It needs the same TLC that you give your cars, motorbikes and video games but with a extra dollop of moisturiser for good measure. I kid you not! I know that it is Football season (that’s NFL or actual football dependent on which side of the pond you are). I also know that FIFA 13 and other exciting games are occupying your time right now. Guess what though? Looking after your skin won’t actually take too much time away from all that fun…promise! I also promise not to mention games or football or to try to drop any further analogies into this post.
We are all products of our environment as they say! Whether you work in an office, where the heat or AC is on constantly or in a factory. You may play sports or work outdoors. Whether you cycle or ride a Harley with the wind, rain, dirt, dust etc in your face you need to protect and look after your skin.
So if you’re still using the same soap on your face as you do on your body and wonder why your skin is starting to age or break out, then I think it is time that we had a talk. This blog is for you.
This post is for you whether you are a teenager or someone who is nearing a milestone in life. Whilst I am not a male skin expert, these tips are no huge secret.
I wrote a blog a couple months back about some of the top products on the market for male skin. I hope that you found that useful and informative. In another post I spoke about grooming and some basic tips to help you along the way. I don’t want to be controversial but I don’t think there is too much difference in the regime you start whether you are male or female. We all want the same thing. To look after our skin! Working on that premise there are things you should know.
- Skin type is important! If you don’t know what skin your skin needs you could be doing more harm than good! It is generally broken down into these areas. Dry, normal, combination, oily and sensitive. Your skin lives and breathes and therefore needs that TLC I spoke of earlier. Not sure how to identify your current skin type, read here. You may have had dry skin in school but now it’s oily. When you know what it is, you’ll know what products are best.
- One soap may not be the best soap! The soap/ shower gel/ soap on a rope Christmas gift is not enough. Just because it seems to be cleansing your body good, it doesn’t mean it is doing the same for your face. The skin on the face is a lot more delicate and exposed that the rest of your body. Invest in a good facial wash/ cleanser or the soap bar kind if you prefer. You face will thank you for it. It should be strong enough to do it’s job and wash away the dirt, dead skin etc. but gentle enough not to strip your skin of it’s essential oils.
- Deep cleanse and exfoliate! This should be something you do at least once a week. Overdoing this step can be very harmful to your skin so I don’t recommend you do it any more than that. Deep cleansing your face will get that hidden bacteria and his friends out of the pores. Yep, you will be surprised at how much is hidden in those tiny ‘holes’ in the skin- even after you wash your face. Exfoliation is also a step you don’t want to miss in out on. Takes away the dead cells from the surface and a little deeper. This is also an important step if you shave as it helps prevent ingrown hairs. Beauty Holder, Beauty Tip: Love oatmeal? Take your facial cleanser and add a small amount of the non-flavoured breakfast goody to it. Turn into a paste and voila! cheap exfoliant. You can replace the oatmeal with baking soda also.
- Protect your skin! Like your skin depends on it! Dramatic, I know, but true. If you don’t look after your skin, who will? Once you have done the hard work of cleansing etc you need to protect it as best you can. Moisturisers, creams and serums will help you do this. You don’t have to spend a fortune on products but invest in the ones that offer you the best results for what you need. A moisturiser that you can use day and night as opposed to separate ones. An eye cream that offers several benefits rather than one for each ‘issue’. If you and your partner have the same skin type and her products won’t make you smell of flowers and candy (unless you like that smell) then try theirs and see how it works for you.
- Monitor your progress! Take photos or look at how your skin will benefit over time. Even when you are tired or don’t feel like it, still follow the steps. you won’t reap the same rewards if you do it half-heartedly.
Remember whenever going out to purchase products, don’t forget step 1.
Special mention for acne-sufferers to those with scarring or other skin conditions. Speaking to a dermatologist or beauty specialist may actually help you more than you think. Many men feel that only women should seek advice about their skin, but if it bothering you then it is important. Don’t feel ashamed to take pride in your skin or appearance. No matter what, your inner beauty is still what makes you the most attractive and beautiful ‘YOU’ there is! This is true of us all.
Besos! TBH! xoxo
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