Having radiant, toned facial skin is not just a women’s matter. In fact, research shows that women are more attracted to men who have good skin. That’s why having a solid skin care routine – even if you’re a guy – is of utmost importance! It doesn’t have to involve expensive creams or cosmetic surgeries either. With these 10 simple skin care tips, you can be well on your way to tightening your facial skin and preventing unsightly wrinkles. Here’s how:
Skin Care Tip #1: Limit Your Sun Exposure to Keep Signs of Aging at Bay
While staying completely out of the sun is next to impossible now that we are in the height of summer, limiting your sun exposure (particularly between the hours of 10AM – 3PM) is the next best option. As you know, the sun’s harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on your skin, causing several types of skin cancer at it’s worst, but also causing signs of premature aging, like wrinkles. Ever heard of someone having “sunspots” or “leathery” skin? Discoloration and textural changes are actually very common side effects of sun exposure – especially those who are frequently out in the sun or who have gotten many sunburns as children. After years of sun exposure, the skin’s ability to retain moisture is reduced due to the thickening of the inner layers of the skin. This means that wrinkles and fine lines are more visible, particularly on the face. What’s more is that the UV rays of the sun actually break down the elastin in your skin, meaning the skin sags and stretches but also loses its ability to “bounce back”. So while you’re young and are eager to sport a nice tanned look in your sleeveless shirt, think about your skin’s health as you age, because it WILL catch up with you.
Skin Care Tip #2: Lather Up with Sunscreen Daily to Prevent Wrinkles
Related to #1, research has shown that applying sunscreen daily prevents not only skin cancer, but also the appearance of wrinkles. Here’s the catch though: in order to prevent photoaging, or the change of the skin due to sun exposure, the sunscreen must have an SPF of at least 15 and must also be “broad spectrum”, or protect against UVA and UVB rays. Many over the counter daily moisturizers have sunscreen in them, making this an easy habit to include in your daily skin care routine. This leads into tip #3…
Skin Care Tip #3: Moisturize for Younger, Firmer Looking Skin!
A good facial moisturizer doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive one. In fact, there are many affordable moisturizers on the market that’ll do the job! If you think putting lotion on your face is just for women, think again. Keeping your skin moisturized is not only healthy for your skin’s texture and composition, but it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which means a younger looking face! Don’t forget to buy one with an SPF of 15 or more built in, and be sure to apply it daily for best results.
Skin Care Tip #4: Hydrate Your Skin with Plenty of H2O
We all know the recommendation is to drink 8 glasses of water a day for our overall health. But did you know that drinking water also helps the skin? Think of it as moisturizing from the inside out! Skin that is well hydrated is smoother, firmer, and clearer. This is partially because many structures that make up the skin’s composition require water to function adequately. So be sure to take in plenty of H2O each day, always choosing water over sugary juices or sodas (which can cause skin inflammation)
Skin Care Tip #5: Move Your Body…And Your Face!
Consider what happens to your leg muscles if you’ve ever had a cast on for 6 weeks. Typically the muscles are weakened and the skin becomes looser and saggier. Unfortunately, the same is true for your face. Moving and exercising your facial muscles is just as important as moving your other muscles! Doing so promotes blood flow to the area, but also increases protein synthesis, which increases the tone in the collagen and muscles of the face, preventing the effects of gravity on facial skin. For some help with toning your face muscles as well as some super simple facial exercises, check out this blog.
Skin Care Tip #6: Keep Your Stress Levels Down for Better Skin
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Whether it be job stress, family stress, or even positive stressors like a wedding or a new baby, stress definitely “shows” on your face over time. Cortisol, aka the stress hormone, damages the skin’s ability to hold onto water. This of course leads to dryness and inflammation. Cortisol also elevates the blood sugar level in your body, which damages collagen and elastin – two essential fibers that keep your skin supple and smooth. Therefore, it is wise to find healthy ways to manage your stress levels, like yoga or another form of exercise, before it shows up on your face.
Skin Care Tip #7: Eat Better for Healthy Looking Skin
“You are what you eat!” It’s certainly true when it comes to skin care. What you put in your body can definitely show on your outward appearance if you’re not careful. Research shows that a diet full of nuts, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins can positively affect your body’s hormone balance and lessen skin inflammation. While eradicating greasy and sugary foods from your diet is nearly impossible, try to limit your intake of these things – particularly if you’re striving for a clearer complexion.
Skin Care Tip #8: The Quickest & Easiest Way to Better Skin? Catch Up on Those Zzz’s!
Beauty sleep – it’s not just for women! In today’s fast-paced world, where we’re trying to cram a week’s worth of activities into a 24 hour period, sleep is often pushed down on the priority list. Yet sleep is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your appearance! In fact, boosting your hours of sleep from 6 hours to 9 hours a night will cause a noticeable difference in your outward appearance to others! Not only does sleep deprivation wreak havoc on your energy levels and mood, but it also takes a toll on your face by increasing the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and bags under the eyes. During sleep, your skin is replenishing and making new collagen, which helps prevent wrinkles and sagginess. Do yourself a favor and don’t skip out on those Zzz’s.
Skin Care Tip #9: Kick the Bad Habits to the Curb for Smoother, Younger Looking Skin
If you need another reason to quit smoking, consider this to be it. Smoking is one of the leading accelerators of your skin’s natural aging process, meaning adopting this habit will make you look years older than you actually are. Smoking narrows the blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to the outer layer of your skin, slowly depriving your skin of these essential substances. This eventually allows harmful free radicals to form, which do some significant damage to the collagen that keeps your skin’s elasticity and strength intact, and ultimately causes premature aging.
Want clearer, younger skin? Cut back on the booze! While the occasional adult beverage is fine (everything in moderation, right?), you’re going to want to think twice before pouring yourself another beer. Alcohol dehydrates the skin – it literally sucks all the moisture out of it. This means that fine lines and wrinkles will be more visible, making you look years older than you actually are. But alcohol is a double whammy, because it also inflames the tissue of the skin. You may think that a red face is no big deal, but if you continue drinking for several years, this seemingly innocent redness could turn into a permanent feature of your facial skin.
Skin Care Tip #10: Don’t Forget to Wash Your Face!
Again, this is not just for make-up wearing women. Face washing is an important part of a healthy skin care routine for men too! Throughout the course of the day, dirt, oil, bacteria, viruses, and dead skin cells accumulate on your face. Washing your face daily clears the skin of these debris, giving you a fresher, cleaner look and feel. It also hydrates your skin, which helps reduce the signs of aging. It should only take a couple of minutes each night, and you could even do it as part of your nightly routine when you brush your teeth before bed.
Overall, following these 10 simple skin care do’s and don’ts will put you on the path to having healthier, more youthful looking skin. And isn’t that what everyone’s after anyway?