Is 20 too early to start using anti-wrinkle creams? We ask an expert.

Question:

I'm in my early 20s. Should I be using an anti-wrinkle cream?

Answer:

First off, the best way to protect yourself from wrinkles and unsightly sun spots is to wear sunscreen. I recommend my patients use a daily moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. In addition, if they are going to be outside in the sun for a prolonged period of time, it is important to reapply every two hours. It is reasonable to start using an anti-aging product as early as in your 20s if you have fine lines or sun damage. Ask your dermatologist about Renova, a prescription retinoid cream that smoothes fine lines and fades dark spots, or try anĀ over-the-counter product.

The Expert:

Eric S. Schweiger, M.D. is Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center

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