Taking care of skin is not only a female preoccupation. While for many men skin care is an afterthought, it is important to adopt a proper skin regimen as a first line of defense against aging.
Shaving and ingrown hairs
Using an Aloe Vera-based shave cream that is oil-free and following with a light astringent containing glycolic acid after shaving helps prevent razor bumps. Men with thick, coarse or curly hair may be more prone to ingrown hairs. Instead of growing up and out, these hairs grow back down the hair follicle, causing irritation. A good daily exfoliation regimen with glycolic acid greatly reduces the number of ingrown hairs.
Men with oily skin should gently wash their face twice a day with an oil-free cleanser, followed by an astringent with glycolic acid. Astringents help reduce dilated pores which are the main characteristic of oily skin. After toning with the astringent, exfoliating with glycolic acid is important to help clear out excess sebum that is trapped underneath the layer of dead skin. Avoid scrubbing the face, as this may cause skin to secrete more oil.
The use of a moisturizer is highly recommended for men with dry, flaky and itchy skin. Sufficient daily water intake is vital to replace moisture lost through transpiration thus keeping skin hydrated.
Dark circles underneath men’s eyes may be caused by fatigue. Vitamin K will help brighten the under eye area. Use sparingly since the eye area is very sensitive.