No matter where you are, a higher UV index and hotter temperatures mean that your skin needs all the help it can get to stay hydrated, blemish-free and shine-free.
From harmful UV rays to heat waves, the weather and even daily stress can wreak havoc on your appearance if you don’t take proper care of your skin and body in general.
Here is an A to Z guide on men’s grooming to help our Style Ravens to breeze through the summer/warmer weather with ease.
A – Antioxidants
The human body naturally produces free radicals and antioxidants benefit the body by neutralizing and removing the free radicals from the bloodstream.
How then do you get your antioxidants? Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. They contain antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E to help offset any damage caused by sun exposure.
B – Bugs
To ward off annoying mosquitoes, you could get lost in a mist of insecticides and a desirable alternative would be to pull on the power of facial hair by opting for a beard oil that contains insect-repelling oils like citronella or black pepper.
C – Cold Sores
Cold sores erupt when a known immune system suppressant, intense sunlight allows the virus that causes the blisters to reactivate, so you might want to steer clear of foods like peanuts, soybeans, chocolate, oats and whole wheat. Treatment can be done with products that have Benzalkonium Chloride as their active ingredients.
D – Dry Shampoo
Sun, heat and the friction caused by caps and hats can stimulate the scalp’s sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This can be remedied in an instant with a dry shampoo. Shampoo, applying to the roots where hair tends to be greasiest. Doing so will also help keep your hair smelling fresh and clean.
E – Emergency Measures
For the Style Raven man who is always on the move and forgot to pack his toothbrush and/or shaving cream. Worry not! Worse case, you can clean your teeth with a slice of lime dipped in salt, treat spots by dabbing them with neat vodka and create a basic body scrub from salt and olive oil. While hair conditioner makes a superb emergency shave cream.
F – Fragrance
As the weather gets hotter, fragrances intensify and you might want to switch to a lighter, fresher, more summery eau de toilette with citrus, lemon, grapefruit and bergamot notes.
G – Grease
As the heat stimulates the skin’s oil glands giving you a shiny T-zone (the area of the face comprising the forehead, nose, and chin), the shine can be taken off by using a mattifying, oil-absorbing moisturizer.
H – Hydration
Skin that’s properly hydrated has 80 percent water in the dermis, 70 per cent in the epidermis and 13 per cent in the outermost layer. As moisture levels drop because of sweating and the scorching sun, the skin gets dry and tight, so make sure you’re adequately hydrated from within.
Eating plenty of fruit and veg is the best way to stay hydrated, as these release moisture slowly and steadily.
I – In-Flight Grooming
For the traveling Style Raven, the low humidity in aircraft cabins can rob skin of essential moisture, leaving it dry and tight. Be sure to drink plenty of water as you go easy on dehydrating tea, coffee, and alcohol, and freshen skin with Spray-On Moisture.
J – Jet Lag
Being jet lagged can cause your skin to look washed out from lack of sleep and this can be minimized eating and sleeping according to the time zone you arrive in, rather than the one you left, even if that means being temporarily hungry or having to stay awake.
K – Kissers
Lips are especially prone to sun damage because they lack and men’s are especially susceptible because they don’t wear lipstick. Protect lips with a balm that packs a sunscreen.
L – Lobster Skin
Excessive exposure to the sun can cause damages to the DNA and can lead to dangerous cell mutations. Calamine lotion, painkillers and an antioxidant A, C and E vitamin supplement will help soothe skin, ease the pain and neutralize dangerous free radical molecules created by the damage.
M – Moles
Melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) is twice as common in young women as in young men, but more men die from it because they don’t spot the signs early enough. With this in mind, keeping an eye on any moles is essential. Look out for changes in size or colour, irregular edges, itching, bleeding or moles that become asymmetrical in appearance.
N – Nudity
Parts of the body that rarely see the light of day are especially vulnerable to sun damage – so if baring it all at the beach, be sure to pack a good sunscreen in your beach bag. Sprays are usually the best as they have more coverage.
O – Ocean
Swimming in the sea might be good for the soul, but it’s not so good for the skin. But if you do get into the water, be sure to shower with fresh water if available and towel dry seeing as salty water will leave the skin dehydrated, cause sun damage and premature aging.
P – Polish
Everybody needs TLC and an exfoliating body scrub will remove dead skin cells, smooth out dry patches and improve the look and feel of your skin.
Q – Quinoa
You may not have heard of this but it is a protein-packed grain that looks a bit like couscous, is as versatile as rice, and tastes delicious on its own. It is gluten-free and loaded with amino acids, antioxidants, Lysine (essential for the synthesis of collagen) and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, making it the perfect skin food.
R – Rashes
Sunlight can react with a host of ingredients commonly found in grooming products, often leading to skin sensitivity rashes and burning.
S – Sunscreen
Choosing the right sunscreen is as important as choosing the right life insurance; in fact, given the dangers of sunburn, sunscreen is life insurance. For high protection, best to use one with a Broad-Spectrum SPF50.
T – Travelling Light
When space is at a premium, packing light becomes essential. This can be done by decanting grooming products into travel bottles.
U – Unkempt Feet
Terrible looking feet are absolutely unforgivable. The key to getting your feet sandal-ready is to ensure any dry skin that’s been building up is removed.
V – Virus
Viruses are picked up off damp floors, so wear flip-flops when you’re walking around wet areas or in communal areas. They’ll help you avoid other nasties like athlete’s foot, too.
W – Waxed Underarms
If you want to stay fresher for longer, simply trim your armpit hair. The longer it is, the more moisture it’ll retain and the more odour-causing bacteria it will harbour. Wax them if you are brave enough to brace the sting.
X – X-Rated
Nobody wants to see hair spilling out of your shorts. So save the world by keeping them trimmed and tidy. Arm yourself with a decent body hair trimmer as it will come in handy always.
Y – Yoghurt
It doesn’t matter if you are drinking it or applying it to burns. Yoghurt is definitely good for you either way. Plain yoghurt is better than a fruit-infused one, obviously.
Z – Zzzzzz
According to research, the optimum time for the body to repair itself is between the hours of 11 pm and 3 am. So make sure you get enough rest every night. To look your best with minimum effort, apply a night cream just before bed.
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