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By Cynthia Bailey MD. This page was updated on Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Find Powerful Anti-Aging Skin Care for Men

Men's anti-aging skin care issues are not discussed as much in the media compared with those of women. Traditionally, women's options are advertised and discussed through commercials, print, television, and billboards. Men’s skin care and skin care products are not touched on with the same gusto. Why is that? Are men’s skin and its care less important? Do women love and care about their skin more than men? I know you may have your own answers to these questions. 

Efficient skin care products, backed by scientific research, work quickly to reverse the signs of aging. For men, having a complete skin care routine with key skin-rebuilding ingredients will keep skin looking younger as the years pass. It's actually easy when targeted, multi-tasking products are used regularly. 

Key ingredients to fight the signs of skin aging include:

  • Retinoids (ingredients related to vitamin A), that build collagen and reverse skin thinning and uneven skin pigmentation.
  • Glycolic Acid (the best alpha hydroxy acid to fight skin aging). This acid also helps build collagen, improve uneven skin color, hydrate flakey skin, and soften rough age spots.
  • Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, builds collagen and helps improve dark skin pigment. This ingredient has more subtle impact on skin aging that the first two I mentioned.
  • Green Tea Antioxidants sooth skin irritation and redness. They also help load skin with protective antioxidants to fight aging and sun damage.
  • Zinc Oxide Sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection against the sun's UV induced skin destruction. UV damage is the number one cause of skin aging. It must be blocked.

Here’s how you build a Complete Skin Care routine with products that target the causes of skin aging:

Men's Facial Skin Care to Fight Skin Aging

Cleanse: Wash your skin twice a day. Use a general cleanser such as Daily Foaming Facial Cleanser, which is great for wet shaving too. Alternate it with the Calming Zinc Bar if you suffer from rosacea or seborrhea, like many men do. Twice a week you can brighten dull skin by physically exfoliating with Bamboo and Clay Exfoliating Scrub. The clay will help clean debris from pores too.

Correct: In the morning, apply Green Tea Antioxidant Therapy to fight redness and load skin with antioxidants.

At night, apply Retinol Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Then apply Glycolic Acid Face Cream. This second product also hydrates your skin. If you have sensitive skin, start with just the Retinol. The Retinol won’t hydrate so after applying Retinol, apply a layer of the Daily Moisturizing Face Cream.

Hydrate: Use Daily Moisturizing Face Cream for Normal to Oily Skin for areas of dryness, include the jawline and around the eyes. Men's T-zones often have adequate oil gland production and will hydrate skin naturally. Dehydrated skin benefits from 'smart' skin hydrators as are found in Instantly Luminous Multi-Action Serum applied right after washing skin and toweling dry. 

Protect: Wear broad spectrum sunscreen every day. Use on all exposed skin, because UV exposure of even small amounts starts chemical reactions inside skin, resulting in collagen destruction. The sun also causes age spots and uneven skin pigment. The sum total is skin that looks older than you feel! Pick your sunscreen to match your skin type and needs. The most popular options for my male patients include:


Men's Body Skin Care to Fight Skin Aging

Cleanse, Correct, and Hydrate with the Ultra-Fast AHA Body Smoothing Kit or Ultra-Fast Triple Action Body Smoothing Kit. Both kits use high-strength glycolic acid to get the job done. Body skin is uniquely tough and the other great ingredients I mentioned, such as retinoids, antioxidants and vitamin C, really can’t penetrate. That leaves us with glycolic acid, which works beautifully to fight the signs of skin aging on the body, arms and legs.

During the day, don't forget to protect your body skin from damaging UV rays that causes premature skin aging. Top choices are Sheer Strength Pure Physical Spray Sunscreen, Citrix, or Solbar Zinc.


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