Self care is very important for a healthy body and mind. It is the few minutes we spend looking after ourselves that give us the grounding and feeling of presence we need to get through the rest of the dat, and face the challenges we have to endure. Unfortunately, selfcare is underrated for men.
While it is common, and highly encouraged, for women to get manicures, pedicures and professional hair care, men’s self care often stop at shaving and brushing the teeth. Even the most basic and essential skin care steps are often neglected, which may leave men with skin problems that can easily be avoided.
With its damaging effects on the skin, winter escalates the need for better skincare. If you find your skin crying for some attention, read on for a winter skincare guide that will have you looking and feeling good in a few basic steps.
When it comes to skincare, men and women are different. Men naturally have thicker skin, in the literal sense, and as a result, the effects of products are not the same. Men require special products that suit their individual skin needs.
Men also have special concerns that call for unique care, such as shaving with everything it entails, whether it is the process of shaving itself, the aftercare, or dealing with unpleasant consequences such as inflammation, bumps or ingrown hair.
The most basic step of any skin care routine  is cleansing. Most people use a commercial bar of soap or a liquid face wash to wash their faces every day. You should, however, pay closer attention to your individual needs when you choose a face wash. Generally speaking soap bars are best suited for normal skin. Other skin types require different care.
If you have dry skin, be sure to stay away from soap bars, and opt for a gentle liquid face wash. Soap bars tend to make the skin dry, which is something you should avoid due to your skin’s nature and to the season’s drying nature. You will know your face wash is not suitable if your face feels itchy and unpleasantly tight after washing.
If you have oily skin, you will likely be prone to acne. In that case, choose a liquid cleanser that cater for this specific need. Products containing salicylic acid and benzyl peroxide are recommended.
In any case, be sure to wash your face twice a day, and finish by patting your face dry, instead of rubbing it with the towel.
While most men cleanse their skin one way or the other, many don’t moisturize. moisturization is the second most important step when it comes to skincare, especially in winter. For dry skin, choose a thick heavy moisturizer to infuse your skin with enough moisture to fight off this drying weather. If your skin is oily, choose a gel of a light lotion specially designed for oily skin. Individuals with can prone skin should opt for a noncomedogenic moisturizers, preferably containing an acne fighting agent such as salicylic acid.
After cleansing and moisturizing the skin, you will want to keep your face protected from the sun. If your moisturizer of choice has sun protection of SPF 15 or above, you can slide off without using a special product for just
sun protection. If not, or if you know yourself to have sun sensitive skin, you will want to use a sun screen.
Apply your product at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and renew your sun protection every hour if you are outdoors.
If you are in door, at work for example, just apply another layer before leaving and going back out in the sun. Be sure to cover any receding areas near the hairline with the product as well.
Again, if you have acne, look for a lighter product that is noncomedogenic, preferably something designed especially for acne prone skin.
Wrinkles are a real concern or men, just like it is for women. If you are worried about signs fo aging, know that there is no need to just sit there and let it happen. Use an anti-aging cream on your whole face or on specific areas you want to treat.
For the eye area, you will need to purchase a separate product specially formulated to treat eyesore wrinkles.
In general, you should always apply any product, anti-aging or otherwise, in a circular motion going upward to keep your skin from stretching and aging prematurely.
Other elements such as proper hydration and sun protection will also help you avoid premature skin aging.
When it comes to shaving, there are several elements at play. First and most important is your choice of razor. An electric shaving machine is less likely to cause any trouble, but if you use a regular razor, always use a sharp new blade.
Shave in the same direction the hair grows, not against the hair growth direction. This will keep the irritation to a minimum, and decrease the chances of getting ingrown hairs.
No matter how a good of a shave you have, your skin will be irritated to a certain degree. Always use aftershave to soothe your skin and relieve the irritation before it causes any unwanted effects such as bumps.
After shave will also moisturize your skin, although you will probably be better off if you follow the aftershave with a moisturizer. It is better to be safe than sorry.
The process of taking the time to care for ones own body is becoming more widely recognized as an effective way of decreasing pressure, dealing with stress, not to mention it makes you look good.
Day after day, we are becoming more aware of the vitality of taking care of ourselves, and you may want to pamper yourself with more than just a bar of soap. With the above steps, you will be able to enjoy your skincare regimen this winter, and you will look and feel better.
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