7 Deadly Skincare Sins Men Make

TEXT: Peter Minkoff

The standard of male beauty today can be best described as rugged and bearded. But that does not mean that you are allowed to commit skincare sins. Achieving the perfect rugged look requires a lot of work and taking care of your skin will pay off tenfold in the future. We are all guilty of committing a few skincare sins, but the time to start taking better care of our skin and ourselves is now! Keep reading if you want to make sure you never sin again.

Not using SPF

Everybody loves having a great tan, but the costs of getting one can be too great. We are all well aware of the harmful effects sun rays have on our skin, but somehow that golden glow you get after spending an afternoon in the sun seems to be too enticing. No one can deny that tanned skin looks amazing; you can achieve that and still stay safe if you use a great sunscreen. Sunrays affect your skin even during cloudy days and winter, so applying sunscreen to your face should be a part of your year-round morning routine. Also, you should protect your entire body if you’re going to be exposed to sunrays for a longer period of time or if you are planning to go sunbathing.

Going to tanning salons

If there is one thing worse than exposing your unprotected skin to the sun, it is regularly visiting a tanning salon. Spending ten minutes in a tanning bed is equal to spending a whole day in the sun unprotected. Every time you lie in that bed, you increase the risks of getting skin cancer and making your skin look older. There are no excuses for visiting tanning salons, so stop it right now. If you do need to get some tan, there are great self-tanners available today which are way less harmful.

Not drinking enough water

I know what it sounds like, but hear me out. Fifty to seventy percent of our bodies is made up of water, so it is essential if we want our bodies to function properly. Drinking enough water prevents dehydration and cleanses our bodies of toxins. Water also hydrates our skin, making it look soft and glowy. It is also essential for proper skincare. Start your every day with a big glass of water, and make sure you drink at least six more glasses before you go to bed. You will notice a big difference in a few weeks.

Ignoring the signs of aging

There are many factors that affect our skin and its aging. However, ignoring the signs of aging is probably even worse than exposing our skins to those harmful factors. If you notice any signs of aging think about the factors that might have contributed to it and try eliminating them from your life. Unfortunately, when the damage is already done there is not much you can do but you still have options. Getting anti-aging skincare, for example; some of the Aspect products are a great way to counteract the damage your skin suffered. It is effective with great results and is rising in popularity fast.

Not getting enough sleep

Lack of sleep leads to stress and it can affect our skin in different ways — from bags under your eyes to acne, the effects are bad. On average, people need about eight hours of sleep a night. However, if you are constantly feeling tired during the day and are having problems waking up, you are not sleeping enough. Try going to bed earlier or taking naps during the day if that works better for you.

Smoking

Smoking is out, but if you are still holding on, it is time to let it go. Smoking is bad for your overall health and it is bad for your skin; it reduces the blood flow to the skin, causes wrinkles, and makes the skin look lifeless. Smoking adds years to your face — quit and rejuvenate yourself.

Using the wrong product

Using a bar of soap and water is not taking care of your skin. Determine your skin type and get the appropriate products to clean and moisturize it because they won’t irritate your skin. If you are not sure what to get, ask the shop clerk to help you out or you can even try a few samples before making a decision. Just do it as soon as possible.

Peter Minkoff is a men’s lifestyle writer at Gentleman Zone & Men-Ual magazine from the U.K.. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips. And continue following our arts & culture coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Heaven On Earth: The Films Of Deepa Mehta

This evening marks the start of the Deepa Mehta extravaganza at the TIFF Bell Lighbox. Heaven On Earth: The Films of Deepa Mehta showcases the celebrated Canadian director’s works, spanning her nearly four decades in the industry.

The series kicks off with her renowned Elements trilogy, Fire, Earth, and Water, a captivating examination of relationship dynamics and how our choices ultimately shape our futures. The month will also feature her adaptation of Canadian author Carol Shield’s Republic of Love and Bollywood/Hollywood, a Toronto-set romantic comedy inspired by the films of Mehta’s youth. The series closes on November 15th with her adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Throught Heaven On Earth, Mehta will introduce select films, in order to give the audience an insider look into her process as an artist, and this Saturday, she will join CEO and TIFF Director Piers Handling onstage for an intimate conversation about her work.

Though Mehta attests she does not use film as a form of social activism, her work addresses issues of racism, domestic violence, and sexism. Her first piece from the Elements trilogy, Fire, which is about a same-sex female relationship, was met with much controversy. This film sparked a larger conversation about the lack of choices and support in India for women, and Mehta met these protests against her film with strength, leading a protest march in the name of freedom of expression.

“I am not a politician, I am a filmmaker,” she said of her work, Fire. “And although you should be able to distance yourself from your own work and be objective about it, there is so much of your own personal emotions and involvement put into a film.”

Heaven On Earth: The Films of Deepa Mehta runs until November 15th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, with a special appearance by Mehta this weekend. Visit http://tiff.net/fall2015-cinematheque/heaven-on-earth for more details.