Anti-Aging Tips For Men
While aging is inevitable, showing the signs of it can be put on hold for a little while longer with certain preventative measures. For most men, the goal isn’t to knock 20 years off their real age but rather to just look healthier, well rested and a better version of their current selves. From dull and lifeless skin to sagging jawlines, adult acne and age spots, there are many aesthetic concerns which can affect how old you look. Luckily, there are also numerous anti-aging products, tips and hacks to give the illusion that you’ve drunk from the fountain of youth and found a way to slow down time. These range from what you put on your face to the amount of sleep you get at night, and a whole host of tricks in between. Start with these 20 anti-aging tips today and you’ll soon see the great effects they can have on how you look and feel.
1. Moisturize Twice a Day
The largest organ in the body is our skin but for so many guys, it’s also the most neglected. Facial skin is one of the most revealing signs of aging, whether it’s from cellular, physical or hormonal damage. If you want to reverse the aging process, caring for your skin is the first step but choosing between the different face moisturizers on the market comes down to your skin type. The common skin types are:
- Normal skin – Most products can be used on normal skin, which is healthy-looking, has no shininess and rarely experiences blemishes.
- Dry skin –This skin type often feels irritated, itchy and flaky, so it benefits from moisturizers which include glycerine, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid or soothing ingredients.
- Combination skin – This is a mixture of dry patches around the cheeks but oily around the nose or forehead. A lot of men have this skin type and benefit from light moisturizers.
- Oily skin – Skin that feels greasy and looks shiny is typically oily skin, so oil-free moisturizers that have exfoliating agents are beneficial in helping to clear away excess oil and dirt.
- Sensitive skin – This skin type is easily irritated by fragranced or harsh skin products, shaving creams or changes in the weather. If you have this skin type, stick to products designed for sensitive skin which will be free from fragrances and dyes.
Getting into the habit of keeping your skin moisturized on a daily basis is the best foundation for staving off the signs of aging and it should be part of your ultimate daily skincare routine. If you choose the right product for your skin type, you’ll also notice a range of other benefits such as less irritation and a more matte appearance.
2. Avoid the Sun
Slathering on the SPF isn’t enough to stop the sun damaging your skin, not because it’s ineffective but because it needs to be reapplied every hour and most people don’t follow the instructions when it comes to the correct quantities. If being in the sun is absolutely unavoidable, make sure you choose a high SPF and top up regularly throughout the day. Started to burn? It’s a sign your skin is already damaged so take care to seek shade during the hottest times of the day and cover up when you can. If you want regular protection, it’s worth adding a low SPF cream into your daily skincare regimen to protect the skin from sunlight when you’re in the car or walking outside on your lunch break. Some facial moisturizers these days have an SPF included for everyday use that you can then top up when you’re out in the sun for extended periods of time with something a little more heavy-duty.
3. Choose a Good Quality Eye Cream
One of the first areas to show signs of aging is the delicate skin around the eyes, so this should be your first port of call when it comes to preventative measures. Eye creams can be used morning or night, helping you to reduce the dark circles under your eyes, tighten and firm up the skin, and leave you looking more energized and refreshed. Try to find one that contains caffeine as this stimulates blood flow to the eye area and reduced puffiness. Just don’t be too heavy-handed when it comes to applying it – the skin around the eyes is pretty thin and repeatedly dragging your hands across it each day will only serve to bring on more lines than you already have.
4. Wash Your Face Before Bed
Yes, we know you’re exhausted at the end of the day but skipping this step could leave you prone not just to acne but also to wrinkles. Washing your face helps to remove the build-up of dirt, oils and dead skin cells which can lead to blemishes and spots, as well as removing the collagen-killing, wrinkle-producing free radicals which are caused by pollution and UV exposure. Choose a good facial cleanser and wash your face with cold water instead of warm to plump up and hydrate your skin, as well as close your pores so dirt can’t get in as easily.
