“Age is just a number”, said the guy with a baby face.
For the rest of us, it’s a reminder of our bodies burning out from the wear and tear of daily life. Some wrinkles here, some fine lines there, and a whole assortment of flaws popping up every cake day. It doesn’t take long for our face to turn into a banner—announcing our age to anyone willing to stop and take a look.
What makes things worse is that aging is inevitable. Unless you can get your hands on some magical fountain of youth or hop into a time machine, there’s nothing you can do to escape the grip of father time.
It’s not all bad news, though.
While aging may not be optional, the way you age is. You can either age like a carton of milk, as many people do. Or you can age like fine wine, getting richer and punchier with each passing year.
Here’s the best part. You don’t have to follow a million routines or perform any voodoo rituals to join the second group. All you need is to follow the two-part plan we’ve outlined below. Seriously. It’s that simple!
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Look. If you’re looking for some magical pill or secret technique that’s going to teleport you back into your 20s, you won’t find that here. Or anywhere, for that matter.
As boring as this is going to sound, what you need is to lay down a solid foundation for a healthy body. And nothing gets the job done better than the following three:
You are what you eat. Don’t let the cliche in that statement keep you from embracing its wisdom. Whatever you put in your body decides what you’re going to become. Put junk in there, and soon you’ll look and feel the part.
Now, don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying that you have to give up on pizza nights or outdoor barbeque with your mates. Everybody needs one of those now and then. But try to add some healthy foods into the mix. Things like some greens high in antioxidants, vitamins, and all the other good stuff.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to drink 8 to 12 glasses of water. It will keep your body, and as a result your skin, hydrated at all times.
Listen. We’re rooting for dadbods as much as the next guy. But if you want to look young and sexy, you gotta drop some pounds and get your blood pumping.
How you do that is up to you. You can hop on a treadmill. Jog up a hill. Hit the gym. Or have mind-blowing sex with that special someone. Whatever gets your heart running and your body sweating is good game.
Trust us, gym rats and fitness freaks aren’t the only ones claiming the age-dropping abilities of exercise.
We’re not firm believers of bro-science. So we looked to what real scientists had to say, and—surprise, surprise—exercise can literally slow aging down.
The final piece of building a solid foundation is some good old rest. And nothing does the trick as well as a solid 8 hours of shuteye every night.
We know you’ve got a lot on your plate. You’ve got work to do. Hobbies to pursue. Maybe kids to take care of. So if anything, you want more waking hours and not be dozing off the ones you’ve got. We get it.
But skipping on your kip is not the way to go about it. You’ll only end up with more wrinkles, fine lines, and other horrors of an aging body. And you don’t have to take our word for it. Just go without sleep for two nights in a row. You’ll either drown in all the “hey man, everything alright?” questions from your friends or all the scare jumps you’ll get from seeing your own reflection in a mirror. Probably both.
If you absolutely can’t get 8 hours of sleep, then aim for 7 at least. That’s the lower limit of what’s good enough for most people. Go any lower and you’ll miss out on the skin regenerating powers of catching your Zzz’s.
Bonus Tip: Don’t damage your solid foundation by binging fats and sugars, chugging beer, or huffing and puffing in a cloud of smoke. Each of those adds more years to your face and your body. So always keep your friend “moderation” in mind.
Now that you’ve got a solid foundation in place, you’re ready to launch a full-blown offensive against aging. We’re talking about a volley of targeted attacks that are going to beat aging into retreat and turn you into a stallion with the ladies (or gents, or both!).
So what’s this secret weapon we’re talking of?
Your very own skincare routine.
If you’re already rolling your eyes at the thought of having a skincare routine, trust us. You’re going to thank yourself for keeping an open mind in just a few weeks from now.
What we have for you is not just any skincare routine, but what we like to call a power routine. All you need are three ingredients to see the magic kick in:
Let’s start with an easy one. You’ve got to fling that bar of soap out of the shower and get something worthy of touching your sexy face.
Not just because soap is super harsh for the skin upstairs, which it certainly is. But also because do you really want to put the same bar on your face that you use to power wash the rear end of your chassis?
The bar soap has a long history, but let’s just agree that some things are best left in the past. Get yourself a face wash instead. And don’t fall for any of the fancy marketing labels either. Anything that makes a rich foam and feels good is good enough.
Don’t think being a guy gets you off the hook for this. One of the best things you can do for your skin is to give it the moisture it needs.
Think of it as a lube for your face. Okay. Maybe not that...
Let’s just put it this way: moisturizer is for your skin what water is for the rest of your body. It keeps everything fresh, healthy, and young!
The best part is, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting a moisturizer that’s SPF 30 or more. This way the sunscreen will keep your skin safe from damaging sun rays, whereas the moisturizer will keep everything smooth and sexy.
Just be sure to try a few different formulas to see what feels the best. This is super important because if the moisturizer feels all sticky and heavy, you may as well not be putting it on—because that’s exactly what you’ll be doing after a few days max.
So get a few different products, keep the one that feels the best, and introduce the rest to that bar soap you just flung out the window earlier.
With a face wash and an SPF 30+ moisturizer in hand, you’re already better off than the vast majority of men out there in the dreaded game of aging. But if you want to kick things up a notch, get yourself an eye cream.
This is the last piece of your skincare power routine. Just one application a day will keep your face free of any crow’s feet. You know, those deep lines next to your eyes that are louder than a loudspeaker when it comes to telling the world just how old you are.
Oh, and if you’re worried about those bloated bags of under-eye skin aka dark circles, an eye cream will take care of those too.
Bonus Tip: When it’s time to moisturize, show some love to your neck too. Otherwise, you’ll end up with wrinkly rolls of skin that look more like a ballsack than a human neck!
Aging with grace is as much about looking the part as it is about feeling it. You can’t hope for others to see you as fun and exciting if you act like you’ve got the soul of an 80-year-old grandpa.
So take it easy, live a little, and have some fun. Whenever in doubt, just ask what would someone’s grandfather do in your situation, and then do the opposite.
While you’re at it, consider getting rid of the ultimate old man symbol—the infamous tighty-whities adored by grandpas around the globe—and get yourself a pair of boxer briefs that are chock full of color and life.