At age 22, what can I do to prevent my skin aging?

I'm 22 should I start using serums to fade discoloration, improve texture, and prevent future aging?

At age 22, assuming you don’t have severe acne or tons of sun damage, the most effective antiaging tool for you is a daily sunscreen.   All sunscreens now block UVB but it’s UVA that’s most important on a daily basis partly because it goes through window glass, car windows and clouds.  UVB does not go through windows.  Look for one that has at least 5% zinc or titanium or both.   Sunscreens to consider and learn to read the labels. 

Minimum for morning:

  • Gentle cleanser –  Cetaphil or CeraVe are fine (drugstore)
  • A good quality Vit C serum or other antioxidant under the sunscreen  – helps with discoloration and prevention
  • Sunscreen that blocks UVA every morning
  • An eye cream
  • Moisturizer (at 22) only if you need it – again Cetaphil or CeraVe are fine

Minimum for bedtime:

  • Gentle cleanser –  Cetaphil or CeraVe are fine (drugstore)
  • An eye cream
  • Moisturizer (at 22) only if you need it

There’s more you can do but start here first and then add later when this is routine.

Dr. I


Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

Ask me your skincare question!

Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin, and I believe that consumers need and deserve a medically trained and unbiased skincare advocate.

  • All our content is written and researched by myself and my trained staff.
  • My medical office in Seattle has experience treating thousands of patients.
  • This site is not affiliated or financially tied to any product line.
Ask Me Something
SkinTour Skincare
One of the best investments in your skin is your daily skincare. Why? Because you can prevent many problems with blotchy skin color, lack of glow, texture, some types of acne, and fine lines with good skincare products. You can also correct some of these problems with effective skincare products. Great skincare is often more expensive because quality ingredients are expensive. Some companies spend on research/development which benefits all of us and adds to the cost. Are they worth it? In general - yes!