Men’s Daily Skincare Routines: Tailor Your Regimen to Your Age

Skincare routine for men

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When it comes to aging and the effects of time on your face, there is one universal truth, which is: unless you’re Benjamin Button, everyone’s clock moves in the same direction. Think of it. What guy starts out wrinkled and ends up in his fifties looking like Brad Pitt?

But how is it that at our high school reunions our female classmates always look better and younger than us guys?  Is it the make-up? Well, partially yes. Does that mean that men should make a b-line to the Clinique counter at Saks now? Not so fast.

Since their teen years, most women have put on make-up. But more importantly, they’ve also removed it every night. And years of a daily regimen of using facial cleansers and moisturizers has given them the advantage. Men in public life also know this. That’s why actors, politicians, news reporters and anyone who works in front of a camera always look terrific. Sam Champion is pushing 60 and still looks like a kid.

But it isn’t enough to just cleanse and moisturize, or follow the same routine from one year to the next. As the pages on our calendars change, so does our skin. And what’s good practice in our twenties, won’t necessarily be great for our skin in our forties or fifties. As important as it is to regularly cleanse and moisturize, it’s vital to change products to suit the changing needs of our skin.

In Your Twenties, Maintain That Glow.

So, you’re in your twenties and your skin glows. It’s elastic, hydrated and (best of all) full of collagen. It’s also full of natural oils, which makes you prone to break out more often. With this in mind, as a smart twenty-something you should start your day with a non-comedogenic or oil-free cleanser followed by an oil-free moisturizer with sunscreen. There are many great cleansers out there, but if you’re looking for something accessible yet effective, check out Jack Black’s “Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser.”  Before going to bed, the routine should consist of gentle cleanser followed by an oil-free moisturizer. Exfoliating a few times a week will help reduce breakouts. Guys who shave should spend the extra buck on shaving cream that contains moisturizer to prevent ingrown hairs.

In Your Thirties, Be Proactive.

Now you’re in your thirties, Vitamin A will be your secret weapon against aging.  You’re starting to lose elasticity and the collagen that was abundant in your twenties is now less so. As always, pay extra attention to the label on your daily moisturizer to ensure it includes a broad spectrum sunscreen. We have a lot of great, high-end products in our office, but if you can’t stop by, just keep it simple guys. Brands like Kiehl’s should have just about everything you need, including daily moisturizer with sunscreen. Moreover, now is the perfect time to start incorporating anti-aging creams into your overnight regimen. In addition, your aim will be to increase collagen production into your skin, so when you’re shopping for products, look for ones that contain Vitamin A with retinoids. Also, now is the time to start focusing on your eyes. Keep in mind retinol product for around the eyes should be gentler than the cream, serum or moisturizer you’re using on your face since the skin there is thinner.

In Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond, Step it Up

Welcome to your forties and fifties. As Bob Dylan once wrote: “The times they are a-changin.” So is your skin. On the plus side, you’re probably not breaking out since your skin isn’t secreting as much natural oil as did in your twenties. Because of this, you’ll want to use thicker moisturizer. Again, read the label and find a product containing hyaluronic acid – this is a terrific agent for helping replenish and retain skin moisture. You’ll also want to incorporate more anti-aging products into your daily regimen. This is also the time in your life when antioxidants like Vitamin C will come into play to help slow the degradation of collagen and help brighten and treat photodamaged skin. In your mornings, don’t limit your Vitamin C intake to just your breakfast orange juice. A gentle cleanser followed by a Vitamin C serum (we love Anthony’s High Performance Vitamin C Facial Serum) and moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid (and sunscreen) is the perfect way to start your day. At night, use a gentle cleanser followed by retinol cream and hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer before bed.

In addition to what we’ve mentioned above, let’s be clear on a few important lifestyle and personal care themes that hold true at any age:

  • Incorporate a broad spectrum sunscreen to your daily, morning routine.
  • Don’t smoke, and limit alcohol consumption.
  • Exercise, hydrate, and eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables
  • Get enough sleep. They don’t call it “beauty rest” for nothing. In your case, let’s call it “handsome rest.”

Skin care for men doesn’t have to be complicated, but it is important. By incorporating a few simple steps to your daily routine, and modifying your approach over time, you can ensure healthier, younger-looking skin at any age. And whether it’s dating during your twenties, or snuggling up with grandkids in your 60’s, who doesn’t want to that?

Interested in learning more about our men’s specific skincare treatments? Call our office at 212-772-7242 to schedule a consultation, or email us


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