Men’s Anti-Aging Mistakes
By: Brian Hollywood
Men’s skincare seems to be gaining more attention each day. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that its grown into a whopping 21 billion-dollar market, according to research.
But when you look at many of the “how to” articles online regarding anti-aging and men, you can’t help but notice that much of the information is based on tips designed for females.
The truth is that men and women age differently and require specialized approaches to push back the hands of father time.
Here at the blog, we’ve been writing about men’s grooming for some time. Specifically, we’ve tried to help readers develop inexpensive yet proven ways to maintain their good looks and promote a more youthful appearance.
Given past interest in this topic, we thought it might be useful to expand on this topic and reveal seven common skincare mistakes men make that make them look older.
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If you are doing any of the following, it’s time to stop. Believe it or not, you are doing your face more harm than good.
Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!
1. Not using enough moisturizer
At least once a day, you need to be using a high-quality moisturizer. This isn’t something you should skip or blow off. Moisturizing does a lot more than keep your skin hydrated; it also helps to fight off the visible signs of aging.
When you hydrate your skin, you help it to maintain its elasticity. This is key if you want to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. And you don’t have to buy some high priced product to achieve the desired results.
An excellent moisturizer to consider is dermatologist tested Cetaphil. They offer an AM/PM product with the morning lotion containing a sunscreen. Most men’s skincare experts suggest moisturizing at least twice a day to receive the greatest anti-aging benefit.
2. Eating wrinkle causing food
From time to time, all of us eat junk food. But if you eat too much of it, you will not only gain weight but also, wrinkle up your skin. Many people don’t realize that junk food, like burgers, pizza, and hot dogs contain a high degree of free radicals. These have been clinically demonstrated to cause accelerated aging.
Reaching for anti-oxidant, nutrient rich foods like apples, oranges and bananas are better choices. The reason is simple – these types of foods contain antioxidants, which do battle with the free radicals and help to preserve your skin.
3. Not preserving your hair
The hair on your head helps to frame the face and contour your cheeks. But if your hair is receding, you run the risk of making yourself older than you truly are.
The good news is you have plenty of options to choose from now-a-days to maintain (and even grow back) what you have on your head. What’s more, it’s not super expensive. Be sure to read our article on how to treat a receding hairline.
4. Not coping with stress
Stress can have a negative, cumulative effect on the entire body. When left unchecked, the effects of stress often show up in the face in the form of deep worry lines and wrinkles.
Exercise, eating right and getting enough sleep certainly can be healthy ways of coping. But if you live in a constant world of stress, you may want to consider professional help. Working with a counselor allows you to figure out new, effective strategies for better managing what’s happening in your life.
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5. Not using an exfoliator
Your skin is a living and breathing organ. Each day, it renews itself by regenerating itself in the form of collagen. This means old skin cells die off and new ones take their place. But if you don’t remove the dead stuff, you run the risk of having a dull, aged look.
One way to help promote new skin growth and get rid of those old cells is to use a quality exfoliator. We like Menscience Microfine Scrub. This professional-grade product has glycolic acid that helps gently buff away dull buildup. The end result is smooth, radiant skin. Ideal for all skin type.
6. Not focusing on the eyes
One of the telltale signs of aging, particularly in men, are lines and wrinkles around the eyes. While genetics have a lot to do with the aging process, that doesn’t mean you have to totally surrender.
If you want to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet around your eyes and prevent their onset, you need to use a high-quality cream or gel. There are lots of products to choose from. We use Bliss Labs Active 99 because it targets the delicate eye area, helping to diminish puffiness, bags, dark circles and unsightly wrinkles.
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7. Drinking too much alcohol
Having an occasional drink is OK. But if you drink too much alcohol, you unintentionally age your skin that can make you look far older than your true years. That’s because alcohol robs your body of vitamins and nutrients that help to promote elasticity and collagen growth.
While there are no hard and fast rules, many skin experts suggest moderation with alcohol. Instead of having a glass of wine each night, why not drink water instead? You’ll be doing your skin a favor and you’ll also help to promote a more youthful, attractive appearance.
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If you are interested in learning more about men’s anti-aging tips and tricks, we highly recommend picking up a copy of Cheating Father Time by Markus Kassel.
What we like about this read are the practical, no-nonsense approaches to anti-aging that are offered in an easy to understand format. This is a must read for any guy interested in preserving his looks.