December 03 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Men making a conscious choice to take care of their skin is just as important as getting to the gym, eating right, and getting plenty of sleep each night. Healthy and youthful skin for men is also a turn on to women. Just like we love our skin to be soft to the touch, we enjoy our men feeling sensual and sexy too. Men also need to know and understand their skin type to properly create and practice a skincare regimen.
Men have traditionally kept it simple when it came to skin care. However, more men are now serious about achieving and maintaining healthier, younger-looking skin, making it a great time for men to evaluate their skin care routine.
Look at a few steps to maintain a healthy glow:
Start by washing your skin. Apply a clay mask to your face, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes or until the clay begins to dry. Don’t let the mask completely dry as this will dehydrate your skin. Wash the face completely and splash on cold water to help close those pores, then use your moisturizing creams or butters.
Dry Skin Brushing and Steam
By improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, dry skin brushing, and the pore opening effects of steam, can have a positive effect on both the appearance and function of your skin.
Have a seat outside of the shower (while water is running on a hot temperature setting) and using a natural bristled body brush, gently make small circles from your hands towards your heart. The coarse hairs should barely scratch your skin. Repeat the circles on both sides of the arms and up the legs.
The term exfoliation refers to the gentle removal of the dead cells on the skin’s outermost layer and can be a great way to give your skin a fresher and smoother appearance. While there are numerous conventional exfoliants on the market, the problem with these is that many of them use microbeads, or small plastic balls, which are not filtered by water treatment facilities and are washed right back into our water supply, harming our environmental ecosystems. Using salt, or other natural coarse ingredients, to make your own exfoliants can help give your skin a healthy glow and protect our planet’s water sources.
Hydrate Your Skin
Beyond preventing dehydration by drinking plenty of clean water, ensuring your skin is topically hydrated can be a wonderful addition to any skincare regime. After a warm bath or shower, apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin. Lotions are often water-based and can dry out your skin even more. It’s best to use a combination of oils, waxes and butters such as a shea butter, coco butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil.