Men’s grooming is now a multi-billion dollar worth industry, with Coresight Research predicting that it will be worth $60.7 billion by 2020. The strongest growth area is actually in male toiletries, currently valued at over $17.5 billion. The biggest market is based in Europe, followed by Asia Pacific and the U.S. Men are no longer willing to ‘grin and bear’ issues such as premature skin aging, acne, and sunspots. Of course, skin is an organ; it is the body’s largest. Therefore, lasting beauty should be approached from a multifaceted perspective that begins with a sound diet.
The Mediterranean diet and optimal skin health
Doctors across the globe are recommending a Mediterranean diet to boost heart health and stave off cancer, but beauty specialists are definitely jumping on this bandwagon. The Mediterranean diet comprises health protein sources, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats sourced from products such as cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil. It is rich in Vitamins, minerals, and most importantly, antioxidants – which help battle the free radicals that cause the skin to wrinkle and lose firmness.
Keep your sugar intake low
Avoid a diet that is high in sugar; one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that male acne patients on a low-glycemic diet (who obtained 25% of their daily intake from protein sources and 45% from low-glycemic index carbohydrates) had a significant reduction in symptoms compared to a group that consumed a high-glycemic diet. Sugar also promotes the development of wrinkles and sagging because it causes collagen fibers (the basic building blocks of skin) to bundle up and tangle. Skin, therefore, loses its beautiful, smooth appearance.
The importance of a daily skincare routine
Daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing may have been the exclusive domain of women in the past, but men also need to set aside time for their daily skincare routine. Poor skin hygiene and nutrition can lead to a number of problems, including acne, rashes, and even boils, which can become large, swollen, and infected. Clean your hands before applying skincare products and be careful with what’s on the market. Beware of products containing chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, triclosan, and others which have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption, etc. Rather, opt for reputable, organic brands. Remember that everything you apply to your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. Invest in a good sunscreen, which should be applied after moisturizing, if necessary more than once during the day if you live in a sunny area.
Aesthetic treatments can boost skin beauty
Skincare has become about much more than visiting the spa for a monthly facial. Many men and women are opting for laser treatments such as Fractora and Fraxel for issues such as sun spots and acne scars. These lasers have a very small downtime (with Fractora, for instance, skin simply takes on a reddish appearance for a few days), yet are very efficient at curbing both active acne (Fractora) and acne scars (Fractora and Fraxel).
If a skin issue has been bothering you, visiting an aesthetic surgeon’s office may surprise you. Clinics are now offering a wealth of non-surgical procedures such as laser which can reduce one’s reliance on antibiotics and treatments that can potentially be too harsh for the skin. Back up any treatment, you receive with a sound diet and your daily skincare routine and you should have smooth, even, youthful looking skin in a matter of weeks.
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