GroomingEverything You Need to Know About Grooming In Your 30s
You can’t be young forever.
Growing up ain’t easy. It can be hard as hell to come to terms with the fact that the once-perfect specimen of a body that took you through your 20's may be starting to show signs of wear. When you find yourself planted firmly in your 30s, you’re sooner or later going to be faced with the realization that, no matter how diligent you might have been, you are indeed now on the precipice of change—and we don’t mean for the better.
Between receding hairlines and perpetually tired-looking eyes, early signs of sagging and stray grays, this decade is when a whole host of less-than-ideal grooming issues begin to rear their ugly heads. Which is exactly where we come in, with a full head-to-toe breakdown of all the things that might go wrong when it comes to grooming in your 30s, plus advice on how to fix them and prevent further damage. Because there’s a difference between acknowledging a decline, and accepting it.
Let’s start from the top: Unless you’re extremely lucky, you’re likely to see some combination of two distinct phenomena happen to the strands atop your head in the next few years: thinning and greying. The former, which affects more than two-thirds of men, can be due to any number of internal factors. Including, most prominently, male pattern hair loss, a genetic condition related to a build up of the testosterone byproduct DHT, which cause hair to thin. And the latter? That’s simply due to the pigment cells in your hair follicles ceasing to produce melanin as you age.
You may be asking yourself why we’re telling you all this. And the point is: there’s essentially nothing, aside from invasive procedures and hormone therapy, that will reverse what’s happening to your hair. Sure, you can try dyeing it, or getting plugs, but wouldn’t it be easier to simply adapt to what you’ve got? That’s not to say, however, that you shouldn’t make the most of it. Some thoughts on how to go about doing that, here.
From the UV rays to wind, rain, pollution and more, your face has to deal with a lot in a day. And when you were younger, it could handle all of that, due to this magical protein called collagen, which gives skin its elasticity and strength. Once you pass thirty-years-old, collagen levels often start to decline. This, in turn, leads to things like fine lines and straight-up wrinkles, especially in areas where the skin is thinner such as around the eyes. Ever wonder why you look more haggard these days after a long night out? Collagen, or a lack thereof, is the culprit. So here’s what you need to do: stock up on collagen-boosting, anti-age moisturizer and eye cream, and use them both every day to keep you skin fresh and new for longer. Our picks: Kiehl's Age Defender Moisturizer and Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue, respectively. Oh, and a bit of SPF wouldn’t hurt, either.
Your Ears and Nose
In a perfect world, your hair on your head would stay within a set of socially acceptable confines, reserving itself for places like your scalp, chin and cheeks. Unfortunately, that’s simply not the world you live in and the older you get, the more likely that you’re going to start seeing thick fur pop out from places you never would have expected—most noticeably, the until now-neglected depths of your nose and ears. Likewise, it’s the time to invest in a solid set of tools to whack your way through the weeds. Our recommendation: an electric trimmer like this one by Philips. With a bunch different head attachments, it'll also cover a ton of other grooming needs on top of keeping your nose-bush in check. Such as your eyebrows, which, by the way, are about to come in fuller than ever. Oh, joy.
Remember what we said earlier about collagen decreasing after age 30? Well, you’ll start to notice the skin on your hands succumbing to the effects of those lessened levels right about now too. So before damage becomes permanent, it’s important that you do everything in your power help your hands remain in tip top shape, including moisturizing them daily with an uber-hydrating cream. This super smooth stuff by Recipe for Men should do the trick.
Aside from skin, though, there’s another part of your hands that deserves touch of extra attention: your nails. Sure, they may not seem like a big deal, but any damage caused now could last the rest of your life, since as you age your body gets worse at recovering. Thus, from here on out, you should be keeping your nails as clean and well-trimmed as possible either on your own with a killer manicure set, or via professional intervention.
Similar to what you’re dealing with in your ears and nose, there’s a rather high chance that you’re going to have a herd of migratory follicles take up residence across your back in the years to come—if they haven’t already. Good news is, this one’s an easy fix; all you need to do is book an appointment at a waxer and let those fine folks do their job. Either that, or try one of these back scratcher-like shaving implements. But seriously, waxing is way easier.
Basically, take everything we said about your hands, apply it to your feet and you should have no problem sporting sandals well into your Golden Years. Got lingering complaints? Then just go ahead and read this.
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