Men who have young and healthy skin probably don't give much thought to looking after it. It looks great in the mirror so why bother huh ? Well, this is the time when you should be laying the groundwork and getting into the habit of caring for your skin. Most people, men especially, start thinking about this when it's too late. The truth is that when the fine lines and age spots are starting to appear it's almost too late.
The good news is that you don't have to spend a fortune on products to keep your skin healthy and young looking. They might help as natural aging occurs but the foundation to healthy skin is making sure your lifestyle is right.
What does that mean ? Well, here are 4 things you should think about doing as soon as you finish reading this article. Not all at once though ;)
1. Give The Death Stick The Flick
Aging of the body and skin is greatly increased when you smoke tobacco. Smoking has many serious effects inside the body and ultimately on our surface layer – the skin.
For instance, when smoke comes in contact with the skin it can cause biochemical alterations to the structure of the skin. It is thought to destroy normal healthy skin by damaging the collagen and elastin proteins that can be found in the deeper dermal layers. These are responsible for the elasticity and pliability of the skin tissue.
Men who smoke are more likely to get wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Why ? It's because of the nicotine in cigarette tobacco. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels and deprives oxygen and nutrient distribution, which slows cellular production and growth. If you want healthy and less prematurely aged skin, you should stop smoking now.
Check out what happens to you when you stop smoking here (infographic)
2. Get Your Sweat On
Doing regular exercise can maintain the body’s strength, stamina, posture and keep the skin in good condition. Conversely a lack of exercise or a sedentary lifestyle can encourage the body to slow down and trigger the onset of the aging process.
Exercise gets the blood flowing which gets nutrients to the places it needs to be. As we age, the extremities of the body like the feet and hands may not get the nutrients they need leading to problems.
Sweating during an exercise routine can release toxins from the body. It also encourages natural sebum oil to be released. Sebum is the body's natural moisturizer.
Ooh, and yes, sex is a great way to get some exercise...and has a whole load of other benefits too ;)
: If you haven't exercised recently or regularly, get checked out by your health care provider before starting a program.
3. Toss the Pizza
For a number of reasons people eat unhealthy food. Maybe it's convenience or maybe they don't know better. No doubt bad foods like pizza taste good but are generally not very nourishing. Food that doesn't nourish, eaten over a prolonged period of time can lead to health issues later on in life. In terms of the skin and signs of aging, the problems going on inside the body are often displayed on the skin.
So you need to eat a balanced diet. For anti-aging, you need to eat food that are high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals that can damage all cells, including skin cells.
Anti-oxidants are found in fresh fruits and vegetables. So eat salads and try to get more fruit into your diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon are also good for you.
Get into the habit of juicing your favorite fruits and have an anti-oxidant shot every morning. Check out this tasty recipe
Okay, you don't have to toss the pizza completely. Treating yourself by indulging in these not so good foods once in a while is fine just don't over do it.
4. DIY Anti-aging For Men
There are many homemade anti aging methods for men that are effective to bring out healthy skin. In fact, many of the homemade recipes that are given to women will work just as well on male skin.
Here is one example :
when combined and applied on the face for about 20 to 30 minutes can help smooth out wrinkles , uneven skin tone, age lines, and other signs of aging.
For starters, try a bit of the formulation on a patch of skin on your arm or leg to see that the skin doesn't react badly to it. It probably won't but it's best to be sure.
See a few of the home made recipes for skin care
featured on our site.
: Wear Sunscreen and other protection (clothing, sunglasses and hat) when in the sun. UVA and UVB radiation from the sun is one of the leading causes of damaged and prematurely aged skin.