When it comes to skin care, men have traditionally kept it simple, however more men are now pursuing healthier, younger-looking skin. Men’s skin care isn’t as taboo anymore as more men embrace ways to take care of their skin at home.
Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and select skin care products that are right for you.
Here are the tips to help men develop healthy skin care routines;
- Consider product labels and ingredients depending on your skin type.
If you have acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say “oil free”or “noncomedogenic,”as these won’t clog your pores.If you have sensitive skin, use mild, fragrance-free products, as products containing fragrances 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 the 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.
- Check your skin regularly.
New spots or moles that itch, bleed or change color are often early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious spots, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.