Singapore is located very near the Equator, and that means the weather is warm and the sun plentiful all year long. That also means you, like most men in Singapore, are likely very active and don’t think about the ways you are ruining your skin.
You need to better understand how your daily habits can be damaging your skin (sometimes without you even realizing it), and what you can do to counteract their effects. Here are six ways men in Singapore like you ruin your skin — and what you can do to stop it.
- Eating Poorly
Despite all the great food and places to eat in Singapore, when you are very busy, you likely aren’t taking the time to eat well. A poor diet will deprive your skin of much-needed nutrients and vitamins. When you take the time to eat a balanced diet, which includes eating fruits and vegetables, your skin will look healthier and counteract better the effects of aging over the years.
- Skipping Moisturizer
Most men in Singapore don’t bother treating their dried out skin with moisturizer. That has a lot of men walking around with skin that is flaky and looks prematurely aged. Generally, the best moisturizer for men varies depending on skin type. Dry skin generally will benefit best from oil-based moisturizers. But if your skin is naturally oily, then a water-based moisturizer would do a better job of keeping your skin soft.
- Aggressive Shaving
You might wake up with a flawless face in need of a quick shave. By the time you are finished, though, your aggressive shaving might have caused razor burn and one or more bleeding cuts. Using clean, sharp blades and using short strokes, rather than long ones, will help to reduce any razor burn and keep the skin on your face and neck in good shape.
- Too Much Stress
When you endure stress, your cortisol hormones spur the production of naturally occurring sebum oil in your skin. Too much sebum oil will block your hair follicles and cause dead skin cells to build up. You can reduce your stress via exercise, eating well and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Smoking Cigarettes and Tobacco
If you enjoy a good cigar once in a while, that’s great. But if you smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products on a daily basis, that’s bad for your skin. Smoking causes the skin to dry out and become wrinkled, which accelerates the skin’s aging process. Moderating your smoking, and preferably quitting altogether, will help your skin to regain its youthful vitality.
- Sun Damage
Singapore gets about 12 hours of sunlight per day, and if you are outside for any length of time on a daily basis, then your skin takes a beating from the sun’s rays. You need to use a good sunscreen of between SPF 15 and 30 to ensure adequate protection against premature aging of your skin.
When you take the time to make some simple adjustments to your daily habits, you can improve your skin’s health and appearance. You also can slow down and possibly even reverse the apparent effects of aging and maintain a more youthful and natural appearance.
Be more aware of ways you might be ruining your skin’s health on a daily basis, and take better care of yourself. It doesn’t matter how busy you are, making time for yourself is crucial — not just for your appearance, but especially for your well-being.