The Best Anti-Ageing Products for Mens Skin

Age better.

Let’s face it: you’re going to age. The entropic nature of all things is to deteriorate, and that goes doble for your skin. Fine lines, wrinkles unexplained aches and pains, the age-old conundrum of choosing between the ability to put on socks and continued pizza consumption. Small reminders that things have a habit of accumulating over time until they’re seemingly unmanageable.

There are steps in our skincare routine we can take to mitigate and even eradicate these signs of ageing, however. The proverbial stopper in this fine wine, which of course you are.

It will take a more considered approach and most importantly a surface level understanding of what it is you’re using and its effects, but if you’re ready to say bye-bye to grandpa skin, then read on.

MOISTURISER

Any good skincare routine has a strong foundation built on moisturisation. Our bodies need it to survive and our skin needs it to thrive. The immediate benefits of a moisturiser will not be apparent, but don’t let that deter you; continued use will see your skin stay plump and supple. Perhaps not adjectives you’d like to associate with your skin, but trust its, they’re choice.

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Patricks black tube moisturiser dispenser with white text

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VITAMIN C

As we age, our bodies natural production of collagen falters. That is to say, the protein used to make up our skin cells all but disappears. Not so great. So, how do we spur on production? A vitamin C serum will help kickstart collagen production in the skin, which in turn helps revitalise dull, ageing skin to its former glory. Lessening of fine lines, evening out of complexion and brightening of skin are among vitamin C’s manifold benefits.

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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone in silver tube with white label on white background

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HYALURONIC ACID

You can find hyaluronic acid in just about every skincare product on the market these days. Its buzzwordy reputation has seen it popularised, but from the name alone, you’d be forgiven for coming up blank on what it actually does. Acid is a bad thing, right? Hyaluronic acid is a godsend for ageing skin because it helps our dermis retain moisture more effectively, keeping it plump and fresh, flattening out fine lines and wrinkles in the process. You’re probably already using it but keep an eye out for formulations that tout HA in their title. You can never have too much of this miracle liquid.

Salt & Stone SPF50 sunscreen in grey and black tube on white background

AHA/BHA

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are chemicals used in skincare to gently exfoliate the skin by unobtrusively dissolving the top layer of your dermis. Slightly macabre if you think about it in those terms, but skin cell turnover is essential for a healthy complexion. Think of AHA’s and BHA’s as a canvas cleaner, clearing away the dirt and grime and setting the stage for other skincare products get in there and work more effectively. These acids will also help lessen fine lines and wrinkles with dedicated usage.

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SPF

Of all the various lotions and potions available for an ageing dermis, none stand so important as an SPF. The sun is unavoidable and the effect of UV rays batter away at our skin over a lifetime. A slow war of attrition with a clear victor. The sun is responsible for speeding up the acquisition of wrinkles, dark spots and sagging, leathery skin: all things we should be avoiding if possible. An SPF will turn the tides however, by protecting our precious skin against these damaging rays. Most sunscreens these days also include a host of other beneficial ingredients like HA to boost the anti-ageing effects. Bonus!

If you’re not already, pick up an SPF stat and apply daily.

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