9. Bikini Wax
I remember before leaving out the house for church my grandmother stopping me abruptly at the door to lick her thumb so that she could get that spot I had missed at the corner of my eye. That was probably the closest I came to using moisturizer in my life. Interesting enough, as I was reminiscing this part of my childhood I came across an article on moisturizing for men (or the lack of) and thought I would share. “The interesting thing about skin care for men is that it often takes very little to make a big improvement,” says Kathleen M. Welsh, M.D., a San Francisco-based dermatologist. “So just using something other than bar soap on your face, or moisturizing twice a day makes such a huge difference.” If you ever needed an example of how critical it is to keeping your skin moisturized just wear a pair of leather shoes for a while without conditioning them and admire what happens. You’ll start to notice cracks, deep cuts, and just an overall aged look that’s not appealing. That’s your face. Your skin needs regular protection and care to keep it hydrated and looking fresh. Here are few tips and products to making and keeping your skin soft and smooth again.
Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowing any moisturizer to penetrate your skin’s surface. “Cleansing twice a day, morning and night, is a good idea,” says Dr. Jarrod Paul Frank, a Manhattan-based dermatologist. But don’t get carried away by using heavy-duty scrubs more than once or twice a week. These will only irritate the skin and stimulate oil production.
For daily use, a milder soap means your skin will need less moisturizer, since it won’t be scrubbed of essential oils. “Bar soaps strip the skin of oil, instead of gently removing dirt, like foaming cleansers,” suggests Dr. Welsh. Try a mild face wash, like Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser in colder, drier months and a deeper cleaning scrub, like Nivea Men OriginalMoisturizing Face Wash in sweatier, humid climates.
“In general, men should keep their regimen as simple as possible,” suggests Dr. Frank. But there is no one size fits all approach here. Knowing what kind of skin you have is the first step in determining that regimen and your moisturizing needs.
How can you tell your skin type?
Sensitive skin reddens easily and stings or burns when you apply most products. For the other types, the condition of your T Zone (across your forehead and a straight line down your chin) will help you identify which category you fit in. At the end of the day, examine the area. A matte surface means dry skin, a greasy or shiny zone translates to oily, and if your face is just slightly slick, you have normal or combination skin.
• Dry—Use a moisturizing cleanser and follow up with a rich moisturizer. As long as acne is not an issue, oil-based lotions are a good choice, especially at night.
• Oily—Avoid any heavy or oil-based formulas. Instead, use an oil-free or mattifying moisturizer in the morning and just a lightweight serum at night.
• Normal/ Combination—The trick to treating this variable skin is creating balance. Aim for a medium-weight product that maintains moisture but doesn’t add oil to already shiny areas.
• Sensitive—Avoid irritating ingredients, such as alcohol, fragrances, dyes, and preservatives (parabens). Moisturize twice daily with mild products specifically designed for sensitive skin.
Revive it at night.
Night is an essential time to renew your mind—and your skin. Adding a lotion before bed creates softer, more hydrated, and better-looking skin the next day. It also helps seal in moisture and repairs the skin barrier that’s compromised by dry air and harsh cleansers. Think ahead and use products with targeted ingredients that can help slow down the signs of aging. “At bedtime most men can benefit from using a skin treatment lotion that has retinol (Vitamin A), or other anti-aging creams or serums, such alpha hydroxyl, glycolic acid, or peptides for anti-aging,” says Dr. Welsh.