In many ways, aging is a gift that we should be thankful for as not everyone gets the chance to live a long and full life.
It is natural for our bodies to show the wear and tear of life through wrinkles, scars, and stretchmarks, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of ourselves along the way.
For men, self-care can be overlooked as something frivolous, but we are all entitled to feel comfortable in our own skin.
If you are a man who is feeling self-conscious about the physical signs of aging, here are 6 ways to knock off a few years and get you back to feeling your best.
1. Use moisturizer
Generally, women use lotions and creams on their skin throughout their adult life, but a lot of men do not prioritize skincare in the same way.
Dry skin leads to lines and wrinkles, but you can prevent this by using a light moisturizer on your face after a shower or wash, followed by a richer lotion last thing before bedtime.
You may also want to target key areas which are prone to wrinkles such as the skin around your eyes and forehead.
2. Protect yourself from UV rays
It is important to protect your skin from sun damage to prevent the development of skin cancer, but ultraviolet (UV) rays also cause a lot of damage to the appearance of skin as they break down the fibers leading to a loss in elasticity. Before you leave the house, apply some sun protection (at least SPF-15) to skin which will be exposed. If you are planning on being out for a long period of time, take some with you so you can reapply.
3. Take care of your hair
Hair can be an issue for a lot of men, either because they have too much, too little, or in unwanted places. A lot of facial hair, including hair coming from the nose and ears, can age a man significantly, so try to keep on top of your shaving and trimming routine. Shaving skin can also make skin appear younger as it removes dead skin cells from the surface and stimulates collagen production.
On the other hand, a lot of men start to lose hair from their head as they age. This can be incredibly upsetting and frustrating, but you do not necessarily have to put up with thinning or receding hair if it is getting you down. Visiting service websites like hshairclinic.co.uk will get you more information about procedures and treatments which could help.
4. Embrace color in your wardrobe
A lot of men rely on blacks, dark blues, greys, and browns in their clothing choices, but wearing the odd splash of color can take years off your look. Take a look at this article on using color in your wardrobe for guidance.
5. Cut down on alcohol intake
Drinking alcohol now and again is usually not a problem as the body can process a certain amount without difficulty, but over time alcohol can damage your skin.
Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate which can lead to a flushed and bloated appearance, including spider veins. Alcohol also dehydrates the body which makes the skin dry and dull.
6. Exercise and a balanced diet
Maintaining a healthy diet and getting regular exercise are important at all stages of life, and never more so than in later life. Regular exercise can reduce excess fat on the body, speed up the metabolism, decrease stress and reduce