If you’re like me, you want to transition into mid-life with a fresh face. You want liquor store clerks to ask you for ID and say that you look much younger than your age.
When I was 20 something, my ego told me that skin-care products and a beauty regimen did not a man make. But at 33, I’ve discarded that dusty notion and embraced skin care.
FOLLOWING MY FATHER’S LEAD
My father has a simple skin-care regimen. In the morning, he scoops out a clump of white cream from a blue jar, slops it around his face and then washes it off. Then he rubs in some generic lotion. At night, he repeats. At 68, he looks great. I’m hoping his genes create a similar situation for me, but I’m also counting on plan B: Operation Face Saver.
DAILY FACE CARE
Anthony Logistics For Men Glycolic Facial Cleanser ($20 for 237ml)
Anthony’s facial cleanser includes aloe vera to soothe your skin. It feeds your face with doses of vitamins A, C and E. Use it in the morning and at night.
Biotherm Homme Aquapower Oligo-Thermal Comfort Care Moisturizer ($30.00 for 75ml)
Dryness is the archnemesis of youthful skin. Make a habit of hydrating with Aquapower and banish those dry-skin days. You can also use it as an after-shave lotion.
Kyoku Electric Pre-Shave Optimizer ($16.50)
Try this product if you use an electric razor and suffer from ingrown hairs or razor bumps. Spray a few blasts of the product into your hand and massage it into your facial hair. Once it dries, power up your electric razor and feel the difference as it glides across your well-lubricated skin.
ADDED FACE PROTECTION
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores ($27.00 for 100ml)
Kanye West courts controversy; your face attracts dirt, debris and other toxins. Strip that nasty junk from your pores by applying this mask once a week. If your face can talk, it will thank you.
ClarinsMen UV Protection Oil-Free SPF 40 ($55 for 30ml)
A grape that soaks up the sun will become a wrinkly old raisin. Apply sunscreen and ensure that you, not the UV rays or other pollutants, control how rugged your face looks.
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU
Preserving your face from the ravages of ageing is a unique struggle. Explore different products. Ask for samples before you dole out your hard-earned ducats. Expand or contract your regimen to suit your needs and stay young.
Pierre Hamilton is a freelance writer from Toronto, where some of his best friends describe him as an acquired taste. He enjoys bourbon and scotch, but craves craft beer, overproof Jamaican rum and great non-fiction. He has a very limited style knowledge but knows what he likes. He also produces a monthly music podcast called Sound Considerations. Follow him, but not too closely, on Twitter.