Beauty ain’t that ‘macho’!
Thoughts and contemplations around being a man and what a man ought to resemble have generally been unreasonably contrasted with the normal man’s body and is seldom addressed or spoken about in the social media ,or between the peer group you might be part of . However , male generalizations , normal stereotyping and ways of behaving are slowly being subjected to change as more discussions , thoughts etc are being shared and expressed. Numerous men experience issues with meeting physical expectations for that macho look, trying hard to meet the unrealistic beauty standards and end up being victims of an under confident, insecure body which may lead to conditions like body dysmorphia etc!
Its just as hard to be Abhishek Bachchan as it is to be Aiswarya Rai!!
However, what needs to be discussed about and need to be at par is the health-related concerns regarding any beauty products, especially when it comes to your skin! We all are well aware of the drill! What normally happens is we tend to automatically associate the ‘skincare’ to women, disregarding the multitude of problems most of the men have to battle against considering their much denser, oilier skin type! That’s right, the skin type is distinct enough to be fed with a separate range of products that may be required to cater to the needs of a man’s skin! Let’s not apply the ‘free size’ concept here when it comes to something very personalized such as skincare!Lets learn about the differences in terms of-
Male skin has bigger pores, is oilier and is more inclined to acne, skin reactivity and skin inflammation.Men have more dynamic sebaceous organs, and in this manner more pores, than ladies. Both their sebaceous organs and their pores are bigger than those of ladies.Sebum secretion is twofold that of ladies, so male skin is oilier and shinier than female skin. Therefore, its pH is lower than that of female skin and is inclined to pollutants and skin break out.Grown-up guys are less inclined to dry skin than grown-up females.
Indications of skin aging may show up later in men in any case, when wrinkles show up, they’re completely furrowed and changes happen all the more rapidly once they start.Men are generally impacted by sagging or loose skin joined with puffy eyes and dark circles that make them look drained. Men get wrinkles as well; however, they are regularly to a lesser degree a worry than for ladies. Male wrinkles happen later than female wrinkles be that as it may, when they do show up, they are completely grooved.
By and large, around 20% thicker than female skin. It contains more collagen and has a tighter, firmer appearance. The collagen content of male skin decreases at a steady rate. Female skin is impacted sometime down the road, particularly after the menopause. Female skin then, at that point, diminishes all the more significantly and the impacts are more articulated than in male skin.
What does ayurveda say about skin health?
Ayurveda, an all-inclusive, comprehensive health care science that intends to restore health by managing a healthy union of body, mind and soul through its well sought out lifestyle regimens, suited for each season, day and time! Ayurveda believes in a more holistic line of approach, diseases may be caused by a faulty union of dosas and health is a state of equilibrium of the aforementioned.
Hence, when it comes to skin, ayurveda adopts a holistic approach, addressing each skin type and has cataloged them into each-
1. Vata dominant skin
The bodily humor-vata dosha well known for its dry and rough properties imparts the same to a vata skin and hence, it’s imperative for a vata skin to be maintained by moisturizing it regularly. vata skin ,therefore, is characterized by fewer fat deposits so it demands moisturizing internally too!
Suggested – a diy face mask with ginger or ashwagandha, to be applied.
2. Pitta dominant skin
Pitta, characterized by its color inducing properties, is the dosha responsible for the luster of the skin; this skin may be presented as slightly yellowish tinted, or what is commonly known as wheatish appearance. Pitta-dominant skin individuals should watch out for acne breakouts, inflammations and rosacea. Since pitta is hot, it should be nullified by consuming herbs that are seta (cool) in nature.
Suggested- sita virya herbs such as turmeric which is also anti-inflammatory, aloe vera, Chandana(sandalwood) etc.
3. Kapha dominant skin
Kapha, identified by its kledatwa (moisturizing),sita(cold) and hence may be more inclined towards pimples, water retention ,white heads etc.
Suggested-skin exfoliation, avoid oil-based creams or regular application of face mask.
Lets bring back the shelved Ayurveda into our lives!
Ayurveda is a wonderful method for keeping the skin clear, splendid and shining, making it look sound and healthy. There are a few factors that destroy our skin, these involve a sickened lifestyle, stress, undesirable eating routine, exposure to polluted environment, smoking, contamination, alcohol or drug abuse and weather conditions changes etc.
Here are some ayurvedic remedies for a happier skin!
1. NALPAMARADI THAILAM
a circular massage by pouring some oil on to your fingers, on your skin,leaving it on for 30 minutes .
2. ARJUNA AND MANJISTHA
A bark of arjuna(terminalia arjuna) and manjishta(Rubia cordifolia) blended with honey ,the paste is applied on the face to be left overnight.
3. CASTOR OIL
A classical remedy mostly utilized for skin and hair issues,renders a beautiful and supple skin.
4. VATA FACE PACK
Blend a teaspoon of chickpea flour,a pinch of turmeric with rosewater,yoghurt or even cold milk.apply and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.
Aids in reducing the pigmentation of skin,maybe mixed with lemon juice.
FENNEL AND CORIANDER TEA
Take one tablespoon of fennel and coriander seeds and soak overnight. Add this to a cup of warm water in the morning and have it on an empty stomach to reduce acne.
These are small yet simple remedies you can practice in order to not punish your skin any further for the fishy lifestyle habits and erratic regimen we have been adopting !
“Let’s sideline with healthier skin”
While using beauty products , one must keep in mind that the societal standards of beauty keep changing and these beauty products are to be used just to protect and maintain your ever beautiful skin, all the more healthy and lustrous! For the same reason , beauty products marketing has since time unknown laif much focus on feminine beauty , neglecting the fact that men’s skin differs anatomically and their skin also needs to be taken care of ! Keeping that in mind , let’s not punish our skin with the low quality, harmful chemical products that’s available easily in the market while our nature has disposed of miraculous herbs for us ! Let’s make good use of it!