Slow Signs of Aging: 8 Actions Men Can Take Today

There’s no way to stop aging entirely, but there are things you can do to slow down the process. The bad news is that you can’t just do them once. In order to prevent your skin from showing signs of environmental and biological wear and tear, you need to develop a regular routine starting today and stick to it. Dodging Father Time isn’t an easy feat, but it can be accomplished successfully by following a little friendly advice (from someone who knows a thing or two about maintaining his youthful appearance). Here are actions recommended and used by Rob Lowe:

Apply (and Reapply) Sunscreen Daily

Yes, even on cloudy and rainy days. An overcast sky does not prevent the sun’s harmful rays from damaging your skin and possibly even causing cancer. Studies show that clouds only block about 25% of UV rays, which are one of the leading causes of wrinkles and premature aging. Just keep in mind that a high SPF doesn’t necessarily mean you are protected all day, which is why it’s important to reapply sunscreen, especially if you spend a great deal of time in direct sunlight.

Moisturize Often

Moisturizer alone can’t stop wrinkles, whether they are caused from smoking, genetics, or the environment, but it can certainly make them less noticeable and help to keep new ones from forming. Moisturizers work because they seek out the water in your skin and lock onto it, establishing a barrier that protects against the dry skin that causes wrinkles. The trick with moisturizer is to apply it to damp skin. After showering is a good time. Though it’s a myth that steam opens pores, it can make skin softer and more susceptible to moisture. Also, it doesn’t hurt to be proactive in the fight against aging by using a men's moisturizer such as LIFT Anti Gravity that contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to help stop wrinkles in their tracks.

Stop Smoking (as in right now)

Ever read any studies on the benefits of smoking? That’s because there aren’t any. Smoking damages many areas of your body but none as obvious as the skin on your face. In fact, many smokers can be identified solely by the lines around their mouth. The chemicals added to tobacco, break down collagen, causing skin to sag and wrinkle. These chemicals also damage blood vessels, which not only affects skin tone but causes bags under the eyes and the development of crow’s feet, further stressed by squinting in an effort to keep smoke from burning the eyes. See? Nothing good about it. And because smoking deprives the skin of nutrients and oxygen, the damage it does is irreversible. However, it can be diminished some by using a high-quality moisturizer (see above) and exfoliating on a regular basis.  

Eliminate Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol affects more than just your internal organs. It dehydrates the skin and causes lines and wrinkles to become more visible. Too much alcohol can also make your pores more noticeable and your skin red and ruddy due how it dilates the blood vessels. It can even cause broken capillaries, which could be permanent. And if you already have skin issues like rosacea, it can actually exacerbate them. Use skincare products that contain antioxidants as a way to reduce the damage caused by an over-indulgence of alcohol.

Cleanse Your Face Twice a Day, Especially after Exercising

Washing your face on a regular basis helps keep bacteria from becoming trapped in your pores. Clogged pores can cause breakouts and irritated skin that can lead to pigmentation problems and other skin conditions that affect how we age. Ideally, you want to cleanse twice a day to destroy environmental pollutants that deplete collagen and cause your skin to age. Once in the morning and again before you go to sleep. But be sure to always wash after a workout to remove the toxins associated with perspiration.

Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation can help your skin stay younger by removing dead cells so new cells can replace them. If the old cells aren’t sloughed off, pores become clogged, and essential oils can get trapped below the surface. The result is dry flaky skin prone to wrinkles and fine lines. Look for a detoxifying scrub like REVITALIZE, which is formulated with alpha-hydroxy acids to unclog pores and prep follicles for a better shave. If you aren’t exfoliating 2-3 times weekly, you are sending out an open invitation for premature aging.

Stay Hydrated

Because we lose so much water every day, it's important to replenish it. The benefits of drinking between 6-8 glasses of water daily extend beyond keeping internal organs and cell renewal functioning properly. Water intake also has a big impact on the largest external organ, the skin. A lack of hydration is a welcome wagon for dry, flaky skin that’s prone to wrinkling. So drink up.

Shave Smart

Who knew there was a smart way to shave? Well, there is and a great part of it involves the razor blade. A dull, single blade will do more harm to your skin than good. And if you’re shaving with soap, you might want to reconsider. Soap can dry out your skin, making it more vulnerable to breakouts and premature aging. Instead, use a shave cream or gel that conditions skin but also helps with exfoliation so you can get a smoother shave. Shaving in the direction of hair growth not only minimizes cuts and nicks but it can also keep looking younger. And what’s not to love about that?