8 skincare do’s and dont’s for men

Skincare usually doesn’t feature anywhere in men’s health, but it is an equally important part of it. While men don’t need to clock hours in front of the mirror and dab facial products, they certainly need to follow some skin care regimes that will leave them with a fresher, better-looking skin. They are listed below.

  • Clean your face: Splashing cold water and cleansing first thing in the morning helps wash away dead skin. Use an exfoliating scrub occasionally for a deeper cleanse. Avoid scrubbing if the skin gets red, itchy and irritated.
  • Moisturize: Moisturizing should automatically follow cleansing, since it helps seal the moisture. Since most facial lotions are oil-based and work for normal skin, they’re a boon for flaky, dry skin. Men should look for a water-based product if they have oily skin.
  • Stay hydrated: The skin needs water more than anything else, and drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day does the trick for your skin. Men should also monitor how much caffeine, tea and alcohol they’re consuming, because they can dehydrate the body, and one needs to take that into account. However, consuming coffee, tea and alcohol with food and water can counter the effects.
  • Don’t consume too much sugar: Overindulging in sugar and sugary foods can lead to breakouts, with soft drinks, donuts, cake and cookies being obvious offenders. However, don’t forget to check sugar in other not-so-obvious foods such as protein bars, sauces, flavored yogurt, etc.
  • Don’t stay out in the sun for long: You might be longing for that tan, but nothing weathers the skin more than the sun. Sun rays are responsible for faster aging by slowing down cell growth and collagen production, thus robbing the skin of its elasticity. Choose a good sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 15+, which will help block harmful rays and provide you protection.
  • Sleep well: It’s age-old advice, yes, but it’s proven to be true. A good night’s sleep of 7-8 hours gives the cells time to repair and heal itself, including getting rid of breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles. Also, 7-8 hours of consistent sleep is needed every day and prolonged sleep that will make up for the entire week in one single day.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables: Pack in a good variety of fruits and vegetables which will definitely improve skin tone by fighting off effects of aging, skin damage and other atmospheric damage.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking has been known to decreases collagen production and circulation, causing the skin to lose its natural color and end up looking pale and sallow, and even undergo premature aging.

Follow the above regime for better-looking skin.

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