Mens Skin

Skin care products are not only for women, there are skin care products for men’s skin too. The first thing people notice when they see for the first time is you face. Skin, being the largest component of it, should be the main object of your concern then.

Healthy skin is the most significant factor for a great looking face. You have to make an effort taking care of your skin, but it all pays off. The hard work will be justified by excellent results: healthy, radiant, even complexion. At end of the day, you are doing it for yourself and nobody else.

Don’t you want to look younger, healthier? Then, why don’ you start with the change. In fact, the number of skin care products created especially for men is increasing quite rapidly, and it’s not going to be that long before it becomes even with the amount of products used by women. The interest is growing. There is nothing embarrassing in taking care of your skin. Poorly skin is an embarrassment.

Please, spend a few minutes of your time and read some basic tips and guidelines to encourage healthier skin. It is not complicated as it may sound.

Keeping your skin clean

The fact is that men have significantly larger pores than women and approximately 15% oilier skin. This means you get dirtier. No matter what your skin type is, you have to clean it on a daily basis. Deep cleansing keeps your pores clean and your skin healthy.

Avoid using chemical based cleansing products. Using deodorant soaps on your face is not a good idea: they contain harsh ingredients and after cleansing leave a detergent film behind. This could clog your pores and cause skin irritation.

Exfoliation (scrub) is essential for healthy looking skin. It removes dead cells and smoothens the surface of your face. Do not overdo scrubbing your face: the scrub should be intense but not damaging. Keep away from scrubs that contain rough ingredients like ground bits of nuts or seed extracts: they scratch and damage the skin. A good scrub should rejuvenate you, not hurt you.

Moisturizing your skin is very important. And as we mentioned earlier, you are better off with natural based products than those with the high amount of chemical additives. After cleansing and shaving always apply a light moisturizer on your face and do not ignore your neck either.

If you are in need of an intensive moisturizing, treatments with vitamin E or aloe vera oil are the ones to be used on your skin. It is available in liquid form o capsules (break it open and apply directly to your skin). This is a fantastic under eye remedy. Do not neglect the skin area under the eyes as it is the most gentle and extra sensitive part of your face. It will be one of the first places to show your age.

Keeping your skin toned

Toning keeps the skin firm and clean. Men tend to spend more time being outside than women, and so they are more likely to be exposed to the environmental damaging elements and pollutants.

With the age the skin looses its firmness and elasticity. As skin matures, it needs more attention and treatment to maintain it supple. The best elements for toning the facial skin are astringents and toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxyl acids. These acids have an ability to reduce the pore size and help prevent ingrown hairs. They are insistent and produce quick results. Be aware of using photosensitive (sensitive to light) products.

Treating your skin

There are numerous men’s skin products on the market that treat and boost your skin. The skin care products are to be used in accordance with the type of skin that you have (oily, dry or combination). The seasonal factor should be of consideration for choosing the right treatment. Various skin care products are for various skin types and they produce various results. It is good if you know what your skin needs.

Do not ignore exfoliating – it is essential part of skin treatment. It gets rid of dead skin cells.

After shaving apply moisturizer that has absolutely no alcohol in it. Stay away from heavy fragrant after-shave products, as they can bring out skin irritation.

Some people think that if the skin shines it looks healthy. Wrong assumption.
It looks greasy. Blot the excess of oil away. Use blotting papers, gentle tissues. You can also try using light powder that will give you a natural finish.

Do not neglect your lips. Look for a balm that has an SPF of at least 15 in it. Have you heard of peppermint oil? Well, now you have. Peppermint oil will give your lips luscious look, keeping them well moisturized; besides it has a nice feel to it.

Protecting your skin

Protecting your skin is a key element towards looking and staying young. There are various techniques that can help to maintain your skin at its best for as long as possible.

Here are main points:

Keep away from direct sun light. Avoid overexposure to the sun.
Sun damage could lead to hyperpigmentation (formation of brown spots), which can grow into serious skin disease. Extreme exposure can not only increase the number of fine lines, but also make them more profound.

Staying in shape
Physical exercise encourages capillary functioning which helps to slow down the aging process. When you work out, the flow of oxygen to the tissues, which keep the skin looking younger, increases.

Healthy diet

Besides eating the right stuff, do not forget about the vitamins. Such vitamins as C and E will always give a boost for your skin.

Healthy life style

Take everything in moderation. Keep away from smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, fatigue and stress. These factors decrease blood flow circulating to your face, causing facial skin to fade and age.

Do not forget that your facial skin is in the constant process of moving and stretching (facial expressions). Some people use their face muscles more intensively than the others.

The fact is that active skin ages faster than passive skin. That’s why moisturizing and cleansing your skin is a necessity. Do not undervalue the sun damage, especially if you exercise outdoors.

If you are determined to stay younger and take care of your appearance, follow these simple rules:

Cleanse your face before going to bed.
Do not let the bacteria do its dirty work overnight. It only takes a few second to cleanse your face, no longer than cleaning your teeth. Think of those extra premature wrinkles you are getting rid of when cleansing your face at night.

Seek professional help
If you think you have a skin problem, go and see a professional, licensed aesthetician or dermatologist. You can try all the skin care products in the world, but they won’t cure your disease. Seeing a specialist won’t do you any harm.

Follow a “three-step” plan

1. Cleanse your face with warm water and glycerin based soap (opens face and prepares skin for exfoliating)

2. Bring your skin’s PH balance back to normal by applying a dry skin toner or oily skin astringent.

3. Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer.

Whenever possible have a shower before the workouts. Go to the gym with clean skin, and you will “sweat clean” after exercising. This comes useful, if you cannot get to the bath or shower after exercising for a few hours. The salty, post-workout residue will have less damaging effect on your face.

Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunscreen whether you workout, sun bathe or just happen to be in the sun. A few athletes include sunscreen in their pre-workout schedule.

If you surf, ski or enjoy any other outdoor activity, we recommend, you always use an SPF 15 sports stick applicator around your eye and lip areas to prevent wrinkling. You can also use it on the tip of your ears and bold spots to avoid sunburns.

Drink plenty of water. Water keeps your skin hydrated. Take minimum eight to ten glasses a day to keep the right balance.