Our body’s largest organ is skin and it’s very important to keep it healthy. Healthy skin not only protects your body from outside harm, but also makes you more attractive. That’s why men’s skincare is important.
But, before you make any attempt to take care of your skin, it’s very important to understand your skin properly.
Who doesn’t want skin like a baby? Smooth, soft, moist and wrinkle-free skin. But as we grow older the cycle of cell production and replacement slows. Good skin care can slow down the harmful effect of time and the environment.
What’s in it for me?
Primary structure of skin
Primarily our skin has three layers. The epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. We will briefly discuss these about these three layers.
The epidermis is the paper-thin outermost layer of the skin. The outer layer of the epidermis contains dead cells. Its most important job is protecting us from infection. It is tough and resilient.
Epidermis also works as a waterproof wrap of our body. It has no blood vessels. The main type of cells that make up the epidermis are Merkel cells, keratinocytes, and Langerhans.
Keratinocytes cells are the building blocks of that tough, fibrous protein keratin that gives structure, durability, and waterproofing to the hair, nails, and outer skin. These cells are dying and replacing every day and We lose millions of cells every day.
The dermis is the second layer after epidermis. It is loaded with collagen, elastin fiber, capillaries, and blood vessels. Collagen and elastin fibers help to make your skin strong and elastic.
Dermis also has nerve fibers, oil glands, sweat glands, and parts of your hair follicles. Dermis nerve fibers are register sensation, temperature, pressure, and pain. Most of the skin’s work is done in this layer.
The hypodermis or subcutaneous layer
Finally, the third and most basal layer of your skin is the hypodermis. It consists mostly of connective tissues and fats. Its main job is to attach the skin with the underlying bone and muscle.
The main cell types that consist of this layer are fibroblast, macrophages and adipocytes. Most of our body fat contains this layer.
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How to get healthy skin?
Whenever it comes to a matter of skin health (or overall health), I always prefer an inside out approach. Means look and change inside first (foods, drinks, addiction) and then outside (creams, cosmetics, sunscreen). This is a practical approach to men’s skincare.
Although both are similarly important, if you don’t look inside and change it you can never have healthy skin.
You probably heard the phrase ”you are what you eat”. If you eat some bad stuff you have some bad stuff in your body and that will obviously affect your skin health as well as overall health.
Now let’s start with what you should avoid eating in order to get healthy skin.
Bad food and habits for Men’s skincare
Here are some foods and bad habits that you should avoid to maintain your skin health and glows.
Sugary food and beverage:
Everyone loves sweets. for some people, it has become an addiction. But do you know that sugar badly affects your health as well as your skin? sugar is an inflammatory food. Inflammation is not good for your health and skin.
When you eat a lot of sugar, it goes to your gut and gets processed and enters your bloodstream which can lead to inflammation. Too much sugar can also cause rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. It also gives gear to skin aging.
Alcohol is actually a toxin and it makes you more dehydrated. It can affect your skin in a variety of ways. Alcohol is a vasodilator, meaning it dilates your blood vessels, it opens up capillaries and it makes them stretch and it makes you look flushed and red.
With other bad effects on your heart, lung, brain, and even your sex life, cigarette also notably affect your skin and overall appearance. Smoking decreases blood flow which causes wrinkles.
Experts say that smoking accelerates aging. Smoker looks 1.4 years older than a non-smoker, on average. Nicotine damages skin fiber and connective tissues and skin loses its elasticity and strength.
Best food for men’s skincare
Before you eat something for healthy skin, you should know why. There are some minerals and vitamins which are crucial for your skin health. These are healthy fat, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Zink, selenium, etc.
Vitamin C rich foods:
The best sources for this vitamin are blackcurrants, blueberries, strawberries, guava, broccoli, kiwi fruits, oranges, sweet potatoes, and papaya. Vitamin C is found at a high level in the epidermis as well as dermis.
It is a strong antioxidant. So it can fight with cancer. It needs to produce collagen which helps us to reverse sunburn, needs to support the immune system, it keeps us looking younger, repairs and prevents dry skin.
Vitamin E rich foods:
We can find this vitamin from several options like nuts, seeds, olives, vegetable oil, almonds, avocados, spinach, asparagus, and leafy greens.