5. Exfoliate Regularly
Dry skin accentuates fine lines and imperfections, so it’s important to slough off the dead skin cells a few times a week to encourage and assist the cell turnover process. This sends signals to the brain that the body needs to produce more collagen, which is responsible for keeping your skin plump and smooth. Look for an exfoliator with fine particles to smooth out your skin and bring life back to your complexion. Alternatively, glycolic or fruit acid peels are gentler and better suited to sensitive skin but are just as effective at evening out your skin tone and keeping maturing lines at bay. The type of exfoliator you use and how often you use it is all dependent on the type of skin you have.
6. Use an Aftershave Balm
For a lot of guys, the end of their shaving routine simply involves wiping their face and heading out of the door. But shaving can cause dry, rough and patchy skin that can peel or become cracked, particularly if you live in a colder climate. Applying an aftershave skin balm post-shave is the easiest way to combat this and seal in moisture, while also reducing redness, bumps and soothing your skin. Try to choose one with calming ingredients, like aloe vera or vitamin E, it can also help to strengthen the dermal layer as well, to keep your facial skin firm and taut.
7. Combat Hair Loss
Nothing shows the signs of aging like losing your hair, a fate most men dread and many experiences as they get older. Baldness is natural but if you want to try to reverse it, there are some treatments available that can help prevent or slow down your hair loss. Minoxidil lotion is a product that is used twice a day and applied to the scalp to promote hair growth and stop balding. If you have a receding hairline, you may want to try using a hair growth shampoo if your hair is simply at the thinning stage to give it more volume and depth and thicken the strands of hair.
8. Skip Alcohol and Caffeine Where Possible
If you can stand to get through your morning without it, ditch the caffeine. Likewise, aim to cut out alcohol as much as possible as it severely dehydrates your body and skin. It’s responsible for dilating the blood vessels and making blemishes more visible. Alcohol also increases liver damage which is bad news for your skin, leaving it wrinkled and dull-looking. Keep your intake to a minimum if you still want to enjoy a beer now and again and replace your morning cup of coffee with a lemon water instead which stimulates the liver and helps to flush out toxins which can dull the complexion.
9. Brighten Your Smile
Stained teeth can be incredibly aging but with a few simple steps, you can not only reverse the yellowing on your smile and also prevent future discoloration too. Use a strong whitening toothpaste, a mouthwash, and a dental floss, or strips to remove stains and then book in for twice-yearly dental cleanings to maintain the effects. If you’re a coffee drinker, try to clean your teeth as soon after drinking as you can as this is one of the worst offenders for staining tooth enamel. We also recommend investing in an electric toothbrush.
10. Get Plenty of Sleep
It might seem like an obvious statement, but no-one looks their best when they’re tired and sleep deprived, and for most of us, getting the right amount of sleep is difficult. For plenty of energy, sufficient time for your body to regenerate cells and for you to wake up to fresh, glowing skin, you need to ensure you’re getting between seven and nine hours of quality sleep every night. But your sleep position is just as important as the amount of time you spend in bed too, as side sleepers are more prone to wrinkles. Sleeping on your back will help to fend off neck and back pain, keep your skin smoother and prevents acid reflux.
11. Throw on a Mud Mask
Guys tend to forgo the mud facial mask because they’re under the illusion it’s for women only, but that’s not true. If you want to gain a more youthful appearance and prevent lines from forming, a clay mask once a week is a perfect solution. But clay does more than just smooth out your skin, it also removes embedded blackheads, unclogs and tightens pores, and brightens your skin to remove dullness and give your skin a fresher look. On top of all that, it also has exfoliating effects so it’s a win-win all around.
12. Cut Down on the Sweet Stuff
Indulging in a shot of syrup in your coffee order is fine on occasion but be careful of overdoing it when it comes to the sugary treats as it can speed up the loss of collagen, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and dehydrated skin. It can also inflame your skin which leads to acne. The obvious foods like donuts and candy aren’t the only culprits though. Foods you might have otherwise thought of as healthy, like fruit juice, breakfast cereal, and flavored yogurts are also packed with sugar, as well as carb-heavy foods like bread and pasta, so try to go easy on these as well to keep your skin looking its best.
