10 Things Every Guy Should Know About Antiaging

We admit it: The craggy, rugged, took-one-in-the-kisser-with-a-sandblaster look actually works for some men. But if you’re not Tommy Lee Jones or Clint Eastwood you should probably start thinking about preserving your skin sooner rather than later. Adopting an antiaging regimen may sound scary and expensive—Peels! Botox! Bee pollen facials!—but, happily, maintaining your dermis really isn’t that hard or expensive.

1. Put some face lotion in your basket. It’s much easier to prevent damage to your skin than to repair damage after it’s occurred, so start a using a quality lotion when you’re young. Lab Series Age Rescue + Face Lotion uses peptides and antioxidants to neutralize environmental damage while stimulating cellular recovery and collagen production

2. Cut out the sun. 90% of the visible signs of aging are linked to exposure to ultraviolet rays, which damage elastin fibers (the proteins that give skin its elastic quality). When outside, use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater that specifically says it protects against UVA and UVB light.

3. Hold the phone. Pressing a phone against your face for prolonged periods of time deprives the skin of oxygen and can lead to rashes and breakouts. Keep it slightly away from your head or use an earpiece.

4. Sleep on your back. Sleeping on your stomach or your side can smush your face into your pillow, which creates wrinkles. And, if the pillow is even a little dirty, it can fill your skin with dirt, oil and germs.

5. Get sweaty. In addition to the million other benefits of exercise, sweating causes your skin to leech out toxins and to release sebum oil, the body’s natural moisturizer.

6. Moisturize on the inside too. Moisturizing on the outside is only half the battle. Drinking plenty of water gives your body enough liquid to keep skin soft and hydrated.

7. Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoke damages collagen and elastin proteins and increases wrinkles. Meanwhile, nicotine constricts blood vessels, depriving your skin of oxygen and nutrients, which slows skin cell growth.

8. Shave with a sharp blade. A dull blade can cause razor bumps and inflammation and increase the chances of scarring. Use a sharp and well-maintained blade (a few drops of HYD For Men’s blend of essential oils after you rinse your razor is a good start).

9. Get some sleep. They call it “beauty sleep” for a reason. Getting a good night’s rest gives your skin a chance to repair itself, increases its ability to protect itself from harmful chemicals and irritants, and helps it hydrate.

10. A-C-E your vitamin intake. A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that foods with tons of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, like vegetables and legumes, help prevent skin damage.

—Matt Wolfe

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