01 Jul 10 Habits of men who age slowly
When it comes to reducing the signs of aging, prevention is always better than cure. Take care of your skin with these face-saving habits and potent products and you will hold back the hands of time for longer!
1. Wear Sunscreen
There is no such thing as a “healthy tan”. Sun exposure can damage your skin and cause it to prematurely age via a process called photoaging. Uneven, dry, wrinkled skin with “sunspots” are hall marks of old age. Taking care in the sun can prevent your skin ageing and protect you against skin cancer.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
- Applying enough sunscreen to cover any skin that isn’t covered by clothing.
- Reapplying sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, or after you swim or sweat.
NEVER use sunbeds, the use of sunbeds can increase your risk of melanoma by up to 50%.
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2. If You Smoke, Quit
3. Manage Your Stress Levels
Because stress affects just about every aspect of your health and wellbeing, it can also age your prematurely. Coming to MASC laser clinic for regular facials will not only do wonders for your skin, but you will also get some well-deserved “time-out” to destress.
4. Get Plenty of Rest
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep — when you’re asleep, your body actively repairs itself, including your skin.
Sleep deprivation is associated with red swollen eyes, darker under eye circles, visible wrinkles, drooping of the corners of the mouth and a general appearance of physical fatigue.
So, how much sleep should you get? People above the age of 18 should get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
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5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Find an eating plan that works for your, be it low fat, low carb or intermittent fasting, all have their benefits. Be sure to get all the necessary vitamins, antioxidants and proteins necessary to keep you healthy. For an added boost consider these supplements:
6. Keep Yourself Hydrated
Maintaining a healthy fluid intake is associated with smoother skin and improvements in skin elasticity, an important factor for preventing wrinkles.
Your skin is an organ of elimination (sweat and sebum etc.). Keeping your kidneys flushed and your bowel movements regular by being well hydrated will also help reduce skin breakouts.
7. Shower the Right Way
If you’re prone to dry skin, it’s important to take some precautions when you shower. Use water that’s warm rather than hot, as overly hot water can dry and damage your skin. Also, limit your shower time to five or 10 minutes to avoid causing your skin to become dehydrated.
If you use a moisturizer (another topic we’ll cover more in a moment), make sure to use it a few minutes after you’re done drying off to trap in as much moisture as possible.
Body products recommended:
Environ Dermalac and ACE oil
Serra Body cream
8. Exercise Regularly
Exercising on a regular basis has serious anti-aging benefits that make it worth doing if you want to look younger.
In addition to burning away body fat, regular exercise can support other habits that are great for your skin, such as reducing stress, maintaining energy levels and helping you to maintain good sleep habits.
Working out can boost testosterone levels — an important factor for building and maintaining muscle mass.
Whether it’s a jog, a workout in the gym or a bike ride, try adding at least a few weekly exercise sessions to your routine.
But don’t forget the sunblock!
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9. Eye Creams, Serums and Other Topical Anti-Aging Products
Used effectively, topical skin care products can have a noticeable impact on your skin’s texture and appearance.
Given the right advice from one of MASC’s skin care therapists it should be easy to keep your skin healthy and young looking with only a few products,
Below, we’ve shared the most worthwhile, science-based skin care products to consider as part of your routine.
Along with sunscreen, moisturizer is the most effective anti-aging product you can buy.
When it comes to keeping your skin youthful, retinoids (derivative of Vit A), are the most effective topical anti-aging products available. stimulating collagen production, thickening the outer layer of the skin and reducing the depth and visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
For more information on Retinoids follow this link: MASC | Question Monday: What is the truth about Vit A containing products and how do I know what is safe to use? (masclaser.co.za)
Its always good to start the day with a clean start. Just because you shave every day, doesn’t mean you don’t need to “wash your face”. Using harsh soaps on your facial skin can cause dehydration and flakiness – hallmarks of an aged skin.
Antioxidants are common ingredients in many moisturizers, anti-aging creams and other products like serums designed to keep your skin healthy and youthful.
Antioxidants are essential for collagen production, the prevention of dark sunspots and a refined complexion.
10. Cosmetic Procedures
Men do not have the benefit of applying make-up to camouflage the obvious signs of ageing. Some well-considered and well- performed cosmetic procedures could be the best way to look “naturally youthful” again.
Chemical peeling involves removing the top most layers of skin to stimulate new skin production and improve the texture and tone of your skin.
MASC laser clinic has a variety of peels to suit your needs some can be done in a lunch-hour, and you can return to work the same day. Others are more invasive and have a bit of downtime. A proper consultation with one of our therapists will guide you to the best peel for your needs.
Laser therapy, or laser skin resurfacing, involves using concentrated pulsating beams of light to treat wrinkled, scarred or damaged skin. Dermal laser technology can offer real benefits for turning back the clock on aging.
By penetrating into your skin, the laser beam used in this type of procedure stimulates collagen production, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin. Like with chemical peeling, laser procedures can range in intensity, cost and recovery time.
Dermal fillers are designed to fill in facial lines and restore the volume loss that can develop as your face loses fat from the aging process. They contain hydrophilic ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which help maintain the hydration and plumpness of the skin. Fillers can last for several months at a time.
The key to fillers is balance — used wisely, they can reverse some of the effects of aging.
Finally, there’s Botox®, a brand name of botulinum toxin, an injectable medication that temporarily “paralyzes” facial muscles to stop them from causing wrinkles. Botox is generally used to reduce the lines that can develop on your forehead and around your eyes.
Botox works well, but the results aren’t permanent, you’ll need to return for injections every three to four months.
The Bottom Line on Looking Younger for Men
If you’re interested in maintaining that youthful look of tight, healthy skin, strong jawlines and bright eyes. Contact MASC laser clinic or one of the Plastic Surgeons at Somerset Surgery here and they will walk the road of discovery with you and chart your progress as you maintain the handsome good looks of your youth