Let’s face facts. Most of you will be doing more drinking and eating over the next month than ever. But there’s plenty you can do to look your freshest best before the hectic partying starts.
Basic good skin care practices
For starters, instead of scrubbing away with your regular shower gel, use a face wash on your face. Try a gel or foam for normal to oily skin and a crème cleanser for dry skin. We recommend Nivea Men Oil Control All In One Face Wash Pump and L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Foaming Cleansing Gel. It’s also a good idea to invest in a gentle scrub like L’Oreal Paris White Perfect Scrub to exfoliate at least once a week to slough off dead, dull surface cells. Finally, get into the habit of using a sunscreen like Avon For Men Brightening Cream With SPF 15, more so at this time of year to create a barrier against pollution.
Dermatologist approved skin treatments
Dermatologist and Cosmetologist Dr. Anju Methil of the Skin and Shape Clinic says this is the perfect time of year of men to opt for treatments such as photofacials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels to get rid of excessive sun damage on skin and fade acne scars. “A photofacial is a skin rejuvenation treatment to reduce wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging. Chemical peels are also effective in reducing fine lines under the eyes or around the mouth, and take just 30 minutes,” she says.
Dr. Dhimant Goleria says laser hair reduction is also a much in demand treatment by men looking to de-fuzz their back and chest, or get rid of excessive hair on the face, shoulders and ears. It is also helps reduce the thickness of beard hair. “Minimally invasive treatments such as Botox for frown lines and soft tissue fillers to erase laugh lines are also getting more popular,” he says.
Protection from firecrackers
Dr. Methil says smoke from firecrackers have a high magnesium and cordite content and is particularly harmful to skin, causing irritation, chemical burns and allergies. “Stay at least six to seven feet away from lit fireworks and always wash your face and moisturize after watching a firework display.” In case of burns, wash the area immediately with cool running water and apply an antibiotic cream on mild burns, she advises.
Stay fit through the festivities
Just because your evenings ae a whirlwind of social activity doesn’t mean you should stop working out. Some form of workout, gym sessions or even a brisk morning walk are necessary especially if you want to avoid the inevitable weight gain following nights of drinking and party food.
Nothing saps your skin like lack of moisture. You need to hydrate yourself as air turns drier this time of year. “Start your day with a couple of glasses of warm water with a dash of lemon juice to cleanse the system,” advises Dr Methil, adding that it’s important to drink at least two liters of water daily. “Adequate hydration will ensure that your face and under-eye area don’t get puffy, a common side effect of water retention,” she says.