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ModernmanMonday, December 20th, 2010
By Robert Haynes-Peterson

You don’t need a contract with Satan — or a plastic surgeon — to look like you’ve stopped getting older. You just need these celebrity-approved tips.

ModernmanNo one worries about aging more than celebrities. After all, with the possible exception of Betty White, the older a celebrity gets, the less popular he or she is.

That’s why so many try to battle the effects of aging with Botox, cosmetic surgery, and baths in the blood of 100 virgins. (Okay, it’s only a rumor.) As a normal guy, you don’t need to worry as much about looking older — and besides, some laugh lines and a little grey hair tend to make women find men more attractive. But if you take a little care of yourself now, it’ll pay dividends down the road when you really do start to worry about looking old.

We asked some experts to explain how some male celebs who a) seemingly never age and b) are beloved by women manage to look the same for decades. Turns out, it’s not all that hard.

Johnny Depp: Use moisturize-
This guy is 47 years old. And that’s insane. Sure, some of it is good genetics, but he also takes care of himself (smoking notwithstanding). He’s probably conscientious about working out and sticks to a diet and nutrition plan that prevents his weight from yo-yoing (which stretches the skin). He no doubt also keeps his skin moisturized; you can do the same with the new non-greasy, slightly citrusy Action Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 from Anthony For Men ($40). Its peptides help to firm and increase skin elasticity as it shields you from old-making UVA/UVB rays.

Eric Stoltz: Be shady

He may have played Marty McFly in Back to the Future for five weeks, but Stoltz isn’t a time traveler. Nor does he wear a Mask. (Cher fans will get the joke.) Stoltz does, however, know how getting too much sun can make you look like a hunk of saddle leather by middle age. So if you’re going to spend hours in the sun, use some frigging sunscreen. Mission Skincare makes guy-friendly products able to protect even sweat-drenched athletes.  The vitamin-enriched  Anti-Sting Sunscreen SPF 30+ Facestick ($10) is non-greasy and won’t drip into your eyes like traditional sunscreens.

David Duchovny: Give your razor a rest

you already know that you should take your time while shaving, Agent Kalifornicator has certainly taken that advice between shaves. “Facial hair or a shadow automatically makes you look younger, as long as it doesn’t grow in completely gray,” says Erika Chloe, founder of fashion/grooming consulting firm My Image Expert. When you do shave, reach for a product like Menscience Advanced Shaved Formula ($25) beforehand. The foamless gel provides a thick layer of skin lubrication that allows for multiple swipes and contains salicylic acid to combat ingrown hairs, tea tree extract to prevent itching and irritation, and grape seed to repair damaged (read: older-looking) skin.

Eddie Murphy: Keep your eyes on the prize

thankfully, the radiation from Eddie’s string of box office bombs hasn’t affected the skin around his eyes. He may be pushing 50 years old, but one of the telltale sign of aging — crow’s feet — are nowhere to be found. This means he’s getting plenty of rest, not roasting in the sun, and using products like Zirh Platinum Revive Under-Eye ($65) and Zirh Reverse Anti-Aging Serum ($45). The moisturizing duo erases dark circles, puffiness, and age-revealing lines by repairing damaged areas around the eyes.

Matt LeBlanc: Go gray the right way

for his upcoming Showtime series Episodes, LeBlanc has opted to sport some serious gray. But can Joey — er, Matt pull a Clooney and make gray look cool without looking old? “LeBlanc’s got a baby face and great skin, so the salt-and-pepper works for him … but it really depends on your features,” Chloe says. (Angular or overweight faces often look older.) If your hair is trending more toward Gandalf-white, track down a professional who can add in the right amount of cover, or consider camouflage coloring (think Just for Men’s Touch of Gray, $8) that employ metallic salts for “controllable” coloring.

Bruce Willis: Shave the horseshoe

“If you have ‘horseshoe hair,’ it’s sometimes better to go all in and shave your entire head — or crop it very close — to give you a more youthful look,” Chloe says. Willis, Patrick Stewart, and Jason Statham have all turned baldness into badassness. The fact that they’re all in great shape also makes them look younger. If you go hairless, moisturize your crown and consider applying Urban Decay’s De-Slick in a Tube ($28) to reduce shine and tighten pores.

Pee-wee Herman: Today’s secret word is: Ageless
Onstage and in full makeup, Pee-wee doesn’t look like he’s aged a day. Well, duh! He probably uses stuff like Skin Supplies for Men M Cover ($14), water and sweat-resistant concealer that rubs on to cover blemishes, redness, shaving nicks, and dark circles. For Pee-wee, it hides the fact that the guy underneath the gray suit is actually pushing 60.
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