1.) Choose a gentle facial cleanser.
Aging skin doesn’t need harsh products like the ones teenagers often need to use, as there isn’t usually any excess oil. If your cleanser is too harsh, it will be stripping your skin of its natural oils, and therefore drying out the skin and causing it to age more quickly. Look for ones that are aimed at your age group, or ones that describe themselves as gentle or moisturizing. Women should moisturize their faces any time before they wear make-up.
It is still important to cleanse your face as you get older, as it removes traces of chemicals from your environment or any make up which can cause aging if left on the skin.
2.) Moisturize after cleansing.
It’s important to give your skin a moisture boost so that it can look after itself. Dry skin ages more quickly if it’s not moisturized. Look for anti-aging moisturizers with a high percentage of their active ingredient. If in doubt about which to buy (there are hundreds on the market), try looking at reviews or try to find scientific research supporting the product. Make sure that the product you decide on is rich and deeply moisturizing, unlike the ones you may have used in your younger years.
And remember, moisturizing is not just for women, there are plenty of similar products on the market aimed at men.
3.) Use sun protection daily.
There are many moisturizers which already contain SPF protection in them, and this is because it is vital to protect your skin from harmful UV rays every day in order to avoid sun-damage. The sun is one of the main things that causes premature aging, so dermatologists recommend that you should wear at least SPF 15 daily to avoid wrinkles, brown spots and a dull complexion. As well as this, it will protect you from skin cancer.
You can put sun screen not just on your face, but on your chest and the tops of your hands, if you’re just going to be out in the sun for a little while. This will prevent those spots on your chest and hands. If you’re going to really be out in the sun, though, then you’ll need to put sunscreen all over your body.
4.) Exfoliate your skin.
Gently exfoliating encourages skin cell renewal, therefore encouraging younger looking skin. Choose something that is aimed at older skin as they are more gentle and less likely to dry out or damage the skin. Exfoliation is also good to do as it leaves your skin feeling softer and looking brighter. For men, exfoliating before shaving your face can make the shaving process easier as it exposes more of the hair.
5.) Manage your facial hair.
For men, this will make you look better groomed and less scruffy allowing you to look good with age, and for women this will hide this side effect of aging. Here are some things to keep in mind for each gender:
Men: Keep your face clean shaven or neatly trimmed, and always trim your nose and ear hair. You can buy nose hair trimmers at your local pharmacy and it’s completely simple and painless to use. Letting this hair grow wild adds age and also makes you look more scruffy. Make sure to pluck those nose hairs too, if you want to avoid that old man look.
Women: Facial hair can sometimes appear in women after the menopause due to a change in hormone levels. To get rid of this, and therefore hide your age a little better, there are a few easy ways to keep it away including laser removal, waxing, depilatory/hair removal cream and threading.
Women should also make sure to keep their eyebrows looking pretty thick. As you get older, your eyebrows may start to thin out, so make sure to color them in with a pencil that matches the color of your eyebrows so you continue to look youthful.