The passage of time is especially noticeable in men. Aging leaves traces on our bodies, particularly on our faces. Some expressions—joy, sorrow, concern, anger—make us older. Genetics can play a crucial role, and so can tobacco use, deficient diet, or external causes such as pollution or climate. For example, it has been proven that solar radiation is responsible for as much as 80% of aging’s effects.
As a stylist, I’ll share with you what I know:
To look younger, you must take care of your skin by protecting it from the sun. Eat well by including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Moisturize your skin from the inside by drinking at least 2 liters of water every day. Finally, change your wardrobe and dress in a younger, yet refined style.
We will explain below the different health habits you shouldn’t neglect, and also how to dress with vigor and confidence.
How can I achieve a naturally younger look?
How can you look like a younger man at age 30, 40, or 50? It may seem like a pipe dream, but you can look up to a decade younger by following these steps.
1) Get enough quality sleep:
Adults need roughly 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. Lack of sleep can damage our skin’s appearance, since the production of collagen, estrogen, and progesterone decreases. These hormones are responsible for regenerating the skin. Too little sleep will make the face look tired, which also ages the skin faster.
Another barrier to maintaining young skin is sleeping face-down. Pressing your face on the pillow causes more wrinkles, and your face will look swollen. On the other hand, sleeping on your back will avoid the accumulation of liquids, avoiding swelling and making you look fresher.
2) Clean your skin at night and in the morning
To properly clean your face, you cannot use hand soap or body wash. You must choose a specialized facial product for your skincare in the morning and at night.
Clean your face before sleeping to remove the dirt accumulated throughout the day, and clean it again when you get up in the morning.
This is the obligatory step. But, the residue of previous night’s treatment, in addition to the sweat from sleeping, remains on the skin.
You need to complete your routine, ideally with a tonic to calm, moisturize, disinfect and prepare the skin for subsequent care.
3) Protect your skin from the sun
UV rays are a leading cause of premature aging of the skin, and of those ugly spots that can appear on our skin. To avoid this, use the protection factor creams daily, according to your phenotype. You will need a formula with high SFP (30 or 50).
These creams are becoming more easily absorbable, and thankfully do not leave a greasy feeling on the face. Apply sunscreen every morning to your face and neck. You can apply it after using an antioxidant serum, or moisturizer if your skin is dehydrated.
4) Use moisturizers
Nowadays, the use of creams is no longer just for women. Hydrating the skin is a necessity for men too.
Use moisturizing cream every day, and the anti-aging effect caused by these creams will be almost immediate. Your skin will be softer and fresher, and moisture will prevent the appearance of wrinkles.
In addition to your face, you should also care for your neck and hands using creams. More than others, these two areas of the body are more visible and show the effects of aging.
The body part exposed to the sun most often are the hands, yet we do little to protect them. Over time, the skin becomes dry, loses flexibility, and spots begin to appear. To avoid this, you must take care of them by moisturizing.
5) Incorporate a serum into your routine
Wrinkles, expression lines, and blackheads all make your face look older. It is imperative to include a serum in your skin rejuvenation routine. These products have a high concentration of active ingredients that show benefits for the skin almost right away.
There are many types of serums on the market, so you should look for one that suits your needs and is appropriate for your skin type.
Use an antioxidant serum in the morning that contains Vitamin C or ferulic acid to protect the skin from free radicals, thus boosting luminosity in the outermost layer of skin. You will have an even skin tone, and eliminate hyperpigmentation at night.
Use another type of serum containing salicylic (or azelaic) acid adapted to your skin type. If you have acne problems, use glycolic acid—this helps close the pores and reduce acne marks. Other serums contain retinoic acid to fight wrinkles.
6) Don’t forget about eye creams
The skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of the face, and therefore ages faster. In addition to wrinkles, bags and dark circles also appear and make face appear sadder and older. Look for an eye contour that solves your problems, and use it in the mornings and evenings after cleaning your face.
7) Do a few minutes of facial massage daily
Facial exercises are essential, because the face and neck are full of muscles. Over the years, the muscles lose strength and flexibility.
To restore them, you should do facial massages, and tension and relaxation exercises. This will tone those muscles and avoid the flaccidity that causes you to look older.
8) Healthy diet with lots of antioxidants
Lack of vitamins and minerals makes the skin lose its luminosity, not to mention accelerating the hated process of aging in the whole body.
To avoid this, take control of your diet and increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, olive oil, fiber. Reduce processed and fried foods, sweets and red meat.
Do not abuse salt either, because it retains fluid and causes those unpleasant bags under the eyes which make you look older.
Some of the most important foods to incorporate into your diet are:
- Oranges. The Vitamin C it contains will make you feel and look younger.
- Broccoli. Helps keep your liver healthy.
- Berries. They contain antioxidants that help refresh the skin.
- Sweet potatoes. They are ideal for skin and hair care.
- Skimmed yogurt. Helps you maintain more beautiful skin, and provides the calcium you need to keep your teeth healthy.
9) Take supplements
Taking supplements (like a daily multivitamin) helps ensure that your body does not have any major nutrient deficiencies, and thus aging happens more slowly and healthily.
10) Maintain good posture
When you maintain a bad spinal posture, you may end up hunched over and looking like a grandfather. That’s why you should always:
- Keep your spine straight.
