Eye care for men
Contrary to what some may believe, men care about how their skin looks — especially around their eyes. Men think about their appearance when it comes to gaining a competitive edge in the workforce, navigating the dating scene, and life in general. There is no room for sunken, hollowed, aging eyes on a handsome, masculine, and vibrant face. The eyes are the first place on a man’s face after a receding hairline to show signs of aging.
Researchers reported in a study of nearly 14,590 men and women that two of the most important cosmetic facial concerns among all the adults were under-eye bags and circles and crow’s feet lines. Even though men’s facial skin tends to be thicker than women’s skin, their under-eye skin is more delicate and vulnerable to aging than it is elsewhere on the face. Youthful, expressive eyes are a sign of vitality and life, and men generally want to keep that look.
This is why eye care for men that targets dark eye circles, bags, wrinkles, and other signs of aging have a place in the man cave. Let’s review some basic eye care tips and treatments for men.
Basic Eye Care Tips for Men
While the basics of skin care are similar among men and women, men tend to lean toward a more simplistic skin care regimen to address cosmetic concerns. In reality, skin care doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, the simpler the skin care regimen, the better — all you really need is a good cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and eye cream. The key is to use these products daily. The American Academy of Dermatology Skin care tips for men (aad.org) offers the following skin care tips for men.
Protect From the Sun
Skin damage happens a lot faster than you might think. Any time you go out in the sun, no matter how briefly, apply sunscreen all over your face beforehand to protect your skin and prevent sun damage that can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. Wear sunglasses and a hat, too!
Avoid Eye Rubbing
The skin around your eyes is particularly delicate, especially when you get older, because it loses its elasticity. By rubbing your eyes, you risk permanently stretching the skin, which contributes to a saggy, wrinkled look. Avoid touching your eyes except to apply men’s eye wrinkle cream — but make sure to do so with clean hands so you don’t get bacteria in your eyes.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Nutrition is directly connected to the appearance of your eyes. Don’t complicate it too much; just make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and minerals from food by eating fruit and veggies with as many meals as possible and avoid processed foods, sugar, and saturated fats so your eyes stay looking young and vibrant.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, plan to get at least seven hours of sleep each night, and be sure to plan your day effectively so that you can get to bed on time to get this amount of rest. The amount of sleep you get will be evident in the appearance of your eyes.
Smoking accelerates the aging process and takes a toll on your skin — especially around your eyes. It can add years to your appearance even if you’re still considerably young. Avoid taking up the habit if you’ve never smoked, and if you’re a smoker, limit how many cigarettes you smoke per day and do everything you can to quit.
Wash your face daily and after exercise with lukewarm (not hot) water and a mild facial cleanser. Some bar soaps contain harsh skin-drying ingredients, so opt for a cleanser that maintains the delicate balance of the skin.
Moisturize daily to trap water within the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines and dull skin. Apply moisturizer to your face after bathing, showering, or shaving, while the skin is still damp.
Treatment Options for Treating Aging Eye Skin
Skin care products such as moisturizer and eye cream for men are great long-term solutions, but there may come a time when a man wants to take things a step further with a procedure or even surgery to address more persistent skin concerns. When done by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon, these options specifically target men’s cosmetic eye concerns:
- Neuromodulator injections (Botox): This is a nonsurgical, temporary, and relatively quick fix that helps to relax the muscles that make lines, including crow’s feet, more visible. Men have been known to refer to the popular option as “brotox.”
- Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): This is a surgical procedure that can treat loose or sagging eyelid skin, bags under the eyes, and excess or drooping skin around the eyes.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I apply men’s eye gel?
Men’s dark circle eye cream should generally be applied twice per day — once in the morning and once at night after cleansing and moisturizing — for optimal results.
What ingredients are used in a good eye cream for men?
Certain hero ingredients in some eye creams have shown to improve and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes. Common hero ingredients include hydroquinone for lightening dark circles and retinoids for improving crow’s feet and lines. These ingredients can sometimes be irritating, however, and some men may not be able to use them for this reason.
Age-Repair Defensins are a powerful and active skin care ingredient that offers the same benefits, minus the irritation. This ingredient is exclusively available in the DefenAge skin care line, which includes a product specifically for eyes called the 3D Eye Radiance Cream. Defensins have been shown in five clinical studies to be a workhorse ingredient for aging eye skin.
3D Eye Radiance Cream is the perfect choice as a standalone eye skin care product and is recommended by dermatologists. It should not take long for men to see some improvement, according to studies. Initial results appear in the first week of use of DefenAge skin care products containing defensins.
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