Your skin has to last you a lifetime and finding the right treatment for it is vital. While many products on the market cater to women – it’s equally important that men also make regular skincare part of their routine. So, guys, follow our tips that will keep you glowing.
Skincare is a vital part of any beauty regimen – but when it comes to men, they’re been known to keep things simple. Although, that’s starting to change as more men begin the pursuit in earnest towards healthier, younger-looking skin.
But before you begin treatments, it’s best to understand your skin type
- Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use.
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive.
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy, or rough.
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy.
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others.
Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to best take care of it by selecting skincare products that are right for you.
To help men develop healthy skin care routines, dermatologists recommend the following tips
- Consider product labels and ingredients: The skincare products you choose will depend on your skin type. If you have acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say ‘oil-free’ or ‘non-comedogenic’, as these won’t clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, use mild, ‘fragrance-free’ products, as those containing scents can leave skin feeling irritated and dry. However, beware of products labeled ‘unscented’, as many of these contain masking fragrances that can still irritate your skin.
- Wash your face daily and after exercise: Since regular bar soap often contains harsh ingredients that can be drying to the skin, wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm – not hot – water.
- Watch your shaving technique: For some men, multi-blade razors can work too well or shave too closely to your skin. If you often experience razor bumps, razor burns, or ingrown hairs, use a single- or double-blade razor instead and do not stretch your skin taut while shaving. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Use a moisturizing shaving cream and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after each swipe of the razor, and change your blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.
- Moisturize daily: Moisturizers work by trapping water in your skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. For the best results, apply to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering, or shaving while the skin is still damp.
- Wear sunscreen whenever outdoors: To help prevent sun damage that can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer, before going outdoors apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your scalp, ears, neck, and lips. For best protection use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
- Every man’s skin is different, and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to skincare. If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, or if have questions about how to take care of your skin, see a dermatologist.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology