Men may not acknowledge all of the dramatic changes taking place in their bodies after fifty, but there are some that just can't be overlooked. But aside from the obvious graying hair and growing waist lines, a subtler change may occur to their skin. Hands may become lined and age spots may begin to appear. Particularly around the face and neck, skin will also lose some of its smoothness and tone. Creases may start to deepen around the eyes and mouth, and crow's feet may become more noticeable.
This may sound pretty bleak, but with proper attention it can be avoided. Skin can be improved at any age with a little work and some lifestyle changes.
The first thing to do is to begin taking better care of your body and skin, starting from the inside out. Improve your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables - particularly the dark green variety - and dairy products. Fiber is also important for healthy skin, and men over 50 should consume roughly 31 grams per day. Good sources of fiber include whole grains, apples, cauliflower and beans. Most importantly, drink plenty of water; at least eight glasses each day if at all possible. Water keeps your body and your skin hydrated and flushes the waste out of your body.
If you aren't already exercising, it is never too late to start. Try walking around the block every day or joining an aquarobics class. You could also try cycling, swimming or hiking. Start off slowly and work at it gradually - every little bit helps. Exercise increases your metabolism, helps you feel energized and improves your mood.
It's also never too late to begin a skin care regimen, even a very basic one. Start by washing your face twice daily with a mild soap or cleanser. Avoid using a deodorant soap because it will dry out your skin. Use body lotion every day to prevent dry, flaky, irritated skin and apply hand cream regularly, particularly during the winter months. You may also want to apply a moisturizer to your face after shaving.
Remember that everyone ages, and wrinkles are just souvenirs from life experiences. The way you feel on the inside is what really matters!
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