Fashion & Grooming

“The Process of Defying Aging”

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Most beauty products on television go above and beyond to point out the effects of aging on our skin, and we as men do what we do best: brush it off as vanity. That is, until we realize that our faces are pruning like a raisin- fast. As a result, we’re left scrambling to departmental stores looking for the best anti-aging creams.

As much as we might hate to admit it, the fairer sex got it right with their grooming routines (the annoyingly long ones which we complain about). So, before matters take a turn for the worse, it’d be in your best interest to take some precautionary measures. This should get you started.

WATCH OUT FOR:Expression lines (Folds) – wrinkles (Fine lines) – sagging – blotches (age spots) – blackheads – beard rashes – razor burns – open pores – suntans – loss of firmness – blemishes (redness) – dryness – flaky skin.

Your Knowledge Base

Avoid Sunbathing –The sun just beats the daylights out of your skin. Exposure to the sun is one of the most primary causes of skin damage. Ultraviolet exposure accelerates the skin’s aging process, causing wrinkles, age spots, redness, dryness and skin cancer. Try avoiding the sun when it is at its peak.

Apply sunscreen – One of the most important steps in anti-aging is protecting your skin with sunscreen before your previous years of unprotected sun exposure start to leave their mark. For the most complete sun protection, apply a thick layer of broad spectrum (UVA & UVB protective) SPF 30+ every day (including cloudy days), and reapply frequently, ideally every hour when outdoors. The hands and face are the most frequently exposed, cover them (wear a hat). This helps protects the skin from harmful UV rays.

Moisturize – Dryness exaggerates signs of aging in the face and the body. Moisturizer traps water in your skin, which gives it a more youthful appearance. Starting the practice of moisturizing every day will help you look younger over the years.

Gentle Cleansing – Gently washing your skin helps to remove pollution and other substances without irritating or damaging your skin. This helps wash away impurities away, keeping the skin look and feel fresh. Wash your face twice a day, especially after sweating heavily.

Stop using skin products that sting or burn – These are signs of skin irritation. Excess of irritation can cause breakouts and blemishes leaving behind spots and scars.

Introduce your skin to Facial Treatments – Compared to a women, a man’s skin is more prone to aging symptoms. Facials are helpful in treating worn-out complexions and coping with various skin related problems. It is the best way to keep your skin feeling relaxed and hydrated.

The basic facial includes: Cleansing – Exfoliating with facial scrub – Steam to open the pores – application of a mask to tighten and firm the skin – toning to balance the pH-Level of your skin and Moisturizing depending upon your skin type. You can opt for various facial treatments such as:

• Hydrating Facial Treatments

• Brightening Treatments plus Cleansing Routine

• Facial Peels and Extractions

Homemade Facial Remedies – along with occasional professional facial treatments, adapting a home care routine also help defying the aging of your skin in the long run.

• Take a mixture of honey, egg yolk and olive oil, a tablespoon each. Apply this mixture and massage your face properly. Let it stay on your face for 10- 15 minutes then rinse it off using cold water.

• Take a de-seeded pulp of cucumber and add half a table spoon of lemon juice and a beaten egg and mix them well. Massage your face with this mixture. Let it stay on your face for 10- 15 minutes then rinse it off using cold water.

Antioxidant Creams, Lotions and Ointments: These are substances that counter the effects of free radicals. They may help reduce the risk of wrinkles and protect against sun damage. Unlike sunscreens, they build in the skin and are not washed away.

Vitamin Intake –

• Vitamin A – essential as UV radiation leads to Vitamin A deficiency in the skin.

• Vitamin C – Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, is a strong antioxidant that may also help rebuild collagen. Vitamin C also helps the skin cells survive after exposure to UV rays.

• Vitamin E – Vitamin E decreases skin roughness, length of facial lines, and wrinkles

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LIFESTYLE CHANGES:

Your best bet, when it comes to looking (and feeling) young is to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Nourish Your Body from the inside-out:-Make sure you incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diets along with seafood rich in essential nutrients and vitamins. This may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. Replenish fluids, flush out impurities and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water daily.

Putting a Halt to Smoking – Smoking depletes the skin of water and speeds up skin aging, also causes wrinkles to appear, leaving you with a dull and shallow complexion. If the notion of getting cancer isn’t enough, maybe this will help you kick the butt.

Decreasing the consumption of alcohol – Alcohol dehydrates the skin and in time roughens and damages the skin.

Exercise most days of the week – Exercise improves blood circulation and boosts the immune system. Regular physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, which boosts energy, improves mental acuity, decreases stress and enhances quality of sleep.

Catch your Z’s – You should let your body adapt a healthy routine, which also involves sleep hours. Eight hours of good quality sleep each night can reduce stress, improve concentration and help control body weight. Human growth hormone is also released during sleep which repairs and regenerates body tissues.

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