Thursday, June 16, 2011

Skin Care for Men

While it’s true that men face a different set of skin care challenges than women do, we all need to take care of our skin. If you want to give your dad some love this Father’s Day, show him how much you care by sharing these simple tips for maintaining a healthy and youthful appearance from the inside out.

Maintain a good daily grooming regimen. Cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize. For a smooth, close shave, always use hot water, a lubricating shave cream, and finish up with a gentle moisturizer. After shaving apply an aftershave or some kind of toner. The aftershave will soothe nicks and cuts and help to restore the skin’s pH balance. (Gathered’s Facial Toner is great for guys too!)

Stop smoking. Smoking adds wrinkles to your face. Smoking causes blood vessels in the top layers of the skin to constrict, which reduces oxygen levels in the blood and reduces collagen in the skin.

Stay hydrated. Drinking fluids is one of the keys to retaining moisture and maintaining the elasticity of your skin. Avoid carbonated beverages with added sweeteners and go easy on the salt, alcohol and caffeine, all of which can affect your appearance.

Diet Reduce your sugar intake—sugar hastens aging. Add essential fatty acids. They are particularly important to people with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, and also for people with dry skin. Flaxseed and walnut oil and cold water fish contain fatty acids or consider fish oil supplements. Excessively fatty or greasy foods can increase the oiliness of your skin and cause blemishes. Drinking plenty of water and eating a high-fiber balanced diet will help you to maintain a young and glowing skin.

Improve circulation and blood flow to the skin. Use a gentle natural fiber brush to brush your skin before showering (dry brushing) to improve circulation. Exercise at least 15-20 minutes a day. Exercise will do more than simply get your heart rate going. It will clear your pores and increase your metabolism.

Avoid over exposure to the sun.
Sun damage leads to hyperpigmentation (brown spots) which can develop into serious skin disease. Excessive exposure can also exaggerate and thicken fine lines. Use an SPF 15 or higher on all exposed skin, especially on your face.
And finally, stay away from excessive alcohol, fatigue and stress. Not only can these factors lead to premature aging; they also decrease facial circulation making you look older.

 Gathered From the Garden has “Guy Grease”, He-Man Hand Scrub, Tired Tootsie Foot Products and After Shave Lotion to name a few. Our Facial Toner, Love My Face Wash and Moisturizer are great for a man’s skin too.

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