Aging can be a difficult concept to grasp. Looking in the mirror and wondering when those wrinkles got there is something every man goes through. You may think you’ll have to spend all that hard-earned money on fancy anti aging products for men instead of impressing your significant other with a night out or paying your car bill. Luckily for you, Boldnine is your right-hand man and has some easy tips for you to follow to stop the rapid process of aging.
Whether you are beginning to notice wrinkles or already have some, you must start quickly to prevent more from tarnishing your money-making face; and first impressions are everything, my friend. Aging is inevitable considering internal factors, such as glands not working to their ultimate abilities as we age. So, eventually we will all be wrinkle-covered beings. However, multiple external factors can make the process even more rapid. In this blog, we will discuss the things you need to avoid or add into your schedule to really stop the aging process.
Think about it, we need water to survive. We are made up of organs working to keep our body moving. If we don’t keep them hydrated, they will not work as well. It’s like oiling up your car engine. Not only can dehydration lead to premature aging, but other health conditions as well. Staying hydrated is the most basic way to keep healthy and have radiant skin. So how does dehydration lead to wrinkles? Well, the cells in our body are made up of water, so if our skin cells are void of this, it becomes dry. You will see the signs of this by having dry skin and flaking on your face. Moreover, dry skin does not move like hydrated skin does. When you poke hydrated skin, it bounces back. With dry skin, it tends to be less resilient. Dry skin also leads to wrinkles. According to the Mayo Clinic, men should be drinking “about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) a day”, thats almost a gallon of water a day.
It is healthiest to drink water for anti aging benefits, as that is what our body is made up of and desires, so put the beer down. Moreover, the processed sugars in other drinks can also lead to wrinkles and other skin complications. If you are one of those guys who does not like water, here are some natural anti aging add-ins to bring some flavor and make you forget you are drinking water:
- Lemons - Lemons increase the amount of collagen in your body from the high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the most abundant factor in collagen, so this is a great natural way to get botox-like effects because hundreds of dollars for botox is not worth it when the universe gives it for free.
- Strawberry - Adding a few strawberries in your water can greatly improve your skin. Strawberries are made up of Vitamin C as well, and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid helps to counteract cell damage and protects against UV damage from the skin’s worst enemy - the sun.
- Ginger - Ginger is not just a nice side when eating some sushi to cleanse your palate, it also does incredible things for the skin. Shaving in some ginger in your water helps to retain moisture in your skin. This vegetable is packed with antioxidants fighting toxins from aging your skin and helps blood circulation to combat the process of aging.
- Green tea - Green tea is well known for its health benefits and commonly used in ancient China for its medicinal effects. Green tea is made up of a main feature, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which helps the anti aging process, removing dead skin cells and uncovering the younger cells.
These natural anti aging ingredients can have tremendous effects alone or all together when added in your next cup of water.
2. Eat Healthy
Along with drinking healthy, we must also eat healthy. You are a king and your temple will stumble down if you let anything unhealthy enter, yes that includes toxic relationships, not just toxic food. We will make it easy for you, there is one main thing to look out for when eating that increases the aging process. Advanced Glycation End products (AGE). AGEs are known to damage collagen in the skin which is what keeps your skin resilient and youthful. It even has the word “age” in it to tell you to stay away unless you want some new wrinkles on your face. To make it simple, AGEs are made when proteins or fats form a relationship with sugars and combine. No need to do a bunch of searching, we have a list of the most common foods that contain AGEs.
Some of the snacks you eat, may have you fooled thinking you are being healthy to live a long, prosperous life. This list includes some known “healthy” foods to contain the highest level of AGEs. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the foods highest in AGEs are “red meat, cheese, cream, butter, animal fats, mayonnaise, fried eggs, margarine, oils, nuts, McDonalds, hotdog, burger, meatball, roasted almonds, cashews, cream cheese”.Next time you drive past McDonald's on your way home from work to “reward yourself”, just keep driving and move on; you deserve better.
Some foods even have anti aging benefits in them that help you look younger.
Anti aging foods men can satisfy their hunger with, low in AGEs according to the same research include, “broiled grains (rice and oatmeal), sandwich breads, milk, yogurt (reduced fat or nonfat), avocados, some salad dressings, Beef, corned brisket, deli meat (Boar’s Head, Sarasota, FL), and egg whites”. Other foods that help you look younger are dark chocolate. Yes you can indulge in sweets! Dark chocolate helps the skin stay moist which combats age-promoting dryness. Research from Medical Press says, “Pomegranates contain ellagitannins. When ingested, these molecules are converted into a compound called urolithin A (UA) in the human gut. The researchers found that UA can slow down the mitochondrial aging process”. It is true, after all, when they say “you are what you eat” and some of the natural ingredients the world offers are the things that aid to help you look younger.