It is another antioxidant. This vitamin’s main function is to protect us from sun damage. It also saves us from inflammation. Vitamin E absorbs harmful UV rays that come from the sun.
Vitamin D rich foods:
One of the best sources of vitamin D is sunlight. Cholesterol converts to vitamin when skin absorbs sunlight. That’s why this vitamin is often referred to as a “sunshine vitamin”.
Other sources of this vitamin are fatty fish, cheese, egg yolk, etc. This vitamin plays an important role in skin tone and it may even treat psoriasis.
Vitamin A-rich foods:
Orange, carrot, cantaloupe, green leaf, egg, low-fat dairy food, etc are loaded with vitamin A. Vitamin A is very important for your skin health. This vitamin helps us from sun damage. Because it’s an antioxidant it also protects us from sunburn.
Red meat, shellfish, nuts, seeds, whole grains, dairy, eggs, dark chocolate, and legumes like chickpeas, beans, and lentils all contain a substantial amount of zinc.
The roles of zinc in skin health are many like it helps your skin heal after an injury, protect skin from UV damage, need to keep cell walls stable and the cell divides and specialize as they grow. It also acts like an antioxidant.
Selenium rich foods:
You can get selenium from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, fish, shellfish, eggs, wheat germ, tomatoes, and broccoli. It is also an antioxidant.
It helps protect against skin cancer, sun damage, and age spots. Selenium deficiency has been linked with a greater chance of skin cancer.
Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are considered good fats. You can find these types of fat in avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds. Healthy fat glows our skin. Without these fats, you will be wrinkled and dry.
Most protein foods are meat, almond, oats, cheese, poultry, milk, fish, and eggs. Protein turns into amino acid in your body. Amino acid is necessary to make other proteins including collagen and keratin. Some amino acids also work as antioxidants.
Types of skin
One of the most important factors of men’s skincare is to know skin type. If you know your skin type, you can take care of optimally. Identifying skin type can help you to choose the right product like sunscreen and face wash for you. Without knowledge of your skin type using skin products can negatively affect.
There are different types of skin like normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. let’s find what type of skin you have and how to take care of it.
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Normal skin means well-balanced skin. Nither too oily nor to dry. Forehead, chin, and nose may be a bit oily overall sebum production in normal. Moister is also well maintained. If you have normal skin then good luck for you. You can try different products without too much worry.
If you feel tightness in your skin without enough moisture and also feel itchy, red, flaky then you probably have dry skin. The cause of dry skin is that your skin is not producing enough sebum. Dry skin lacks the lipids that it needs to retain moisture.
If your skin has clearly visible enlarged pores, a glossy shine and you may have acne, then you have oily skin. Cause of oily skin is excessive sebum production, which flows from the epidermis to the surface level and makes your skin glossy.
When you have two or more different types of skin combination then you can say you have a combination skin. You can dry in certain areas of your face and oily in other areas. It simply means oily parts make more sebum and drier parts less sebum.
This type of skin is very sensitive and easily inflammable by various environmental causes. This type of skin may also deal with redness and irritation.
Men’s skincare routine
It is very important to have a routine because it’s the undeniable factor for men’s style, and it’s very simple. It hardly takes 5 to 6 minutes.
Cleanse is the most important part of your daily skincare routine. Take a shower. That will open up your pores to allow dirt out.
When it comes to face many dudes use soaps and this is not a good thing you can do for your face. Because facial skin is different from other parts of our body. It’s much thinner and delicate. So, choose the right face wash for your skin type.
Keeping hydrated your skin generally looks good, prevents aging wrinkles, and also prevents excess oil production. Use men’s moisturizer cream to hydrate your skin.
Here is another important step you need to do. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, dirt, sebum from your skin and makes your skin more clear. You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.
Wherever you go out, make sure you apply sunscreen on your skin to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
If you want to go further, you have eye cream, toner cream, night repairing cream, and many more.
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To have healthy and glowing skin does not take too much effort and attention. With a little bit of knowledge and 5 minutes a day can give anyone a perfect skin. A clear and healthy skin obviously has an impact on our overall look and appearance. So we should give it a little bit of care and attention.
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