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As guys, we should feel lucky to be getting older, gaining lines and even losing hair.
For years, the “macho system” prevented middle-aged men from doing any form of self-care as they aged. Rose from Elixir Skin Fitness is calling BS on that dated view.
Men are just like women in that they don’t want to succumb to looking tired and older, but it’s mainly women who are smart enough to get help. That’s why Rose wants to educate all blokes, so they can live long, happy lives with their smokin’ hot partners by their sides! Here’s what Rose had to say about it…
DO GUYS GET BETTER WITH AGE OR IS THAT JUST A MYTH?
“The reality is that guys age differently to girls, with testosterone making the skin more hardy. Some men experience inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and rosacea — redness in the skin around the nose and eyes — which gets worse with age due to exposure to sun, alcohol intake and poor diet. It’s all connected to the gut, so we like to educate men from the inside out.”
CAN YOU HELP MEN WHO HAVE HAD ACNE?
“Absolutely. Testosterone drives the oil in their skin that starts the acne. And guys won’t cover it up with makeup, so they opt for heavy medication instead. But now there’s more awareness around treatments, which aren’t brutal on the skin like medication can be. Simple treatments, like regular cleansing and a good skincare routine can prevent these conditions from getting worse.”
WHAT OTHER FACTORS IMPACT A GUY’S SKIN?
“Gut health impacts how we all age and we need to keep stimulating the collagen throughout our bodies for elasticity and support. Guys and girls break down collagen in the same way, but as guys age, testosterone levels drop and they start to look softer — noticeably around the jawline.
If you’re a guy who’s under the pump at work, has kids, is stressed, or maybe even works outdoors, you’re going to age pretty quickly. We have collagen treatments to help to slow this process down. They help stimulate the collagen and tighten and lift the skin so you look good as you get older.
Guys will never regret using moisturiser. It’s not a big deal and it shows that you have respect for yourself. But to get the best results, you’ll want to look after your internal system, and then increase your sleep and exercise routines that nurture your body from the inside.”
SO SLEEP AND EXERCISE HELP YOUR SKIN?
“Sleep is important. Naturally, as we get older our bones recede. We lose collagen and that support, so our faces change a bit. We start to notice lines on the forehead and dark circles under the eyes. When we’re asleep, our body has time to repair itself and stimulate the collagen. When we don’t get enough sleep, our body is striving to catch up and never gets fully repaired.
Healthy skin also requires you to keep moving. It’s important for guys to exercise to stimulate their testosterone, which gets lower as they get older. Depending on what you do to keep fit, you’ll also need to consider sun damage, chlorine and other external factors that can impact your skin.”
CAN YOU TALK THROUGH SKIN TREATMENT FOR GUYS?
“It’s hard enough to get a guy in to see a doctor or a psychologist. Once they take that all-important first step to book an appointment, we take the really feminine touches out so it doesn’t feel weird. The consultation starts with a look at your skin under the diagnositic device. Then, we’ll talk about your general health, lifestyle, exercise habits, gut health (diet), alcohol intake and how much you’re out in the sun. For example, if you have an indoor job,
I’ll treat your skin very differently to someone with an outdoor job. And we don’t fluff around. Guys normally say, just tell me what I need to do and I’ll do it — simple and easy.
We just want to make sure you age well and look great as you get older. Feeling good about yourself impacts confidence, mental health and sexual drive. If you lose that confidence, it impacts relationships on a number of levels.”
It might sound overwhelming but Rose can show you how easy it is to create good habits for healthy skin. Bad habits lead to a massive hill to climb when you realise how much work is required to get your skin and self-esteem back. Rose says, “It’s a privilege to be able to age and see your children, and grandchildren grow up. When you feel confident, everything in your life feels fantastic, too!” Always consult your doctor for advice on what’s best for you