I know what you’re thinking. Beauty tips for MEN? That can’t be right! But it’s true. Men have every reason to care about their skin as women do. Proper nutrition is vital for better looking skin and also reduces your risk of several chronic diseases. Lucky for you, you’re killing two birds with one stone! So for you men who are interested in healthy skin but are too proud to admit it, you can eat a proper diet using a quest for a reduction in chronic disease as your excuse!
Before I tell you what to eat for that healthy glow, I’m going to tell you what NOT to eat. First of all, skip the salt shaker. The typical Western diet already includes too much salt, which leads to water retention and is noticeable underneath the eyes. Secondly, an accumulation of too much iodine over time may lead to long term breakouts. If you’re used to eating shellfish, a rich source of iodine, a couple of times a week, try cutting down to a couple of times a month. Thirdly, any food that results in a rapid spike in blood sugar such as high glycemic foods (i.e. – what bread and pasta) as well as added sugar weaken the skin and can lead to breakouts and wrinkles. Lastly, alcoholic beverages are dehydrating and can drain the skin of moisture, leading to wrinkles.
Now that you know what you should not eat, I’m going to tell you what you CAN eat for that healthy glow. First of all, hydration is key. Replace that alcoholic beverage with a big glass of water. Find water too boring? Try carbonated water and flavor with a lemon or a lime. Antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E decrease the risk of free radicals which cause skin damage and are the next step to incorporate into your diet. Good sources of vitamin A include, but are not limited to butternut squash, carrots, spinach, kale, pumpkin and Swiss chard. Good sources of Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, berries and kiwi. Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, oils and olives. Omega 3’s found in fish, walnuts, flaxseed and eggs are great for your skin too.
Now that you know what to eat to look beautiful on the outside, it’s time to learn about what else you can to do support that beauty. Prone to oily skin? Witch hazel makes a perfect face wash since it dries up excess oils. Dry skin your woe? Aloe vera is a great moisturizer. If you’re looking for a more even skin tone, look for over the counter products that have lemon juice as an ingredient. The lemon juice has been found to reduce blemishes. Have you ever thought about making your own homemade shaving cream? Mix shea butter, olive oil and coconut oil together. You can even use the shea butter after shaving as a moisturizer!
As you can see, there are several ways that proper nutrition can play a role in healthy skin, not only in the form of food, but as a topical use as well.Share on Social Media