I know you may be tired of hearing it, but exercising is one of the most effective anti aging ways for men to notice a slower aging process or a halted one. Exercising is so powerful it can reverse aging, says new research from McMaster University in Ontario. Exercising any way that accelerates your heart rate makes the body circulate blood more quickly and effectively. This then produces a flow of oxygen to rid any harmful radicals in the body. Like our organs move to keep us alive, we must move to keep our organs healthy.
While you may not want to sweat to put off your gym crush, it has its own anti aging benefits for men. Sweating itself is the secretion of harmful bacteria and toxins aging the skin. Sweat contains water, urea, uric acid, minerals, and salt. These minerals and salt work to naturally exfoliate the skin. The urea and uric acid help to moisturize the skin and fight off dryness. Sweating also improves skin elasticity by halting the aging process.
For optimal anti aging benefits, men should moderately exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week, or vigorously exercise for 25 minutes 3 days a week. Cardio is a very effective way to get your heart pumping and sweat producing quickly. It is important to stay hydrated while exercising to help sweat production and to wash your face afterwards to not dry out the skin from the remaining salts.
4. Drink Less / Smoke Less (or Stop Altogether)
From a young age, we have learned about the harmful effects drinking and smoking have on our bodies. While a casual drink will not make a wrinkle appear the next morning with your headache, it aids in the process of aging. Alcohol is extremely dehydrating to the cells in our bodies, making the skin dry and speeding up aging. Dehydration from the alcohol may also be the reason for your heachache too…. If you ever go out to a party for a casual drink, be sure to counter it with loads of water. Not only is alcohol dehydrating, but it also promotes stress. So while drinking to relieve stress, you are actually causing more on your body. Stress hormones age the body by suppressing the immune system and other organs’ jobs such as guiding nutrients to where they need to be and using it for adrenaline instead. By overworking your body's functions, your anti aging nutrients will be used for nonessential work, like adrenaline.
Cigarettes contain nicotine, an extremely addictive chemical fighting your body, wanting you to age. Mayo Clinic says,
"nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. This impairs blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn't get as much oxygen and important nutrients, such as vitamin A. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking”.
Nicotine also kills collagen, the most important protein in the body helping to fight off aging. Instead of buying another pack of cigarettes, and paying for the damages later, spend that money on a gym membership. No matter how long you have smoked, there is always time to slow down the aging process and greatly reduce the appearance of aging already visible.
5. Be Gentle With Your Skin
Before we get into skincare, how it is applied is extremely important. Not only being gentle, but the direction in which you apply it can have different effects and can even age your skin. If you are rough and just rubbing the products all over your face, you are likely to cause fine lines and wrinkles.
Eyes are the most fragile area on the face. With that said, it is vital to be as gentle as possible, and to not stretch the skin. Products for on and under the eyes should be applied using your ring finger by dabbing from the outer corner to inner corner in a circular motion. The ring finger is lightest on touch, so it is a sure way to not apply more pressure than necessary. Furthermore, dabbing helps absorb the product better and rubbing causes wrinkles. By rubbing, you are breaking up the collagen and elastin in your face and depleting it. This is what causes wrinkles even when using anti aging products for men. For other less delicate parts of the face, face wash and skincare should be applied by dabbing in an upward circular motion.
Now that we have gone over how to apply products, let’s get into which anti aging products are best for men.
Exfoliating has great anti aging benefits for men. Exfoliating caresses off any impurities laying on the skin such as dirt and oils. It also sheds dead skin cells off, revealing new, young ones making your face appear less dull. By getting rid of the layer of impurities and dead skin cells, hair will have an easier time growing and have less of a barrier between the skin and shaver allowing for a closer shave. Some fine lines will also appear less present as dead skin cells build up and make them more visible. Overall, exfoliating is a great way to appear younger, but can cause more damage if done improperly or excessively.
It is important to stress being extra gentle when working exfoliators into the skin. When being too rough with exfoliators, it will break down your skin's barrier which protects from impurities entering the skin, and dry out the skin. You should only exfoliate 3 times a week to avoid damaging or drying out the skin. Exfoliators should be followed by sunscreen, moisturizer, or other anti aging skincare to protect the skin from drying out or being damaged from the sun, as it is now vulnerable to damage.
