In truth, male and female skin is not that different, especially when it comes to aging. Crows feet or wrinkles around the eye are just as common in men as they are in women. The same goes for frown lines, laugh lines and all the other unwanted wrinkles that crop up on the face as time goes by.
If anything, it’s the different ways that the sexes treat their skin (and their bodies) that ultimately determines how their skin ages.
Prevent Sun Damage
Sun damage or exposure ultra violet radiation (UVB and UVA radiation)) from the sun will age skin and increase the chances of fine lines and wrinkles appearing on the face. So it is vitally important to protect your skin if you work outdoors or spend a lot of time outdoors.
Use a high sun protection factor sunscreen (30+). If you can, get a sunscreen that includes moisturizers that will keep the skin hydrated. Make sure to reapply sunscreen throughout the day if you are outdoors. Using mineral sunscreens like zinc and titanium dioxide for exposed and sensitive skin on the the nose and cheekbones.
Many dermatologists are now recommending that you put an antioxidant serum underneath any sunscreen you apply at the beginning of each day. An antioxidant serum is basically anti-oxidant substances, like vitamin E and C, green tea and other ingredients that have anti-oxidation properties combined with oils that act as delivery agents. The oils get the anti-oxidant substances to the parts of the skin that need it most. This could be the surface layer or deeper down where collagen is found.
Antioxidant Versus Free Radicals
An antioxidant counteracts free radicals that are caused or created by sun damage, things that we eat and often a consequence of aging (illnesses, over weight, changes in hormonal balances). Free radicals are molecules inside the body that are unstable. In other words, they have one less electron than proton.
They look for balance by robbing an electron from cells around them. In this case, cells in your body or on your skin. When they do this, the skin cell becomes unbalanced and ultimately damaged and dieing. This can cause problems to the body.
As far as the skin goes, the damaged skin cell (or many skins cells) could cause the skin to look inflamed (red, puffy), uneven tone (dull, age spots) and losing it’s elasticity which creates fine lines and wrinkles.
So combine an antioxidant serum with plenty of sunscreen for younger looking skin but note that they will only prevent the skin looking old. They won’t reverse the signs of aging if they are already there.
You can also get antioxidant properties into the body by eating the right foods. In fact this is probably the best way to get this stuff into your body. You could take supplements of things like vitamin E and C but you also want to eat them in their natural form.
Just about all berries that said to be high in antioxidant properties – raspberries, blueberries, cranberries – you name it. If it has a berry at the end (and it’s not poisonous !) there’s a good chance it’s good for you.