To age is a gift. To age gracefully is a conscious decision to make your health a priority. Wanting to look and feel your best, whether 35 or 65, is not gender exclusive. The appearance of your skin is a reflection of what is taking place internally, as well as what you are putting on and in your body. Achieving a bro-glow is a completely obtainable goal with benefits beyond youthful aesthetics.
What Exactly Is Bro-Glow?
In Rachel Varga’s podcast, Peptides for Aging and Innovative Medicine with Caspar Szulc, she wasted no time pointing out and inquiring about Caspar’s eye-catching bro-glow. She described bro-glow as when a man just has that je ne sais quoi-type of aura and radiant skin that is smooth and free of inflammation. After making him blush, she asked him what his secret for the bro-glow is.
Before going into greater detail, Caspar simply exclaimed that “If you can optimize your health, you can look your best.”
6 Anti-Aging Secrets for Men
If you want to glow on the outside, you must glow on the inside. In addition to optimizing your internal health—healing and anti-aging go hand and hand—there are also additional lifestyle practices and products to help you put your best face forward, regardless of your age.
Let’s get our glow on!
Balance Your Energy
We are energy. Toxins, infections, deficiencies, and even our home or work environment can throw off our energetic balance. If our balance is off, our cells will not regenerate properly, and that’s going to reflect on our skin. These surface signs are also an indication of what is taking place internally. So, basically, your skin is the face of your health.
Dr. Beth McDougal explains that “every toxin, microorganism, every medication or supplement we take or once took, even stored emotional trauma has its own unique electromagnetic field that is either compatible with our [energetic information] field or incompatible and thus creates energetic disharmony that weakens our field. The key to holistic health and that desirable youthful and magnetic glow is balance.”
An energy balancing practice that many of us have at least heard of is acupuncture. However, there are all sorts of energy balancing techniques, tools, and treatments to help you obtain harmony.
From harmony come rejuvenation, health, and bro-glow. Elemental Aging and the ACMOS Method of Energy Balancing Therapy are two innovative approaches to energy balancing and anti-aging.
Elemental Aging is a unique aging program designed by Innovative Medicine’s renowned Family Nurse Practitioner and Esthetician Dr. Erin Mewshaw. This completely customized program is based on the five Chinese elements to promote balance and beauty from the inside out using energetic skincare products from Switzerland, the most advanced laser technology, and a combination of other skincare treatments.
ACMOS Method is a non-invasive therapy for balancing energetic fields and reestablishing proper energetic signaling within the body using ancient traditional medicine and modern molecular biology. Both therapies are available at the New York Center for Innovative Medicine.
Eat for Your Skin
Diet is one of the most influential factors of health. Food can be preventative and curative, and it can also be damaging and disease-causing depending on what you are eating. Your entire body, including your skin, wants clean, colorful, natural, preservative, and chemical-free, nutrient-dense food. For a radiant complexion, load up on vitamin A, C, D, and E, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and selenium.
These nutrients can be found in tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, oranges, yellow peppers, papaya, chia seeds, flaxseeds, spinach, broccoli, kale, avocado, kiwi, blueberries, dark chocolate, walnuts, Brazil nuts, and coconut water and oil.
If you want to shine, eat the rainbow!
“Water is the main component of cells and tissues, a major element of body fluid compartments, and represents 75% and 60% (from birth and in adults, respectively) of the body’s composition. It is an essential nutrient with unique properties as a solvent for ionic compounds and solutes and acts as a carrier with a central role in cell homeostasis,” as defined by the paper Dietary Water Affects Human Skin Hydrators and Biomechanics.
As you’ve already learned, homeostasis is key to bro-glow! Water supports digestion, circulation, detoxification, lubrication, and, of course, hydration.
When you are dehydrated and especially chronically dehydrated, it shows on your skin. Parched skin appears lackluster, and wrinkles and pores become more noticeable. Proper and consistent hydration can improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and help you give off that glow. There is nothing youthful about thirsty skin!
How much water you should consume daily will depend on several factors. However, a good rule of thumb is to drink at least eight glasses or 64 ounces every day. It is important to note that not all drinking water is created equally.
For optimal benefits and also safety, you should always drink filtered water. If you want to take it a step further, which we recommend, structure your filtered water. By using gems or drops to structure your drinking water, molecules are realigned at the electromagnetic level, enhancing the body’s cellular process.
Stick to an Anti-aging Skincare Regimen
Now that your energy is balanced, you’re nourished with nutrients, and you’re hydrated, the next step is to implement an anti-aging skin care regimen and stick to it. At the very least, you’ll want to use a gentle but deep cleaning cleanser, a toner, a serum that contains vitamin C, a moisturizer, and a sun protectant.
A little environmental sidenote: Squalene and squalane are used in a lot of cosmetics and personal care products. This oil is derived from shark livers. To avoid contributing to the wide-scale decimation of sharks, there is a plant-derived form of squalane.
Assume that most products do not use this vegan form unless stated otherwise. Also, avoid sunscreens that list any active ingredients other than titanium dioxide and non-nano zinc oxide, as they can be damaging to the environment and your health.
Dr. Mewshaw recommends the following products:
- Dermatude Oxygen Boost Cleanser
- Dermatude Oxygen Boost Toner
- ISDIN Flavo C
- Syrene Aqualight Moisture Gel Lotion
As far as picking out a daily sun protectant, check out Innovative Medicine’s clinical review of safe sunscreen. Dermatude Multi-Defense and ISDIN Photo made the cut. Additionally, incorporating professional treatments like microdermabrasion, Dye-VL, and micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma can boost the efforts that you are making at home.
Stress doesn’t look good on anyone. It also can wreak havoc on your health.
As explained by Harvard Health contributor Dr. Neera Nathan, “The brain-skin axis is an interconnected, bi-directional pathway that can translate psychological stress from the brain to the skin and vice versa. Stress triggers the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a trio of glands that play key roles in the body’s response to stress.
This can cause the production of local pro-inflammatory factors, such as cortisol and key hormones in the fight-or-flight stress response called catecholamines, which can direct immune cells from the bloodstream into the skin or stimulate pro-inflammatory skin cells.”
She also adds that “stress can disrupt the epidermal barrier—the top layer of skin that locks in moisture and protects us from harmful microbes.”
A healthy epidermal layer is essential for healthy skin. And let’s not forget that our skin is exposed to environmental stressors daily too. Managing stress is a win-win for a healthy mind, a healthy body, and healthy skin!
Practices such as yoga, meditation, breathwork, spending time in nature, disconnecting from technology, journaling, or playing with your pets or children can alleviate stress and recalibrate your energy.
Elicit More Joy and Passion in Your Life
If you want to be one of those people who just have that sparkle, glow, vibrancy, youthful energy, and radiance, two primary ingredients are joy and passion. A person who has passion for their work, art, hobby, philanthropic causes, family, or just life in and of itself produces a natural glow. It’s like passion literally exudes from their skin!
Life is too short to go through it blasé. Acknowledging what brings you joy or what ignites passion in your soul is just as much a part of bro-glow as staying hydrated and dabbing on vitamin C serum. Your skin is a reflection of your health and happiness.
The Ultimate Key to Aging Gracefully with a Glow
Dr. Thomas K. Szulc puts it perfectly: “Preserving one’s natural beauty, today known as anti-aging is very similar to healing. They are both art forms that require a holistic perspective.” Bro-glow is the result of optimal health, happiness, and self-care. The harmonious combination of energy balance, diet, hydration, stress management, passion, and consistently using products that support skin rejuvenation are the true secrets to bro-glow.
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