You face is, aside from your style, the first-impression maker, which is only one of the reasons you should take good care of the skin you live in. Of course, straight men are also welcome aboard the grooming train, but our community has always been a bit ahead of the game – no offence to our straight friends, so we definitely have a better insight into which courses of action amount to great looking skin, among other things. So, with no further ado, let’s dive right into the five simple steps that will, if you follow them, give you that flawless complexion and preserve that youthful look that’s quite honestly, highly important in our world. We’ll give you the skinny on the proper way to moisturize, which diet to follow, and so much more, so make sure you stay tuned.
The true cliché
‘You are what you eat’ is definitely a cliché, but it’s also true. Not only does indulging in junk food ruin that bod you’re so dedicated to keeping in good shape, but it also takes a toll on your skin. For some it’s greasy food has negative side-effects, for others chocolate it the culprit of acne flare-ups. Whatever it is you know has a bad effect on your skin, just steer clear from it, and turn to foods that aren’t ‘neutral’ but actually highly helpful. This group of foods isn’t called superfoods for no reason –these are packed with different vitamins and antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids – which are all here at your skin’s service – they give you an even complexion, clear skin, and can even prevent and slow down the appearance or wrinkles (matcha tea) They’re delicious too – who doesn’t like berries, salmon, almonds and other foods that you’ll find in this category. Feel free to keep some of your vices, but make sure they’re not dietary *wink*.
Stop it in its tracks
We can all agree that under-eye bags are the worst thing that can happen to a man – especially in our culture. So, if you want to get rid of the ‘eye baggage’ for good there are certain rules you must obey. Stay hydrated – which is important for the moisture of the skin as a whole but particularly for the under-eye area, try to get a good night’s sleep – again, super important as doctors refer to beauty sleep as the closest thing to the fountain of youth as the night is the time when your entire body reboots, your skin included. However, if there are times when quality sleep is a luxury and you notice the dreaded circles, don’t be shy – tons of men use foundation and concealers, so add a touch of concealer – the Maybelline Fit Me blends like a charm. No one will notice it, and you will look fresh and rested.
A lot of guys out there are into that baby-face look, and if that’s something you’re after, you’re going to have to do your due diligence. Exfoliation is the number one step you’ll have to take, as it removes all the dead cells and helps you unveil that fresh and plump face underneath. Staying out of the sun and always slathering broad spectrum SPF cream is paramount to keeping that flawless baby skin that’s untouched by the negative effects of the sun.
Pick it and stick to it
One common mistake most people do – including us, is that we don’t give skincare a fair shot. Whether you’ve bought the most expensive lotions, cleansers, moisturizers and even serums or have perhaps due to your beliefs opted for natural, and cruelty-free vegan skincare, you have to give these products time to work their charm. As Jack McFarland once said ‘homo wasn’t built in a day’, so make sure you’re consistent, that you give your chosen skincare arsenal a chance to work. Be persistent, and be diligent – use these products day and night, and if after two months you see no improvement, then you can consider switching to a different brand or type of products.
Be in the know
Another problem that usually occurs, given the plethora of skincare products that have emerged in the recent years is not knowing in which order to apply them. First comes the wash – (or if you’re wearing foundation or concealer) micellar water or a cleanser to remove that hint of makeup. Then comes toner – very important for balancing and evening out your skin tone. Now, you may not have heard of serums, but these babies are packed with active ingredients that can do wonders for your skin – prevent wrinkles, get rid of acne, battle hyperpigmentation – there is virtually a serum for everything. Then you go in with the final step – the moisturizer – to lock all those power-ingredients in. And that’s how we layer skincare products for the optimal effect.
Bonus tip: exercising is the most natural way to get rid of toxins – and get in shape, so if you’re willing to walk or run that extra mile for not just your body but skin too – it will be totally worth it. Just remember to shower with lukewarm water afterwards – hot can strip away natural oils from the skin.