Men! Do you look in the mirror sometimes and realise that the person looking back at you could be a lot leaner and healthier?
It’s easier than you think to change your daily routine without it becoming a total shock to the system. All you need is a little will power.
Cosmetic surgery – like facial and dermal fillers – are a popular choice, and we’re more than happy to cater for your every need, but there are alternative ways you can keep your face looking fresh and your body beautiful.
First up, moisturise!
Many males think that moisturising is a feminine thing to do, but that is a huge misconception. Moisturiser works exactly the same for men as it does women, and if used daily – can shave years off your live and make your skin smooth and refreshed.
‘‘To apply, make sure your face still slightly damp, apply the moisturizer gently and by using upward strokes. This helps to get the moisturizer into the pores where it belongs.
‘‘Our skin will begin to absorb the moisturizer almost immediately and typically within five to ten minutes, it will be fully absorbed.’’ - Specialists in dermatology.
We’d advise to wear something light during the day, a thicker cream is best at night. Something richer while you sleep is key, because that’s when skin tends to dry out.
Boots and Superdrug offer a wide variety of options.
If you’re a lover of the outdoors, then protecting your skin is vital. Despite what some people think, sunscreen wasn’t just created to help you build up your tan.
‘‘Wearing sunscreen is a must! It protects your skin against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays which can break down skin fibres – causing it to sag and lose elasticity’’ - WebMD
Without wearing sunscreen, the sun can cause;
Pre-cancerous (actinic keratosis) and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions – due to decreases in the skin’s immune function
Fine and coarse wrinkles
Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation
Sallowness — a yellow discoloration of the skin
Telangiectasias — the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
Elastosis — the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines, wrinkles and sagging skin)
Colour to your clothing
The way you look may say a lot about you, but so does the way you dress.
Avoid black navy and brown and start looking at blues, whites and pinks (yes, we said pink) and you’ll be making the ladies wink in no time.
Smart shirts and t-shirts, bright jeans and a nice pair of shoes are the way forward. Shopping in bargain basement shops for clothes that are baggy and don’t fit – won’t do you any favours.
Jack Threads has a great guide.
Lose the booze
After a long week at work, a lot of individuals ‘default thought’ is to go to the pub. But before you down too many too fast, keep in mind that every beer, cocktail or glass of wine can add years to your appearance.
Flushing – which is caused by drinking too much alcohol – can cause your face, ears and neck to flair up. This causes skin to become red and leave lasting marks.
And that’s not all.
‘‘Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are also more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.
‘‘Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.’’ - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Let’s be honest, if you’re a big drinker, you’re likely to be at risk of the above (depending on how fit you are/what you’re immune system is like), meaning you’re bound to look withered, tired and older.
Deal with unwanted hair
Use tweezers for eyebrows and nasal hair and if you have a beard, make it stylish. Rogue beards look scruffy, meaning you add years on to your appearance.
Beard ointments, trimmers, scissors and combs will keep your beard under control. Check out The Independent’s fantastic guide for more information.
Again, an obvious tip… but this really can be the making of a new you!
Joining a gym and training daily would be the ideal option, but if you can’t afford it – don’t worry.
Are you one of those people that has to eat chocolate? Or do you always have a craving for crisps?
Well there’s no need! There are loads of healthy foods out there which all serve as a great alternative to so called junk food.
Why not swap the crisps for pumpkin seeds or walnuts? Or the mars bar for raspberries bananas and blueberries?
Again it’s all about will power, but if there was any way we could convince you that changing your diet is a good idea, it’s this….
So called healthy foods help you maintain a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of developing diseases and will generally make you feel healthier (i.e. less bloated, healthier skin, more agile)
Brian Kantor, a cosmetic dentist who practices in New York City says; ‘‘Sugar overload may kick-start a process called glycation. The theory: When you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins, creating “advanced glycation end products” (appropriately referred to as “AGES”).
‘‘Ultimately, AGES may damage your skin’s collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful).’’
‘‘Unsurprisingly, too much sweet stuff is also bad for your smile. “Sugar sticks to your teeth, encouraging bacteria, decay, and discoloration,”
If there’s no convincing you to get rid of your sweet tooth, then check out the specialist snacks range from Boots