by Mr. Spruce
There's nothing wrong with having that weather-beaten, "I've been everywhere and seen everything" look - in fact, it's what led to the term, 'ruggedly handsome'.
But, if you want to keep your skin looking younger, for longer, it pays to say goodbye to long days in the sun without a hat and follow at least a few of the tips below.
Not only do we need water to live (most importantly), but your skin relies on it to maintain good health. The skin is an organ, that's made up of cells, which are made up of water. Therefore, to function at their best, they need more of it. When you're dehydrated, your skin can become dry, flaky and tight, so it has less resilience. Guess what this means? Yep, wrinkles.
We lose large quantities of water throughout the day and, even when we drink a lot of it, our organs get the majority, before it reaches our skin. So, on top of your eight glasses or more a day, after your shower, take advantage of porous skin by using hydrating products, to keep the moisture in.
There are four main weapons you need in your tool box of skin care. Cleanser, exfoliator, moisturiser and sunscreen. Using all four leads to best results, but, ultimately, sunscreen and moisturiser lead the pack.
Cleanser, or face wash, is the way to go if you don't want skin that resembles the desert. Using cheap soaps to clean your face is a prime reason for dry skin, so switch to a light, gentle face wash that you can use in the shower in just the same way. It'll also ensure excess oil and dirt doesn't clog your pores, so you can kiss breakouts goodbye.
Face scrubs exfoliate your skin, to get rid of dead, flaky stuff and clean away any nasties stuck deep in your pores. Do this once every two weeks and you'll notice the difference in your skin's glow, straight away. A light moisturiser replenishes the skin's moisture content and keeps you looking smooth. Apply it a couple of minutes after your shower, for best results.
As for sunscreen, we all know we should use it, but how often do we actually do it? It's not just that annoying tube in the bottom of the draw we have to carry with us to the beach. You need to buy a light sunscreen, suitable for sensitive skin, to wear on your face every day - only vampires are allowed to skip this step.
One of the keys to looking younger, is looking after your lips. They're often pretty neglected, therefore sunburn, wind and bad diets can lead to excessive cracking, dryness and flaking.
There's no need to keep lip balm in your pocket, but if you are going out in the sun or wind for long periods of time, one with an SPF included is definitely helpful (plus, if you get cold sores, this is the number one prevention measure for weather-induced cuts).
One of the biggest causes of aging on the body, is good old fashioned stress. The stress hormone, cortisol, literally gets under your skin, which leads to dryness and wrinkles. Not only that, but if you're frowning at your computer for hours, that frown line might just take up permanent residence on your face.
How do you combat stress? Deep breaths, a good night's sleep, a dip in the ocean, a hug and maybe a beer or two with mates at the pub. Oh, and laughter - a lot of it. Then, the wrinkles will sort themselves out the right way, so you get to look 'ruggedly handsome', rather than old, anyway.
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Mr. Spruce aka Andy. One half of Worthy & Spruce. Blogging about all things gentlemanly, and many things not. Tired but tireless dad, business dude, consumer of coffee, and deliverer of timely quips.
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