Six simple steps for guys to look and feel younger

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There’s no escaping age and, while some men may age gracefully with seemingly little effort, many aren’t so lucky. With a few lifestyle changes and aesthetic tweaks, you too can turn back the hands of time and restore your youthful ‘vibe’.

1. All the trimmings maketh the man look younger
The quickest and simplest way to shave years off your apparent age is to shave. A closely shaved man looks much younger than one with facial hair. Having said that, a well-manicured beard can also give you a youthful, albeit ‘hipster’ look.

At the very least, you should trim your eyebrows, nose and ear hair. You may even want to trim your chest and back hair, but that’s up to you. A nose, ear and brow trimmer is a solid investment that will take years off your face.

And if you’re not one for fully shaving your face, try a closely cropped beard instead. Remember, the shorter the beard, the less obvious the greys.

2. The hair up there
Keep your hairstyle short as you get older. Unless, of course, you have a fantastic crop of silver locks. If you’re balding, a short cut will make it less obvious. Or you could shave it all off entirely. And don’t be sheepish about your smoky mane. Many ladies love the salt and pepper.

3. Face: the facts
Try retinoids to take years off your skin. Topical retinoids are a vitamin A derivative that can be used on the skin to improve wrinkles, sun damage and pigmentation. Speak to a health professional before trying them though, as they can cause irritation to some skin types.

Otherwise, use moisturiser and sunscreen to protect your skin. Buy a pair of exfoliation gloves and use them weekly when you shower.

4. It’s what’s inside that counts (the years)
Gone are the days of running about all night and day, drinking and dancing and doing whatever you please. Sure, if you’ve got it in you, go for it! But for most mortal men, drinking excessively, eating poorly and partying hard eventually catch up and show on the outside. So, get plenty of sleep, take it easy when possible, eat healthily, drink heaps of water, don’t smoke (or try quitting, if you do) and get 30 minutes of exercise a day at least four days a week. You’ll not only feel much better, it’ll give you youthful vibrancy, vim and vigour.

5. Style it up
Try a few classic wardrobe pieces, such as a good sports jacket, dark jeans, leather boots, a scarf and you’ll look a million bucks. If you wear spectacles, a good pair of moulded plastic frames can help hide crow’s feet and character lines around your face and give your face a ‘lift’.

6. Smile
The easiest way to look younger is to project youth. So, smile and laugh a lot and your youthful spirit will emanate. It may sound goofy, but it does make you feel and look younger. So, before you call me a tosser, why not try it and see?

Do you have any tips for making men look younger? Why not share them with the fellas?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

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