We’re well into the new year at this point, so that we may be heading into middle age, too, for many of us. While what constitutes “middle age” can be somewhat subjective, if you’re in your forties, you’re middle-aged. Though you’ve got years and years left of life, you want to look as great as you feel.
So, whether you already feel like you look fabulous and want to improve on that or you’re starting to show signs of aging and want to reverse the hands of time a little bit – keep reading for ways to look your best as you navigate middle age manhood.
Find a Dermatologist
While nothing can replace good grooming habits, connecting with a board-certified dermatologist will take your already in place routines and amplify them. Firstly, the dermatologist will let you know what type of skin you have and the best ways to look after it. They can prescribe you oral or topical medication to treat any current skin issues or prevent future ones if necessary.
Additionally, since you’re in middle age, it’s a great idea to have any moles checked out to make sure they’re benign – chances are, they are, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Dermatologists can also recommend specific over-the-counter products that you should be incorporating into your routines.
Eat This, Not That
Remember in your twenties and most of your thirties how you could eat whatever you wanted with a stomach of steel? Maybe things don’t even make you nauseous when you eat them in your forties, but they still aren’t doing you any favors.
Opting for a healthy diet like a plant-based diet or other forms that suit your tastes is vital to looking and feeling your best in this season of life. Make sure you’re eating foods in their purest and most natural state. They do say health is wealth, after all.
Dress for Success
The above phrase is a bit corny, but it’s earned its staying power because it’s true. You need to dress in a way that portrays health, vitality, and confidence. If money doesn’t matter to you, that’s not a bad thing; being successful isn’t tied to your bank account.
But, you’ve lived enough life that you know a thing or two about how to live a great one. So, make sure you’re putting your best foot forward every day by dressing for the part you want to play in the world.
No matter how pinched for the time you are, shower, exfoliate, spray on some Initio Parfums, or whatever else you do to smell great – you get the idea. Especially if you’re on the market for a new job or a new partner, conveying yourself as the type of person that’s got their stuff together and can positively impact those around you. And for goodness sakes, if you don’t own an iron or steamer, buy one!
Nip or Tuck?
While you don’t have to get a full-on facelift unless you want one, then do you – there is nothing wrong with having a few injectables. While the importance of proper grooming and hair and skin routines can’t be overstated, sometimes you need more.
Having a little Botox injected into your forehead or around your crow’s feet by your eyes can take years off in an instant. Remember, less is more, especially if you avoid the “they’ve had work done” look. So, visit with a board-certified plastic surgeon or a medical spa and at least have a consultation if this is something you’ve thought you’d want to be done.
Exercise Your Mind & Body
Staying physically fit is an excellent way to look and feel great throughout your lifetime. As we enter middle age, though, pounds can pack on faster and be harder to lose. So, finding a form of exercise you enjoy and will stick with is critical.
Additionally, taking care of your mental health is paramount. Most suicides are among men, and that’s a pandemic in itself. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and loved ones or seek professional help if you’re struggling. You are loved, and people want you to be around and feel healthy while you’re here.
Following the ways, as mentioned earlier, are part of a puzzle that will help you look and feel your best as you start navigating your new chapter of life. They likely will lead to other healthy habits, and maybe you’ll pick up minimalism or meditation – who knows, the world is your oyster! So, here’s to you and here’s to your health – Cheers!