Gut health is just as important for men as women when it comes to having healthy skin which ages well and is clear of pimples.
Hopefully you’ve now read all about men’s skin, how it is the same yet different to women’s skin. You have the facts, you’ve read the stories, you understand the best treatments and skincare regimes for your man and yet you know there is more…
His Inner Health!
Men still need to eat and drink, they still suffer from stress and lack of sleep, and same as women, they need to manage these to be healthy.
Men however tend to make some lifestyle choices which can work against their hopes of clear skin.
- Drink beer and other sugary, yeasty, caffeine drinks
- Tend to snack more on processed, high wheat, high sugar foods
- Don’t accept the avenues to reduce stress levels
How do these affect their skin?
Cigarettes, with each drag, decrease the blood flow to the skin thereby restricting access of essential oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
Drink and food that is high in wheat, sugar and corn weaken the immune system increasing the intestines acidity allowing abnormal bacteria to thrive. This changes gut function and in time creates a leaky gut, influencing enzyme formation and in turn many hormones – these affect the health of the skin, producing acne and congestion.
- Men don’t tend to choose water as a regular drink
- Alcohol and caffeine laden drinks dehydrate the skin
Chronic stress, unmanaged, affects every system in the body; men and women alike. Women however tend to recognise it more easily and act, whilst men tend to think it’s a normal way of being.
One last point is that men often have an undiagnosed fungal infection somewhere in their body. It may just be recurrent athletes foot or it may be something more serious happening in their gut. These infections can exhibit themselves on the skin as rashes, acne, dry flaky areas or otherwise.
In the clinic we see many boys (some girls too) with acne that have a fungal infection on areas of their face. We clear this up and so does their acne! Such a simple remedy. I suspect that when this goes untreated in the younger years the acne continues into adulthood – explained by hormones and exacerbated by lifestyle and diet.
Often these problems are exhibited by severe sugar cravings and digestive disorders – irregular bowel movements. So here we are discussing skin and look where we’ve come to!
It’s self explanatory really –
- Start by improving the diet; more greens, less wheat and sugar
- Drink more water
- Choose other alcoholic drinks than beer
- Find an enjoyable activity to help manage stress
- Stop smoking
Sometimes it’s a matter of being more organised, doing some Sunday meal prep for the week, taking lunch to work and always having a drink bottle, filled with water ready to sip at throughout the day.
If you live outside Tassie and need help try some of the home delivery fresh food/meal company’s. If you choose wisely these can really help you on your journey.
Need more help or have insufficient time or motivation to change but know you should? We encourage our clients to begin a series of Superfoods: a Probiotic, alkalising greens and antioxidants. Miessence Superfoods come in a Vitality Pack with three magic tubs to really get you going. These will help cut the carb cravings and begin the process of gut healing.
If you’d like personalised advice on what skincare products is best for you and your man’s skin, book now for your skin advisor consultant:
Still not sure?
Fill in the Online Skin Consultation and Gaye, our registered nurse will happily help you to choose the right treatments and products for your skin type or concern.
Enjoy cooking? Checkout our Winter Soups we found to combat dehydration and then here’s a lovely healthy stew to cook up on a Sunday with a nice red wine and lots of vegetables:
Classic One Pot Beef Stew
Serve this effortless beef and vegetable stew with a dollop of greek yogurt for a delicious winter warmer meal.
PREP: 15 MINS / COOK: 2 hours 20 MINS / EASY / SERVES: 4
- 1kg Beef Chuck Casserole Steak, cut into 4cm chunks
- 1 brown onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1 tablespoon plain flour
- 1 1/2 cups beef stock
- 150g button mushrooms, quartered
- 2 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
- 1kg Sebago potatoes, peeled, cut into 4cm chunks
- 200g green beans, trimmed,cut to 4cm
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt, to serve
Heat half the olive oil in a large saucepan and cook beef over high heat in 3 batches until well browned. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining oil and onion. Cook for 5 mins, until soft. Add tomato paste and paprika and sprinkle flour over. Cook, stirring, for 1 min. Gradually add stock, stirring constantly.
Return meat to the pan, cover and bring just to the boil. Reduce heat to very low and cook gently, covered, for 1 hour. Add mushrooms, carrot and potato. Replace lid and cook for 45 mins then add beans and cook a further 15 mins.
Serve topped with a dollop of greek yogurt.