DO’S AND DON’TS OF MEN SKINCARE MANTRAS

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From combating teenage acne to scoffing at the first signs of wrinkles, it’s hard to overcome the good-skin game, but before cursing, ask yourself whether your lifestyle habits are satisfactory. By that we don’t mean spending hours in front of the mirror or using your sister’s facial products. Using too many products can actually irritate skin. The key is washing and moisturizing every day and following a few other basic maintenances as given below.

Cleansing:
A splash of cold water helps you eliminate dead skin cells that stick together and make your face look dull. Use a wash with glycolic acid, both in the morning and before bed. For a deeper clean that also stimulates the growth of new skin cells, wash with an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week. Just don’t overdo it.

Moisturizing:
Moisturizer should be an automatic step 2 after cleansing. Apply moisturizer when skin is still slightly damp to help seal in moisture. Most face lotions are oil-based, which work well for men with normal to dry skin. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, look for a water-based product.

Hydration:
Lotion is only half of the hydration; the skin needs moisture from inside out, too.  Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Also keep tabs on how much alcohol and caffeine intakes, both can make you dehydrated.

Keep Wrinkles At Bay:
Adding a retinol cream to your daily routine in your 20s will help the wrinkles down the road. Retinol boosts cell growth and collagen production, which improves the tone of even non-wrinkled skin. Since the wrinkle-fighting ingredient makes skin more sensitive to the sun, use retinol with moisturizer it at night.

Cut Down Sugar:
High-sugar diet cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts. Cookies, cake, donuts, and soft drinks are obvious offenders.

Use Good Sunscreen:
Nothing weathers your skin more than the sun.  Damaging rays like UVA and UVB speed up the aging process by slowing down collagen production and cell growth and forcing skin to lose its elasticity. Your best defense is a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection.

Get A Goodnight Sleep:
Clocking the recommended seven to eight hours of slumber will give your cells plenty of time to fix the day’s wear and tear. For skin, that means heading off wrinkles, fine lines, and breakouts.  The body needs consistent sleep to look its best.

Food For Your Skin:
Variety is key when packing your fridge with produce. From berries to carrots, each fruit or vegetable has different antioxidants. These compounds help fight off free radicals, molecules that exacerbate the effects of inflammation, sun damage, and aging. Go for 5 to 7 servings or more of fruits and vegetables a day.

Chill Out:
Traffic jams and a 12-hour workday don’t just affect your mood but also take a toll on your skin too, which damages healthy skin cells and makes you more prone to breakouts and wrinkles.  Recharge and relax by doing what you love.  Believe me music helps you relax a lot.

Quit Smoking:
Smoking decreases circulation and collagen production, so skin loses its natural coloring and ends up looking pale.  Plus, smoking can lead to fine lines around the lips and other signs of premature aging.

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