For years, women have received all kinds of skin care advice from magazines, newspapers, and television. Now, men’s skin care is also getting some attention. No longer do men have to use products originally designed for women or take advice targeted at the fairer sex. Instead, men’s skin care has come of age.
Men have thicker skin than women do. Many women’s skin care products are designed for a woman’s sensitive skin. Women also have hormonal issues associated with their monthly cycles that men are not concerned with.
Men’s skin care should look at issues related to shaving, skin type, and sunscreen.
Men have always been concerned with their facial hair. In some societies, men are content to let their beards grow. But in cultures which encourage men to shave, men’s skin care is important.
Men’s skin care products range from razors and shaving cream to after shave lotions, talcum powders, and, more recently, even clay masks.
To avoid razor rash when doing a wet shave, wait until after you’ve showered to shave. This gives the whiskers time to soften. Always use a quality razor. Put shaving oil on your face and then add a shaving gel or foam. Give the oil and gel time to soak in for a minute before starting the shave. Shave in the direction that your beard grows. Rinse the razor after each stroke. Always shave in front of a mirror to avoid cuts and nicks.
After shaving, you should use a post-shave balm. The aftershave can be scented unless you use cologne.
The next men’s skin care issue is skin type. Men tend to have significantly oilier skin than women do. Men’s pores are larger than women’s. This means that it is especially important that men clean their face each day with soap or other cleanser. You shouldn’t use deodorant soaps on your face, and, in general, soap should be as chemical free as possible.
Your skin type will also determine whether you need a toner. Because men are outside more than women, they often need toner to counter act the effects of the environment on skin. Toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids and Antistringents work the best for toning the face.
Finally, you’ll want to apply sunscreen as a daily part of your men’s skin care routine. Sunscreen, with at least 15 SPF will protect you against long term damage from the sun’s rays. Ideally, you will have been wearing sunscreen since you were a small child. And, you should always wear sunscreen, even if it is cloudy or overcast outside. Look for sunscreens that include titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or Parsol 1789 (avobenzene) as an active ingredient.
Men’s skin care is just now getting the attention it deserves. Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.