Skincare is something that many men tend to overlook when compared with other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. However, while there are some subtle differences between men’s skin and women’s skin, the basic elements of skincare remain the same.
Although men’s skin is thicker than women’s, and is less prone to problems brought about by hormonal changes, it doesn’t mean you can afford to neglect looking after it.So, if you are investing time, effort and money into your diet and lifestyle so you can look and feel your best, you’ll want to make sure your skin doesn’t let you down.
Here’s how you can keep your male skin in tip-top condition.
WHY DO MEN NEED A SKINCARE ROUTINE?There are many reasons why you need a male skincare routine.
It can help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, prevent and reverse the damage done by the sun’s harmful UV rays or the weather, and minimise problems like spots, acne or dermatitis.
Although men’s skin tends to be more rugged and robust than female skin, keeping it clean and hydrated is necessary.
First things first, it’s important to understand your skin type. This will help you choose the right skincare products and look after your skin in the best way. There are five main skin types for men:
- Normal skin is clear and easy to care for
- Sensitive skin may react negatively to certain skincare products, such as aftershave or soap
- Dry skin can be itchy, rough or flaky
- Oily skin is shiny, greasy and susceptible to spots or acne
- Combination skin can be dry in some places and oily in others
The products you use should depend on your skin type.
If you have oily skin, then choosing light and gentle cleansers rather than thick or heavy ones can help prevent a build-up of oil blocking your pores and causing spots.
If you have sensitive skin, using mild soaps or detergents and fragrance-free products are usually better, as they won’t dry your skin out as much and leave it feeling itchy or irritated.
If you have dry skin, keeping it hydrated with a natural moisturiser is a must.
Washing your face daily, especially after work or exercise, is important to remove any excess sweat, dirt or grime.
And for all types of skin, gently patting your face dry with a soft towel, rather than rubbing it, will gently remove any dead skin cells and cause less irritation.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SKINCARE PRODUCTS FOR MEN?There are many male skincare products available, and you probably have your favourites. However, if you don’t know where to start, we recommend choosing natural, organic products which are gentler on all skin types and can help you look and feel your best.
Our Urban Guise range is a collection of natural skincare products for men who care about their personal appearance. They can help you to maintain fresh, youthful skin, healthy locks and, if facial hair is your thing, a smooth, silky beard.
All our Urban Guise products use natural, organic ingredients to nourish and moisturise. They combine subtle, sensual essential oils directly from the Lily & Loaf range to rehydrate, tone, firm and balance your skin and complexion.
Our range includes:
TOP MALE SKINCARE TIPSWhile it takes year-round effort to achieve healthy-looking skin, there are a few simple things you can do to boost your chances of success. Keeping your skin hydrated is especially important, particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
Whether it’s warm and sunny, or cold, wet and windy, the great British weather can quickly strip your skin of its natural moisture.
Going from cold to hot, or vice versa, can dry your skin out quickly, leading to itchiness, redness and flaking. So, keeping your skin hydrated with a natural moisturiser is vital. Drinking plenty of water will also help to keep your cells hydrated from the inside. And whatever the weather, it’s important to remember that the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage your skin. So, always wear a skin cream or moisturiser with Sun Factor Protection if you are spending time outdoors.
One of the main activities that can cause damage to men’s facial skin is shaving. From cuts and nicks and razor burn, to dry skin and reactions to shaving soap, shaving can cause many skin problems for men. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to minimise the damage to your skin. While electric razors are handy, they can often irritate dry or sensitive skin.
If you’re after a close shave, multi-blade razors work well, but again can irritate or damage your skin, particularly in sensitive areas like under your chin and around the sides of your mouth.
If you have bumpy or uneven skin, you should choose a razor with flexible blades, as they will adapt to the contours of your face more easily. Regardless of your choice of razor, softening your skin and facial hair before shaving is essential.
Either shower first to give the warm water and steam the opportunity to soften your bristles, or hold a damp warm flannel to your face for a couple of minutes to open up your pores.
Make sure you use a shaving soap that creates a thick, creamy lather to help the blade glide across your skin. Pull your skin as tight as possible before you run the razor across it. Try to go with the grain of your stubble, rather than against it. Make long strokes of the razor, rather than short motions and try not to go over the same area too many times, as this can cause irritation and inflammation.
And after you’ve shaved, wash away any excess shaving cream with warm water, then splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
Pat your face dry with a towel and apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturiser to rehydrate your skin.
If you use aftershave, don’t apply it straight away as it can dry out your skin.
Instead, wait until the moisturiser is fully absorbed and your skin is back to its normal temperature before splashing on your favourite scent.
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