Hold­ing back the years

Se­lect­ing anti-age­ing prod­ucts doesn’t have to be stress­ful, says groom­ing ex­pert Chris Beast­all

Men's Fitness - - Pb | Grooming -

You’ve never had more choice when it comes to anti-age­ing groom­ing prod­ucts… but with so many op­tions, se­lect­ing the right creams and lo­tions can be a worry-line-in­duc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Don’t fret, though – there are re­ally only four steps you need to think about.

The first is a good fa­cial cleanser, and our pick is Malin+Goetz Grape­fruit Face Cleanser (£29, nive­nand­joshua.com). This gen­tle cleanser will re­move dirt, an ap­pro­pri­ate amount of oil (it won’t com­pletely strip your skin) and any other de­bris to pre­pare your skin be­fore you ap­ply any other prod­uct. The next step is gen­tle ex­fo­li­a­tion with a prod­uct like Shi­seido Deep Cleans­ing Scrub (£23.50, house­of­fraser.co.uk). It re­moves the outer lay­ers of the skin that build up – skin cell turnover slows down with age­ing – to re­veal younger-look­ing lay­ers be­low and help your skin to in­crease cell re­newal. Re­mem­ber to mas­sage in your fa­cial scrub or ex­fo­lia­tor rather than rub­bing ag­gres­sively.

Hy­dra­tion is third in your rou­tine so find an anti-age­ing mois­turiser such as Po­laar In­ten­sive Anti-Age­ing Care (£42, nive­nand­joshua.com) that suits your skin type. Look for in­gre­di­ents such as retinoids, pep­tides, an­tiox­i­dants and hy­droxy acids be­cause these all have ei­ther a firm­ing, plump­ing or re­new­ing ac­tion for younger­look­ing skin. Fi­nally, and per­haps most im­por­tantly, is the pro­tec­tion stage. En­sure your new anti-age­ing mois­turiser has an added SPF, or use an anti-age­ing mois­turiser as a night cream and a reg­u­lar mois­turiser with added SPF dur­ing the day. Ae­sop Sage & Zinc Fa­cial Hy­drat­ing Cream (£27, ae­sop.com) will of­fer pro­tec­tion from the sun’s harm­ful rays – and yes, you can still tan while wear­ing it.

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