Spending a little time on your skincare routine can take years off your face. Here are Sarah Brooks-Wilson’s best products to get the healthiest skin ever.
Men’s skin doesn’t age the same way as women’s skin. For men, it’s not until later in life that the telltale signs of ageing start to show. “Male skin is about 25% thicker than female skin, and their higher levels of testosterone increase collagen and blood flow,” explains Emma Hobson, Education Manager for the International Dermal Institute. But while ageing starts later, once it starts it’s a fast process, so you need to keep ahead of the game with a good skincare routine.
Whether you’re young or just want to look and feel younger, work these products into your regimen to help reverse and prevent the signs of ageing.
Cell turnover decreases as you age, so after cleansing, scrub away any dead skin cells that would clog pores and lead to breakouts. Exfoliation allows for healthier cells on the surface of the skin, giving you a brighter complexion while minimising fine lines and wrinkles. Only exfoliate twice a week to avoid too much abrasion.
You need to get into masking. It’s an instant skin boost that can even help with existing skin conditions. A mask with charcoal, like this one, will detoxify, brighten and invigorate the skin, drawing out excess oil and impurities, refining pores, calming redness and improving skin texture. It’s gentle enough to apply up to four times a week, and you’ll notice the difference after just one use.
Serums seep deep into the skin; think of your moisturiser as a defence and the hydrator, while a serum works more aggressively to fight skin problems and help preserve its elasticity. Choose a serum that mops up free radicals — the environmental aggressors your skin encounters daily. This one contains vitamin C, chia seed oil and lactic acid to enhance your skin’s natural defences and help to brighten, firm and defend.
This part of your routine has to work hard. Not only does a daily moisturiser have to protect your skin against harmful UV rays, but it also has to have age-defying vitamins and minerals to firm and tone the skin. While there are lots of products to choose from, it’s all about going for one that isn’t too heavy, so it doesn’t clog your pores. This one ticks all the boxes.
Forget daytime moisturisers for when you sleep — take advantage of your body’s regenerative cycle and wear something more aggressive. This cream is gentler than most retinols, but has the same benefits: it steadily reduces and prevents acne, wrinkles and dark spots. Retinol plays a long game and it will take a few months before you see results.
The delicate eye area is the first place people will the notice signs of ageing, so it should be a target area in your anti-ageing routine. Pat on an eye cream like this one morning and night to prevent and reverse the signs of ageing and tiredness, reduce crow’s feet, fine lines and puffiness, and pump up your skin’s firmness. This one contains vitamin C to reduce pigmentation and restore radiance.
A simple age-defying trick is to swap your regular old cleanser for one with salicylic acid. The ingredient sounds harsh, but it gently dissolves dead skin cells so you get fewer clogged pores and pimples. This cleanser gives a smoother, brighter complexion to help keep your youthful appearance for longer. Make sure you cleanse twice a day, as it’s the foundation of healthy skin.
Best foods to give your skin a boost
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Dark chocolate: 70% dark chocolate is rich in cocoa flavanols and has been shown to help create smoother skin.
Tomatoes: Rich in lycopene, this antioxidant is thought to improve the efficacy of sun protection.
Carrots: Rich in beta-carotene, the right amount can give a healthy radiance to your complexion.
Kale: A highly-touted superfood, kale is rich in carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, potent antioxidant and free radical scavengers that help minimise UV damage. Plus, it’s rich in vitamins A and C, which boost collagen production.
Salmon: Its pink colour comes from a carotenoid called astaxanthin, nature’s most potent antioxidant. It boosts collagen and minimises sun damage.