The Guys' Grooming Guide for Your 50s
Good looks don't retire
At this stage, haven’t you earned the right to pull on your sweatpants, buy some oversized sunglasses, and go full Marlon Brando? Sure you have. But if you want to make the most of your golden years, aim for Clooney, not Brando. Here’s how to look good in your 50s and beyond.
The guys’ grooming guide for your 50s:
Handle Hairy Situations
No one knows exactly why older guys have so much hair on their brows, ears and nostrils (the best guess? hormones), but we all know it’s not a super-welcome addition to your face. Here’s your two-prong approach to keeping everything in check:
The distance between brows should match the distance between the insides of your nostrils). If stray hairs are extending past the natural line of your eyebrow, push them down and pluck them out. Most barbers will also give your eyebrows a quick trim at no extra charge.
For nostrils and ears, definitely opt for an electric trimmer. Plucking nostril hair can result in a very painful infection if a hair is ingrown. Plus, it’s never a good idea to stick tweezers in your ears. Some barbers will take care of your ears in a bizarre practice called ‘Turkish ear singeing’ (Google it), but we’d say that’s better experienced from the safety of your computer.
Be A Silver Fox (Or Be Bruce Willis)still have their hair at this age are likely graying, headed toward white. It’s generally better to avoid the shoe-polish dye-job (though Just For Men honestly has some great products for a solid salt-and-pepper look).
As your hair continues to get lighter, you might notice it’s turning yellow, too. No, you’re not a late-in-life blonde. The yellow color comes from environmental factors (pollution, water quality, cigarette smoke), and it’s easy to combat. Pick up a silvering shampoo to ensure a radiant Gandalf mane, not a dishwater yellow Richard Branson shag.
That said, there’s no shame in picking up the clippers and buzzing it all off if you’re starting to go bald. It’ll save you hours of fussing with the hair you have left, and you can be proud to join the ranks of buzzed greats like Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, and Kelly Slater.
Plus, you’ll never have to pay for a haircut again. Bonus!
Pop Some Pills
Viviscal and Biotin are two popular options if you’re looking to strengthen your hair and nails, while brands like Perricone MD boast two-a-day packs designed to enhance not just your skin, but joints, bones, and help fight heart disease and inflammation. Just like starting an exercise routine, you’ll want to check these out with your doctor first, but supplements are an easy way to look and feel better with minimal effort.
Have Some (Light) Work Done
In an age where media moguls like Simon Cowell routinely cop to Botox and high-powered executives go in for a nip and tuck to keep their edge, there’s nothing wrong with considering a non-invasive procedure if it gives you some more confidence (and you’re okay with needles).
Plus, none of the changes are permanent, so the risks are relatively low.
Botox is the most common treatment, and you probably already know the drill here: a small amount is injected into deep folds (usually between the eyes, at frown lines, and around crow’s feet) and works to temporarily freeze the muscle and give a less furrowed appearance. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane help literally fill deeper crevices (the lines from the nose to the lips, or underneath eyes) for a younger look. All three of these treatments last around eight months, so there’s some upkeep involved if you like the result.
The latest innovation, Kybella, is designed to destroy the fat cells under your chin, making it an easy alternative to liposuction or a neck lift, and the results can last for several years.
Meaning? You can kiss that double-chin goodbye.
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