Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Guys: 7 Steps to a Smooth, Clean Face

These seven steps can preserve your sex appeal and combat the havoc that the stresses of daily life can wreak on your face.

1. Freshen Your Face Faster - Wash your face in the shower. The steam-rich environment opens up your pores for a deeper cleaning. Begin with an exfoliating face scrub. Using soft, circular motions, spread the grains over your mug. Shave while you're still in the shower or just after you get out. The steam loosens facial hairs. Dab your face halfway dry when you're finished, and then smooth on some moisturizer.

2. Moisturize Now, Age Later - Applying moisturizer in response to dry skin treats the symptom but not the disease. As your age, the skin's internal scaffolding, a network of elastin and collagen fibers, has started to loosen and unravel, and letting your skin dry out worsens the decline. It causes the lipid-secreting glands of the face to atrophy (waste away) which robs your face of its natural lubrication. The result: premature wrinkling. Moisturizing every day can delay wrinkles. "Apply it after you leave the shower in the morning, midway through your day, and after you hit the gym," suggests Denise Vitiello, director of the fitness center and spa at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City. Look for nutritive compounds in the lotion such as biopeptides that can perk up your oil glands and collagen networks.

3. Send Your Bags Packing - A pearl-sized dollop of eye cream or serum, dabbed under each eye before bed can take years off your eyes. Most creams contain topical anti-inflammatories, chemicals like caffeine that dehydrate tissue, tightening the skin into a taut, dense layer to hide the dark circles. Try MAC Fast Response Eye Cream $30. For particularly bad bags, apply a caffeine-based eye gel to tighten the skin. Serums add antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E to reverse cellular damages from the sun. Both also moisturize the skin to minimize existing crinkles. Bad behavior can make the bags bigger: Smoking stalls the microcirculation in your skin, causing connective tissue underneath to sag; too much sodium can cause your body to flood with water, fattening the pouches; and sleeping without proper head elevation can cause fluids to pool around your lower eyelids, causing under eye puffiness. To avoid the bags, slip an extra pillow under your head to encourage gravity to drain the eye area. If you regularly notice blue circles, see your doctor-- it could be a sign of iron deficiency.

4. Iron Out Wrinkles By Trout Fishing - Keep skin looking young by eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and avocado.

5. Manage Your Oil Reserves - Use oil-free moisturizers. About half of all lotions are available like this. If you still end up shiny, try a soap that contains salicylic acid, which will dry out your skin a bit more. If this doesn't work, move to a benzoyl peroxide cream (Like PanOxyl or Clearasil) that you can get at any drug store. If that doesn't work, use a leave-on mattifier that soaks up oil.

6. Peel Away Grime - Facial peels chemically dissolve the bonds between cells to strip away blemished, blotchy, or uneven skin and reveal the virgin layers below. Dry skin responds best to peels containing lactic or glycolic acids which act as humectants, grabbing moisture from the air and depositing it a tenth of an inch below the skin's surface. Tricholoroacetic and salicylic acid peels strip away moisture, making them best for oily complexions. Most at-home peels contain 2 to 3 percent acid, compared with the 20 percent or more in formulas used by dermatologists, but it's best to avoid shaving and other forms of exfoliation on the same day.

7. Wake Up Younger - Going to bed one hour earlier will give you the energy of two cups of coffee the next day. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep can decrease your performance so you're operating at the equivalent of a 0.05 blood-alcohol level. Former NASA sleep scientist Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., fatigue expert for the National Transportation Safety Board gave his expertise. Can't sleep? Eat fresh cherries or drink cherry juice. Cherries are one of the best natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that is use in over-the-counter sleep aids.

Source: Men's Health

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