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How To Kick-Start Tired-Looking Skin

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At one point or another, most of us have struggled with less-than-perfect looking skin. Most men accept common issues like dark circles, blemishes or fine lines as a part of life, chalking it up to family genetics and calling it a day. Although it often seems difficult to correct these imperfections, finding the solutions to even the most stubborn problems are easier than you might think. Pack your bags and say goodbye to the days of tired, worn-out skin with these seven quick and easy techniques.


Know Your Skin Type

Before starting any skincare regimen, it is absolutely essential you know your skin type. There are four primary skin types: normal, dry, oily and combination. Men’s skincare has come a long way to help reach any man’s needs, so whatever skin type you have, you’re not alone and there’s a solution out there for you. Understanding your skin type will help you tailor your regimen around products specifically formulated for your needs. If you’re not too sure which category you fall into, check out this expert advice article as an easy guide.


Exfoliate Consistently

Exfoliating is both an effective and easy way to instantly liven up tired-looking skin. Exfoliation involves removing the old, deep-rooted dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. This allows new skin cells to rise and leaves your face as smooth as butter. Exfoliating also helps prepare the skin for shaving by uplifting and softening coarse, stubborn beard hairs so that the razor blade can easily pass over. Incorporate a facial scrub in your regimen 2-3 times per week and you’ll notice the difference immediately.



Apply Hydrating Masks

One of the best ways to achieve healthy-looking skin that men often overlook is the use of a facial mask. Traditionally thought of as a woman’s solution, masks are now formulated specifically for men, designed to penetrate the thicker skin to clean, nourish, and moisturize. By incorporating a mask to further hydrate skin, you stave off the unwanted signs of aging such as wrinkles or blemishes, leaving the skin soft and supple. The nice part about masks for men is that they’re very low-maintenance. Masks only need to be thrown into your routine a few times each week and are either left on overnight or rinsed off after a few minutes.


Pack Your Bags 

For the men who have no idea what to do with the darky, heavy bags under their eyes, it’s time to look at an eye cream. Eye moisturizers are loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients that your skin craves to brighten dark circles and reduce those fine lines. Along with an eye cream, get as much sleep as you can and drink more water throughout the day. While drinking more water will pretty much solve any problem, being consistent with these three tips will go a long way to brightening up that fatigued, droopy look.


Prevent Wrinkles From the Sun

It’s never too early to start preventing premature aging. Whether you realize it or not, there are a number of ways you’re likely harming your skin every day that contribute to unwanted signs of aging. The most common cause of premature skin aging is overexposure to the sun. Although we all want a great tan, it can have extremely negative consequences on your skin, so it’s important you find a balance. The easiest way to protect from the sun’s harmful UV rays is to throw on a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher when in the sun for over an hour. It may sound extreme, but even on a cloudy day the sun’s adverse effects take a toll on your thin skin. For more tips on how to treat or prevent the natural signs of aging skin, check out these tips.


Maintain a Healthy Diet

You could probably guess that your diet effects your skin complexion similarly to how it does your body. The food you put in your body determines how often skin cells reproduce (referred to as skin turnover). As skin cells frequently die and regenerate, skin turnover is vital for maintaining a younger, healthier complexion. Go figure, junk food isn’t good for the body or face. Greasy, unhealthy food prevents the proper skin turnover processes from occurring, which leads to retained skin cells blocking oil glands and trapping your skin’s natural oils beneath the old cells, causing acne. To keep your skin in its glory days, it is essential to get the proper balance of vitamins and nutrients including Vitamins A, E, & C, Zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating foods such as almonds, red peppers, and lean beef will help promote healthy skin turnover and keep your skin looking healthy.


Develop the Right Routine For You

Depending on your age, skin type and diet, everyone has different needs and therefore should have a unique skincare regimen. In order to keep your skin looking clear and healthy it is important to carefully consider each unique factor and find the right routine for you. Staying consistent with your routine will ensure the health of your skin and give it the best chance to stave off a worn-out appearance.  There is a lot of great advice out there, but if you’re still unsure how to tackle your skincare, we recommend consulting a dermatologist or physician to optimize your results.


This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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