Tips for Healthier Skin for Men
Here are top ways to care for your skin, both inside and out, that will help keep your skin in good shape for the years ahead of you.
Getting adequate water is essential to your health and if you are dehydrated your skin will let you know by becoming dry, tight and flaky, with less resilience and more prone to wrinkling. Our skin, just like all other organs of our body, is composed of millions of cells, that without water cannot function at their best. And don’t wait until you’re feeling parched to reach for your water bottle to quench your thirst, make it a habit to get adequate water daily to prevent dehydration in the first place. Check out my expert tip on how to keep your water intake up throughout the day.
Supplementation with this important anti-oxidant is an excellent way to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle free. Found in all layers of the skin, vitamin C helps to strengthen collagen, important in maintaining our skin’s elasticity
Nutrition plays a critical role in the health of our skin. Ensuring that you get adequate fruit and vegetables, essential fatty acids, as well as lean sources of protein can help to maintain the skin’s barrier function, protecting you from everyday damaging exposures. Try incorporating foods such as oranges, berries, peppers, and papaya into your diet, which are great sources of vitamin C as well as other anti-oxidants. And if you’re one of the many who notice certain skin reactions (acne, eczema, hives) with the consumption of dairy or wheat products it may be beneficial to eliminate these foods from your diet to determine if you might have an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity to them.
Making your own clay masks can be an great way to help draw out excess oils, clean pores and re-mineralize the skin.
- Start by washing your skin.
- Make a paste of dry bentonite clay (1 tbsp – also useful for making tooth pastes), tea tree oil (4 drops – for acne prone skin), water (1-2 tbsp) and ground oatmeal (1 tbsp).
- Apply the clay mask to your face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes or until the clay begins to dry. Don’t let the mask completely dry as this will dehydrate your skin.
- Wash the face completely and splash on ice cold water to help close up those pores, then use your moisturizing creams or butters.
Dry Skin Brushing and Steam
By improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, dry skin brushing, and the pore opening effects of steam, can have a positive effect on both the appearance and function of your skin.
- Place a plastic chair in your bathroom and turn on the shower to the hottest temperature.
- Have a seat outside of the shower and using a natural bristled brush, gently make small circles from your hands towards your heart. The coarse hairs should barely scratch your skin.
- Repeat the circles on both sides of the arms and up the legs.
The term exfoliation refers to the gentle removal of the dead cells on the skin’s outermost layer, and can be a great way to give your skin a fresher and smoother appearance. While there are numerous conventional exfoliants on the market, the problem with these is that many of them use microbeads, or small plastic balls, which are not filtered by water treatment facilities and are washed right back into our water supply, harming our environmental ecosystems. Using salt, or other natural coarse ingredients, to make your own exfoliants can help give your skin a healthy glow and protect our planet’s water sources.
Hydrate Your Skin
Beyond preventing dehydration by drinking plenty of clean water, ensuring your skin is topically hydrated can be a wonderful addition to any skincare regime. After a warm bath or shower, apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin. Lotions are often water-based and can dry out your skin even more. It’s best to use a combination of oils, waxes and butters such as a shea butter, coco butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, or bee’s wax.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure
This is a no-brainer and is hopefully common-sense. We all know that avoiding excessive amounts of the sun’s rays is important to not only keeping our skin looking youthful, but also in avoiding skin cancers, including melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. The very first steps you should make to avoid sun exposure is to ensure you are wearing proper clothing, including long sleeves and pants as well as a hat with a wide enough brim so as to cover your face and neck. Don’t forget your sunglasses and do your best to find some shade. Use sunscreen especially when the UV index is reported to be high and when other options for sun protection are limited or infeasible.