Nothing cuts to the heart of a man or woman’s desire to look attractive (or even just presentable) quite like the issue of skin. Skin, as the body’s largest organ, is arguably the most difficult to care for; oftentimes it is sensitive to heat and chemicals, making it difficult to find effective, personalized care. Fortunately, we have identified five simple and easy steps to send you on the road toward a clear, glowing visage.
Maintain Your Diet
Although many dermatologists may refute the notion of diet playing a significant role in the overall appearance of skin, the impact one’s diet has on overall health (including epidermis health) is undeniable. Just as your internal organs require proper health and nutrition to thrive, your skin must be fed a steady diet of foods rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as an adequate supply of liquids. The key principles of a healthy diet are as follows:
- Fruits and vegetables are key in maintaining a healthy, glowing visage. If possible, try to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, and study how to properly prepare these items; some fruits and vegetables are more easily digested when cooked or steamed, while others are easier to consume raw. When choosing fruits and vegetables, remember to implement a widely varied smattering of items. The more colors contained within your diet, the better. If vegetables are difficult to consume, consider making smoothies with leafy greens such as spinach and kale.
- Hydration is another important factor. Water is needed to regularly flush and detox your body. If your intake of water is inadequate, your body will not be able to detox and flush correctly, and this will show in your appearance. Some people break out in acne, while others suffer from redness and irritation.
- Protein is the final key component in a healthy diet. While the easiest way to get protein is through consumption of meat products, vegetarian or vegan men and women are not excluded from having clear skin; instead of consuming meat, consider the many meat substitutes available including soy, tofu, and even beans. It may be important to note, however, that soy allergies are on the rise—if you suspect an allergy, seek elsewhere for your protein.
Don’t Forget to Exercise
Just as diet plays a role in having clear skin, exercise functions as an important component of maintaining a bright, healthy complexion. Exercise assists in clearing skin in a number of ways, including endorphin production, detoxing, and (depending on the activity) vitamin D absorption.
- Endorphin production is stimulated while exercising, leading to greater satisfaction with oneself, a greater feeling of well-being, and an overall healthier body image. This is important, as the quality of your skin can be affected by your mood and the behaviors you engage in based upon your mood. If you are frequently low or moody, for instance, you may be more inclined to engage in a surplus of recreational alcohol consumption or drug use, or even prone to adopting poor eating habits—all of which will adversely affect the appearance of skin.
- Detoxing is stimulated while exercising in a number of ways, depending upon the exercises you are using. The simplest way to detox, however, is through sweating; sweating is one of the body’s methods of ridding itself of toxicities and impurities—many of which are responsible for muddled or acne-riddled skin.
- While not all exercise is completed outdoors, some of your exercise routine should include an outdoor series of exercises, whether this is running, swimming, or playing a sport. Getting outside allows your skin to soak in vitamin D provided by the sun’s rays, boosting your mood, health, and the appearance of your complexion.
Evaluate Potential Gaps in Hygiene
Skin troubles may be cleared up with a simple change in your hygienic routine. If makeup is regularly left on overnight, for instance, consider changing your habits to include a bedtime face rinse. If you are unaccustomed to washing your face at all, consider introducing a short face wash with a gentle cleanser or oil routine both morning and night. While these are small changes, they can make a world of difference.
Look to Creams and Masks
There exist numerous different creams and masks intended to improve the appearance of one’s complexion. Some creams are intended to fight discoloration, while other masks are geared toward eradicating acne or oily skin. When seeking out creams and masks to improve your appearance, take the following things into consideration:
- Creams and masks that dry skin often lead to an increase in oil production, resulting in more acne and discoloration. Look for items containing moisturizing ingredients (ranging from aloe vera to cocoa butter) to combat dryness and the resulting over-production of oil.
- Some masks and creams are made with somewhat caustic ingredients that, though they may not cause injury or frustration to individuals with “normal” skin, do more damage than good to sensitive skin. Before using a product, determine whether your skin typically reacts sensitively or normally to new ingredients.
- Overall ingredient list. Some creams use filler ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or further clog pores. When looking over ingredient lists, work to identify any ingredients that you do not immediately recognize. Look these ingredients up to ensure that they are safe and effective for use on skin.
Know That More Intense Procedures Are Available
Some men and women require greater intervention than is offered by an over-the-counter product or new diet. These individuals should seek the assistance of a qualified dermatologist; a dermatologist may be able to determine an underlying cause for skin troubles and suggest more intensive chemical peels or procedures, or prescribe medication intended to treat troublesome skin from the inside out. Discuss all questions and concerns honestly and openly with your dermatologist to see the best results possible from all suggested procedures and medications.
Say Goodbye to Troublesome Skin
Troublesome complexions can cause very real issues for men and women, such as poor self-esteem and severe social anxiety. Fortunately, there are simple adjustments that can be made, including changes to your diet and hygienic routine. If these are not enough, enlist the help of dermatologist. Whatever your route, don’t delay; you don’t have to go another day without experiencing the joy of clear, bright skin.