7 Skin Care Tips For Men
Guys need to take care of their skin too. It is just as important as going to the gym, eating right and getting enough sleep.
The beauty industry spends millions on advertising that targets women. The truth of the matter is that we all have skin and we all need to take care of it. Yes, this includes the guys.
The skin has three layers called the hypodermis, dermis, and epidermis. The skin acts as a protective barrier to from the outside world. It provides protection from mechanical impact and pressure, micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals to name a few.
The skin also helps the body moderate changes in temperature by sweating. Skin is the master of sensation, with an expansive network of nerve cells that tell us when things are changing in our environment.
The skin has a lot of essential functions, so it is critical to take good care of your skin. Your skin is exposed to endless assaults on a daily basis. The least we can do is give it a bit of pampering!
Here are eight ways to take care of your skin both inside and out. These tips will keep your skin in good shape for the long life ahead of you.
Getting enough water is imperative to your health and if you are dehydrated your skin will let you know by becoming tight, dry and flaky. Our skin, just like all other organs of our body, is made of millions of cells, if these cells do not have water they simply can not function at their best. Try not to wait until you are feeling parched to reach for your water bottle to satisfy your thirst. Try to make a habit getting adequate water daily to prevent dehydration in the first place.
Nutrition plays a significant role in the health of our skin. Ensuring that you get adequate fresh vegetables and fruit, essential fatty acids, as well as lean sources of protein will help to maintain the skin’s barrier function. Try incorporating foods such as berries, oranges, papaya, and peppers into your diet. These are excellent sources of vitamin C as well as other anti-oxidants. Also, if you happen to be one of the many who notice certain skin reactions (eczema, acne, hives) when consuming wheat or dairy products it may be beneficial to eliminate these foods from your diet altogether.
Try making your own clay masks! Clay masks can be a wonderful way to help draw out excess oils, clean pores and re-mineralize the skin.
Always start by washing your skin.
Make a paste of dry bentonite clay, four drops of tea tree oil, water (1-2 tbsp) and ground oatmeal (1 tbsp).
Apply the clay mask to your face and make sure you are avoiding the eyes and mouth. Let the mask sit for ten or fifteen minutes or until the clay starts to dry. Don’t let the mask dry completely as this will dehydrate your skin.
Wash the face completely and give it a splash of cold water to close up those pores. After everything is said and done, use your moisturizing creams or butters.
Dry Skin Brushing and Steam
The magical pore opening effects of steam can have wonderful effects on both the function and appearance of your skin.
Put a plastic chair in your bathroom and turn on the shower to the hottest possible temperature.
Take a seat outside of the shower and using a natural-bristled brush, make small circles with your hands towards your heart.
Repeat the circles on both sides of your legs and arms.
The term exfoliation refers to the gentle removal of the dead cells on the skin’s outermost layer and can be an excellent way to give your skin a fresher and smoother appearance. There are a plethora of conventional exfoliants on the market. The main problem with these is that many of them use microbeads. These small plastic balls that don’t get filtered by water treatment facilities and are washed right back into our water supply. Those little plastic balls are harming our environmental ecosystems. When you use salt or other natural coarse ingredients, they will give your skin that healthy glow and preserve our planet’s water sources.
Get a reasonably sized bowl of Epsom or coarse salt and turn on the shower to a warm or comfortable temperature.
Get into the shower to get your whole body wet and then turn off the shower.
Cover your body with the coarse salt. Start making small circles up the limbs towards the heart to exfoliate the skin.
Make sure you are gentle on the face and other sensitive areas.
Hydrate Your Skin
Beyond preventing dehydration by drinking plenty of water, you need to ensure that your skin is topically hydrated too. After a warm shower or bath, apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin. Lotions are usually water-based and can dry out your skin even more. It’s best to use a combination of waxes, oils, and butters such as a cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, or bee’s wax.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
This tip is a no-brainer, and I hope that its common-sense. We should all know that avoiding excessive amounts of the sun’s rays is important. It prevents the skin from developing skin cancers, including basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Make sure you’re wearing proper clothing for whatever the season is. Try investing in a hat with a wide enough brim so as to cover your neck and face. Don’t forget to find plenty of shade and wear your sunglasses.
When the UV index is reported to be higher than normal, make sure you wear sunscreen. The environmental working group publishes a list of the best sunscreens as well as ones you should stay clear of. They rank them based on their overall effectiveness and ingredient list for the current year. You should check them out. See how your sunscreen ranks or find one that will work for you!
For many guys, skin care is just not on the radar. If this is the case for you, it might be time to have a good look in the mirror. Pay some respect to the essential bodily organ that truly keeps everything together for you.
Give these eight skin tips a try to keep you feeling and looking healthy, inside and out.