Skin 101: Basic Skin Care For Men

by PRZ

Most of us rarely think about our skin, content with a simple splash-and-dash routine. Yet our skin is the foundation to good grooming. Great skin is just as much about what you put in your body as it is about what you put on your face. I love to drink, party and have a good time, but I also know you create good skin through how you live so I believe in moderation and in taking care of myself. It all makes for great skin and that makes grooming so much easier.


How To Clean Your Face Based On Your Skin Type


If it’s outside, it’s on your face. Dust, environmental pollution, skin secretions and sweat. So wash your mug twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Put the Irish Spring down, most regular soaps will do more harm than good as they can strip natural oils from the skin and that can lead to infection and premature aging.


So if not bar soap, what should you use? That depends on your skin type. Here’s a quick and easy guide to determine your skin type.


Oily Skin - Have you ever rubbed your nail down your nose and discovered enough oil to cook with? Do your pores appear shiny, open? Do you get breakouts on your chin, forehead or nose? Chances are you have oily skin.


Use: An oil-free cleanser. Look for one with clay, salicylic acid, benzoyl perozide, glycolic acid, grapefruit extract and vitamin B. These all help extract oil, clean built-up grime, re-balance PH levels and reduce oil production.


Don’t skip the moisturizer: It can help balance your skin, but use an oil-free moisturizer. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, vitamins A and B, glycolic acid and grapefruit extract.

Exfoliate twice a week.


Sensitive Skin - Most sensitive skin is thinner and exposes capillaries around the face that may appear inflamed depending on the environment, changes in the weather, allergies, and even diet (especially if you’re into really spicy food). With sensitive skin, your glands may become oily. The best regimen with sensitive skin is to use quality products and treatments that keep your skin hydrated, soothed, and balanced.


Use: A hydrating gel or foaming cleanser with glycerol, chamomile, aloe, vitamins B and E. These ingredients will help soothe and nourish dry skin.


Moisturize: Use a cream that has hydrating ingredients like vitamins B5 and E.

Exfoliate once a week with a gentle exfoliant that has rice powder, corn meal, aloe or seaweed extract. They will slough off dead cells without irritating your skin.


Combination Skin - This is a healthy median for our skin. Combination skin means your skin is plump, with medium sized pores, a nice texture and it tends not to wrinkle or flare up (although all skin flares up at times). You don’t require a lot of treatments or maintenance. It’s the closest skin type to normal skin, and actually this skin type is very common. Most people with combination skin assume that they have oily skin or that they are dry. Just like the confusion, our goal with this skin type is to bring balance to its presence.


Use: A gel or foaming cleanser. Look for something with tea tree oil, coconut or cottonseed, which can help balance out natural oils.


Moisturize: use a lotion meant for combination skin. Look for ingredients like lavender extract, seaweed, jojoba, malic and lactic acids.

Exfoliate twice a week.


Dry Skin - If your skin loses its natural oils, then it loses a valuable form of protection. Your skin produces natural lipids that keep it moisturized and without them your skin becomes dry, feels like sandpaper and you become vulnerable to irritation and infection like pimples or rashes.


Use: Hydrating cleansers that contain glycerol, commonly referred to as glycerin, chamomile, aloe, vitamin B and vitamin E. These will all help soothe and nourish dry skin.

Gentle exfoliates are best, like rice powder or corn meal, as these will slough off dead cells without irritating your skin. Aloe and seaweed extract are also fine, but you should have a soothing cream cleanser in your medicine cabinet to alternate with the exfoliant.

Step up your moisturizer. Look for hydrating ingredients, especially vitamin B5 and E, which provide extra moisture and glycerin.

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