3 Ways to Prevent Aging (For Men)

We’re all familiar with the slippery slope that is Hollywood stars attempting to maintain their youthful complexions. From Simon Cowell to Mickey Rourke, a man who can no longer make an expression on his face is the epitome of aging without grace. It’s easy to succumb to the temptations of Botox or a sneaky trip to turkey once the grey hairs begin to emerge and the boyish charm disintegrates. However, with the three simple steps below, you may not find the need to resort to these extreme measures.  

Hair Loss

A man’s age is often guessed by his hairline. Grey hairs are nothing that a bit of hair dye from Boots can’t cover, but actual hair loss is a different story. As the saying goes, prevention is the cure, so if you are a man reading this, before you find yourself rubbing caffeine on your shiny scalp, we’d recommend trying Finasteride tablets for hair loss.

Finasteride is proven to be effective in 90% of men with male pattern baldness. It slows down or stops hair loss, with some men even experiencing an increase in hair growth. Plus, there’s even some science behind it. Men’s hair follicles gradually reduce in size largely because these follicles convert testosterone into the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Hair follicles begin to shrink as they become increasingly sensitive to this hormone. New hair grows thinner and weaker, falling out more quickly. Eventually, the hair is not strong enough to break the surface of the scalp, and alas, you are bald.

Finasteride minimises the amount of testosterone that is converted to dihydrotestosterone, which can help hair to thicken and regrow in most men who suffer from male pattern baldness. 

SPF

Once you’ve stapled in your luscious locks, next you should focus on your skin. SPF are three letters that are for some reason, alien to a man. Not only does SPF reduce the risk of skin cancer, but when it comes to developing wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet, it is one of the most effective preventative formulas.

Ever wonder why your older sister can pass for ten years younger than you? This is probably due to SPF. Most women, perhaps unbeknownst to them, are protected from UV rays on a daily basis thanks to it being hidden in various makeup and skincare products. Suncream is usually only associated with holidays to tropical countries, but UVA rays penetrate your skin even on the cloudiest of days. Being exposed to them prematurely ages your skin and reduces collagen. In fact, up to 90% of visible signs of aging are caused by these rays. Plus, you don’t have to fork out money on a skin-care routine. Simply keep your eye out for moisturizers that already have SPF in them. Failing that, you can always resort to the left-over sun-cream from your last trip to Spain.

Take up a hobby

Nothing screams I’m no longer in my prime than a dad bod. You may have heard talk recently circulating of dad bods being attractive. However, this idea was based on an image of a topless Zack Effron who has seemingly put on a few pounds since his High School Musical days. Unfortunately, the dad bod he possesses is still a far cry from the average man’s. One of the most effective ways to prevent wistfully reflecting on a fit body that once existed is to stay active. Whether that be cycling, tennis, or running- staying active is not only said to prevent mental aging, but will certainly help you to knock a few years off your look too. If that’s not a strong enough incentive, a new study involving people over 70 who have exercised regularly for years revealed that the participants’ hearts, lungs, and muscles were in the same shape to those of people in their 40’s. 

You can’t put a price on being able to move your facial features. By following these three simple steps, you can age with poise and self-esteem.

Josie Wilkins

Josie is a Journalism graduate from Galway, Ireland. In her free time, she writes for her blog, Naturally Fuelled (@josiewilkins on instagram). When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing the one song she knows on the piano, 'I Giorni', saving the postman from her aggressive Shorkie, and defending brussels sprouts as an all-year-round snack!

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