Friday, 20 April 2007

The ultimate men’s skin care routine!

Men’s Fashion Blog have listed some simple-yet-effective skincare steps for men that will keep you looking your best.

Step 1: Cleanse

Compared to women, men have oilier skin and larger pores. This makes men’s skin dirtier quicker, making it necessary to cleanse regularly. Twice daily cleansing (morning and night) is key to keeping your pores clean and clear. This is especially true for men who live or work in a major city.Use gentle, but effective, cleansing products. Cleansers are available to buy in a myriad of forms, such as: foaming gels, creams, milky cleansers and ready-to-go cleansing pads.

MFB recommend you avoid using deodorant bar soaps on your face, which are harsh; striping and irritating your skin.

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Step 2: Tone Your Skin

Toner should be applied between cleansing and moisturising. A skin toner will clean and diminish the look of large pores. It will also help tighten your face, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Furthermore it will restore your skin's pH balance.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Men have hair over their face, and hair traps oil, dirt and grime. Exfoliating helps to remove dirt, dead skin and smooth the surface of the skin. Use a scrub, exfoliating gloves, abrasive sponge, or loofa to exfoliate.

Daily exfoliation may not be needed, but a regular exfoliation to clean up the dead skin cells is certainly essential. Try to exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times per week for adequate coverage.

Take care when exfoliating as it can dry out skin. Use a moisturiser to help stabilise your skin and feed the new skin.

Step 4: Moisturise Your Skin

Moisturising is the most important part to men's daily skin care routine, especially due to increased risk of dry skin from shaving. A good moisturiser will restore the skin's lost moisture and prevent the moisture from evaporating further.

It is important to select a moisturiser suitable for your skin type. For instance, if you have combination or dry skin, use a non-greasy oil-free moisturiser. MFB also recommends you buy a moisturiser that contains SPF 15 or higher to prevent your skin being damaged by the suns harmful rays.

To reduce under eye wrinkles, puffiness or lines, use a separate eye gel treatment for men. The same applies for your lips. Try a soothing balm or an anti-chapping stick. Again try to buy one with SPF 15 or above.


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