13. Don’t Neglect the Rest of Your Skin
Your face may be the first thing people notice, but the rest of your body needs care and attention as well. From your hands and feet to your chest, your skin is susceptible to signs of aging like age spots and wrinkles in the same way as your face. One of the best ways to combat this while also ensuring your skin stays healthy is to use a body lotion every day that’s designed to firm the skin and improve elasticity.
14. Add Omega 3s Into Your Diet
Omega 3 fatty acids are vital for our health and wellbeing, but this nutrient is particularly beneficial in promoting healthy skin. It regulates oil production and fights off the appearance of wrinkles, as well as blocking the release of enzymes which are a result of UV exposure and can eat into our collagen supply. Omega 3s also include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents which repair and protect against sun damage. The good news is that it’s easy to up your intake of this nutrient by adding different foods into your diet, like salmon, tuna and flaxseeds, or with a supplement to reap the benefits on a daily basis.
15. Include Antioxidants into Your Regime
Aging affects the body’s ability to regulate the production of free radicals, which we need for certain bodily functions but, without being rendered by antioxidants, they can cause damage to cell membranes and collagen. It’s this effect that can impact and progress the signs of aging. Free radical damage doesn’t just lead to wrinkles, but it can also lead to serious health problems, and the production of these free radicals can be exacerbated by sun damage and environmental pollutants. Antioxidants in skincare or in food can help to prevent the damage caused, improving the appearance of the skin and helping to keep it healthy.
16. Ease Up on the Stress
Stress causes a number of functions to occur within the body, as well as causing us to eat fatty or sugary foods. When stress builds up over time, it can lead to tension in the facial muscles and the early onset of fine lines and wrinkles. It also increases the production of cortisol in the body which damages collagen and elastin, decreasing the skins ability to repair itself. Whatever your schedule might be throwing at you, managing your stress levels through regular exercise, decent sleep and relaxing activities is key to relieving stress, staying healthy and looking young for as long as possible.
17. Hydrate from the Inside Out
By now, it’s pretty common knowledge that we’re supposed to get our eight glasses of water in each day but staying hydrated from the inside as well as the outside is important, so it’s worth repeating. Water helps the skin to renew itself and stay looking healthy, which is vital for looking younger and preventing aging. The quantity you need to stay fully hydrated is actually based on your body weight and a variety of other factors, meaning you’re likely to need more than the standard eight glasses. But the more water you drink daily, the more chance your skin has of staying in great condition, so keep your glass topped up throughout the day.
18. Quit the Cigarettes
Aside from the countless health problems associated with smoking, lighting up every day also creates fine lines around the mouth and eyes, stains your teeth and dulls your skin. If you’re serious about preventing aging, giving up the cigarette habit is critical to keeping your skin in tip-top condition, not to mention being better for your overall health too.
19. Reduce Wrinkles with Retinoids
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation or acne scarring, you might want to experiment with retinoids – a topical form of Vitamin A which can be used to slough away dead skin cells, unclog pores and smooth out any lines that might be forming. Retinoids also stimulate the production of collagen too, so they’re the perfect anti-aging addition. That said, retinoids are powerful and can cause skin dryness if overused so it’s recommended that you space out your usage and wear sunscreen during the day to protect your skin.
20. Maintain Your Weight
While carrying a few extra pounds can make your skin appear plumper, the excess weight brings the levels of insulin up in your body which causes cortisol to rise. The result? A loss of that all-important collagen. Even keeping an extra 10 to 15 pounds on can cause an increase in sagging skin. Aim to keep your weight within a healthy range and maintain the BMI that’s healthiest for you so as not to cause a spike in insulin and cortisol. One of the best ways of achieving this is by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, which also have the added bonus of being packed with skin-friendly vitamins and antioxidants.