MenScience: October 2009 Newsletter

10 ways to look and feel younger

We’ve all been there. That moment when you realize you don’t look as young as you used to. All it takes is a flip through an old photo album or a friend to post a high school picture of you on Facebook to realize that you’ve been getting older, and unfortunately it shows. But with little effort, you can be one of those guys that gets comments like, “Wow, you haven’t changed a bit!” or “You look great! What’s your secret?”

The secret to feeling and staying younger is proper skin care and nutrition, and there are lots of little things you can do that’ll have a big impact on how you look. In this newsletter, you’ll find our top 10 nutrition and skincare tips – one for each year! – that will help you feel and look as young as you did way back in 1999.

 

Here’s to shaving years off of your appearance!
Christine Cabral, Editor

 
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5 ways to look younger
     

As you get older, your skin and overall appearance can start to deteriorate. Getting older is hard to do – that’s why men search for ways to look and feel younger. You might be noticing age spots, brow creases, and the crow’s feet around your eyes; or perhaps your skin has lost some brightness and lacks an even, fresh tone. Try these five men’s grooming and skincare tips – chances are, you and others will notice the difference right away.

Trim your hair. As you age, unruly hair on your face and head will definitely make you look older, whereas well-groomed hair will instantly give you a more youthful appearance. For men with thinning hair, it’s especially important to keep it neat and trimmed, since long hair that’s sparse ages you. Plus, well-kept hair makes you look thinner. If you have a moustache and/or beard, keep it neat. Gray facial hair adds age, so consider shaving it to shave the years. To avoid a major sign of age and a grooming faux pas - don’t forget to trim the eyebrows, ear and nose hair!

Change your hairstyle. Are you still sporting the same hairstyle that you had 10 years ago? Keeping the same hairstyle for all those years probably ages you – update your style and you can give yourself a refreshing new look. People will immediately notice the change. Once you have a new hairstyle, try to keep it styled. Find the style that suits you best by checking out MenScience’s guide “Get the Men’s Hairstyle That’s Right for You.”

Exfoliate your skin at least once a week. Exfoliation helps slough off the top layer of dead skin cells revealing fresh, healthy-looking skin and making pores appear less noticeable. Exfoliating helps to even skin tone, brighten complexion and provides an overall polish to the skin. How can this not help you look younger? In fact, exfoliating your skin is probably the easiest and fastest way to shed years off your appearance. You’ll feel the difference right away. Try exfoliating the face 2-3 times per week, but don’t overdo it or you might inflame the skin. Use an exfoliant that has glycolic and salicylic acids, such as Menscience’s Microfine Face Scrub. Pat dry and moisturize with a light oil-free moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Apply an anti-aging topical treatment. Thanks to advancements in men’s skincare, there are effective products that provide noticeable benefits in fighting the signs of aging on the skin. The most effective anti-aging treatment will contain dermatological-grade ingredients like retinol, GABA, peptides, and vitamin C. If you regularly apply a proven anti-aging topical treatment (we recommend the Anti-Aging Formula) you will enjoy noticeable signs of improvement like an even skin tone and less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles. The long-term benefit of using a topical treatment is that your skin’s aging may be slowed, keeping it looking better as the years pass. Check out the MenScience blog article for more anti-aging tips: “Stop the Clock: How Men Can Stay Healthy, Fit & Strong at Any Age Part I.”

Get a facial. Most men have never experienced a professional facial, but those that have immediately realize that a regular facial treatment can have short and long-term benefits for the skin. Every few months visit a spa that offers men’s skincare treatments. A facial will remove deep down impurities, moisturize, and at the same time spruce up your complexion. If you can’t go to the spa, at least consider a facial mask that you can do yourself at home. You’ll enjoy many of the same benefits as the spa treatment.

For more ideas on how to get your face deep-down clean read MenScience’s article “How To: Deep Clean Your Face.”

5 tips for treating your body well and dropping additional years from your appearance
     

There are five key things you can do right now to start feeling like you did 10 years ago. And, if you stick with these tips, you will radiate a youthful appearance.

Put on some extra pounds (of muscle that is!) A well-toned body is obvious when dressed or not, and being in shape is a sign of youth and vitality. Bulk up in the shoulders, chest, back and legs to look younger. Muscle burns fat, so the more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you will burn – which will keep you leaner. For more about how to build a better body, read MenScience’s article called “How to Take Your First Steps Towards Achieving Lean Muscle Mass.”

Exercise on a daily basis. Working out not only gives you added energy so that you feel great, but just being more energetic is perceived by others to be a youthful trait. Plus, the added oxygenation and increased circulation in your body will make your skin look younger and full of life.

Eat more fiber. Fiber acts as a brush in the digestive system, sweeping away waste. It also makes you feel full so that you won’t overeat. Fiber comes from plant-based foods and helps to regulate sugar levels in your body and control cholesterol. Fiber’s ability to balance the bodily systems stabilizes aging over time. Try some tasty foods like beans and whole wheat which are loaded with both fiber and protein and are low in fat and “bad” carbs.

Lose some pounds. Get rid of the flab and you will drop years as well as weight. Weight loss comes from a combination of the right diet and the right workout, mixed with the right attitude and the right nutritional supplement for sustained results. Losing just 5 pounds can make your face look thinner and younger. Try to avoid gaining too much weight in the first place, since you’ll not only look older with the extra weight, but when you lose it you will have to deal with sagging, stretched out skin that may, or may not, snap back.

