Men and their Skin

Do they really need skin care? Firstly yes they absolutely do need skin care. Men are born with denser, thicker skin in comparison to women. Generally, exposure to the elements and muscle movement on a man’s face will cause denser, or deeper appearing wrinkles due to the thickness of the skin. As such a good skin care routine is paramount. Now I know most of those on my newsletter mailing list will be sighing and moaning “How the hell am I supposed to get my man to do something like skincare”. It’s simple, you don’t! They either want to take care of their skin or they don’t. It is a choice that they have to make, but here are some cool facts that may sway them.

  1. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and protects the internal structure from bacteria and outside infection. It also provides support for the body to be able to move and stay “put together”. So bad skin, bad function.
  2. What we put on our skin takes 26 seconds to enter our bloodstream – so it is imperative that not only are men using skin care – but they are using good products… No cheap shit from the reject shops.

Where do start when choosing skin care? The best place to start is determining what kind of skin one has. Like women, there are different types of skin and this should determine what kind of products one uses.

  1. Combination skin – generally this is where the skin is neither dry nor oily for the most part, with the exception of different areas of the skin. Determining whether a man has combination skin is relatively easy – if the T-Zone is oily up to or including the forehead but everywhere else is normal/dry we are looking at a combination skin.
  2. Oily skin – this is where the skin appears to be greasy or sleek all over the face. Most people

with this skin type will also be prone to pustules (pimples) and or blackheads. 3. Dry skin – pretty self-explanatory, but also consider how dry the skin is – if we are observing flakey areas then we are definitely dry. Beware you are not confusing dry skin for dehydrated skin. YES, there is a difference. So at the very least, we should be doing the following routine:

  1. Cleanse x2… YES twice everyone should be cleansing their faces twice. The first time takes away the surface layer of skin, the second gets the deeper dirt and debris.
  2. Moisturise. So morning time one should be applying a moisturiser with SPF protection ESPECIALLY if you are working in the sun!

What to avoid:

  1. Fragrances. We should never put fragrance on the face. So look for fragrance-free products. Not unscented as this is not the same as fragrance-free. Fragrances can cause allergic reactions and scaly and flakey skin.
  2. Alcohol in aftershave. Alcohol after shaving makes a fresh sensation, and although at the time it feels great, it is actually severely dehydrating the skin. An after-shave moisturiser or lotion will serve the skin much more.

This skincare regime is simple and basic as we know that men can feel a bit funny using skincare, it is important to cleanse and moisturise twice a day. Hope this helps.