- Hold your shoulders back while you stick out your chest.
- Keep your face looking forward, not toward the ground.
- When seated, also avoid hunching over.
11) Reduce stress
A stressful life will make you feel tired and sad, and cause more wrinkles to appear. Try to reduce as much as possible your daily responsibilities. Set aside personal and/or relaxation time once a day.
Even though you can’t fully eliminate stress from your life, you can avoid situations that trigger it, and face inevitable challenges with a more positive attitude.
12) Drink a lot of water
You should drink at least 2 liters of water per day, because of the many benefits for our body, such as:
- Weight loss
- Improved blood circulation
- Overall body purification
Well-hydrated skin delays the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as unwanted spots and wrinkles. By hydrating well, you will realize its rejuvenating effects almost immediately.
13) Exfoliate your skin
With exfoliation, you stimulate the skin’s cellular regeneration processes, and you will have younger skin. Use products specially made for older skin, because they will be gentler and will not dry or damage the skin.
14) Keep your teeth white and healthy
Another fundamental way to look younger is to whiten your teeth. A thorough daily cleaning should include:
It is also essential to regularly check in with the dentist. You can make home remedies—such as lemon juice with salt or baking soda—to keep your teeth white. Also focus on eating green veggies, because their fiber helps prevent plaque formation.
You should avoid coffee, dark sodas, tobacco, and tea because they stain your teeth.
15) Control alcohol consumption
Alcohol harms the body in many ways. One harm is that it dehydrates the skin, making it look dry, dull, and flabby. Abusing alcohol is not recommended, especially if you want to slow down aging. Alcohol consumption increases the production of free radicals, which oxidize the cells and accelerate aging.
16) Have sex several times a week
Studies have shown that making love at least three times a week helps maintain more elastic and luminous skin, because the growth hormone is released and activates blood circulation.
When you laugh regularly, you look younger because it is a natural stress reliever. However, laughing affects the skin, and gradually wrinkles are formed.
A smiling face will naturally make you look younger. A serious face and a scowl will make you look 10 to 15 years older than your age.
18) Don’t wear a beard or mustache
Facial hair will make you look ten years older. On the contrary, you will look youthful with shorter hair and a well-shaved face.
Always cut the hair in your nose and ears, because letting this hair grow sloppily will add more years to your appearance.
19) Don’t have cosmetic surgery
Usually, when a man goes under the knife, it does not suit him well. A man’s face looks better with small lines, dimples, expressions, contours, all of which plastic surgery will suppress.
When you undergo surgery, you may find your face looking like a mask. With this, you lose part of your manly essence.
20) Do not exceed the diets or physical training
When you go overboard, you will look thinner, if not emaciated. A slightly fleshier face will make you look younger, because the wrinkles are balanced out.
If you overdo it with physical training and have a diet too low in carbohydrates, you will feel worn out and older than your age.
21) Cover your gray hair
If you don’t like your gray look, choose a hair color similar to your natural color to make your look more genuine. Because hair dye are harmful to your hair, avoid coloring your hair too often. Also, apply products that are designed to care for colored hair.
Pro tip: apply the coloring to your roots, and leave it on longer than the rest of your hair.
How to dress to look younger than your age
How to dress well at age 30, 40, and 50, and look like a younger man.
Choose the right size
A mistake is to wear a size larger than needed, and a size too small will also add years to your appearance. To avoid this, choose the right-sized clothes for your body.
Combine the classic with the trends
- Combining a classic suit with fun socks is a subtle gesture that rejuvenates your look.
- Don’t wear moccasins. Look for shoes with modern or sporty styles, yet conservative details.
- Choose dotted, checkered, or floral-print ties for a younger look.
- You can also try crewneck sweatshirts (avoid too many graphic elements) that don’t hang too much off of your body.
- If you’re not riding a bike, then put away the sunglasses.
Rejuvenate your style
- It is a must to have at least one pair of dark straight jeans. They match everything.
- Wear a jacket and shirt combo without a tie.
- Also, try knitted sweaters. You can combine the round or v-neck ones with a shirt and tie.
- Bet on classic colors like black or white. You can add neutral tones to these like grey, blue, beige, or green.
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Three golden rules for looking younger and fresher
- Don’t make it difficult for yourself and keep a huge wardrobe. Less is more.
- Visit the hairdresser at least twice a month.
- Moisturize your skin, because it is the secret to your first impressions.
Something you should not neglect to look younger.
The beard. A man with a beard tends to look older. On the contrary, if you shave your face, you will look younger.
Hair. If you are going bald, try to trim your hair as short as possible to hide hair loss. Men with blonde hair tend to look older.
Teeth. When we smile, our face looks more jovial. But, if you neglect your teeth, they turn yellow and damaged. In this case, you’ll tend to smile less and thus look older.
The skin. You must protect it with sunscreen daily so that there is no deterioration due to sun exposure.
Eyesight. If you wear glasses, look for a suitable pair with a stylish frame; or use contact lenses.
In short, the face is the part of our body that makes the first impression, and it is most exposed to external harms. We must take care for it to keep it hydrated and looking younger.
Today, both men and women perform daily skincare routines, so do not overlook this or feel shy.