Women have always taken greater strides when it comes to skincare. But so should men. First impressions make a difference and the appearance of your skin matters. Men with good skin, reflects not only good health but also displays confidence and vitality, qualities valued especially in the workplace.
Practicing good skincare may seem vain, but everyone deals with skin problems throughout their lives, including men. Men are beginning to pay more attention to their major organ of their body (skin) than in the past. In fact, a 2017 survey found that the market for male skin care had a 1.1 percent increases from the previous year and 64 percent of men admitted to using facial products for improving the appearance of their skin.
Skin care for men is different from skin care for women. Men have their own issues with their skin. They deal with facial hair that can become ingrown and active oil glands producing acne. Men also spend more time outdoors, often forgoing sunscreen increasing their risk for skin cancer and premature wrinkling or aging.
If you care about your skin and want to keep it healthy and blemish-free, take into consideration the following three things you need to do for good skin:
- Find a skin care routine that works with your lifestyle and that you will stick to
- Be willing to make lifestyle changes benefitting your skin health
- Be willing to make simple changes to your current skin care routine with the goal of healthier-looking skin
Here’s a look at the top ways you can achieve great-looking skin:
Have a morning and nighttime skincare routine
After sleeping, wake yourself up with a splash of cool water onto the face – this helps slough off dead skin cells that can stick together causing dull-looking skin. Then, use a skincare wash containing glycolic acid both in the morning and again at night. Once or twice a week, use an exfoliating scrub helping to stimulate new skin cell growth, being careful not to over scrub leaving skin red or irritated.
Before going to bed, use the same skincare wash you used in the morning to wash away all dirt and grime from the day. If you’re acne-prone, this can help prevent breakouts. After cleansing your face at night, moisturize it with a men’s nighttime moisturizer which helps replenish and repair skin for a clearer, brighter complexion.
After workouts, clean your face
Working up a sweat is great for increasing muscle mass and cardiovascular health, but skin exposed to excessive sweat and possible germs from gym equipment, can be a recipe for disaster. Always wash your face after exercising cleaning off any dirt, sweat, grime, and germs that can clog pores leading to acne or skin rashes.
While skincare moisturizers do their part of locking in moisture onto your skin, take advantage of drinking plenty of water moisturizing skin from the inside out.
The recommendation is to consume at least 8-10 cups of water daily to prevent dehydration. “Watery” foods also help supply water to your body – include watermelon, oranges, strawberries, leafy greens, and cucumbers. If coffee and alcohol are a part of your “fluid” intake, keep in mind, both are diuretics causing water loss doing little to nothing for good skin health.
Avoid too much sugar
If you have a sweet tooth, beware – sugar is known to cause inflammation which can lead to breakouts. That burst of inflammation will also trigger the body’s production of free radicals that can lead to gum disease, heart issues, and diabetes.
Keep in mind that a steady diet of sugar bombs such as donuts, cookies, cake, and soda are some of the worst sugar-laden foods to be eating. Get in the habit of reading the Nutrition Facts Label on packaged food and avoid foods that have more than 6 grams of total sugar per serving. Satisfy your sugar cravings instead with foods that naturally contain sugar but that are also packed with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, like fruit, or fruit flavored Greek yogurts, high-protein bars, or energy balls made with ingredients such as natural peanut butter and dried fruit.
Get adequate and consistent sleep
Too many late nights will catch up with your skin – a good night’s sleep of at least 7-8 hours a night is when your skin goes into repair and regenerate mode. Lacking sleep not only increases the appearance of dark under-eye circles, but also worsens blemishes, wrinkles, and fine lines. Poor sleep habits have been shown to increase cortisol levels, triggering the skin’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
It’s tempting to simply sleep in on the weekends “catching up” on sleep. While it sounds good in theory, your skin needs regular, consistent sleep to look its best.
Avoid excessive sun exposure
The biggest contributor to skin wrinkles is that big ball of fire in the sky – the sun. Sun exposure is a significant factor in the development of wrinkles and how early they appear. Ultraviolet light (UV) damages collagen and elastic tissue in the skin leading not only to wrinkles but also to skin sagging and dark spots that appear with aging. This same UV light is also responsible for damaging sun burns that increase your risk for skin cancer. Years of exposure to sunlight, especially without wearing sunscreen, can result in three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.
To minimize wrinkles, sagging and dark spots, along with preventing sun burns or skin cancer, always wear protective sunscreen of at least 50 SPF that states “broad spectrum” applied on all exposed skin year round. Also be sun smart by wearing a hat, sunglasses, sun protective clothing and seek shade when possible.
The bad effects of smoking on your skin are overshadowed by the other health issues that this addiction can cause such as lung cancer. However, smoking significantly hurts the appearance of your skin and here are some ways how:
- It restricts tiny blood vessels near the surface of skin
- Deprives your skin of oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy
- Inhibits the production of collagen, a protein keeping your skin smooth and resilient
- Causes premature wrinkling of your skin, especially resulting in deep lines visible around the mouth and crow’s feet around the eyes making you look older than you are
- Your skin tone will look uneven and pale
- Toxins in cigarette smoke makes skin dry and dull
- Smoking is a known carcinogen increasing your risk of skin cancer
Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy. Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncolo gy and prostate cancer 911.