You're a guy. A sports team gets your attention -- not your facial skin. But here's a news flash: If you want to look good, you've got to deal with your skin.
"If men want to keep skin youthful and healthy looking, they've got to make skin care a part of their daily regimen," says Mathew Avram, MD, JD, director of the Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. He's also a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
Gray hair creeps up on you — sometimes literally. I was in my 30s, sporting a full beard, when I first noticed a few gray hairs appearing. Then there were more than just a few. It wasn’t long before the lumberjack image was beginning to give way to something closer to Old Father Time.
It wasn’t just the image that bothered me. It was the way I felt. Sure, gray hair is supposed to make men look distinguished. To give them gravitas. Look at Bill Clinton. Look at the baby-faced newsman Anderson Cooper,...
Sun and smoking are your face's worst enemies because both cause skin damage and wrinkling. "If you smoke, quit," Avram tells WebMD. "Using a moisturizer with sunblock is a very effective way to prevent aging and wrinkling."
A Checklist for Great (Manly) Skin
Choosing skin products:
Think "moisturizer" when buying soaps -- body and hand soaps, that is.
Buy a face moisturizer that contains sunblock or sunscreen.
SOURCES: Mathew Avram, MD, JD, director, Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; faculty member, Harvard Medical School. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Cosmetic Procedures: Skin Care for Dry Skin." WebMD Daily Dose: "Soothe Dry Skin." WebMD Feature: "Getting a Close Shave." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Topical Retinoid Medications for Acne." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Protecting Your Skin." American Academy of Dermatology: "Causes of Aging Skin."