Most of the ladies out there don’t think too much of male dermatological issues. It goes without saying that when one thinks of skin care, immediately visions of women’s facelifts, those gorgeous bikini-clad babes sun worshipping at the edge of a pool and tan-legged beauties parading down a staged runway are conjured up…but men also have their fair share of skin concerns, and for good reason. From that utterly annoying and quite uncomfortable shaving rash on the neck to skin cancer concerns of their own, the male population has been steadily showing interest in their dermatological health. And, of course, there’s always that other reason that has everything to do with attracting the attention of the opposite sex…
For the gentlemen, we recommend committing to practicing these five skin care tips that will not only cause the ladies to do a double-take as you walk past, but will also greatly contribute to much healthier skin.
1. Wash Your Face With a Good Cleanser
While many would think this is a no-brainer, it’s shocking to learn just how many guys out there are doing it completely wrong with terrible, moisture-robbing soaps and products or even not doing it at all. According to leading dermatologists, most men are guilty of taking ridiculously hot showers and using harsh soaps or face scrubs, which makes the skin dry and appear wrinkly and older. Not quite the look you’re going for, correct?
It’s important to use a gentle cleanser that will nourish the skin from the dirt and oil that can accumulate – a great choice in this regard is Aveeno Men’s Face Wash, which contains colloidal oatmeal that hydrates while cleaning.
2. Stop Buying Cheap Razors
As aforementioned, it’s the classic shaving rash on the neck that is one of the more off-putting aspects of male grooming; unfortunately, it’s a by-product of the necessary act of facial shaving but it can be tamed by using the right equipment. According to many master barbers, most men shave five times a week, and because a quality razor can last a lifetime it’s necessary to choose this weapon wisely. Choose a razor that fits your skin sensitivity and beard coarseness, and your face will thank you.
Further, you’re more likely to get razor burn or ingrown hairs from razors with several blades; all these extra blades pull the hairs below the skin a bit too deep. Additionally, a moisturizing shaving gel is key to providing a barrier of protection while shaving, so slather that on.
3. Never Leave Home Without Applying Sunscreen
If you can find a moisturizer that contains SPF of 30 or higher, you’re way ahead in this game – but it doesn’t hurt to keep a separate bottle of sunscreen handy. Men who don’t use sunscreen increase their risk of getting sun damage, which may result in cancer, extra blood vessels, irritation and/or redness. Stay forever young – or close to it – by applying sunscreen on a daily basis.
4. Don’t Skip the Facial Moisturizer
While plenty of modern-day women find facial hair sexy on a guy, it’s important that your face doesn’t feel like sandpaper. Moisturizing daily will yield soft, “kissable” skin, and this can be obtained by applying products such as Cetaphil and Clinique for Men.
5. Be Sure to Schedule Regular Dermatologist Checkups
Taking care of your skin and the variety of issues that may spring up can be challenging. Thankfully, whether it’s acne, red bumps, dry skin, oily skin, wrinkles, calluses or dandruff, these problems are relatively easy to remedy on your own with over-the-counter products. Still, not every skin condition can be resolved without the help of a dermatologist – and believe us, there will be times when you spot something and exclaim “What the !@#!# is THAT?”
Regular checkups at the dermatologist’s office can help avoid getting to that point, so things can be nipped in the bud before they become larger problems. Further, if you’re wondering whether or not your skin care concern is something a doctor should evaluate, consider the following to determine if an appointment with the dermatologist is warranted:
- Cystic acne or stubborn acne won’t go away with over-the-counter products.
- Dark discolorations on your skin are changing, won’t heal or bleed.
- Itching and rashes won’t go away.
- Skin disorders and skin won’t heal.
- No luck with the treatment of scars.
- Brown skin discolorations have formed.
- Stretch marks and cellulite have formed.
- Red marks left over from acne or blemishes won’t disappear.
These general guidelines will help you keep your skin in much better condition as well as help you determine when and if you should book an appointment with a dermatologist.