A Guide To Anti-Ageing For The Modern Man

Anti-ageing for men is all about one thing: subtlety. The key things are smooth, even-toned but not necessarily wrinkle-free skin. This is because the natural facial lines in men are, according to tradition at least, an integral part of what makes a man’s face ‘manly’, for lack of a better word.

Here are a few key steps men can take in order to (at least partially) avoid the ravages of time:

1. Protect yourself from the sun. Sunscreen is the obvious answer here, but don’t forget about a wide-brimmed hat, especially if you are sometimes a bit lax with your sunscreen application and your scalp isn’t completely covered by hair anymore. This isn’t just about keeping your skin looking youthful – skin cancers in men occur most commonly on the ears and scalp in men. And if you are going to use sunscreen and you know there is no way you will be reapplying every two to three hours, opt for a mineral-based sunscreen which offers protection for 12 hours because it doesn’t degrade in the sun like chemical sunscreens do.

2. Moisturising isn’t just for women! Maintaining good levels of moisture in your skin will go a very long way to keeping your skin smooth and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Any moisturiser will do the trick – you don’t need to use a special one ‘formulated for men’! But do aim to apply it morning and night – especially after shaving when you have basically exfoliated the dead skin away in the process; this is the best time for your skin to absorb the moisturiser and protect your skin barrier.

3. Try a prescription ‘cosmeceutical’. If you have got into the routine of daily moisturising, it might be time to up the ante a bit and start using a proper anti-ageing prescription product to combat the signs of ageing. The obvious choice here is a topical retinoid, which has a myriad of benefits and takes a long time to work so will slowly and subtly give you a more youthful appearance. Start with a 0.025 percent retinoid twice a week and build it up gradually over weeks until you can apply it nightly without any redness or skin peeling the day after. You can apply your moisturiser before the retinoid to help decrease any signs of irritation when you are just starting out with it.

4. Wax your eyebrows. This might seem a bit of an odd one in a list of anti-ageing tricks, but it is definitely worth considering – having neat, trimmed eyebrows can open up your eye area to give it a more youthful, refreshed appearance, as well as giving your whole face more structure. Try it before you outright dismiss it. And it’s not that painful, promise…

Long gone are the days when skincare and anti-ageing were seen as just a ‘female issue’. More and more men are learning that it’s highly beneficial to take care of their skin. Not only will they reap the health benefits; but looking younger can also assist when it comes to work, dating and relationships too.

I hope this article has been helpful. Why not take your anti-ageing consultation at Dermatica today – we can help you reach your skincare goals.

Dr Natalia Spierings
Dr Natalia Spierings
Dr Spierings is a leading consultant dermatologist in the UK with a medical degree from St George's University of London. She has a decade's worth of experience treating acne and anti-ageing, and is dedicated to providing safe, efficient and patient-centred care at every opportunity.
Originally published March 12 2018, updated June 27 2019

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