6 BEST SKINCARE TIPS – THAT DON’T COST A THING!

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At OTIS we always want you to take a holistic approach to looking after your skin.

That means taking good care of yourself on the inside, not just focusing on the products you put on the outside.

Healthy, glowing skin, like a healthy life, is about balance and self-care. You owe it to yourself to take the best possible care of yourself.

Following these healthy skin care tips will reward you with smooth, healthy, trouble-free skin.

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A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CAN TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN IN WEEKS

So much in life is outside of our control, but there are things you can do at home on a daily basis that let you control the impression that you make. Following these skincare tips will make a huge difference to how your skin looks and feels and reduce any signs of aging …. plus they’re free!

Keep scrolling for the six best things a man can do to make sure your skin is always in excellent condition.  

#1 GIVE YOURSELF A FACIAL MASSAGE

There’s a good reason why skin looks so healthy and vibrant after a professional facial at a spa. But you can get the same effect at home.

Massaging your face and including acupuncture pressure points not only boosts circulation, taking oxygen and healthy nutrients to your skin, it also works out your facial muscles relaxing tension and stress and giving an anti aging effect…. plus it feels really good!

Try spending a few minutes in front of the mirror every morning using these easy massage techniques.

DIY facial massage:

Five for five… these five easy massages can all be done in under five minutes.

First of all, make sure that your hands are clean.

  1. Using your knuckles, stroke your chin horizontally, applying light pressure. Then move on and do the same with your forehead.
    This helps to relax and energize your forehead and chin muscles.

  2. Press your knuckles gently into the area just underneath your cheekbones, and massage using a circular motion.
    This pressure point massage will help to boost circulation and work the muscles in the cheek area which can be prone to sagging.

  3. Using your thumbs, and with a moderate amount of pressure, press down for five seconds on the corners of your eyebrows closest to your nose. Make sure to keep your thumbs placed gently over the brow bone area only. Don’t press too hard, and make sure not to jab your thumbs into the orbital area.
    This will relieve tension around your eyes and rejuvenate your eye area by increasing circulation.

  4. Using your four fingers and starting from your chin, use both hands to massage along your jawline upward and outward toward your temples. Only go one way, upward and outward. When you reach your temples press gently and massage using small circular motions at this pressure point.
    Do this repeatedly for 30 seconds. 

    This helps to work out your jawline muscles, release any tension and boost circulation in the cheek area. It also focuses on the acupressure points of your outer eye area boosting circulation and relaxing this area too.
  1. Gently tap along your brow bone and under your eye with your ring finger to reduce the accumulation of fluid. You can also use this technique when applying eye cream or our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer to your eye area.
    This helps to remedy eyes that are feeling tired and puffy and is particularly important if you’re staring at a screen all day.

#2 DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

There’s some controversy over who decided that you need to drink 2 litres of water a day, but whatever the exact amount is, trust us, you need to drink more of it.

Why your skin needs it:

Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin properly hydrated. This means it will stay looking smooth and supple, with less fine lines and wrinkles.

On the other hand, if your body is dehydrated this will be reflected badly in your face. With your skin becoming dry, flaky and tired-looking.

The good news is that upping your water intake will noticeably improve the look of your skin very quickly.

A warm glass of lemon water in the morning: One of the best ways to start your day is to add a splash of lemon juice to a glass of warm water and drink this first thing in the morning. It replaces moisture lost during the night and ensures that you start your day well-hydrated.

As well as containing the skin-enhancing antioxidant Vitamin C , lemon water also increases immunity, detoxifies your body and aids digestion.

After that it’s just a question of spacing your water intake throughout the rest of the day so that your body can effectively absorb each glass. Try to make it a regular habit by always having a glass of water or a water bottle to hand wherever you are.

Beware coffee and alcohol: try to drink these in moderation as they can both dehydrate your skin, undoing all your good work!

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#3 GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

You know how bad your body feels when you don‘t get a good night’s sleep – but the most immediate effects are seen in the way you look. Puffy eyes, dark under-eye circles and dull, dry skin all point to a restless night!

Why sleep is so good for your skin:

While you’re sleeping your skin has a chance to repair and regenerate.

There’s an increase in blood flow, improved collagen growth and faster cell regeneration. In fact, skin cells divide thirty times higher at night compared to during the day. And getting enough sleep so that this process can take place efficiently is vital.

How much sleep do you need?

