A MAN’S 5-MINUTE GUIDE TO LOOKING AND FEELING YOUNGER
Sleep, proper diet, exercise and good skin care can trim years off your appearance. Here are some simple anti-aging tips for a younger-looking, healthier you.
START WITH GOOD SKIN CARE
The first thing people notice is your skin. A man’s attractiveness and youth are judged largely by the tone and evenness of his complexion. Take years off your appearance with these anti-aging skin-care rules:
* Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Over-exposure to the sun will cause wrinkles and age spots that will surely make you look older. If you must be outdoors for extended periods, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) thirty minutes before you go out. Use enough to fill at least two shot glasses.
* Moisturize. Dryness exaggerates signs of aging in the face and body. Use a moisturizer and gentle cleanser every day.
* Drink lots of water. Six to eight cups of water a day will keep your skin hydrated, giving it a better tone and giving you a more vibrant appearance.
Look and feel younger by maintaining overall good health.
* Sleep well. Adult males generally require between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
Insufficient sleep can not only make you look older, but can also affect your mental acuity. Take naps to counter the effects of late-afternoon energy dips.
* Stop smoking. Aside from its major health risks, smoking can also dramatically alter your general appearance. It can stain your teeth, dull your skin, and create wrinkles around your mouth and eyes.
* Eat healthy. Eat appropriate amounts of a Mediterranean-type diet: chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables.
* Exercise. Do regular routines to maintain your tone and flexibility. Aerobic exercise is especially good for the heart. Men who are trim and fit look and feel younger than those who are fat and flabby. Even a few extra pounds can age your appearance.
DRESS YOUR AGE …GROOM AGE-APPROPRIATE
Remember that age is about appearance. Don’t complicate things with questionable decisions about how to dress yourself and negligence about grooming.
*Avoid clothing trends and fads. Don’t dress like an 18-year-old if you’re middle-aged. Nothing will make you look older. Go with updated classics. And don’t dwell on trends form the past.
* Avoid glitz and gold. Don’t get carried away with rings, ID bracelets, and huge, over-sized watches. Use good taste and discretion. Tone down jewelry as you get older.
* “Raze” eyebrows. As men age, their eyebrows often get overly long and unruly. Have your hair-cutter trim yours. Keep you hair shorter. Ponytails often look ridiculous on middle-aged men.
* Trim unwanted body hair. Eliminate hair that grows in unwanted places–such as the nose and ears–with regular trimming. Is your body hair turning gray? The shorter you keep it, the less it will be noticed.
*Grow a beard. If you have a sagging neckline, a close-cropped beard can be a great way to conceal it.
*Consider hair restoration. If you are noticing a receding hairline or thinning of the hair as you are aging, Agefocus offers a hair restoration treatment that may help.