The Grooming Manual
It’s true, you’re not getting any younger. But your outer appearance does not have to reflect how old you truly are. Even if you are a self professed gym rat, there are always other things you can be doing to improve your looks and confidence.
Take a look at our list of simple, budget-friendly tips for evading the hands of time and looking younger than your age.
8 Ways to Start Looking Younger Naturally
Get Your Rest
Beauty sleep is for everyone. Your body needs sleep to repair itself throughout the night, and naturally this applies to your body’s ability to make collagen (which provides elasticity for your skin).
As men age, they lose collagen at a rapid rate, leading to sagging skin lined with wrinkles. Getting a full 7-9 hours of sleep every night will give your body the time it needs to repair and revitalize itself.
On top of this, you’ll notice an adequate night’s sleep leads to less puffy eyes and face, which can be boosted by your nighttime skin products. Those several hours of freedom from environmental stressors such as free radicals and UV damage combined with the power of your facial products is one of the best ways to maintain the integrity of your skin.
Hit the Barbershop
A fresh cut has the power to transform your entire look. If you prefer to keep things short, it’s best to visit the barbershop every 2-4 weeks to keep things looking clean. Folks with longer hair who want to retain their length should get a trim every 6-8 weeks for optimum hair health.
Beyond the physical benefits, making a routine barbershop visit is a great method of self-care. It’s an opportunity to take something mundane like hair maintenance and turn it into a luxury experience. Choose a barbershop that reflects the type of experience that will relax you the most, such as an upscale salon that offers spa amenities like manicures/pedicures or massage services.
Trim (Or Fully Shave) Your Beard
An overgrown beard or patchy scruff can leave you with a disheveled appearance that ages you rather than making you look youthfully careless. You should commit to shaving or trimming your beard at least once a week for the cleanest look possible. This will help your skin stay clear from oil and dirt buildup, reducing blemishes and ingrown hairs.
Use Eye Cream
Eye cream is the most neglected aspect of many men’s skin routine, and it is undoubtedly one of the most important steps. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your body, making it the most fragile as well.
You stretch this skin by aggressively rubbing your eyes (another reason why adequate sleep is absolutely essential) and it is one of the first indicators of aging. Eye products such as our Restoring Eye Cream contain ingredients like Matrixyl 3000 (a peptide blend for collagen stimulation) and caffeine, which reduces dark circles.
Incorporate Face Scrub Into Your Routine
When you avoid exfoliation, you’re continuing to wear your whole week on your face. Cleansing with facial soap alone often isn’t enough to rid your skin of the leftover dead skin cells and dirt that is impacted deep in your pores. A face scrub will lift these particles to the surface, allowing you to slough away all evidence of imperfect skin.
For a younger looking face and a brighter complexion, we recommend our Renewing Face Scrub to reset your skin. Ingredients like jojoba beads, pumice, and avocado butter smooth the skin, relieving you of unsightly texture and bumps.
Improve Your Posture
Slack shoulders and a hunched back will give you a haggard, beat down appearance, which is the exact opposite of the energized, youthful aura you’re trying to exude. When sitting down, resist the urge to slouch and sit up straight. Over time, the position will begin to feel natural and the process of correcting your posture won’t feel so uncomfortable.
You can also use a posture brace for extra support. Many are easily concealable for daytime wear and can also ease persistent back pain. There are a few other ways you can fix your posture as well, like:
- Opt for a standing desk in your office
- For every hour of sitting, take 10 minutes to stretch your legs or go on a brief walk
- Purchase supportive orthotic inserts
Wear SPF Daily
This may be the most important tip of all! Daily sunscreen application is a must, and if you have not been committed to your SPF, it’s not too late to start. In general, you should be applying sunscreen every 2 hours for the most efficient coverage and protection.
Sunscreen helps ward off skin cancer, dark spots, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging. Even if your skin has already sustained some sun damage in the past, regular sunscreen use can reduce the expansion of this damage.
Many sunscreens leave a whitecast on the skin, or can have a greasy feel that makes application unappealing to some people. Our Daily Defense Face Moisturizer with SPF 20 is one of the best ways to get your SPF protection for the day sans that greasy, heavy feeling. Moisturizers such as this with low SPF levels are better utilized for the days where sun exposure is at a minimum, making this product a great option for the work-from-home fellas.
Find Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
It’s difficult to keep your cool when stressful things happen. Nonetheless, it’s important to find accessible ways to relieve your anxiety and find joy in life.
Stress visibly ages you, causing cell damage, lower brain function, frown lines and more. Here are a few ways you can deal and regulate your emotions in times of strife:
- Exercise or commit to regular physical activity
- Eat healthy, balanced meals
- Create a time slot in your day specifically for leisure activities like reading or painting
- Utilize meditation and breathing techniques
- Adopt a furry friend
- Schedule therapy appointments for routine professional help