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A Brief Guide to Stopping the Signs of Aging

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If you have started noticing wrinkles and other signs of aging in your skin, you might wonder how you can keep up a youthful appearance. Fortunately, there are many things you can try to keep your skin young, some expensive, some quite cheap. I'm a guy in his early 40s, and I don't consider myself vain, but I have the attitude that if you can look younger, and enjoy doing so, then why not? 

At Home 

Taking care of your skin at home is a good place to start. There are many moisturizers, eye creams and serums you can try, but make sure you look for products that are right for your skin type. I have never used cleansers or body scrubs on my face, as I find they do more harm than good, drying out the skin. Such products work on the principle of removing a layer of skin Instead, I use cucumber cream from the dry skin around my eyes, applied last thing at night. A small tub costs only a few dollars, and lasts a long while. 

In the shower, I use a body cream shower gel which contains oat milk and cotton extract, made by Imperial Leather. If I intend to shave after my shower, I lather the gel into the stubble on my face, while in the shower, as this both softens the beard and acts as an extra layer of moisturizer to protect your complexion during the shave. 

After the shave, I don't bother with a specific aftershave balm, as these tend towards the expensive for the amount you get, and often only reduces shaving burn, instead of protecting the skin further. I now use Vaseline Intensive Care Skin repair cream, a fragrance free lotion which both soothes and protects. It's more towards the pricier end of the commonly known store brands, but nowhere near as costly as the fancier boutique creams. My rule is, if it's more than ten bucks a bottle, don't bother. The Nivea For Men range is also reasonably priced, and I always use their alcohol-free men's deodorant for sensitive skin.

Also, remember that at-home skincare can only go so far. Although it is a great place to start, there are other options that you might want to try if you want to enjoy the best possible results.

Injectables

Injectables administered by plastic surgeons and other medical professionals can give you impressive results, and are becoming more mainstream. The type of injectable you will want will depend on your skin, however.

Neuromuscular Toxins - Designed to temporarily paralyze or weaken the muscles causing wrinkles in your skin, these injections are typically best for those who have lines or wrinkles that are minor and have just started to occur.

Soft Tissue Fillers - Best for wrinkles or folds that are more noticeable and established, soft tissue fillers work to restore volume and add structure to the face, which makes lines and wrinkles far less noticeable. Different fillers are available for different parts of the face; for example, you can opt for soft tissue fillers for your lips and can enjoy results for three to six months, or you can try longer-lasting fillers that last for up to one year.

Lifestyle Changes

The way that you treat your body can affect your skin's appearance as you age, so along with using at-home facial products and considering injections, you should also take a look at your lifestyle. For example, eating a healthy diet and staying well-hydrated can help you maintain elasticity in your skin, reducing the signs of aging. Abstaining from smoking, and salon tanning are good ideas, while avoiding strong sunlight and smoky environments can also work wonders for the skin on your face and body. Alcohol should only be consumed in moderation. For outdoor exercise, apply a little Vaseline to exposed areas of the face to avoid chapped skin, especially on the forehead and around the eyes.

Those are a few basics. Remember, as elsewhere in life, that prevention is better than cure. If you're worried about looking older when you are older, than start practicing good skin care today!

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