Anti-ageing skincare tips for men
You don't want to be seen using more beauty products than your girlfriend, but you don't want to end up looking like Keith Richards either.
Here's a blow by blow simple blokes guide to anti-ageing skincare. Read. Buy. Do.
The first step to looking after your skin is to keep it clean. Properly. For some of you washing yourself simply means a scrub behind the ears with a grubby flannel. But cleansing your face morning and night removes dirt and excess grease build-up that causes zits, blemishes and stressed out skin. Unless you have skin as tough and rubbery as Mickey Rourke's then soap won't cut the mustard for your face. Soap strips the skin of natural oils and dehydrates it, which in turn encourages the skin to overproduce excess oils, making it greasier than it was in the first place. Go for products designed specially for the face instead.
Dry leathery skin ages faster that anything and leaves you looking like a haggard bugger, so hydrating the skin is key. Moisturiser should be applied after cleansing to keep your skin in tip top condition.
Don't laugh, but yes, eye-care is important. Poke the skin around your eye with something sharp, and then poke your cheek with the same object. It hurts more around the eye area right? That's because the skin around your eyes is more delicate than the rest of your face. And because it's more delicate it needs extra care. Specially formulated eye products are extra gentle and work to hydrate and protect. Just think - a well protected eye area equals fewer dark bags and wrinkles.
Serums may seem like a frivolous waste of cash, but they can be lifesavers for your skin. Serums are like a multi-vitamin for the skin - they contain a super powered turbo boost of skin-loving vitamins, minerals and plant-based extracts. The ridiculously high levels of nutrients, many worth their weight in gold, is why the price of many serums is so high. They contain products you simply can't get in normal everyday moisturisers. Apply serum at night and let it work its magic as you sleep.
So you're now caring for your skin and working to reverse all that damage you've done over the years from working hard and partying harder. But you may as well go back to your dirty flannels unless you put a stop to the skin damage. Sunscreen is the single most important way to protect your skin from premature ageing. Being tanned may be sexy now but too much sun tears up the skin, fries the cells and fast-forwards you to Keith Richard-sized wrinkles. Apply sunscreen to your face every day - rain or shine - before walking out the door.
Some great cleansers:
Primal Earth Natural Active Calming Face Wash, $8.99: If you have sensitive skin then this is the cleanser for you. With skin-conditioning aloe vera, green tea and plant glucosides to gently cleanse your face. It will foam and cleanse without removing the essential oils that keep your skin happy. It's also got native harakeke flax which is a great hydrator and has healing properties.
Nivea for Men Deep Cleaning Face Wash, $10.99: This is a great one if you have super oily skin, or work in a grubby environment. It cleans deep and hard to rid the skin of excess oils and dirt. It also has provitamin B5 and vitamin PP which add extra good stuff to the skin.
Geoskincare Multi-action cleanser for Men, $39.95: Here's a great certified organic product that's perfect for most skin types. Not only does it cleanse the skin, it'll also help tone and balm the skin for before and after shaving. The pH-balanced formula includes olive, sunflower and calendula oils for hydrating, and nettle root extract and wheat germ and patchouli oils - all skin-loving miracle workers.
A few good moisturisers:
Natio Firming Face Moisturiser, $17.50: This product is specially designed for men aged 35+, but if you're worried about wrinkles then go ahead and use it whatever your age. With antioxidant vitamins A and E, and 100 per cent natural essential oils, it works to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Triumph & Disaster Game Face Moisturiser, $65: Strangely enough seemingly harmless things like air conditioning and wind actually ages and damages the skin. This lightweight moisturiser will protect your skin against those elements with its formulation of jojoba extract, horopito oil, ponga fern and vitamin E. It's easily absorbed so great for normal to oily skin.
Kiehl's Facial Fuel Anti-Wrinkle Cream, $64.00: This oil-free, lightweight moisturiser cream helps reduce fine lines and improve facial firmness. Made with chestnut extract and soy, it helps skin feel denser and more strengthened so it appears firmer and the look of wrinkles and lines is decreased. Enriched with vitamins C and E, and extracts from citrus fruits, this cooling formula is easily absorbed to hydrate, invigorate, and refresh facial appearance, helping to combat the look of fatigue.
L'Oréal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift 5 daily moisturiser, $16.99: This is a great moisturiser for thirsty skin. Enriched with Pro-Retinol, it hydrates, targets dark circles and works to reduce wrinkle and will make your skin less dull.
Eye creams that work:
Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel, $64: Love tools? Here's one. This product has a stainless steel roller ball that applies gel onto the eye area. The rolling motion increases the circulation of your skin and encourages the body to drain away puffiness. It also has a refreshing cooling after-effect.
Nivea for Men Revitalising Eye Relief Q10, $17.29: This lightweight product absorbs quickly so you can apply it and get on with your day. It contains Coenzyme Q10, a natural ingredient that triggers natural cell functions, as well as vitamins and UV filters to combat premature skin ageing so you'll stay looking young and hot.
The Body Shop Maca Root Eye Serum, $30.50: Maca root has been used for centuries by the Amazonians to boost their libido and fertility. Used on your face it energizes and boosts the skin's vitality. Don't worry though, you have to eat the root in order for it to make you horny.
Some sweet serums:
Sothys Men Age Defying Serum, $102.10: This serum contains resurfacing actives and pure stabilised retinol to help the face renew its skin cells, tonnes of deep seated moisturising properties to hydrate and stop wrinkles, and properties that soothe razor burn and irritation.
This Works Active Serum, $115: This serum penetrates the top layers of the skin where the "active" ingredients get to work. With sesame proteins for skin tightening and hydration, algae to protect from environmental stresses, and ginseng to energise. It also has heaps of vitamin C for radiance.
Lab Series Max LS Overnight Renewal Serum, $98: This anti-ageing serum is high in proteins to speed up cell turnover and keep your skin looking refreshed, renewed and wrinkle-free.
A few decent sunscreens:
Primal Earth Natural Active SPF 15 Moisturiser, $13.99: This product is actually a moisturiser with sunscreen added, so you can skip the moisturising step and just use this. It has Aloe Vera for cell regeneration and moisture retention, green tea for its anti-inflammatory properties, and harakeke flax for healing.
Lab Series BCA Daily Defence Lotion SPF 15, $70: This sunscreen is suitable for all skin types and is also a moisturiser with added SPF. This bad boy is high in anti-ageing antioxidants, and binds water to the skin for immediate and long-term hydration.
Aveeno Continuous Protection Sun block Lotion SPF 70 for Face, $24.95: This is a serious sunscreen for serious sun protection. This is a very lightweight product for such a high SPF, absorbs easily and won't clog your pores. With natural soy proteins, antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E it will protect your skin against free-radical damage. Great for all skin types, even sensitive.