To Look Young Again

You’re not as young as you used to be, and your outward appearance is definitely changing. There are ways, however, to keep you looking and feeling youthful!

For starters, keep your style neat. That mop-top from your younger days may not work anymore. If you’re going bald, you have options. You can spend the cash in hopes of restoring your hair, trim it super short, or shave your head clean. A ponytail, especially if you’re balding, will make you look older, not hipper. If you want to cover your grays, choose a color close to your natural shade that way it doesn’t look like you got some crazy dye-job.

Nothing says “old man” like crazy eyebrows, ear hair, and a bushy back. Have your barber tame your brows, ears, and nose hair. You can also do it yourself with at-home trimmers. Keep your back and chest fur from peeking out of the top of your shirt by shaving, waxing, using a hair removal cream, or through laser treatments.

Most of the time, a closely shaved man looks younger than a guy with a beard and mustache. That said, there are no rules, just keep it well groomed. If you decide it’s time to cover your gray, use a dye that’s meant for men’s facial hair. A solid beard tone will look fake, keep the fade going so it doesn’t look like you just spray-painted your face.

To keep your skin from adding years to your looks, wear sunscreen, moisturizer, and lip balm daily. Retinoid can help you slough off old skin cells. You can find them in many over-the-counter products or get a stronger version by prescription from a dermatologist. They also stop collagen, the stuff that keeps your skin stretchy, from breaking down. This gives you a more vibrant, youthful look.

If you want to look good on the outside, you got to take care of the inside. You can’t act like you did in your 20s. You know the rules: Get plenty of rest, eat right, drink water, don’t smoke, leave the booze at the bar, and try to get some exercise most days. It can be a bit of an adjustment, but once you get on a solid routine it will be easy to keep this up.

A bright smile can make you look, and feel, like a million bucks. Guys who brush and floss regularly can up the wattage with whitening toothpaste. At-home bleaching strips or trays also work. You can also go to the dentist for a treatment. For a big change, if your choppers are stained, damaged, or crooked, ask about veneers. These porcelain shells cover the front side of your teeth.

Stock your closet with a few quality pieces like a good suit, a leather jacket, and dark-wash classic-fit jeans. Add some trendy items each season, but don’t hang onto them after everyone else has moved on. If you can afford it, have your clothes tailored for perfect fit, tailored clothing can really make a person look younger. Accessories are OK, but don’t overdo it with the bling.