14 Ways to Look and Feel Younger
If the guy staring back at you in the mirror seems like a weathered, more ragged-looking version of yourself, don’t panic.
While you can’t turn back Father Time, you can make some lifestyle tweaks that can have you feeling and looking better, from the inside out.
Update your medicine cabinet
There’s no shame in starting a routine to protect your good looks. Loads of men are stocking their medicine cabinets with potent, age-defying grooming products.
“The first obvious signs of ageing are the fine lines around the eyes,” says Michael Bruggeman, founder of natural skin care line, Organic Male OM4. Since the
skin under your eyes is very thin, it’s easily susceptible to the damages of stress, late nights, and hangovers. To stave off dark circles, puffiness, and old-man bags,
look for products with natural ingredients like soothing cucumber, inflammation-reducing fennel, and brightening bearberry. Vitamin K is especially great for
dark circles, which are technically mini bruises, because it helps regulate coagulation.
Before you Hulk out on your irritating colleague or slow-walking pedestrians, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Meditation improves memory, mental
clarity, and brain function. Stress causes the fight or flight reaction, but if you meditate even a few minutes per day, you can rewire your brain to have a broader
perspective on decision-making. A study in Consciousness and Cognition showed you can see benefits of meditation after just four days. “We topple into the
next thing, and the next thing,” says Tara Brach, clinical psychologist and author of True Refuge. “This obsessive behaviour affects our body’s biochemistry,
and the very thing that ages us.” To find balance in this crazy, busy life take a momentary, but premeditated pause, even if it’s just 10 seconds before you jump
out of your car while running errands. Novice meditators should try this trick: When your mind starts wandering, focus on your breath to come back into th
e present moment.
Add colour to your wardrobe
Revamp your closet by expanding beyond greys, blacks and blues. Start by shopping for tops that bring out your eye colour. “You’ll get more attention
if you wear something that reflects your eyes,” says David Zyla, Emmy Award-winning stylist and author of Colour Your Style. Look for a sweater, tie
or shirt that matches the specks of your iris. Keep in mind that not all colours are apparent right away. Brown eyes often have a shade of rust, olive, and
aubergine, while grey eyes compliment turquoise, mint, and lavender fabrics. The easiest way to discern the best shade for you is by hold the shirt next
to your eyes, and look in the mirror—or ask a friend or salesperson for help.
Take your workouts outdoors
Working out outside not only saves you money, it can free your mind and body of boredom. “The modern gym has only been around for a few decades,
but mankind has been getting fit since the dawn of time,” says Danny Kavadlo, personal trainer in New York City. “Outdoor workouts tend to focus on
the entire body, unlike functional movements typically done in gyms.” Start off with basic exercises like pullups and high jumps, which employ all muscle
groups. Move on to the jungle gym and shimmy across the bars to build a strong upper body. Need a nudge to brave the cold? A Stanford School of Medicine
study suggests that cool palms help exercisers feel less fatigued, allowing them to workout longer and stick with their regimen. Just wear sunscreen so you
don’t accelerate your skin’s ageing—or increase your risk for cancer.
Finally stop smoking
To ensure your sperm army is ready for action when you need it, kick those cigs. Smoking cigarettes not only whittles your sperm count, it also causes
abnormalities in their shape and function, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Research shows that free radicals from smoke
can damage up to 40 percent of your sperm. Even if you don’t light up, you’re likely exposed to these ball busters through second-hand smoke and pollution.
Fight back by filling your diet with antioxidants. “Just two Brazil nuts provide the recommended amount of selenium, which helps prevent cellular damage,”
says Peggy Kotsopoulos, nutritionist and host of Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures on Veria Living. It’s not a bad idea to slurp a few oysters as well. A study in
Nutrition Research states that seminal zinc in non-smokers positively correlates with sperm count.
Have more @@@
Even if you’re not looking to pass on your genes just yet, make sure you get plenty of (well-protected) practice. Turns out, having @@@ is good for
your ticker. A University of Bristol researcher followed-up with almost 1,000 men who had heart disease after 10 years and found that mortality dropped
by about 50 percent for a group of men with high orgasmic frequency, compared to men in the low orgasmic frequency group.
