Choose the right men’s skin care by decade
Men's Health / February 08 2017
Tips on how to adjust your regimen
It’s time to act your age . . . well your skin-age at the very least. You (hopefully) buy a new toothbrush every few months – but when was the last time you upgraded your face wash or moisturiser?
Whether you’re looking to preserve your prime or ward off wrinkles, there’s an age-appropriate solution to ensure you always put your best face forward.
In your twenties
In our twenties, we treat our skin like it’s invincible. But your skin care routine now dictates how well you’ll age, says Sally Penford, of the International Dermal Institute. If you’re partying hard and staying out late, there’s no reason your boss needs to know. After showering, counteract eye-puffiness and dark circles with a product that has a caffeine hit. If you’re still prone to the odd breakout, Penford recommends taming zits with pore-unclogging salicylic acid or go one step further and try using a clay mask to dry up pimples and whiteheads. If your skin is blemish free then expunge any teenage oily residue with a mattifying cleanser. Finally, seal the deal by using a moisturiser with SPF.
In your thirties
Both hangovers and your skin are less forgiving at this age. “Dehydration can be an issue; your thirties are often when life is most hectic and you’re consuming more alcohol and caffeine,” says Penford. Try a five minute detox face mask to balance stressed skin and give your mug a stimulating scrub each week to improve your complexion. It’s also wise to incorporate an anti-ageing eye balm and to ensure you moisturise daily. To extend your peak for longer, a line smoothing night cream is worth the investment. And if you’re under the hammer at work, a light-reflecting serum with SPF will make you look more refreshed than you feel.
In your forties
Your skin loses its firmness dramatically after 40 – if you let it. Take control by supplementing your anti-ageing skin care with an express firming mask. “Your skin’s renewal process slows as you get older too,” says Penford, making exfoliating an important part of your routine after freshening up with a hydrating body wash. Tighten things up with a concentrated serum or a firming moisturiser. Finally, don’t let your laughter lines degenerate into full-blown hysterics – combat the developing wrinkles around your eyes with an antioxidant-packed eye cream.
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