As they age, most men tend to show the most prominent wrinkles on their forehead and around the eyes. The eye sockets in men tend to be larger than those of women, but there’s less bony support. This makes it more likely that men will have hollow, deep-set eyes that will potentially start to develop bags and crows feet as they age.
These bony structures can promote the differences in characteristic patterns of aging. Men do better however with the wrinkles around the mouth, and this comes down to the thing that men have over women: their beards. Fine lines around the mouth in men are less noticeable because the hair follicles for their beards are a big, rigid protein that sits a few millimeters below the skin’s surface. These thick proteins protect the skin when it moves and also provides structural support.
The basic reason for wrinkles are the same though. There’s no way to get around the fact that fine lines do form with age. The older you get, your cells produce less collagen, resulting in less elasticity and therefore resulting in wrinkles forming. Other causes are environmental factors such as sun exposure; smoking; skin color; weight fluctuations; habitual expressions.
All is not lost however. Here are some ways you or the guy in your life can keep those wrinkles away:
Wash your face twice a day. Rinsing your face when you’re taking a shower may not be enough. Wash it once in the morning and once at night. If you sweat during the day, make sure you wash it again. Use warm water and try to use a soap or liquid cleanser that contains glycolic acid. This will help to get rid of dead skin cells.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Moisturizers keep the skin hydrated, especially in the cold months when the weather drys out your skin. Use a good quality lotion with an SPF of 30 or higher that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Sun exposure is a leading cause of premature wrinkles and can wreak a lot of damage to your skin, so stay protected.
Stop smoking. Smoking is terrible for your health and it’s particularly bad for your skin. Smoking releases enzymes that hamper collagen and elastin production. This can contribute to premature wrinkles.
Eat more fruits and vegetables. It’s a no brainer to eat food that’s good for you. Eating the right food affects all aspects of your health and appearance. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants that help to fight free radical damage. (Free radicals can accelerate the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.) Up your intake of citrus — they’re packed with vitamins that support skin health.
Try sleeping on your back. Sleep lines and wrinkles can appear because of gravity. When you sleep on your side or face down, your skin gets dragged down, creating fine lines. These lines can become permanent wrinkles so you should sleep on your back to prevent their formation.