Skin Care Tips for the 40-Something Man

Turn back the clock

The years between forty and fifty can just as difficult for men as they are for women. This is the time where you may begin to look more closely at your hairline while checking for new creases around your eyes and deepening lines on your forehead. This is the time when any mistreatment of your body in your youth will show itself in your skin. But just because you may have avoided proper skin care in previous decades does not mean you can't slow down the aging process now and take measures to rejuvenate you skin.

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First, take extra care with your skin while shaving by steaming your face beforehand with a hot damp facecloth. This will open the follicles more and help to prevent irritation.

Second, now is definitely the time to use a quality moisturizer. Try to find one containing vitamin E and sun block with at least an SPF 15. If you are outdoors for an extended period of time, rain or shine, use sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best ways to fend off the signs of aging, as well as skin cancer.

You may find at some point in your forties that you are experiencing adult acne. You are not alone, and actually, the condition is quite common. There are a number of things you can do to prevent and treat adult acne. If you have oily or acne prone skin, avoid moisturizers that contain oil. Opt for essential oils, like lavender or tea tree, because they actually help to heal the skin. It's still important to cleanse, but be sure to use a gentle cleanser and do not rub the skin. If the acne does not go away on its own, look for an over-the-counter or prescription topical cream to treat it.

No matter what your age, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key for feeling and looking younger. Find ways to exercise, whether it's joining a sports team, taking a daily walk, cycling or anything else that gets you moving. Exercise will boost your metabolism and improve your mood. Also remember, it's never too late to start eating healthy foods. Consuming foods that are filled with vitamins and minerals, and avoiding greasy foods, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes, will help slow down the aging process and help to improve your quality of life.

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Jack Black

Jack Black Line Smoother Face Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer formulated to tackle the signs of aging. It contains glycolic acid, glycerin, grape seed extract and vitamins, to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It retails for $26.

Strata-C

Dr. Matthews Strata-C Night Renewal Cream is a non-greasy formula that contains enzymes and plant extracts that moisturize the skin and improve elasticity and firmness. It is also designed to stimulate collagen production. This product is priced at $39.

Biotherm Homme Line

Biotherm Homme Line Peel Skin Treatment is a wrinkle-reducing product that is beneficial for any age group. It contains rice bran oil, apricot kernel oil, glycolic acid and vitamins and minerals, to smooth out lines and wrinkles. This product retails for $35.

Biotherm Homme Hydra

Biotherm Homme Hydra Det02x Express Anti-Dull Skin Detoxifying Cleanser contains hydroxyl acids and vitamins to exfoliate and clean the skin, leaving it refreshed and healthy looking. This product retails for $16.

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