Most men believe that the key to banishing the aging daemons is to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Although very true, these age-related imperfections make up just a fraction of unwanted skin features associated with truly living it up. Besides this common belief, it is imperative to understand some of the other key features of aging - or rapid-aging per se, in order for you to be truly able to combat and remove them.
Such men's aging characteristics include; facial drooping, sagging, tired looking eyes and general skin dullness. Furthermore, fatigued skin, excessively sun damaged skin and harder to remove facial blemishes.
To truly eliminate the above characteristics it is imperative to understand your skin so that you can look at more highly active and concentrated ingredients, which your skin truly requires for complete regeneration. Just like adding racing tires on an F1 car, you first need to understand the car’s specs and capabilities in order to set up the right tires.
A good anti-vice skin care program requires more than just the adoption of a good series of products. It revolves around your daily, hectic lifestyle. Generally, your skin actually reacts more to what you do and what you eat; the acne you get in the morning is not random. We’ve taken into account drinking, smoking, stress, sun, and fatigue you go through which affects your skin. Below are a few points to get you started.
Wash Your Hands Regularly
I don’t want to scare you, or make you feel paranoid - but touching your face without washing your hands regularly can lead to serious bacterial infections, not only on your skin but around your eyes as well. Shaking hands, bars, handrails, scooters, Ubers, metros, even your own doorknob contains countless bacteria.
The skin is a protective barrier to keep bacteria out, but small openings and cuts in your skin can invite bacteria from your hands to cause acne or bacterial infections like styes (paired with stress).
Avoiding Sun Beds
We don’t want to have to list the detrimental effects of sunbeds and tanning salons on your skin. It’s just important to note that they are plain and simply not good for you. Use a moisturizing tanning lotion if you must - just check the ingredient list for any Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, mineral oil, Amyl acetate, Octyl stearate, Isopropyl myristate, and Artificial fragrances and colors, if you want to look bronzed. Premature aging, skin damage, pigment eruption, and cancer all far outweigh the benefits of looking good during those bleak winter months.
Drinking 8 Glasses of Water Per Day
Drinking eight glasses of water is a big ask, we know. We advise to start off slowly and get yourself in the frame of mind for it. Start off with four a day for a week and move onto 5, 6, 7 and 8 over the course of a month. Take a large bottle with you to work as well. Because let’s face it, you don’t want to be getting up every 5 minutes to get one of those plastic dispenser cups.
Water makes your skin look more hydrated and plump (not the most masculine of words we know!). Ultimately resulting in a more refined and toned complexion, within the space of four weeks you will see a dramatic improvement in your overall look and will be rolling back the years at a rate of knots. Water also helps your skin naturally dispense of dirt and toxins, also crucial for an anti-aging lifestyle.
Get 8 Hours of Sleep Per Night
I don’t even do this; the human body needs this amount of sleep for long term optimal functionality. If it doesn’t, your stress and tiredness levels will rise. Under these conditions, the first thing to bolt is your skin. Eye bags, puffiness, and fatigue will all show their ugly side, even if you miss just a couple of eight-hour sleep each week. Enjoy your sleep, learn how to switch off and really rest your mind and body and your skin will very much thank you for it.
You cannot ignore the importance of exercise when it comes to men looking younger. As well as dramatically reducing stress levels, improving your well-being and promoting a more positive frame of mind. Regular exercise improves skin functionality, water dispersion and generates a more vibrant epidermis. As a result, your skin looks fresher, more evenly toned and refined, all contributing to a younger-looking glow.
Managing Day-to-Day Stress
Be sure to get some ‘me time’. Whether it is watching your favorite comedy, reading a book, or hanging out at a lounge bar. Whatever it is, you need to learn how to unwind and your skin will thank you very much for it. Excessive facial contractions are very much associated with higher stress levels, such contractions cause fine lines and crevices to appear, and yes, you’ve guessed it, faster-aging skin. Cut it out. Let the stress wash away and plan how you are going to fix the problems. Whilst it may sound excessive, reduced stress levels ensure your outer layer of skin is protected, meaning if you become run down, you are not left paying the price for weeks on end.
Avoiding Fatty and Greasy Foods.
Fatty and greasy food, as well as not being good for your health, play absolute havoc with your skin. They affect your skin’s natural oil barrier and ultimately balance, as well as placing it under intense pressure to remain supple and smooth. After all, what goes in, has to come out, and in the case of greasy food, your skin is one of the things that will inevitably fail, should this be a regular occurrence.
Eating Lots of Vegetables
Vegetables are great at promoting younger looking skin for everyone. They are charged with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which improves your skin’s capability to perform and look younger and fresher. Such antioxidants ensure that your skin is greater protected against the inbound of harmful toxins and in the long run, remove some of the key signs of general aging. Dullness and roughness are no more after a good few weeks on the good stuff.
Ease out the Cocktails and Cigarettes
Moderation is key here, need I say any more. Alcohol and cigarettes on a regular basis are a complete NO if you are looking for a great anti-aging skincare program. You may as well hand over the reins to your grooming gremlins if you wish to persist in such an unhealthy activity. Drinking socially, in reality, will not hinder your skin’s performance and youthful look drastically, but too much of it and it could be very much game over - Oh those tequila nights.
So, let’s lay out the fundamental foundations step-by-step for truly younger looking male skin. In the next post, we'll look at a six-step guide which is not too dissimilar from your average skincare routine, but there are one or two gems in there, which will give you an advantage when it comes to fending off some of those before mentioned age-related imperfections. Below are some sets and products which facilitate in banishing the aforementioned lifestyle effects.