Strengthen your glutes
Exercising your backside will not only get you appreciative looks from the ladies, it can improve posture and help you avoid injury. For best results, focus on
power training. “When you train explosively, you’ll activate fast-twitch fibres that help build muscle, increase your metabolism, and allow you to jump, sprint,
and excel in just about every sport, including the bedroom,” says Jason Greenspan, owner of Practical Fitness & Wellness and author of Real Life Fitness.
Kick some @@@ with this squat variation:
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and toes pointed straight ahead.
- Squat slightly as if sitting in a chair
- Jump up, extending arms overhead.
- Land softly and repeat limiting the amount of time your feet are in contact with the ground. Repeat for 8-10 repetitions. (Make sure to land with the
- ankles, knees and hips flexed and do not let the knees buckle in or out.)
Brighten your smile
Yellow teeth can instantly age you. Your choppers constantly deal with pigment-inducing beverages such as tea, coffee, and wine. Even the acids in sport
drinks can lead to Stainville. “Teeth stain as soon as staining food is consumed,” says John Koutsoyiannis, head cosmetic dentist at SohoSmile in
New York City. To combat yellowing, eat strawberries which contain teeth-whitening malic acid. Koutsoyiannis also suggests brushing with baking
oda twice a month or rinsing with lemon water.
Wear clothes that actually fit
Clothing can hide body imperfections. “When buying pants, make sure the waist actually fits,” says Brad Andrews, brand president of Bonobos.
“You shouldn’t have to cinch your belt in a way that creates fabric bunching, nor should it be so tight that you can’t tuck in your shirt comfortably.”
Look for a trim (not tight) style that fits cleanly through the thigh and leg.
Get a stylish haircut
Grey is not the only thing that will make you look older. “How a man chooses to cut and style his hair can have a huge effect on how young or old he looks,”
says Oscar Blandi, celebrity stylist and owner of the eponymous salon. “Long hair is a risky choice, especially if you have receding hairlines. Nine out of
10 times it tends to look messy and ages you simply because longer hair makes the recession more noticeable.” In between cuts, keep hair shiny with a
pomade—it will keep you looking polished and may make grey even less noticeable.
Hang out with some younger guys
Sip from the fountain of youth by making buds a few years your junior. “These friends are typically more active and always up for something,” says
Barry Jay, co-founder and director of curriculum of Barry’s Bootcamp. “If you keep up with them, they won’t treat you like you’re older.” Just don’t get
carried away when it comes to their partying. Cut back on booze and you’ll see a noticeable difference in your fitness regimen. “If you don’t have to sweat
out the alcohol first, you’ll have a better workout,” says Jay.
Upgrade your grooming regimen
To shave off a few years, establish a grooming ritual that will decrease inflammation—a culprit for acne and skin dehydration. Look for products infused
with calming aloe, chamomile, avocado oil, green tea, geranium, licorice, or lavender. You can also reduce inflammation by eating foods rich in
Omega-3 fats such as salmon. Or, simply swap soda for green tea. Failing to keep pesky ingrown hairs at bay can weather your face. “Men should always
try to incorporate a salicylic-based astringent into their shaving routine to prevent ingrown hairs,” says Fredric Brandt, a Miami and New York City-based
dermatologist. “It can be used either before or after shaving.”
Actually get restorative sleep
“Sleep is key to regulating brain function,” says Nick Hounslow, celebrity trainer and instructor at Cycle House in West Hollywood, California. “It repairs
your body and enables everything from strength to stamina.” Hounslow, who frequently wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to teach a spin class, suggests going to bed
a little hungry. Hitting the sack on a full stomach can slow down your metabolism and negatively interfere with sleep cycles
Book a facial or DIY
When your body harbours toxins, your entire system can feel sluggish and leave you with dull skin. “A facial massage can increase circulation to remove
waste via the lymph nodes,” says Ellen Sackoff of Cornelia Spa at The Surrey in New York City. “Once you nix the toxins, your body will be better equipped
in transporting nutrients through the blood stream.” Don’t want to be that guy at the spa? Here’s how you can be your own aesthetician in the privacy of your
home. Start by applying cleanser to your face and neck. Using light, circular movements, massage behind your ears and work in a downward motion toward
our neck. This will help relieve tension. Move your hands to the centre of your forehead, and apply light but firm pressure to your temples. Continue to the
jaw line, slowly pressure-pinching from chin to ears. Using your fingertips, work the area between your nose and upper lip. Tap around the orbital bone of the
eye, moving toward your temples. Finish off by draping your face with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Wipe clean and pat dry.