It should be no big surprise that men’s skin ages differently than a woman’s. Their stronger muscles ( yes even in the face) develops deeper wrinkles. Men have more sun damage on the face and neck and develop more non-melanoma skin cancers. Men’s skin tends to be thicker oiler and then there is that beard to take into account.
Tretinoin ( eg Retin-A cream) along with a sunscreen is the foundation of an anti-aging skin care for women and it works equally well for men. According to New York City dermatologist Dr Gary Goldenberg, Retin A can be used on the cheecks, chin, nose and forehead to deal with sun damage and stimulate collagen. Both Botox and fillers are also in his anti-aging skin care tool kit, although the guidelines differ. Dr Goldenberg points out that because of the nature of the muscles a man’s face may require up to 3X the amount of Botox to get adequate relaxation to erase fine lines. However it is important to leave some lines and wrinkles in a man’s face. If you overdo improvements, a man”s face will look unatural and feminine.
The deep furrows in a man’s face seem to spring up overnight after age 40 also respond well to fillers. Runners tend to get a drawn appearance with deep lines due to both extensive sun damage and fat loss. But like Botox it is important to have a light hand to leave “character lines” that project a manly charm. ( Don’t you wish that lines are wrinkles viewed in the same way for women?) Fillers can also be used to rebuild a strong jaw lin to inhance that masculine profile.
Anti-Aging Laser for Men
The milder lasers like IPL, Clear and Brilliant and Forever Beautiful ( my fav) don’t seem to offer the same benefits for men. Dr Goldenberg recommends the Fraxel Duel laser and feels that just two sessions can erase up to 10 years. After a Fraxel treatent, the skin will be red and a bit swollen for 2-3 days and flake for 1-2 weeks. Man can gently shave two days after a Fraxel session using a conditioning shaving cream. This means avoiding products with glycolic acid, menthol and alcohol. When the skin feels comfortable ( about two weeks) unwanted lies and wrinkles can be touched up with Botox and fillers. To maintain these benefits, a sunscreen should be used each and every day.
In today’s difficult job market, men can turn to anti-aging tools to keep them professionally competitive. A few expression and character lines add gravitas but under eye bags, jowls, and frown lines can undermine an executives ability to lead. Appropriate ( and subtle) enhancements can make a tough economic environment a little easier to navigate.