Best Ingredients for Fighting the Signs of Aging
Listen Up Guys: Here’s How to Step Up Your Anti-Aging Game
The majority of skin damage caused by the sun happens before you hit the big 3.0. Wrinkles even begin to appear on some men by their mid-twenties. But getting older doesn’t have to mean looking old. After all, why “go gentle into that good night” when there’s plenty we can do to keep skin looking young and firm for longer?
If you’re ready to dive into the pro youth skincare game, here are a few things to keep in mind:
The best products begin with high-impact ingredients. Anti-aging products in particular are formulated to deliver extra hydration and stimulate collagen so that the signs of aging can be prevented or even reversed.
Take retinol, which is a derivative of vitamin A that encourages the production of new cells, fades dark spots and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Beginning in your late-twenties, you should consider a retinol for your skincare arsenal. We like the PM Retinol Redux, which combines with raw organics and powerful antioxidants, and advise applying it before your moisturizer at the end of the day for safe and easy pro-youth skin repair and you only need to use it a couple times a week for great results.
Salicylic acid is typically associated as an acne treatment, but it’s also an anti-aging ingredient in disguise thanks to its ability to clear away dead cells that dull the skin and promote the regeneration of new skin cells. Look for a salicylic acid-based cleanser to provide deep pore cleansing and help subsequent products penetrate deeper to deliver better results.
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) is another key ingredient found in effective pro-youth products. As a naturally occurring protein found in the body, EGF helps keep the signs of aging at bay by promoting collagen production and reducing wrinkles. The REDMethod ReCharge Gel uses growth factor to help speed up the renewal process while providing much needed hydration.
Finally, zinc oxide is one of the best defenses against aging skin, thanks to its ability to block UVA and UVB rays. Consider that 90% of the skin’s aging is a result of overexposure to the sun. So, keep your skin protected!
Create Consistent Habits
We’ve discussed the best skincare tips for your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond, and if there’s one lesson that rings through each decade it’s this: consistency. Uncover what your skin needs, build a routine to address it, and then stick to a daily regimen.
When building a Pro Youth regimen, start with the basics. A cleanser like Blue Agave harnesses raw extracts of tequila and yucca while flushing pores of debris for a deep cleanse. Weekly exfoliation is the next step in the foundation of your pro-youth practice. We like Buffed to help remove dead skin cells, reveal a smooth finish and ready the skin for serums and moisturizers.
Make it a habit to apply serums and moisturizers before your skin is completely dry from the shower. Products will absorb faster into the skin while locking in added hydration at the same time. Select Firming Peptide to strengthen, tone and “freeze” wrinkles, and finish with EnviroProtect in the morning and PM Retinol Redux in the evening.
Everyone’s skin is different, and your skin’s needs change as you age. Experiment with products until finding those which address your specific needs. Then stick with a consistent routine. Investing minutes a day to care for your skin will definitely pay off!
Prevention is Easier Than Reversal
Committing to a consistent skincare regimen is important, and especially effective when supported by a healthy lifestyle. By making strides to stay hydrated, work out regularly and eat mindfully, you’ll be encouraging better skin health all the days of your life.
Research and implement the basics, but if there’s one recommendation we can’t stress enough, it’s this: avoid the sun. (Remember that 90% stat we mentioned earlier?) When you continually expose yourself to UV rays, you’re inviting collagen fibers beneath your skin to break down, causing increased wrinkling and sunspots. Wearing sun protection is an obvious choice for days at the beach, but don’t forget about the passive UV rays that reach you daily while taking a jog or running errands.
Aging is a given, but looking older doesn’t have to be. Be selective in the anti-aging products you use, abide by a consistent skincare regimen and start making lifestyle adjustments early to prevent damage before it starts.
Do you have any favorite Pro Youth products or do you just need to get started?