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It’s a Man’s World: 7 Skincare Tips for Modern Men | health news


Aging is an inevitable part of life. While genetics, stress, and lifestyle habits can be factors that affect how quickly one ages, with the right skincare products, treatments, and lifestyle habits, you can promote healthy, natural aging. Like women, a grooming routine is essential for men of every age. Generally, a man’s skin is up to 25 percent thicker than a woman’s, and men are more susceptible to irritation and sensitivity from the effects of shaving. The good news is, today, men recognize the importance of skin care and self-grooming and are investing more time and money to look good, healthy and young. Dr Leena Aggarwal, Dermatologist, Vibes Healthcare Limited. Everyone shares age-defying skincare hacks to look and feel your best every day.

1. Mandatory CTM routine

Cleansing, toning and moisturizing (CTM) is a simple routine to start with your skin. Regular skin cleansing twice a day is important to remove dirt, debris, pollutants and oil secretions from the surface of the skin. Regular cleansing also minimizes clogged pores and acne. Using a toner removes all the dust or dirt stuck in the pores and maintains the pH of the skin. A toner is also safe to use after shaving. After cleansing and toning, the skin usually feels dry. Moisturizer is good for soft and supple skin. It is recommended to use gentle but effective products that do not contain any toxic ingredients. Look for AHAs (like glycolic and lactic acid) and antioxidants like vitamin C and resveratrol in toners, creams, and other skincare products.

2. Protect your skin from the sun

The sun is the biggest culprit of accelerated aging. UV rays cause uneven pigmentation, sun spots, loss of skin elasticity, skin degeneration etc. Whether spending a day at the beach or running errands, sun protection is essential. Applying sunscreen, preferably SPF 30 (or higher) regularly will protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV, UVA, UVB, and IR radiation. Additionally, you can protect your skin by covering it with a lightweight and long-sleeved shirt, pants, cap, and sunglasses with UV protection.

3. Retinol, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid to your rescue

Go for products rich in these ingredients, be it in the form of a mask, face wash or serum Retinol is widely known to have the best physical evidence for anti-aging benefits. While salicylic acid is better known as an acne treatment, this beta-hydroxy-acid (BHA) has some serious exfoliating powers, making it a good option for managing signs of aging as well. In addition, it can increase the production of collagen. Unlike other chemical exfoliants, salicylic acid is also oil-soluble, allowing it to penetrate deeper into your pores. If you have particularly oily or acne-prone skin, salicylic acid may be a key ingredient for you. Glycolic acid is another helpful ingredient for reducing signs of aging such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

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4. Hyaluronic acid-infused bio-remodeling treatment for long-lasting effects

A natural decrease in your collagen supply can give way to skin laxity and wrinkles around the face and neck. Bio-Remodeling is the latest and greatest in collagen-boosting treatments, specifically formulated with the highest concentration of ultra-pure hyaluronic acid (HA) to restore skin’s elasticity, firmness and youthfulness. Unlike other injectable treatments, bio-remodeling uses your body’s natural collagen production, spreading smoothly under the skin to trigger massive rejuvenating effects. Bio-remodeling procedures such as Profilo improve aging and sagging tissue by smoothing and tightening the skin. In addition to the face, it can also be injected into the neck, hands and other places with high laxity of the skin.

5. A nutritious diet

Several studies have shown that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can prevent damage that leads to premature aging of the skin. A diet rich in healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins C, A, B3, E, K and selenium can boost collagen production and keep skin firm and plump. Some foods include red peppers, papaya, avocados, berries, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, almonds, fish, and yogurt. Also, it is important to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

6. Limit alcohol and smoking

Alcohol is a diuretic that dehydrates the skin and promotes free radical formation. Wrinkles, loss of collagen, sagging skin, scarring, etc., are examples of the harmful effects that cigarette toxins can have on your skin. Smoking not only accelerates skin aging, it also tightens the skin and makes it look dull, dry and wrinkled. Quitting smoking and keeping an eye on your alcohol intake will lead to healthy and youthful skin.

7. Exercise and sound sleep

In addition to making you feel better in body and mind, exercise carries oxygen to cells, increases blood flow that flushes away cellular waste and free radicals, and makes your skin look nourished and plump. Similarly, a good 8-9 hours of sleep gives a person a healthy look with smooth skin, bright eyes and less breakouts. While you snooze, your body has a chance to repair and recover which leads to a long list of great benefits for your appearance and body.

A dermatologist plays an important role in educating, screening and treating various skin problems. Regular appointments with your doctor will ensure that you are up-to-date on the latest and appropriate skincare developments.