Too often, we men believe that anti-aging skin care for men is something that is not very important. We may think that skin care is “something that women do.” Also, it may not feel “manly” to concern ourselves with the care of our skin. However, “men have skin, too,” and anti-aging skin care is just as important for men as it is for women. For our own good, as we shall see, we men need to seriously consider treating our skin perhaps better than we have been.
There are good reasons for all of us, both men and women, to diligently care for our skin. To that end, here are the three most important reasons to meticulously care for our skin:
- Prevent premature aging
- Reduce the risk of skin cancer
- Maintain a healthy appearance
Healthy Skin Care Routines
The American Academy of Dermatology Association website features a “Skin Care Tips for Men” video that explains how men can develop healthy skin care routines.
We men have historically maintained a “minimalist” skin care routine. That is to say, it might be as simple (and as misguided) as slapping on some cologne in the morning and calling it good.
If we are even nominally aware of “basic-essential” male skin care, we might think we have more advanced techniques. For example, we may believe that we are on top of things by slapping on some low-cost moisturizer, rather than cologne, and then going out the front door.
The Importance of Investing in Anti-Aging Skin Care for Men
Many of us men are interested in investing our money for the long term. In other words, we understand the importance of starting our investments as early as possible. Furthermore, we know that we will reap rewards over time as the power of compounding puts our money to work for us.
The investment in our skin has many similarities. Here, likewise, it’s best to start early—the younger we begin caring for our skin, the better. Just as with money, we will, down the road, rejoice that we had the wherewithal to take care of the skin that was given to us.
After all, healthy skin is essential for overall optimal health as we age.
Concerns About the Cost of Anti-Aging Skin Care for Men
In the video below, professional cosmetologist “Elisabeth” shares why she’s confident sharing YOUTH® with her clients…and the importance of making an investment in your skin care.
Elisabeth responds to her clients’ concerns about the cost of skin care. Of course, her clients may mostly be women, but her advice certainly applies to men, too! In this video, she advises her clients to consider the things they spend on. Do they provide a benefit only briefly? On the other hand, a modest, ongoing investment in our skin will last us a lifetime. See how she explains that!
Before We Even Begin Anti-Aging Skin Care…
Men might well feel blindsided by a question such as “What is your skin type?”
We would no doubt stand there, “gobsmacked,” as the Brits say. Alternatively, we stand there like a deer in the headlights, not knowing where to go with this question. After all, it never occurred to us to inquire about our skin type. Isn’t skin…just skin?
As it turns out, though, if we’re serious about anti-aging skin care for men, then it is important that we know our skin type. How do we begin to even find out? To do that, it’s time to look closely at our skin, for a change.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association lists five basic types of skin:
- Combination of oily and dry
Whereas sensitive skin may sting or burn with the application of certain anti-aging skin care products, normal skin appears healthy and is not sensitive.
Dry skin looks flaky and feels itchy or rough. Alternatively, oily skin appears, as its name implies, “oily” or “greasy.” As we might guess, combination skin is a blend of the two, with some parts of your skin appearing dry, and other parts looking oily.
The Importance of Knowing Your Skin Type
Here is one example of the importance of knowing your skin type. If you know you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to look for “fragrance-free” products (not “unscented” since these products could still contain fragrance maskers that could irritate your skin).
Knowing your skin type will help you choose the products for the best skin care treatment.
The Four Products for Skin Care Treatment for Men
Caring for our skin can be reduced to a simple routine that we can implement twice a day. Accordingly, we men should strive to run through our routine in the morning upon rising and at night before going to bed. Generally, all we need are four products, used in this order:
- Toner or Exfoliant
- Anti-Aging Serum
Depending on the Shaklee product line chosen (i.e., YOUTH® or Pomifera™) an “exfoliant” might substitute for the toner in the third step, as will be explained there.
Product details (including directions for use), labels, FAQs, and other product information are available when you scroll down after clicking on one of the product links.
A summary of the following step descriptions appears toward the end of this article.
Step 1: Cleanser
One outstanding example of a cleanser that is effective for all skin types is Shaklee’s YOUTH® Luminous Gel Oil Cleanser. Shaklee describes this product as a gentle polisher and a 3-in-1, soap-free, pH-balanced cleanser.
On the other hand, you may instead wish to consider Shaklee’s PomiferaTM Balance: Facial Cleanser. This is a fragrance-free cleanser for dry and/or sensitive skin.
