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You may have managed to skate through your 30s without many grooming challenges, but you're not likely to reach age 50 without changes in your hair and skin to show for it.
Most men will begin to develop signs of aging and thinning hair during their 40s, but that doesn't mean that you have to let the passage of time have its way.
This guide of grooming tips for men over 40 can help you take steps to promote more youthful skin and healthy hair throughout your 40s.
Tip #1: Find the right hair loss products.
Male pattern baldness affects a lot of guys, and symptoms can begin when guys hit their 40s. Starting to use hair loss products now can help you reduce your risk of ending up with major thinning if the process hasn't started or potentially help you regrow hair if hair loss has already started.
It's a good idea to talk to your doctor about hair loss, as there are prescription and over-the-counter medicines available for it.
You can also use thickening shampoos and conditioners to promote thicker, fuller hair.
Tip #2: Rely on retinol.
If you're concerned about those lines and wrinkles cropping up on your complexion, add a product with retinol to your regimen.
Eye creams, serums, and night creams with this derivative of vitamin A can soften lines by boosting cellular turnover. Products with vitamin C, collagen, and peptides can further promote youthful skin by helping the tissue retain its elasticity with age.
Tip #3: Focus on moisture.
Your skin is most likely to wrinkle if it's dehydrated, so you simply can't afford to skip daily moisturizing.
Find a moisturizer that is right for your skin type and use it both morning and night.
You should also cut out the use of products with alcohol in your 40s. While alcohol does have the ability to tone and disinfect skin, it's a dehydrator that can leave all skin types parched.
Tip #4: Deal with gray your way.
Graying may start in your 30s, but it's most common to start noticing major silver growth in your 40s. This means you're going to have to decide what you want to do about your grey.
You can opt to embrace it or to color it. If you choose the latter, it's probably a good decision to leave the job to the professionals. At-home color kits aren't always a perfect match, and there's a high risk for error if you don't use them properly.
Tip #5: Protect yourself.
This is one of the most important tips for guys in their 40s, 30s, and 20s alike: you absolutely need to use SPF sun protection every day.
Doing so can help to protect your skin from the dangerous UV that can accelerate aging and contribute to melanoma.
Make applying a moisturizer or sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 broad-spectrum combination a habit every morning no matter what your plans are.
When your agenda includes time in the sun, use a sunscreen with a higher SPF level and remember to re-apply it at least once every 2 hours.
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