Unlike women, men are not too particular about their skin unless they suffered burns, cuts, scars or some other disease that stands them out for wrong reasons.
But over the last decade – due to better education and healthcare, more men – especially the millennials – are now realising the importance of taking good care of their skin.
That is why you now see markets flushing with man skin care products as well.
Even though the way men view them is different from their women counterparts.
It all starts with cleansing.
Water soluble cleansers are preferred.
Cleansing helps remove the dirt, grease and pollutants from the skin and helps in preventing pore clogging.
The inherent oily nature of male skin makes cleansing an important part of man skincare procedure.
Cleansing should be done at least once every day, even better if it is done twice a day.
Using soap on the face is discouraged.
This revolves a lot around shaving.
Shaving foam, gel, cream and after shave lotion are among the most important skincare products.
Besides those, men also needs a proper selection of shaving related equipment and products.
One of the main considerations in choosing shaving products should be the skin type since the degree of oiliness differs from person to person.
Alcohol-based aftershaves should be avoided.
Proper skin care also mandates the use of good quality razors.
Here, swivel-head razors are preferred since they are known to reduce cuts.
Besides these products and equipment, it is also necessary that you use them properly.
Be gentle when using your razor.
Do not scratch it against your skin.
Instead use a soft and smooth action.
After all it is just a matter of removing hair not the skin itself.
Male skin is generally thicker and oilier, owing to larger pores and more active sebaceous glands.
However, due to regular shaving, the skin can get dehydrated quite easily.
Hence moisturisers too form an integral part of man skincare.
Moisturising gel or cream should be applied after shaving.
In fact, some shaving foams and gel have an in-built moisturising effect too.
Moisturisers should be patted gently over the face and massaged gently using upward strokes.
Though a man’s skin is less susceptible to skin cancer caused by UV radiation, using a sunscreen is also an important man skincare measure.
You can use a moisturiser that combines sunscreen with the moisturising effect.
Another good option is to use man skincare products which have natural ingredients like aloe vera, sea salt and coconut etc.
Naturally antiseptic oils such as lavender and tea tree also provide good means for man skincare.
Men skincare is not as difficult as a lot of men think.
From my experience, it just requires 10 to 20 minutes a day in order to give your skin a healthier and more radiant look.