This superb cleanser is a gentle face cleanser that protects and conditions the skin. According to Shaklee, it’s formulated with antioxidant-rich Pomifera oil and sunflower oil to protect the skin’s moisture barrier plus fermented sea kelp to naturally condition the skin as it cleans.
Step 2: Toner or Exfoliant
Men especially may wonder what skin toners and exfoliants are for. They’re not as well known as cleansers and moisturizers, but they do have an important function. Therefore, toners and exfoliants are important components of an anti-aging skin care routine for men.
A good toner, such as Shaklee’s YOUTH® Perfecting Skin Toner, removes dull cells and environmental pollutants on the skin’s surface. This excellent toner exfoliates, hydrates, and nourishes with a patented blend of essential vitamins, polyphenols, and botanicals. Moreover, toners are meant to be used twice daily, after cleansing and before applying the anti-aging serum and moisturizer.
Let’s consider an alternative to the YOUTH® skin toner: Shaklee’s Pomifera™ Restore: Facial Exfoliant. This excellent product removes dead skin cells from the face. Also, just like the toners, they prepare the skin to better absorb the nourishing ingredients that follow—namely, the anti-aging serum and moisturizer. However, unlike the toners, we are to use exfoliants only once or twice a week.
Step 3: Anti-Aging Serum
Skin-care serums are another weapon in the arsenal to combat aging facial skin. Ideally, the serum is applied to the face after the first two steps of skin care: cleansing and toning. According to Shaklee’s website, its YOUTH® Activating Serum is an anti-aging treatment with vitamin A retinol.
Shaklee’s Activating Serum supports collagen production and renewal. Also, it penetrates deep into the skin to deliver potent nutrients and botanicals to help improve texture and elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I’ve found that it has a gel-like consistency that prepares the skin for the last step: moisturizing.
However, just as for Shaklee’s cleanser and toner/exfoliant products, there is a Pomifera alternative to consider for this third step: Shaklee’s Pomifera™ Rose: Anti-Aging Serum and Complete Moisturizer.
Shaklee tells us that Pomifera oil is a potent source of antioxidants, omega-6, and bioactives that has been clinically tested to improve the appearance of age spots, deep and emerging wrinkles, and fine lines.
Now let’s take a look at the fourth step in anti-aging skin care for men.
Step 4: Moisturizer
Finally, after cleansing, toning/exfoliating, and applying serum, our skin is ready to be moisturized. If this is a morning application, skin moisturization will soothe our skin throughout the day. However, if we are applying moisturizer at night, then our skin will benefit as we sleep.
As with the first three steps, the moisturization phase of our anti-aging skin care treatment for men allows us YOUTH® and Pomifera™ alternatives.
For moisturization in the morning, the Shaklee YOUTH® line offers an Age Defense Mineral Moisturizer SPF 30. As the name of the product implies, it includes protection from damaging solar rays.
Alternatively, there is a Shaklee YOUTH® morning moisturizer available to us: YOUTH® Moisture Lock Day Cream. Although it may not offer SPF sun protection, Shaklee describes this product as follows: “This soothing, refreshing facial moisturizer has a cloud-like texture…”
A cloud-like texture is definitely worth checking out! Notably, Shaklee suggests applying any products with SPF over this moisturizer.
“Light” and “Rich” Moisturizer Options
As luck would have it, Shaklee offers two phenomenal YOUTH® evening moisturizers: the YOUTH® Advanced Renewal Night Cream is available in both “Light” and “Rich” versions. The choice is simply a matter of preference. The “Light” version is a relatively light gel-like formula; on the other hand, the “Rich” variation is “creamy” because it is formulated with added shea butter and jojoba.
On the Pomifera side of the house, Shaklee offers Pomifera™ Nourish: Facial Moisturizer for normal and dry skin. As has been noted, moisturizers are for both morning and night applications. According to Shaklee, this product is formulated with anti-aging Pomifera oil and shea butter to help the skin retain moisture and strengthen the skin barrier, aloe vera to soothe and calm the skin, and antioxidants for their protective properties.
The Science Behind YOUTH® Anti-Aging Skin Care for Men
We men may be interested in the science behind high-performance engines, bicycles, or fishing or hiking gear.
But what about the science behind anti-aging skin care products for men? That, too, should be of great interest to us! For that reason, you might find the following video about the science of YOUTH® anti-aging skin care quite interesting! In this Shaklee video, we can learn which powerful botanicals and vitamins are in YOUTH® Complex and how they address the key signs of aging.
