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Bro code: 5 best anti-ageing products every man should own

People often lament that everything physical goes to sh*t once you hit 25. Your stamina doesn’t last as long anymore, there are lines beginning to settle by your eyes, and there’s this constant fear that your lowering metabolism may one day cause you to wake up and not be able to bypass that thickening waistline and put your socks on. While this quarter-life crisis varies in severity for everyone, ageing is always a constant.

How you age extrinsically depends on factors like UV radiation and sun damage, as well as the lifestyle you lead. Given that Singapore’s weather constantly assaults your face with sun, an important base defence measure would be to apply sunscreen prior to leaving the house. As the years add up however, more prominent issues like crow’s feet, deepened smiles lines and sagging skin come into play, and that’s where anti-ageing products step in.

The anti-ageing market is a vast and treacherous one, full of hits and misses. It’s also heavily marketed towards women despite little need for cosmetics to be gendered. Products are launched constantly, resulting in a mountain that needs to be sifted through in order to arrive at anti-ageing treatments that really work. We’ve gone through the hunt on your behalf and found five of the best anti-ageing treatments, each counteracting a different aspect of growing older.

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Dr Jart Derma Defense Sun Fluid

A gripe many have with sunscreen is the sticky residue it leaves and how it has the potential to clog pores, thanks to its high viscosity. This Dr Jart sunscreen feels like a water-based serum instead and it contains cypress water that helps to soothe the skin.
It is also anti-pollution, blocking UV rays and fine dust, making it a lightweight product that is a protective force to be reckoned with.

Sulwhasoo’s products are typified by a use of traditional Korean herbs to absolve complexion troubles and alleviate uneven skin tone. The Age Defying Cream contains ginger seed oil to nourish and deeply moisturise skin at night or when it requires a much needed boost to collagen and elastin production.

This is a product to invest in when wrinkles start becoming more prominent around your face to get a younger looking skin.

The eye area is typically the first place where signs of ageing start to show. This Kiehl’s eye cream utilises vitamin C and rye seed extract to firm up the surrounding area, which reduces the appearance of fine lines. If you also suffer from prominent dark eye circles, this cream helps to brighten the under eyes. Use this at night as it is highly emollient and evens skin tone.

Puffiness, wrinkles, dark circles, dry skin and every other possible mark ageing has left on your orbital area, can be reduced with this potent eye cream. Long-term use reaps visible results of having lesser fine lines, as well as the fading of your dark eye circles. The formula is also thinner, making it ideal for day use too.

Sun damage is a prime accelerator for ageing and skin cancer but time’s ability to rob collagen from your skin is a close second. The Overnight Repair mask contains rose and fatty acids to help stimulate the collagen under your skin for a plumper visage.

It is deeply hydrating while softening the skin, making the environmental damage you’ve undergone less apparent. Use twice a week for maximum effectiveness.

Concocted with Hyaluronic acid and Glutathione, this anti-ageing cocktail from Dr. Barbara Sturm locks in moisture and replenishes your skin cells. The solution for men’s skin contains Purslane and Skullcap, which are known as anti-ageing powerhouses for skin smoothing.

These ingredients nourish the skin from within and minimise the appearance of dark spots and fine lines.

If you are looking for a plant-based anti-ageing formula, check out Clarins’s Line-Control Balm. It’s an oil-free solution that’s compatible with dry, normal and combination skin types. Formulated with an anti-pollution complex, this anti-aging balm enhances the elasticity of your skin and adds a healthy firmness to your sensitive skin.

Wake up to fresh, glowing skin by applying this goodnight cream from Hims. It is a cruelty-free product that’s devoid of harmful chemicals like sulphate and silicone ideal for delicate skin and even oily skin. Infused with the moisturising properties of shea butter, baobab seed extract and hyaluronic acid, this wrinkle cream seals moisture overnight to replenish dead skin cells and dehydrated skin. 

Is your skin already showing premature signs of ageing? If so, don’t freak out! Try out this anti-age moisturiser from Clinique to quickly get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. The solution is lightweight and smoothly penetrates your layers to revitalise the skin cells and let your skin exude a youthful radiation. 

This hydrating cream by Avène could be your ultimate saviour if you want to transform your dull and tired skin and get rid of wrinkles. Packed with the goodness of Hyaluronic acid and caprylic acid, the formula boosts collagen production that maintains skin elasticity. Get a healthy complexion with a smooth texture and shine like a diamond!

Indulge your rough skin with a luxurious treatment by applying The Face Shop’s Anti-Aging Emulsion. The lotion belongs to the line of sophisticated skincare products that’ll remind you of the comfort and grandeur of European beauty salons.

The formula is gentle on your skin and does not cause any irritation while it can smoothen wrinkles and tighten skin.

Get this lightweight eye gel from Paula’s Choice crafted from a unique blend of plant extracts. Rich in antioxidants, this formula for men’s skin fights the signs of ageing such as crow’s feet, wrinkles and dark spots.

Hyaluronic acid and licorice seal moisture and keep the skin around your eyes supple and smooth and visibly reduces wrinkles. The gel also contains a cooling applicator that reduces puffiness, lending your eyes a fresh glow and offers an even skin tone.

Infused with aloe vera, jojoba oil, green tea and shea butter, this anti-aging night cream from Brickell rejuvenates your skin overnight so you can wake up to supple, refreshed skin. As the product contains 100% organic ingredients, it is safe on your skin. It is also devoid of toxic chemicals such as sulphates, silicones and parabens.

If you’re troubled by early signs of ageing, get yourself Lancôme’s Age Fight Gel Perfecteur. It not only minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also retains moisture to keep your skin soft and supple. It adds firmness to your skin and reduces puffiness.

Upgrade your skincare routine by adding this daily moisturiser from L’Oréal Paris. Formulated with unique ingredients like peppermint, French vine, and grape seed extracts, this rejuvenating solution is a boon for those suffering from premature signs of ageing.

The creamy texture of the solution quickly penetrates your skin’s layer to nourish it from within, leaving your skin smooth and plump. It can eradicate fine lines and alleviate tired looking skin.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What factors cause early ageing in men?

UV radiation and exposure to dust and pollutants are two of the prime reasons behind early ageing in men. Smoking, unhealthy diet and irregular sleeping habits have also been found to be some of the major causes of premature ageing for men.

How to control early ageing signs?

A healthy change in your lifestyle is how you can maintain long years of youthfulness. Here are a few habits that you can develop to avoid early visible signs of ageing:

  • Avoid exposure to harmful UV rays and apply sunscreen.
  • If you smoke and drink alcohol, try to minimise your consumption.
  • Try to work out regularly.
  • Maintain a balanced diet.
  • Regularly cleanse your face with a gentle moisturiser and exfoliator.

When to start using anti-aging products?

It is recommended that you start using anti-ageing products as early as your 20s to strengthen skin to retain the youthful appearance.

How to stay young naturally through diet?

There are a lot of anti-ageing foods that can help combat the free radicals that damage skin cells and boost collagen production. Some of these foods include blueberries, dark chocolate, strawberries, salmon, legumes and avocados.

These items are all rich in nutrients that nourish the skin. They firm skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles while balancing the level of hydration.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.
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