It’s a common belief that only women should take care of their skin to look young and vibrant, whereas skin care regime for most of the men is circumscribed to washing face two times a day. Bad skin is not just a girly problem, it’s something common with men as well. In fact, men have slightly more oily skin as compared to women as testosterone stimulates sebum production in the hair follicles that result in skin problems.
It’s surely not impossible for you to think beyond shaving, shaving may work for a short date, but for the healthiest overall skin, a consistent daily skin care is required. Actually, the real deal is that in these contemporary times, it is just as important for men to look young and healthy as it for a female. Skin care doesn’t mean that you fill your cabinet with cosmetic products. Instead, it entails committing yourself to few basic skin care routine.
Here are some do’s and don’ts in getting the perfect skin.
Get a face wash with glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin cells that stick together and make your skin dull.
Apply moisturizer when skin is still damp to help lock in moisture.
Massage your moisturizer gently onto your skin to improve circulation to the skin’s surface and enhance absorption of important peptides and vitamins.
Get a water-based lotion, if you have an oily skin. Get an oil-based lotion, if you have dry or flaky skin.
Exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause acne.
Buy products that contain the term “non-comedogenic”.
Use lukewarm water to cleanse and shave. It helps control excess oil production and protects the soft capillaries under the skin from damage.
Drink 7 to 9 glasses of water to keep the skin hydrated, supple and firm.
Get a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to block UV rays, which can speed up your aging process.
Use retinol based products at night to boost cell growth and collagen production, which will improve the tone of non-wrinkled skin.
Sleep 7 to 8 hours every day as the lack of sleep makes the skin dull and your eyes become puffy and red.
Take a lot of veggies like berries, carrots to help fight off free radicals.
Shave during the shower or after the shower as the hair is much softer and supple that time.
Buy a quality razor. Most men shave four times a week, so choose your razor that suits your beard coarseness and skin sensitivity.
Buy a shaving cream that contains glycerine and aloe vera to protect and moisturize the skin.
Just do one shaving stroke on each section of the face.
Brush your beard to prevent ingrown.
Wash your face thoroughly after shaving as any traces of shaving cream can cause dehydration, which can cause premature, flaky and dull skin.
Protect your eyes if you have a field job as the skin around the eyes is 1/30th the thickness of other bits of skin. So, buy a sunglass with UV400 protection or over.
Exercise every day as it will increase internal circulation and improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
Use bar soaps to wash your face as they strip the skin’s natural oil.
Over-exfoliate as it can make your skin red and irritated.
Take too much coffee and alcohol. They dehydrate the skin and slow down circulation, which leads to sagging skin.
Consume high-sugar products as they can cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts.
Use harsh soaps or face scrubs as it can make your skin dry and cause wrinkles.
Forget to apply sunscreen every day as sun exposure can slow down collagen production.
Take stress as it throws hormone levels into flux, which can damage your healthy skin cells and makes you prone to wrinkles and breakouts.
Buy after-shave with an alcohol ingredient as it can dry your skin.
Smoke as it decreases circulation and collagen production.
Use hot water to cleanse and shave as hot water can kindle the oil glands to pump out more oil than required.
Shave against the direction of hair growth as the blade can scratch the buried surface of the hair follicle and creates inflammation.
Take a long shower and bath as it can damage your skin by taking away essential oils from it.
Ignore frequent breakouts and premature aging. Take an appointment with your dermatologist.
You're never too old or too young to start a daily skin care routine and figure out what really works for you. You can also take help from your dermatologist to find out what your skin type is and follow the skin care routine accordingly.