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So normally skincare is a woman’s domain, right? Wrinkles and craggy lines are manly right? There’s no need for a man to visit Sephora searching the aisles for the latest in anti-aging formulas and tonics. They can handle the crow’s feet and the “expression lines.” Right? Tell that to the guy whose new boss is ten years his junior. Women may be the fairer sex, but there’s nothing fair about aging. In fact, men can have just as much at stake as women when it comes to getting edged out by younger competition. Here are some anti-aging options for the man who wants to keep ahead of the game.
Anti-Aging For Men
While anti-aging procedures for men and women are basically identical, personal goals tend to differ. David Goldberg, MD, says, “Men want to maintain their rugged looks, they don’t want to eliminate lines, just soften the look of aging and revitalize their skin.” Here are some of the experts best picks for minimizing the effects of aging while maintaining that masculine edge:
Botox cosmetics is a procedure in which tiny quantities of botulinum A toxin injected in the muscle just below a wrinkle. It works by causing temporary paralysis to the muscle, relaxing the wrinkle and causing skin to appear smoother and younger looking. According to Dr. Goldberg, “Men do this treatment mostly on the forehead. They don’t want a totally smooth look like women do. They want some lines, but they just want them softened, and botox does an excellent job.
Microdermabrasion for Men
Microdermabrasion employs a vacuum suction device used with a chemical crystal formulation to remove the uppermost layer of skin cells, allowing new skin to come to the surface. The process works to rejuvenate the skin and remove fine lines. According to Bruce Katz, MD, “This is not suggested for serious lines or wrinkles. and it won’t stop the skin from sagging. It is the quickest way to rejuvenate your skin in just one day.”
Laser Hair Removal for Men
This procedure uses laser produced energy to pass through the skin into the hair follicle. There, its gets absorbed by the melanin pigment of the hair, causing injury to the follicle, causing the hair to fall out and making it difficult for the hair to regrow. Goldberg says, “Most request hair removal on their backs and chests, and it is usually done for more social reasons than professional career reasons.”
Chemical Peel for Men
A chemical peel is a topical treatment that uses chemicals to peel away damaged skin layers and the wrinkles and surface lines that come with it. The less invasive “lunchtime peel” will simply refresh the skin, while deeper peels can go so far as to stimulate collagen production to make skin firm, correct pigmentation issues, reverse sun damage, and reduce wrinkling. Goldberg explains, “Most men tend to want the light chemical peel–it does a very good job of rejuvenating the skin, softening the lines, and making you look younger and more rested without any downtime to speak of. It’s one of the most popular treatments among men I treat.”
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
This method of skin rejuvenation uses light based devices to deliver short bursts of intense pulsed energy to the skin. It tones and firms by activating the growth of new collagen, improving color and texture, and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, making the skin look rested and refreshed. According to Goldberg, “Laser skin rejuvenation is unlike any other resurfacing treatment because it uses no harsh chemicals and there is no intense aftercare required, so this really makes it an ideal procedure for men.”
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