If you do not want to spend money on an exfoliator, shaving with a cream loaded in anti aging ingredients is a great and safer natural one. Boldnine's Shave While you Wash 2 in 1 Shaving Cream and Face Wash has effective ingredients that provide hydration and soothing benefits. It contains glycerin which is a natural anti-aging ingredient. Glycerin can even reverse aging by promoting the skin's barrier and loading your face with moisture, combating dryness and impurities at the same time. The palmitic acid in this combo removes excess oils and impurities from the skin while retaining hydration and protecting the skin’s barrier too. This is the ultimate shaving cream and face wash promoting anti aging for men.
7. Wear Sunscreen
The sun is like your crazy uncle who you love but probably isn’t the best influence on you. While it feels great to bask in the sun and it gives you a healthy glow if precautions are taken, it is one of the main factors that speeds up aging. UV rays from the sun damage collagen and elastin that keeps your skin young and flexible. This results in premature wrinkles, liver spots, and fine lines forming, aka, all the things that make you look older than you actually are. You may think you are protected from the clouds; however, “up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and cause damage to your skin," according to QSun. Even if you are sitting in the shade or have a darker complexion, it is critical to apply sunscreen, and the right kind of sunscreen.
Look for sunscreens with PA+++ or higher ( this means it protects against the Sun's UVA rays)
- PA+: Some protection
- PA++: Moderate protection
- PA+++: Great protection
- PA++++: Best protection
“PA” stands for Protection Grade of UVA rays and it tells you how much protection from the sun you will have depending on the amount of ‘+’ signs. SPF shows the protection of UVB rays. UVA protection is more looked into for anti aging prevention as UVA rays penetrate the skin deeper causing more long term effects. Make it a golden rule to never go out with some sunscreen on your face.
8. Indulge in Anti Aging Skincare Products
Don’t worry, they do not have to be expensive, and you don’t have to go crazy buying a bunch of products. The Boldnine Energy on Your Face Moisturizer is a very cost-effective product loaded with anti aging ingredients for men. This moisturizer includes Camellia Japonica Seed Oil which protects fibroblasts. Fibroblasts protect collagen making cells aiding that youthful appearance. Have you ever thought about getting botox but just couldn’t commit or had more important things to spend your money on? This age-defying moisturizer includes Acmella Oleracea Extract. This extract is commonly known as the "natural botox" as it is so effective at tightening the face.
As the production of collagen slows down more and more, “after the age of 20, a person produces about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year” according to Scientific American, it is important to take action now. Some other anti aging ingredients helpful for men, include: ceramides, collagen, glycolic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, niacinamide, retinol, vitamin C. Some of those anti-aging ingredients are also seen in Boldnine’s Energy on your Face Moisturizer, including: Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Vitamin C, glycol.
9. Avoid Exaggerated Facial Expressions
Does smiling age you? Not necessarily. However, making the same facial expressions stretches out your skin, and the more it stretches, the less likely it is to move all the way back in place causing fine lines and wrinkles. As we smile, squint, or frown, the lines form and do not return back to shape as we age and our collagen depletes. The anti-wrinkle ingredient, Acmella Oleracea Extract, in Boldnine's Energy on Your Face Moisturizer, also known as the "natural botox", prevents this from happening by strengthening collagen fibers and giving support to those muscles, resulting in a tighter face.
It is healthy to smile and normal to frown, but it is damaging when done unnecessarily, repeatedly, or exaggerating the facial muscles. As we mentioned before in step 5, rubbing the skin can break up the collagen. By stretching the skin to make these facial expressions, it is a similar act that moves the skin like rubbing does. One way to avoid squinting is either by getting a better prescription on your glasses or wearing sunglasses during the daytime. However, moments of smiling may be worth it and frowning can release mental tension.
Getting a good rest of sleep can be life changing. If nothing else, this should be your reward after a long day at the office. Not only can a lack of sleep cause dark circles, which you can read more about in our blog, Causes of Dark Circles Around Eyes & Home Treatments, but it can even age you. While sleeping, your body takes advantage of the unused energy to circulate blood flow and repair any damages you faced. The increase of blood flow repairs organs in charge of collagen production, repairs damage from UV rays that penetrated the skin, and reduces wrinkles.
Research was done on the harmful effects of sleep deprivation by Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. They found that “Sleep deprivation is associated with increased signs of intrinsic skin aging (fine lines, uneven pigmentation, reduced elasticity)". The average man should be getting a minimum of six hours of sleep per night. This amount of sleep will allow the body to efficiently produce more collagen, work to keep the skin hydrated, and fight aging in general.
If we have learned anything from how to halt the process of aging in men, it is to act now. These simple steps are some things you already do but may just need adjustments with. There is no need to spend copious amounts of money on products and treatments when the things we choose to do or eat can be the greatest anti aging remedy for men.
Ariel Tenebruso, Marketing Assistant