Women are aging better than men. For every George Clooney, there are a hundred guys with turkey necks and lines carved in their foreheads. For every well-aging man, there are two women who look better for their age.
There’s a reason women are aging better than men, and that reason is sunscreen. What most people consider aging is really just sun damage. Losing skin tonality, in other words, is not an internal natural process as much as it’s the result of external damage.
Compare a 40-year-old school teacher’s face to a working man’s face. The teacher’s face, unexposed to sun light, will have few lines. The skin will remain taught. The skin will slightly glow.
The man’s face will have deep line carved across his forehead. His facial skin will be dull and starting to sag.
The first rule of skincare for men is to wear sunscreen. If all a man did to his skin was apply a moisturizing sunscreen in the morning, he would look five years younger. (With a proper skincare routine, he’ll look ten years younger.)
There are hundreds of sunscreens on the market, leaving most men confused. There’s no need to be confused if you keep four things in mind:
- The sunscreen must offer UVA and UVB protection;
- The sunscreen must no clog your pores;
- The sunscreen must moisturize;
- The sunscreen should be paraben-free, as parabens are estrogenic.
You need two different sunscreens – one for daily office use, and one for serious outdoor use.
I use Vanicream sunscreen, and consider it among the best in breed. It’s titanium and zinc oxides provide full protection against skin-destroying UVA and UVB rays.
However, Vanicream is thick and can leave some white patches on your skin if, like most guys, you don’t spend several minutes working it into the skin. That’s fine for heavy outdoor use, but can look weird in the office.
Most guys want a “glob and move” sunscreen. Get a blog into your hands, smear it on your face, and get away from the bathroom mirror.
Neutrogena is a great daily-use sunscreen. It’s non-oily, so it won’t clog your pores or make your nose look like a greasy pizza. It’s also affordable.
If you have dry skin, Cetaphil Fragrance Free Daily Facial Moisturizer will be right for you. Cetaphil has extra moisturizing properties. Where as it might make a person with oily skin look greasy, it will make a person with dry skin have a moist face.
My skincare regime involves far more than merely wearing sunscreen, and future posts will focus on advanced anti-aging protocols – including serums.
If you’re not wearing sunscreen before sun exposure, nothing else you do will matter. Once you’ve started wearing daily sunscreen, you’ll be ready for more advanced skincare tactics.