Summarizing Anti-Aging Skin Care Options for Men
Admittedly, this rundown of products for men’s anti-aging skin care options may be a bit confusing. So let’s condense the information into a couple of bulleted lists. We’ll start with the choices you have in the YOUTH® line of skin care products.
Recall that product details (including directions for use), labels, FAQs, and other product information are available when you scroll down after clicking on one of the product links:
YOUTH® Anti-Aging Skin Care for Men
These YOUTH® products are for all skin types:
- Step 1: Cleanser; YOUTH® Luminous Gel Oil Cleanser
- Step 2: Toner; YOUTH® Perfecting Skin Toner
- Step 3: Anti-Aging Serum; YOUTH® Activating Serum
- Step 4: Moisturizer; YOUTH® Advanced Renewal Night Cream (Light or Rich options available), or YOUTH® Moisture Lock Day Cream
Shaklee offers the YOUTH® Advanced Anti-Aging Regimen, a customizable bundled set of the above YOUTH® products.
In addition, you may want to study the YOUTH® Frequently Asked Questions.
Pomifera™ Skin Care for Men
Shaklee’s alternative anti-aging skin care products for men are in the Pomifera™ line. These outstanding products are best for normal to dry skin. Here is a summary of the Pomifera™ products (to be applied morning and night, except as noted):
- Step 1: Cleanser; Pomifera™ Balance: Facial Cleanser; best for dry/sensitive skin
- Step 2: Pomifera™ Restore: Facial Exfoliant; apply once or twice a week
- Step 3: Pomifera™ Rose: Anti-Aging Serum and Complete Moisturizer
- Step 4: Pomifera™ Nourish: Facial Moisturizer
Conveniently, a complete set of these products is sold as a Pomifera™ Glow Up Bundle.
How Can I Save Money When I Purchase Shaklee Anti-Aging Skin Care Products?
There are several ways that you purchase Shaklee’s anti-aging skin care products for men more conveniently and/or for less money:
- Shaklee Membership
- Shaklee Loyalty Discounts
- Shaklee Ambassadorship (Distributorship)
Are the Bundled Sets of YOUTH® and Pomifera™ Products Worth It?
That depends. Purchasing the YOUTH® Advanced Anti-Aging Regimen bundle is more convenient, of course, than buying the five items separately. However, there is no price advantage when you purchase the bundle at the retail price.
On the other hand, purchasing the Pomifera™ Glow Up Bundle does offer a slight discount (about 5%) below the total price of the four separate items.
Shaklee Membership for Substantial Discounts!
Just like at some grocery stores, you can save approximately 15% off retail prices on Shaklee products. As you can see on Shaklee’s Membership page, there are three ways to become a Member:
- A one-time cost of $19.95
- By spending $150 on your first purchase, you get: 1) free shipping; 2) free Membership; and 3) all Member “perks.”
- Purchase a “Ready Set Wellness Bundle” for $179 (worth $285) for:
1) free shipping; 2) free Membership; and 3) 25 bonus Loyalty Points (see below).
On subsequent orders, Shaklee Members have the option of either a flat-rate shipping fee ($8.99) or free shipping on orders over $150.
Shaklee Loyalty Points
In addition to the standard 15% Membership discount, Shaklee offers “Loyalty points” that can be used to earn free products or, in some cases, further discounts. Additionally, the longer you keep up your recurring Loyalty Orders, the more points you earn back on purchases.
For an explanation of the details of the Loyalty Rewards Program, click the “Learn More” button toward the bottom of the Membership page.
By becoming a Shaklee “Ambassador,” you are given the right to establish a Shaklee distributorship and sell Shaklee products (including, of course, Shaklee’s anti-aging skin care products). For greater income, you may consider training others to build their own distributorships; you have a financial interest in their businesses.
For a look at the exciting details of becoming an entrepreneur in the wellness industry as a Shaklee Ambassador, select the following button:
What Are Some Ideas for Operating a Shaklee Ambassadorship?
There are many ways that you can operate your Shaklee Ambassadorship. For instance, you can use the long-time traditional methods involving meetings and talking with people you know—as well as people they know.
Or you might wish to consider the exciting world of online marketing!
Engaging in online marketing requires a vast amount of knowledge. But to give you some idea of what this might entail, you may want to see my articles on a Dropship Business Plan and Network Affiliate Marketing.