The most common mistake guys make with their skin is doing nothing. In other words, many just don’t put skin care on the top of their priority list. As a parent of 3 grown men, I feel comfortable saying even though showering and hair product are rarely neglected, skin care is not likely a top consideration. Beyond skipping any skin care regimen, there are other things guys do to their skin that may be working against them.
The epidermis, or skin is the largest organ of the body, therefore it should get a little more attention than just a shower and a shave. Every single day guys are taking their skin for granted and doing little if anything to keep their skin healthy. Paying attention to skin care now will help to avoid the Shar-pei look down the road. That look is cute on a dog, but not a guy.
1. Wash your pillow case- Though this skin mistake likely applies to those men that are still single (remember, I’m a mom) guys, wash your sheets! Dirty sheets, more specifically pillow cases, are loaded with germs and bacteria. Regardless of how clean you may be the combination of sweat, saliva and accumulated dirt on your pillow case may trigger breakouts during your sweet dreams. To keep skin clean and clear, ideally wash sheets weekly.
2. Razor burn- If you’re in a hurry, you may apply too much pressure on your DE trying to get a quick one pass shave which can leave skin dry and “burned.” Your best bet is to shave in the shower, this will soften the skin and your bristles more than just a shave over the sink. You’ll not only get a closer shave, but avoid the burn caused by dry skin. Be sure to use a shaving soap puck that contains skin softening properties like kokum butter. Expert Tip: Keep a tube of aloe in the fridge and after your shave instead of closing your pores with a cold splash of water rinse with warm water and then rub on the cold aloe. This will feed your skin and close your pores at the same time. Steer clear of alcohol based aftershaves at all costs!
3. Protein overload- There is no doubt that men and meat go together like peas and carrots. However, you may want to reconsider protein overload. With the interest in the Paleo and other high protein diets, remember that skin can take a beating from too much protein. Dehydration and nutritional deficiencies may result in dry, itchy and dull skin. There is nothing better for skin than kicking up your fruits, veggies and whole grains in addition to your protein selections. Next time you want to go for the 24 oz. steak maybe reconsider.
4. Moisturizing is not just a chick thing. Getting older means less natural oil produced by your skin. Therefore, moisturizing on a daily basis keeps skin looking great. Different skin types will require different types of lotions. Check with your dermatologist or skin care professional for the best moisturizer for your skin.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water: Studies show that the body is over 75% water. Hence, dehydration is always a concern, especially if you’re active. Aside from keeping the body hydrated and vertical, water removes toxins from the body and keeps skin looking healthy versus dry and ashen. Never a good look. As far as quantity of water, that continues to be debated. According to WebMD, 12.5 cups of water for men is suggested.
6. Binge Drinking - Though once out of college, binge drinking is something of the past. However, thanks to weddings, parties and ballgames, increased drinking is still a part of life. Given that a beer here and there isn’t a big deal, over imbibing can cause some serious dehydration. So ideally, refer to #5, to understand effects of dehydration. If you are having a couple of drinks, try a 1/1 ratio of alcohol and water to stay hydrated and minimize the affects of alcohol, i.e. dehydration.
Skin care for men is not something that is often talked about, likely for no other reason that it’s just not a priority. The truth however is that being tough on your skin now will become apparent later. Healthy skin is a sign of good health. Take care of yourself and you’re skin will thank you! [Bonus Tip 7: See Infographic Below!]
Nicki Anderson is the health and fitness columnist for Chicago Suburban Newspapers, Tribune Company/Naperville Magazine and contributor to numerous magazines and websites including, MSNBC.com, Forbes.com and FitnessMagazine.com, Real Simple, Prevention, Women’s Health and Women’s’ Running, Men’s Health and Fitness. Nicki also writes expert content forThriveMedSpa.com in her free time. For more information about Nicki visit www.nickianderson.com and connect with her onGoogle+ and Twitter.
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