There will always be people that can function with very little sleep, but as Ryan Holiday points out in Stillness Is The Key, the greats are “smart and self-aware enough to know that everyone functions better when well-rested.”

Experts generally agree on seven to nine hours per night, but you know best how much you need.

And you know that it needs to be good quality sleep without frequent interruption too.

If you’d like some strategies to help getting to sleep, check out our article here – “Why Men Need Beauty Sleep Too: 14 ways to help you sleep better”.

The best thing is that after only one or two nights of high-quality sleep your skin will immediately look a lot better.

 

#4 EAT HEALTHILY

Eating healthily and enriching your body with nutrients is not only essential for your general well-being, it also keeps your skin looking younger and healthier.

As far as your skin is concerned, what you put inside your body has just as much impact as what you apply on the outside… maybe more.

What are the benefits to your skin:

Choosing to eat healthy foods will help to alleviate the dryness and irritation caused by shaving, encourage collagen production, as well as reducing the redness and excess sebum associated with men’s skin.

Most importantly including healthy foods in your diet helps defend against the environmental damage caused by pollution, UV light and free radicals which causes skin to age.

What should a skin-healthy diet look like?

Your skin needs natural foods that are full of vitamins, minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and antioxidants. These are the building blocks of healthy, younger looking skin.

So your ideal diet should include:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables – packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  • Healthy fats – like oily fish, avocado and olive oil – full of Omega-3’s
  • Legumes, nuts and seeds – for their protein and fibre content

We’ve got a full A-Z list of the 27 best anti-aging foods for men here to get you started.

Foods to Avoid: try to limit these in your diet

  • Sugar and refined carbohydrates –both have been linked to acne and premature skin aging
  • Processed foods – these foods tend to contain high levels of additives which can result in acne. 

#5 EXERCISE REGULARLY

Of course you know that working out regularly is good for you! You look better and you feel better after a good workout session.

But exercise has a great effect on your skin as well.

How exercise benefits your skin:

Firstly, working out elevates your heart rate which increases blood flow to your skin cells. This blood will carry oxygen and vital nutrients where needed, whilst taking away waste products, including free radicals, that can damage your skin.

Secondly, exercising regularly helps to reduce stress. And since many inflammatory skin conditions – like acne, eczema and psoriasis - can be aggravated by stress, reducing those stress levels with regular exercise helps keep them under control.

Try to have a workout session at least three times a week – but, just as importantly, try to incorporate some form of exercise into your life every day.

And we recommend cleaning your skin after a workout with our Daily Face Wash so that dirt and sweat don't lead to bacterial buildup.
More on that here – "CLEAN: the best way to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy"

#6 REDUCE STRESS

It’s unrealistic to think that we can get rid of all of the stress of modern day life. But developing coping mechanisms to help deal with it are really important for your physical and mental health - and for your skin.

How does stress affect your skin:

Tension in your face and general fatigue caused by too much stress are both going to make your skin look much older. Frown lines will start to develop, and they can become permanent if you’re not careful.

If you already have sensitive skin, it can become more prone to redness and irritation when you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

Introducing calm:

According to Josh Kaufman in ‘Personal MBA’, ”a few moments of quiet meditation every day can be the difference between feeling scared and overwhelmed and feeling in control of your destiny”.

Whether it’s meditation, yoga or mindfulness, try to find a method of introducing calm that works best for you. Sometimes just simply going for a walk to cool down can make all the difference to how you’re feeling.

The important thing is to take some time out of your day to focus on yourself.

And if you’re starting to feel that it’s a constant struggle to keep stress under control, think about asking for help. Life should not feel like this and talking to someone you trust, or a mental health professional, can give you immense support.

THE COMPOUND BENEFITS OF SELF-CARE

The best thing about these skin care tips (apart from the fact that they’re free!) is that they’re all connected; each one benefits or improves another. Compounding the gains that you’re getting from each.

For example, less stress means you sleep better; more exercise leads to less stress and better sleep; eating healthily gives you more energy to exercise…. And so on.

So in the end it’s more than just your skin that profits. You’ll have more energy, be able to ward of illnesses, and generally perform better at everything.

You may have heard these tips before but that’s because they work, and as well as improving your overall health they will make a huge difference to how good your skin looks!

Try following them every day for a few weeks… and bask in the glow of your smooth, healthy skin!

Let us know how you get on in the comments below.

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