That “Oh sh*t, I am starting to look old” moment happens to men just as much as it does to women. For some it could be hair growth receding, and for others most see it in the fine lines and wrinkles suddenly being very apparent on the one thing you look at every day: your face.
Sun spots, Crows feet, lines on the forehead, wrinkles around the mouth and even under the eyes. Your skin tone may look uneven, patchy, and even your pores may look like they are turning more into craters. It is a lot to take in and thus that “Oh Sh*t” moment.
Early signs of skin aging can be noticeable starting around the age of 28 for men, and depending on how little you take care of yourself it can start sooner, or evolve very quickly. However, there are ingredients in products, routines to cultivate a habit, and elements to avoid that can prevent rapid skin aging for men. We’ll make it simple, and help you find the solutions to better skin.
What are Wrinkles?
Wrinkles develop when the skin cells continue to regenerate without the regeneration of connective tissue. Your skin's connective tissue is made of collagen and elastin fibers, which lie in the deeper layer of skin otherwise called the dermis. Without the supportive connective tissue, your skin loses strength and flexibility. Skin then begins to sag and thus wrinkle.
Ingredients that work to Fight Against Wrinkles
So many products out there advertise a wide variety of ingredients that are best for anti-aging skin. Here is what we found:
EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) Stimulates Cell Growth & Rejuvenation- What are Growth Factor peptides? Growth Factors are tiny protein molecules that signal for growth and repair. As you age, you produce fewer and fewer Growth Factors. Peptides are proteins that mimic your natural Growth Factors, essentially tricking your skin into thinking it's younger than it is.
As far as your youthful complexion is concerned, EGF is king (its founder won the Nobel Prize). Instant Wrinkle Repair Serum combines EGF with four additional Growth Factor peptides that work synergistically to boost skin regeneration, elasticity, and target those wrinkles and fine lines to take years off of your face.
Our Instant Wrinkle Repair Serum contains 12 herbal extracts like Licorice to fight dark spots, Ruscus Aculeatus to soothe redness, Green Tea for antioxidants, Quinoa Seed for fatty acids that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, Tangerine Peel for Vitamin A & Vitamin C… The list goes on and on. If it’s a natural extract with anti-aging benefits, you can safely bet it’s in our Instant Wrinkle Repair Serum
Glycerin- A humectant - draws moisture towards the skin like a magnet and leaves the skin smooth with a non-greasy matte finish.
Vitamin E- A powerful antioxidant that strengthens your skin’s lipid barrier to keep moisture from evaporating.
Vitamin A- Speeds up cellular turnover, boosts collagen synthesis, fights blemishes, and smoothes out wrinkles. It also keeps the stress hormone Cortisol (which is high if you’re not sleeping enough) from slowing skin rejuvenation. Our serum pairs the newest, non-irritation form of Vitamin A (Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate) with Alpha Albutrin to fight discoloration of all sorts - encouraging a healthy, even skin tone and smooth finish.
Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Caffeine- Vitamin E & C work synergistically to fight free radicals and strengthen the skin’s barrier, and Caffeine is uniquely able to penetrate deeper than traditional antioxidants and scrub away whatever’s left. Hyaluronic Acid is another naturally-occurring molecule we produce less of with age. It binds water to collagen and locks in moisture, holding 1,000 times its weight in water. Hydrated skin allows each of these ingredients to move freely and interact so your skin rejuvenates all night long.
Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil)- This natural oil supports healthy skin, promotes skin firmness and elasticity, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil)- Made from the seeds of apricots, apricot kernel oil is a light yet effective moisturizer that works well with all skin types to deliver hydration.
Plant-Derived Peptides-These peptides Tackle Puffiness & Boost Circulation to Delicate Blood Vessels.
Irish Moss- Extract Protects, Nourishes, Tones, & Tightens With Plant Collagens.
Red Seaweed Extract is a Protective, Nutrient-Dense Powerhouse-Red Seaweed Extract is a natural source of amino acids, peptides, and antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein - which help protect the skin from blue light. It also creates a microscopic protective film to defend against environmental toxins.
Hyaluronic Acid- Draws moisture towards your skin like a magnet, holding 1,000 times its weight in water so the rest of the formula can get to work.
Elements to AvoidThe most important element to avoid is the sun without any form of protection.
Ultraviolet radiation, which comes from the sun’s rays, speeds the natural aging process and is the primary cause of early wrinkling. Exposure to UV light breaks down your skin's connective tissue; specifically collagen and elastin fibers. These fibers lie in the deeper layer of skin (dermis).SPF, or sunscreen, is crucial to wear daily, especially if you are exposed to the sun. The more sun exposure you have, the bigger the chance you create to have permanent skin damage on your face. This permanent skin damage can turn into sun spots, wrinkles, or worse, melanoma.
The other element to avoid is more of a habit or act… smoking. Not only do we know that smoking is dangerous for your health in general, but have you ever heard the term “smoker’s mouth?” This is where the wrinkles come in. The habit of smoking creates wrinkles around the mouth. The chemicals from vapes and cigarettes also breaks down the collagen in your skin and speeds the production of wrinkles.
Routines to use
First and foremost, wash your face consistently. Cleanliness actually does affect the look of aging vs. glowing youth for ones own skin. Skin that is not properly cleaned or maintained can lead to troublesome acne. Acne, especially when picked at, leads to scarring and long lasting abrasions to the skin. This definitely does not help the need to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and adds to the loss of natural smooth skin. Dermatologists and estheticians recommend twice a day to wash your face with a good cleanser, apply a day and night moisturizer, and every few days to exfoliate between cleansing and moisturizing. It is important to clean those dead skin cells off your natural layer and let your pores breathe. It is also important to clean off harmful bacteria and toxins we collect from our day to day lives with the busy environment around us.
Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! Hyaluronic acid is important and can be found in a good moisturizer. For those especially exposed to the sun or have dry skin, moisturizer helps replenish and rehydrate your skin cells. That plus the help of hyaluronic acid then helps lock in the moisturizer and prevents fine lines and wrinkles.
Last but not least, serums. Serums are so important for the reduction and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Think of serums like what vitamins in general do for our bodies. They are supplements to provide the nutrients our bodies lack. Serums are topical supplements providing the essentials like hyaluronic acid, collagen, protein peptides, glycerin, vitamins A, C, and E, and more. A Corrective Night Serum, A Dark Circle Repair Serum, and Instant Wrinkle Repair Serum all provide the nutrients that help reverse the time clock on your skin and prevent the crows feet and wrinkles from growing rapidly.
Wrinkles are inevitable, but it is great to know that if you start caring for your skin now, you can delay the outside forces from causing rapid wrinkle growth and aging. Avoid the toxins and UV rays, and create the habits with skin care routines and sets that provide the nutrients needed to give your skin it’s best fight and healthy look.