SkinThe One Skincare Product Every Guy In His 40s Needs To Own
Time to break out the big guns.
Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but if you’ve recently celebrated the big 4-0, then you better be prepared, because things are about to get weird when it comes to grooming. You see, even if you did everything right during your 20s and 30s—tending to greys and taming strays, applying full bottles of SPF on the daily and moisturizing like hell—your 40s are the years when real, visible signs of aging are apt to make their grand debut on your face and body. Wondering what exactly we’re talking about? One word: wrinkles.
Stretching across once-flawless hide to tauntingly remind you that your youth is truly a thing of the past, wrinkles are an unfortunate reality that every man must face in his time. Scientifically, they’re caused by a reduction in the body’s production of collagen, the protein that gives skin its elasticity and strength. This breakdown happens naturally as the body ages; studies have shown that, after the age of 30, collagen decreases by up to 1% with every passing year. Thus, the older you get, the deeper and more permanent these creases become. Which, of course, begs the question of how you can go about counteracting the decline.
Enter: retinoids, a range of vitamin A derivatives with anti-aging properties proven by dermatologists to visibly decrease crow’s feet, wrinkles and other signs of time by boosting the body’s production of collagen. They’re also potent antioxidants, protecting skin from any free radicals that it might regularly face and repairing damage that has already been done. Plus, they’ve been shown to reverse dark spots and dramatically reduce things like acne and rosacea. Basically, retinoids are one of the best weapons you’ve got to ensure your skin looks as fresh as possible and if don’t already have some in your grooming arsenal, then now’s the time to change that. Likewise, we’ve rounded-up some of our favorite products that feature a healthy dose of the stuff, here.
Anthony High Performance Vitamin A Facial Treatment, $49, available at anthony.com
Shiseido Deep Wrinkle Corrector, $52, available at shiseido.com
MenScience Anti-Aging Formula, $59, available at menscience.com
Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil, $109, available at pestleandmortar.com
Verso Intense Facial Mask, $75, available at barneys.com