Attractive at Any Age: Skincare for Men in Their 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

When it comes to finding the best skincare for men, it’s important to take into consideration the man’s age because, like all things in life, not every face is created equal.

A man in his 20s is going to have skin that’s a touch oilier, more prone to breakout, and requires less exfoliation because those young skin cells are regenerating and turning over faster than you can say “over the hill,” therefore he is going to have its own set of special requirements when compared with a man in his 30s when the primary skin concern is battling aging as opposed to remedying a complexion issue. A man in his 30s is going to want more retinol, eye cream, and exfoliation than a man in his 20s, but much less of an intensive regimen than a man who has already hit his 40s and his skin is showing it. Men of middle age will see their skin dull, discolor, and start to sag and so a man in his 40s skincare goals should be focused on exfoliation, moisturization, and anti-aging.

If this all sounds confusing and a little excessive, don’t be so daunted. After all, you’re only in one of the above age groups, so you only have one area to focus on. To make finding out which skincare regimen is best for you and your age, we mapped out the best products for the three prime decades of a man’s life. With a little preparation, a few products, and a dedicated routine, you can end up looking 30 when you’re 40 … or, in the case of Jared Leto, 23 when you’re nearly 50.

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