Fortunately for those of us southern guys who aren’t sought-after TV personalities, we too can use tried and true grooming techniques to maintain a youthful appearance.
Looking great as you get older is all about paying attention to the details—and being consistent. Things like applying moisturizer daily have a cumulative effect that becomes more and more apparent over time.
From rocking gray hair to trimming your chest hair, we broke a refined, graceful look down into five steps that will slow the hands of time.
Fact: Women find gray hair sexy. Let your hair go gray naturally, and you should, too.
Just be sure to keep it hydrated: Aging hair can become coarse and wiry, but using the right products will ensure your gray looks cool rather than, well, old.
Try a brightening shampoo and conditioner for silvering hair. The coconut in the shampoo helps hydrate your hair so it looks smooth, while the sage leaf extract in the conditioner helps keep it strong.
You may good great with an undone style, but it’s even better with less product and a little length trimmed off the top.
To nail the rolled-out-of-bed look every time, use a flexible pomade like this one ($20, baxterofcalifornia.com). Rub a dime-sized amount between your hands and apply to damp hair from back to front. Tousle, then leave it alone.
You may be in your 40’s or 50’s, but smooth, wrinkle-free skin makes you look 10 years younger.
Establish a good skin-care routine early on: In the short-term, you’ll maintain clear skin, and in the long term, you can slow the visible signs of aging. Here’s what to do to every day for great skin.
The occasional facial will help, too, by exfoliating and improving circulation. Consider a monthly appointment—most aestheticians will be able to tailor a facial to your specific needs for longer-lasting results.
Crow’s feet—those fine lines that run from your eyes to your temples and become more prominent with age—are one of the most obvious signs of aging.
Battle the wrinkles by using an eye cream daily. Apply generously after washing your face and before moisturizing.
Many skin care expert swear by Fresh’s black tea age-delay concentrate ($78, fresh.com). It’s pricey, but powerful—the black tea blend improves skin elasticity.
Keep your chest hair to a minimum, and, according to an Australian study, that’s exactly what women want to see.
This becomes increasingly important as you age and your chest hair begins to multiply and migrate to other areas of your body.
We’d suggest some light manscaping to keep it all under control.
Clippers, like this one from Phillips Norelco ($70, amazon.com), are best for keeping your chest hair short without wiping it out entirely. To get your chest hair down to a nice short length without risking skin irritation, trim with a #1 guard in the direction your hair grows.
This article originally appeared in Men’s Health.