Have you been fretting about finding the odd grey hair lately? Or are the crows feet around your eyes becoming less fine lines and more crevices? You're not alone: aging is not just something for women to worry about. Increasingly, it's becoming more acceptable for men to admit that they, too, fret about the passing of time showing in their face.
If you cringe at the thought of wearing skincare because you think it could make a dent in your manly imagine, no-one need know! Take steps to protect and nourish your skin now and you'll find that the passing of time is more of a stroll than a march. Read on for some great, subtle tips that will mean you're still all man, just a fresher, younger-looking version!
Do you wear sunscreen on a daily basis? Even on days when the sun is nowhere to be seen? If not, you're exposing yourself to the biggest anti-ager there is -- the sun. Even it's hiding behind clouds, it's there, and its rays will age you like a prune. A sunscreen worn daily is essential, and science backs this up: a 2013 study found that regular use of sunscreen protects against photoaging, which is the spotting, wrinkling, and loss of elasticity caused by over-exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.
Say hi to AHAs
Make AHAs your friend if you want to knock off a few years. AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids, treat the surface of the skin in a very impressive way, often leaving it looking younger and more vibrant. This is because they eat dead cells on the surface of the face, revealing younger, smoother-looking skin underneath. There are some things to note with AHAs, though. Firstly, they shouldn't be overused due to their strength; depending on how sensitive your skin is -- and the strength of the cream, -- go for once to three times a week. You can always build to four times if your skin is tolerating it. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you go for the smallest concentration you can find.
Secondly, if you're going to use AHAs, you HAVE to make sure you also follow tip number 1 and use sunscreen, as newly exposed skin cells are a lot more susceptible to sun damage.
AHAs tend to come in plain, understated bottles, so you can keep a bottle hidden in your medicine cabinet and no-one need ever know you're on the beauty treatments!
Plump up those lines
If you're serious about looking more youthful, a good moisturiser is a must have. Lots of products are being made specifically for men these days (generally with the same formula as those made for ladies, just in more manly-looking packaging!), so find one that floats your boat, and make sure you apply it day and night. The right anti-aging cream can take years off; just make sure you're going for one that's packed with antioxidants and other helpful ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body that's used in skincare because it can hold a thousand times its weight in water. Imagine soaking a raisin in water -- that is the effect hyaluronic acid will have on your skin! Instantly more plump and smooth.
Follow these tips and you'll take ten years off, and exactly how you did it can be your little secret!