Reduce your intake of alcohol. True, many studies on red wine have shown promising evidence that resveratrol has heart health and anti-aging properties. However, in order to experience the benefit of resveratrol through drinking wine, you’d need to drink dozens of bottles of wine each day. A little bit of wine is okay, but stick to just one glass daily since more than that can dehydrate you and even damage your body. Too much alcohol can make you feel less energetic, and leave your skin dry and devitalized. To get age-fighting compounds into your regular diet easily, try taking an antioxidant supplement.

For more on how to live a younger lifestyle, read the MenScience blog post entitled “Stop the Clock: How Men Can Stay Healthy, Fit and Strong at Any Age - Part II.”

Preventing hair loss
   

Your diet might be impacting how much hair you have on your head. Men’s hair loss may be linked to the foods that you eat and the quality of your diet. Optimum hair health requires adequate amounts of protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Eating the right foods in your diet may help reduce hair loss and promote its growth. What foods pack a punch when it comes to eating the best diet to fight men’s hair loss? Try these:

  1. Nuts. Choose nuts as a snack and you’ll get the benefits of a nutritional powerhouse. The minerals selenium and zinc and the omega-3 fatty acids nuts contain are the biggest perks. Brazil nuts contain selenium which helps support scalp health. A zinc deficiency can cause hair to fall out, so get plenty by eating cashews and almonds. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that helps condition the hair.

  2. Oysters and beef. Protein-rich oysters, beef, and lamb are a logical choice for a hair-healthy diet since hair is primarily made up of protein, plus they contain zinc and iron. Protein supports hair growth. Eat enough protein (men should get 50 grams daily per the FDA’s recommendation) to keep your hair strong. Protein can also be found in eggs, chicken, wheat germ, and dairy products.

  3. Legumes. As you now know, protein and zinc are great for hair. Legumes, like kidney beans, have protein and zinc, as well as iron and biotin. Although it doesn’t happen very often, too little biotin in the diet can leave you with brittle hair. It is believed that iron helps to promote growth and retain hair.

  4. Fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to scalp health and hair vitality, and cold water fish like salmon are packed with them. If you’d rather not eat fish, take a dietary supplement like MenScience’s Omega-3 Supplement Formula, which provides the highest concentration fish oil and an ideal ratio of EPA and DHA for men. Read more about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids in the MenScience article called “Why You Should Take Omega 3 Fatty Acids.”

  5. Green leafy vegetables. Green leaf vegetables contain vitamins that help your body make sebum. Sebum is secreted from hair follicles and is nature’s hair conditioner. Eat plenty of dark green veggies like kale, broccoli, and spinach which are a source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables also contain antioxidants which are beneficial for overall health. Consider complementing your diet with a daily antioxidant supplement like MenScience Advanced Antioxidants to get the full spectrum of antioxidants.
 In this issue:
5 Ways to Look 10 Years Younger
5 Tips for Treating Your Body Well & Dropping Additional Years from Your Appearance
Preventing Hair Loss: The 5 Most Powerful Hair-Saving Diet Changes You Can Make
Spotlight: Hair Styling Pomade
The Lab: Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
Hair Styling Pomade

Your hair speaks volumes about your age, your lifestyle, and even how you feel. With the hair on your head saying so much, shouldn’t you make sure it’s representing you the best way possible? A great cut will cut years off your appearance, and maintaining a clean style will keep you looking younger.

Hair pomade is a product that you can use to easily keep your style without losing the natural feel of your hair. It can be used on thinning hair to keep a hair style that is flattering to you, as well as to add volume to the hair that you have. To apply, rub a small amount between the hands and gently run fingers through the roots of the hair. Tousle the hair around the crown of the head and arrange hair in the desired style. Use on towel-dry or dry hair, and blow dry if desired using the hands or a natural bristled brush. Finish with a touch of hairspray, if desired, for a strong hold.

Pomade was the most popular men’s hairstyling product years ago, and now a new generation of the styling product has become popular again. Hair Styling Pomade has the benefit of giving structure and a strong hold to hair without leaving it stiff or with a greasy residue.

 

The Lab: Panthenol (Vitamin B5)

Panthenol, also known as Vitamin B5, is a moisturizer used in shampoos, conditioners and hair care products. Known for its penetrating abilities, panthenol supports cellular proliferation and tissue repair. This important vitamin is vital when nourishing the hair. It is credited with helping increase luster and elasticity, repairing damaged hair, and increasing the thickness of hair. Panthenol is a key ingredient in MenScience’s Hair Styling Pomade.

To understand more about the properties and characteristics of key ingredients in men’s skin care products read “Ingredients – Men’s Skin Care Products.”

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Did you know…you can keep your brain young by giving it a workout? Recent Alzheimer’s research suggests that people who do not keep their brain active from age 20 to 60 are nearly four times more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s and/or severe memory loss later in life.

What can you do to keep your brain healthy and sharp? Learn something new, practice intellectual activities like board games or reading, participate in a physical hobby that involves strategy and planning, play brain exercise games like the video game “Brain Age”, or try puzzles on paper like a crossword or Sudoku. Anything that works your memory, causes you retrieve information in your brain, or makes you handle large chunks of information will help to strengthen the neural connections in the brain, which helps to increase brainpower and reduce brain aging. Now…where did I put those keys?

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