Healthy skin is something we should all strive for, no matter what our gender. Many women have a regular skincare regimen, but a lot of men are woefully negligent in this area. Just a few simple changes to your daily routine can immensely improve the health of your skin.
Avoid razor burn
Men do have one problem, however, that is gender specific: ingrown hairs resulting from shaving. As you shave, the blade cuts the whisker at an angle that is so sharp the course hair can actually pierce the skin as it curls in on itself. It can become inflamed, and in some cases, infected. To minimize razor burn, try these suggestions:
- Use a single blade razor. Your shave might not be as close as it has been, but the longer whiskers will be less likely to cause a problem.
- Shave in the shower – it minimizes the likelihood of razor burn.
- Find a gentleman’s scent you like and use it at least once, preferably twice, per day, morning and night.
- Shave in the direction of your hair. Again, the shave won’t be quite as close, but it minimizes the danger of razor bumps that could result in infections.
Other skincare necessities are shared by men and women alike. Dry skin can be a big problem, especially in the winter if you spend a lot of time in a low humidity environment. Make sure you keep hydrated and use a humidifier in your home, if you can.
Protect your skin
One of the most important skincare concerns for men – especially younger men – is protecting their skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Sun damage can take years to develop into skin cancer and a lot of young people feel invincible, making sunscreen the last thing on their minds.
Sunscreen should be your number one skincare product. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30, and use it whenever you spend time outside. Another idea to save time and money is to use a sunscreen product especially designed for the face that does double duty – for example, Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Face moisturizes as it protects as it contains a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen and several vitamins and minerals that moisturize and keep skin healthy.
With a minimal amount of extra care, your skin can look and feel good – and stay that way!