its multi-functional skincare face mask. As a leave-on facial treatment mask, this doubles as a daytime moisturiser that guards and renews your skin throughout the day.

S$145. Available at Sephora.