Next time you crack open an IPA, tell wifey you're doing it for your future together. IPAs are loaded with silicon, which means one or two of them will help keep your skin higher and tighter. (Then she'll probably crack one open, too.)
Lagunitas IPA, $9, for a six-pack lagunitas.com
Break Through Those Breakouts
"An occasional zit can be caused by genes, sweat, even dairy and sugar. When you break out, try an oil-free 2 percent salicylic-acid spot treatment by Neutrogena. It works overnight. If the zit is really deep, head to your dermatologist for a prescription or a quick-fix shot of cortisone."—N.Y.C. dermatologist Sapna Westley.
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Spot Gel, $7, available at target.com
Take Out a 401(k) on Your Face
Dropping a C-note on serum? Damn right. Start using it in your twenties or thirties for Dorian Gray–like effects down the road. This stuff helps prevent wrinkles and clears up dark patches, and it made us look like we got five more hours of sleep than we actually did.Colbert M.D. Stimulate: The Serum, $140, available at colbertmd.com
Sober Up Your Hangover Eyes
Here's what you do: You get a minuscule dollop of this stuff on each ring finger, and then you gently pat around your eyes.
Doing this feels dainty, weird, kind of girlie. But when you're done, you can literally feel your skin tightening up. The bags under your eyes deflate. You look younger instantly—and will look younger later, too, without deeper bags and crow's-feet.
Sircuit Cosmeceuticals I. Cee U.+ Gel, $120, available at sircuitskin.com
Don't Laugh at the Man in the Mask
Every Sunday night, I indulge in three things: Homeland, Thai takeout, and a face mask. Actually, a lava-mud face masque from Kyoku, which sounds even more ridiculous as I type it out. Still, it's the most relaxing part of my week.
It's bizarre the first time, when you look in the mirror and Heath Ledger's Joker is staring back. But after a minute or so, the thick mud dives deep and your skin starts buzzing—a sensation I can only assume is dirt being sucked out of my pores. Ever since I've started using it, blackheads have been less frequent, my blotchiness has chilled out, and bumps have been nonexistent. The only stressful part of the night is remembering to hose down my face before the delivery guy rings.
Kyoku for Men Lava Masque, $22.50, kyokuformen.com
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