Do you believe in love at first sight? If you do, you are not alone! In fact, a substantial amount of studies suggest that we know that we are attracted to someone in a just a matter of seconds. As human beings, it’s in our nature to always want to look attractive regardless of our gender. Yes, there are those macho men who don’t believe in beauty and skincare and view it as a feminine regimen, but deep down, they crave to be attractive and sexy. After all, attractive people are more popular with members of the opposite sex, and some studies suggest that they land better jobs (and positions) and tend to be more financially successful too. Who wouldn’t want that? Lucky for you, even if you aren’t fortunate with the genetic lottery of Brad Pitt, these simple grooming tactics can effectively make you look the best version of your own self.
Drinking at least of 8 glasses of purified water is the most natural way to cleanse your skin and get rid of toxins and waste out of your body (1). Your skin is indeed the largest organ in your body, and one that possesses innumerable amounts of cells—cells are made up of water and needs constant revitalizing. If your skin lacks enough water, symptoms of skin hydration will present itself by turning your skin flaky, tight, and dry. Dry skin is known to be more prone to premature aging signs such as wrinkling. Dermatologists recommend consuming 8 to 10 glasses of water daily—the more, the better. You are also advised to avoid drinking water from plastic bottles. Some research has suggested that the plastic may seep into the water, which may disrupt your estrogen levels. The best way to drink your water is from a glass or metal cup!
These skincare routines may scream feminism but are very important in increasing your attractiveness as a man. Every night before you hit the sheets, it’s crucial that you clean your face and neck thoroughly to remove dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells, and any bacteria and pollutant that your skin might have picked up during the day (2). Cleansing in the morning is also important as for removal of pillow lint and dead cells. Don’t skip the moisturizer either. Your skin needs to be hydrated after enduring the harshness of your day-time activities. When you choose your moisturizer, you should look for brands that use natural ingredients. Some seemingly magical, natural moisturizers include honey, cucumbers, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, buttermilk, and shea butter. Some wonderful natural cleansers include yogurt, honey (3) and lemon, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil. The use of active botanicals for skin care routines is thought to improve the skin’s elasticity, fine lines, clarity, and eliminate issues of acne and wrinkles.
Over-heated water and harsh chemicals will do more harm to your skin than good. For starters, hot water can wash off your natural skin oil and leave your face dry and irritated, which in turn causes inflammation. Similarly, harsh chemicals will also not do well with your skin as they might disrupt your skin’s natural balance and lead to irritation, inflammation, and eventually skin issues such as acne, rashes, spots, and dryness (4). Washing your face with natural products and lukewarm water is important. Pat your face dry with a clean towel—avoid pulling your skin as you dry it, this causes premature sagging. You should also avoid excessively washing your face, as this too will deplete the skin of its natural oils that are responsible for maintaining the skin's suppleness and radiance.
You’ve probably heard that your skin is the indicator for your internal health. People say that because, what you take into your body, directly reflects on your skin. When you have skin issues such as acne and spots, that might be the outside manifestation of inflammation, oxidative stress, mineral imbalance, and toxicity that are taking place in your body (5). Leslie Baumann, MD, a Miami Beach dermatologist believes that “a good nutrition is the fundamental building block for good skin health.” Try munching on foods that are rich in antioxidants and minerals, ones that are important for keeping your skin soft, smooth, and glowing. Try some superfoods such as cucumbers, romaine lettuce, broccoli, leafy greens, tomatoes, strawberries, almonds, walnuts, olive oil, and seafood among others.
Regular exercise isn’t just meant for building abs, losing weight, building muscles, or preparing for your next triathlon. Regular exercise also gives you that sexy, manly attractiveness that you just can’t get any other way. It’s hardly news that working out is a great way to boost your mental well-being, lung stamina, and heart health. Similarly, regular exercise helps you increase blood flow which helps nourish your skin cells and keep them vital. By increasing the blood flow, your body is also able to flush out toxins and dirt easily through sweating, which in itself helps keep your skin fresh and glowing. “Breaking a sweat after a workout is like getting a mini-facial,” says Audrey Kunin, MD, a dermatologist in Kansas City.
Gone are the days that moisturizing, or cleansing are considered ‘girly.’ In contemporary society, men are keeping up with beauty trends and want to be in the best shape for their partners or prospective partners. If you are a little behind, you don’t have to worry. These five tips will help you get started and help you get the best out of your natural handsomeness.