Men's Skin Care: How To Do It The Right Way?
Posted On: - 2009-03-23 01:08:05
The market for menâ€™s skin care products is booming. With more and more men realizing the importance of efficient skin care, there are whole new range of skin care products that are coming up in the market that cater to the special requirements of the menâ€™s skin.
Difference Between Menâ€™s Skin and Womenâ€™s Skin
The first essential step towards staring a skin care regimen is to acknowledge the intrinsic differences between the skin of men and women.
Men generally have oilier skin as compared to that of women. Their skin produces more oil and therefore their skin is more acidic in pH. Moreover, men have thicker skin than women. This is because they have higher levels of collagen within their skin which also makes their skin firmer and tauter. However, in spite of the higher collagen levels, menâ€™s skin loses firmness much faster than that of womenâ€™s.
Skin Care Tips for Men
Avoid Using Soaps
Men generally equate facial cleansing with the regular bar soap. Soaps can actually do more harm to the skin than good. This is because in addition to cleansing the skin, it also scrapes off the natural oils of the face and makes the skin dry and flaky. It can also cause skin itchiness.
The skin on your face is thinner and much more fragile than the skin on the rest of the body. because of this, ordinary soap bars that can be used safely for bathing turn out to be too harsh for the face.
Use a mild cleanser for your face that removes all the dirt, debris and impurities without causing excessive dryness
Use Obagi C-Cleansing Gel, a superb facial cleanser that contains both the advantages of a prescription strength hydroquinone and potent Vitamin C. It removes all the dirt and impurities, make-up residues and excess oil particles to leave the skin clean and fresh.
You can also try iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, a great resurfacing cleanser that not only cleans the skin but also controls acne on the face. It contains potent antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and prevents any skin damage.
Scrape Off Dead Skin Cells
Exfoliation should be a key process in the skin care regimens for men. It is important to exfoliate your skin at least two to three times a week in order to eliminate the dead skin cells and promote the regeneration of new fresh cells from beneath. Exfoliation also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and makes shaving easier.
Use an exfoliating lotion like Obagi Nu Derm Exfoderm Forte or Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm. The former contains alpha hydroxyl acid while the latter has phytic acid. Both the products work to exfoliate the dead skin cells from the skin surface and accelerate the absorption of active ingredients. Exfoderm Forte is better for oilier skin.
Keep the Skin Hydrated
After the removal of dirt, debris and impurities, it is also important to fill in the gaps with essential moisture. Environmental factors, free radicals, pollution and other agents cause the skin to get damaged and become dry.
Moisturize your skin well by using a good moisturizer. If you have oily skin, use a lightweight gel like Kinerase Hydra Boost Intensive Treatment which instantly hydrates the skin using Kinetin, 25% Hyaluronic Acid and other moisturizing agents to provide maximum moisturizing from the inside out for a healthier, younger complexion.
Protect Against Sunlight
Sunscreens are not just for summer. Summer is not the only time when your skin is susceptible to harsh sun rays. Therefore, it is very important to apply good quality sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against the UVA as well as the UVB rays of the sun. Unprotected sun exposure puts you at high risk of developing skin cancer and melanoma.
If you donâ€™t like slathering on sunscreen lotions or creams on your face, Innovative Skin care presents you with iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen. It is a revolutionary powder sunscreen that contains physical UV blockers comprising of 25% titanium dioxide and 20% zinc oxide.
You can also try Obagi C-Sun guard SPF 30, a special sunscreen formulation that contains ultra-sheer Z-Cote, an effective barrier that provides superior protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the sun responsible for premature aging of the skin
Â Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific. She has a keen interest in studying the use and effectiveness of skin care products and acne treatments.