How do you look so young?
Woman: Makeup remover, exfoliator, moisturiser, charcoal masks, eye cream, serum…
Man: I wash my face with shampoo.
Any woman worth her salt will nod her head vigorously at the above meme and swear that her partner wipes his face with the same towel he cleans his car with but still has better skin than her.
Jokes aside, skin care doesn’t always have to involve a 29-step routine with exotic-sounding products. However, it is important to take care of your skin, irrespective of your age and gender. Just because you’re a man, it certainly does not mean that you put skincare at the bottom of your priority list (unless you want to resemble a wrinkly peach, that is).
Men, here are a few simple starting points to help your skin become healthier.
Finding out your skin type will become the foundation of your skincare. The basic skin types are normal, oily, combination, dry, and sensitive.
Each of these skin types will have different skin requirements and hence require different products. Using products that aren’t meant for your skin type isn’t going to do your skin any favours and may even aggravate or create new problems.
You can do an easy at-home test to figure out your skin type. Wash your face with a gentle face wash or cleanser. After 30 minutes, check to see if your skin feels oily (oily skin) or parched and tight (dry skin). However, if the oil is mostly centred on your forehead and nose (aka your T-zone), you’ve probably got combination skin.
Remember that wrinkled peach thing we mentioned earlier? You can get to that state so much sooner if you skip sunscreen.
Repeat after us – SUN DAMAGE IS A REAL THING!
Nothing causes skin damage like the sun. Unfortunately, in Australia, UV ray exposure can be up to 15 percent higher, as compared to European countries. This also explains why Australia’s skin cancer rate is so high, with two out three Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer before they hit 70.
Sunscreen is the easiest way to help prevent damage to our skin from UV rays, therefore, delaying the inevitable signs of ageing. It also helps prevent skin cancer. Sunscreen is a must even on cloudy, overcast days.
While retinoids in Australia are mostly prescription only, they offer a host of benefits including helping with skin cell regeneration, acne, sun damage, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone.
Retinoids come in different strengths and the best way to experience the positives of retinoids is to use them consistently.
Retinoids are different from retinols. The latter is classed as a cosmetic product and is available over the counter. Retinols are a type of retinoid, but aren’t as strong, meaning they contain lower strengths of retinoic acid as compared to retinoids. Several brands sell retinols in different strengths.
Niacinamide is increasingly being included in several skincare products and for good reason. It can help reduce signs of ageing and increase skin hydration levels, as well as skin brightness. The best thing is that it is readily available over the counter. However, depending on the condition of the patient’s skin, doctors may also prescribe niacinamide in the form of oral medication.
It is easy to think that men don’t need skincare because they’re the more rough and tough sex. Nothing could be further from the truth. Over time, whether you are male or female, skin gets damaged if not taken care of.
It is always advisable to seek professional help when trying to figure out a skincare routine since a doctor will consider your personal characteristics and circumstances. This will result in a far more effective regime as compared to using cookie cutter skin care products.
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