Men’s Skin Care
While men’s skin may be thicker when compared to women’s, it doesn’t mean that men should shun taking care of it. Shaving is where men encounter their share of skin problems. This mostly affects men who have huge beards, or hair that’s extremely kinky or curly. These people tend to have skin irritations and razor bumps. However, with proper skin care, it’s very much possible to have smooth skin. Here are some skin care tips for that smooth face, a smooth shave and even for people with thinning hair or a bald head:
|1. Go for liquid cleansers|
Bar soap tends to dry out the skin more when compared to liquid cleansers. However, if you still opt for them, then select those that have moisturizers such as glycerin. Bar soaps are suitable people with normal or dry skin. If you have oily skin, get soap or even liquid cleansers that have glycolic acid, benzyl peroxide, or cyclic acid. These agents remove dead skin which clears the pores, and kill bacteria too. This will ensure that you are free from acne, which results from clogged pores when your skin produces excess oil leading to inflammation.
|2. Keep your skin moisturized|
There are 2 ways to do this: you can either use soap with moisturizer, or apply moisturizer after washing your face. If your skin is dry, go for a cream. If normal, a lotion will do as it is lighter and less oily. If it is oily, then a skin toner or gel is the best option. For people with acne, moisturizers which have salicylic or glycolic acid will come in handy, as they help in removal of dead skin clearing your pores.
|3. Use sunscreen|
Get a moisturizer which contains sunscreen. Better still, apply sunscreen. Apart from your face, if your hair line is thinning, or if you got a bald head, use sunscreen on the affected areas. Since not everyone fancies lotion on their head, a spray-on will be a better option. If you don’t like the whole idea of sunscreens and moisturizers, then protect your skin by putting on a hat if you are going to spend a great deal of time in the sun.
|4. What about shaving?|
Go for what’s comfortable. However if you have razor bumps, nicks, cuts or even razor cuts, get a milder shaving cream, for instance one with aloe. You could also soften the beard hairs by using a little water to lather up before you shave. Pre-shaving oil also creates the same effect.;
Razor bumps result from ingrown hairs. A shaving cream containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid, will clear the pores getting rid of bumps. Avoid creams with fragrance as they tend to irritate your skin. Hypoallergenic products will also help.
Your razor is even more crucial than the cream that you use. When compared to blades, electric razors tend to cause less irritation on the skin. For blades, single or double bladed ones are the best option. You can also go for razors that have moisturizing strips.
Avoid shaving against the grain. Shave in the direction that hair grows to reduce irritation. For smooth skin, use an aftershave lotion and apply a moisturizer with salicylic or glycolic acid. If razor bumps still persist, you can opt for laser beard reduction. This should be recommended by a medical doctor though.