A Guide to Anti-Ageing Skincare for Men
There is a common misconception that men don’t need to think about skincare as much as others might. However, this is nothing but a misconception. When it comes to anti-ageing skincare, there are equal visible benefits to be found for people of any gender, including men. Why? Because all skin goes through a natural ageing process prompted by both internal and environmental factors.
So, what does anti-ageing for men look like? While anti-ageing products shouldn’t be complicated or overwhelming, targeting the signs of ageing skin does require a little extra compared to a regular skincare routine for men. This takes the form of carefully selected anti-ageing ingredients that work directly to help minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of a mature complexion. Keep reading to gain the building blocks of knowledge you’ll need to start embracing anti-ageing skincare for men. We’ll also walk through some product recommendations for anti-ageing for men to help your build and implement your own routine.
What Happens To Skin When We Age?
As we age, biological processes and external factors combine to cause a raft of changes in the skin over time – no matter your gender. While these changes are not inherently negative, people often look to minimise or delay the appearance of skin ageing. That’s where men’s anti-ageing skincare comes in. Let’s walk through a few of the key elements of ageing skin, before discussing how to address them with targeted skincare ingredients.
Collagen and elastin loss:
Collagen helps keep your skin bouncy and elastin helps keep your skin firm, but the body starts to produce less of both of these as we age. This can lead to a hollow look or sagging around the face.
Fine lines are the shallow lines that tend to first appear around the delicate skin of the eye area, around the mouth or between the eyebrows. These are often amongst the first visible signs of ageing to show up and can develop into lines and wrinkles over time.
Deeper than fine lines, wrinkles appear where the face moves the most during expressions, or where the skin is most delicate like the neck and eye areas.
Uneven pigmentation: This sign of ageing includes redness, age spots and other dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Uneven pigmentation is often closely linked to sun exposure that accumulates throughout the lifetime.
Effects of sun exposure:
The single biggest environmental cause of skin ageing is exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This can lead to accelerated collagen and elastin loss, more lines and uneven pigmentation in the form of ‘age spots’.
How can men’s skin age differently?
There’s a reason that men’s anti-ageing skincare requires a specifically focussed routine, and that’s because men’s skin can typically have some distinct characteristics. For example, many men are more likely to have combination skin or oily skin as opposed to a normal or dry skin type. That’s because male hormones are associated with increased production of sebum, your skin’s natural oil.
For this reason, it’s important to choose a skincare routine that caters to the specific needs of your skin. In addition, choosing products with an anti-ageing focus instead of a generalised option will help you maximise visible benefits for your complexion.
Your Simple CeraVe men's anti-ageing skincare routine
Now you know why anti-ageing skincare for men is a worthwhile endeavour, it’s time to dive into the details, including how to introduce your skin to mens retinol cream. Here’s your recommended men’s anti-ageing skincare routine, explained.
Cleanse your face
Start by cleaning your skin with a facial cleanser, to wash away dirt and oil and help the products to follow properly absorb into your skin. Our CeraVe Foaming Oil-Free Cleanser is enriched with ceramides, an ingredient known to help support your skin’s moisture barrier function. You can read our guide to learn more about the benefits of ceramides for skin. Once you’ve gently cleansed your face, make sure you wash away all traces of the formula.
Apply an anti-ageing face serum
Once you’ve patted your face dry, it’s time to smooth on a few drops of a face serum. Put simply, serums are highly concentrated formulas well placed to deliver the key benefits of men’s anti-ageing skincare. In the morning, use our CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum for Anti-Ageing. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant ingredient, which means it can help protect your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and UV exposure.
In the evening, use a men's retinol cream to target wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and collagen loss. Our CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum is formulated to be gentle on the skin, but you should still introduce this serum gradually to give your skin time to adjust to this potent ingredient.
Pat on an anti-ageing eye cream
Next, it’s time to give the delicate eye area some attention. Dryness exacerbates under-eye wrinkles, which is why our CeraVe Eye Repair Cream is enriched with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the area. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, so you’ll only need a small amount. Gently pat the formula around the eye contour, being sure not to tug the skin.
Hydrate your skin with a facial moisturiser
Given that the sun is a major cause of ageing and retinol increases sun sensitivity, your daytime facial moisturiser should contain SPF. Our CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF 15 combines the supportive benefits of ceramides with sun protection. You can apply this formula over your entire face and neck.
At night, complete your men’s anti-ageing skincare routine by swapping your daytime moisturiser with a formula packed with anti-ageing ingredients. Our CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream contains biometric peptides to enhance the appearance of tired or mature skin and promote skin volume. This formula can also be applied to the entire face.
Now you’ve got all the information you need to implement a men’s anti-ageing skincare routine, you might like to learn how to tackle blemishes caused by wearing masks. Read our guide to Skincare for Maskne.