What’s a good skincare regimen for a man who’s aging but doesn’t like to use products??

Dear Dr. Irwin, I'm trying to get my husband to care more about anti-aging skincare. He's only 2 years older than me, but his skin is more wrinkle-prone than mine, so he looks noticeably older than me. Lasers, medical procedures, and spa procedures are out of the question because he refuses to go to public places for "vanity" treatments. He also refuses to adopt a "regimen". So it needs to be simple. What do you recommend? I imagine sunscreen is essential. Would retinol be appropriate, and if so, should he avoid his beard/mustache area so that his skin doesn't get too irritated when he shaves the next morning? How about serums, moisturizers, etc? Thank you!

I hear you on this one and I’m guessing a lot of other women do too!   I really agree with you that keeping it simple is key.   Soooooo……. here’s what I’d recommend starting with:

  • Morning –  1)  Gentle cleanser and if he insists on bar soap in the shower switch his soap to Dove for sensitive skin or Cetaphil.  2)  Aftershave he likes but try to find one that doesn’t have much alcohol in it (too drying) 3)  Sunscreen – men seems to really like this Elta sunscreen that goes on clear and not oily.
  • Evening – Men also  really like this fairly strong glycolic cream made by Vivite – it has an antiaging effect and helps to prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs.   He doesn’t even need to wash before putting it on.  It tingles a little but if he gets red or irritated with it (rarely a problem), he should stop it.

These two things will make a difference in a couple of months and maybe?? help motivate him to take better care of his skin!

Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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