How to repair and replenish your skin after years of excessive UV exposure.
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"I spent 10 years as a lifeguard, and it really weathered my skin, so now I have frown lines like an old man. What can I do?" - Mack R., Boise, ID
“Chronic exposure to the sun’s UV rays takes a toll on the skin,” thinning it faster by robbing it of elasticity and collagen, says Karen H. Kim, M.D., of SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, MA. And that causes— you guessed it— wrinkles like those between the eyes, called frown lines.
There are several non-medical ways to minimize wrinkles, Kim says, like using skin creams containing retinol, which stimulates collagen and exfoliates skin; scrubbing with cleansing grains to spur skin regeneration; and using home peels (just don’t combine them with retinol).
But if you need the big guns, the best way to soften frown lines is with injections of a botulinum toxin like Xeomin, which immobilizes muscles for up to several months, relaxing the lines so they’re not as visible.
Keep reading for a list of our 9 other recommended products (retinol creams, scrubs, and peels). Oh, and stay the hell out of the sun!
Thanks to Retinol (vitamin A), this non-greasy moisturizer diminishes the signs of aging by improving your skin's texture, firmness, and tone. Skin is smoother and firmer, hydrated and protected so fine lines shrink.
Retinol Products: Neutrogena Men Age Fighter Face Moisturizer with SPF15
Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and sun damage (and protect your skin from further harm), Neutrogena's age-fighting SPF moisturizer is unbelievably powerful yet gentle. It's fragrance free and formulated with Retinol, multi-vitamins, and non-greasy moisturizers.
Perfect for normal and oily skin types, this exfoliating and energizing scrub is made from crushed apricot seeds to help remove dead skin, unclog pores, and leave you with a smooth, polished complexion.
Buff away your late-night bender and keep skin constantly refreshed. This exfoliating scrub is loaded with cornmeal, walnut shell powder, chamomile, honey, and lavender—super-effective ingredients designed to tone, replenish, and stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
De-flake your dry, dull complexion with this non-abrasive scrub. Perfect for guys with sensitive skin, Clinique's unique formula revives your complexion, and helps prevent ingrown hairs and picks up your beard letting you get a closer shave.
These potent exfoliating pads are comparable to a professional-strength peel—only far less irritating, time consuming, and complicated. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids provide a high level of exfoliation, working on the low and top layers of skin to promote the growth of new cells for brighter, firmer skin.
At-Home Peels: Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel
Ole Henriksen's one-step peel is powered by lactic, glycolic, and fruit acids exfoliate and resurface your skin, while algae extract calms away irritation. This spa-grade treatment increases cell turnover, brightens skin tone, and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles for a younger-looking complexion.