Caring for your skin is not just for women. In fact it is important for you health not just for aesthetic reasons. Taking care of the largest organ on your body is important. Here are a few tips to do so.
Sunscreen. Sunscreen. Sunscreen. It’s the mantra of dermatologists everywhere, and for good reason. Dr. Ashvin Garlapati, of the Dermatology Center of Northwest Indiana, echoes this refrain. Sunscreen is “the most important product that any man can use to prevent aging and also help prevent skin cancer.” And if you’re going to invest in just one skincare product, that’s the most important one.
While skincare products are so widely marketing to women, there are helpful products out there for men. A good routine, as prescribed by Garlapati and other dermatologists, should take into account the differences in men’s skin as compared to women’s: thicker skin due to increased testosterone activity, more collagen (which supports the structure of your skin), and sebaceous (oil) glands, which make men more prone to clogged pores and blackheads. Men also tend to shave facial hair, which makes skin coarser.
These skin qualities should be taken into consideration when selecting a product. Be sure to include the following in your skincare routine.
If You Shave
Men who shave can develop razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Garlapati advises those with skin made sensitive by shaving to use an emollient-based shaving cream to soften the hair-bearing areas on the face. You’ll get a less irritating and more even shave.
When You Wash
Garlapati also advises washing your face with a gentle cleanser and not a regular bar soap. Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of natural oils, which can lead to drier and more sensitive skin.
Add an Exfoliant
Exfoliate regularly to take care of thick skin and help combat clogged pores. You can use a daily cleanser that contains an exfoliating product such as salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells and accumulated debris from the face.
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