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TOP TIPS FOR GREAT MALE SKIN

Male skin is very different from a female’s skin since it

  • is on average 25% thicker and tougher, primarily as a result of testosterone stimulation
  • has a higher collagen density, although the benefits are not always obvious because men, on the whole, tend to be less careful about sun care
  • is oilier, producing more sebum (oil) with larger pores and more active sebaceous glands

However, despite differences in the skin, the male skin care routine should actually be quite similar to the female routine. Here are our top tips for great male skin:

(1) Cleanse

Like female skin, male skin care also starts with cleansing, particularly because of the generally inherent oily nature of male skin. Cleansing helps remove the dirt, grease and pollutants from the skin and helps prevent pore clogging (which leads to blackheads and pimples).

Cleansing should be done at least once every day, preferably twice, using a water soluble cleanser rather than soap.

(2) Careful shaving

Shaving products (razors, foam/gel/cream and after shave lotion) are the most important male skin care products. Serious skin care requires

  • a proper selection of shaving related equipment and products
  • using products in the way they are intended to produce the most effective results

When buying shaving products choose

  • products which are suitable for your skin type (since the degree of oiliness differs)
  • good quality razors (swivel-head razors are preferable since they are known to reduce cuts)
  • products which have natural ingredients – aloe vera, sea salt, coconut and natural antiseptic oils like lavender and tea tree

It’s not enough to just have the correct shaving equipment; you also need to be sure that you use it properly. Therefore

  • be gentle when using your razor
  • do not scratch it against your skin
  • use a soft and smooth action (after all it’s a matter of removing hair, not the skin behind it).

(3) Moisturise

Regular shaving means that skin can easily become dehydrated so moisturisers should be an integral part of male skin care.

Apply moisturising gel or cream

  • after shaving (some shaving foams/gels have an in-built moisturising effect too so find out what works for your skin)
  • by gently patting the product over your face and massage it gently using upward strokes

Aftershaves can complement a clean shave but, on the whole, try to avoid alcohol-based aftershaves which can be harsh on your skin. Consider opting for a scented and soothing balm.

(4) Be Sun Safe

Although male skin is less susceptible to skin cancer caused by UV radiation, using a sunscreen is also an important skin care measure. You can use a moisturiser that combines sunscreen with the moisturising effect.

Male skin care is not as difficult as a lot of men think. It just requires a few minutes every day in order to give you healthy skin for the present and for the future.

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THE TOP 5 TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN CARING FOR OILY SKIN

Oily facial skin is characterised by a highly shiny skin, large open pores and being prone to breakouts of pimples and blackheads. Like any skin type, taking proper care of your oily skin results in improved skin and associated health benefits and generally makes you feel more confident. Here are our top tips if you have oily skin:

(1) Understand why your skin is oily

Oily skin is usually as a result of excessive production of sebum (an oily substance that is naturally produced by skin) which leads to

  • clogging of skin pores,
  • accumulation of dead cells and
  • formation of pimples/acne.

There are various degrees of oily skin, from very mild to extreme, so take the time to understand how oily your skin is.

Once you understand your skin and what causes it to be oily it will be much easier to choose the right skin care routine and products to improve it.

(2) Avoid the temptation to pop those pimples!

Squeezing spots/pimples will NEVER improve things. Instead you’ll just be

  • irritating your skin
  • spreading infection around your face and
  • causing more pimples.

Even worse popped pimples can leave craters and scars on your face.

(3) Use the right products

The basic aim of oily skin care is to remove excessive oil (sebum) from your skin. However, oily skin care routines shouldn’t mean that you completely remove all of the oil because all you will also remove the essential nutrients and moisture which your skin needs to look and feel at its best. You can also end up producing even more oil which, of course, is the opposite of what you want to achieve.

Take the time to choose products carefully, read their labels and understand what they are made from and whether they will suit your skin. You need to use products which

  • are oil free
  • are gentle and will not irritate your skin
  • will not clog pores (look for non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic on the label). These will breakdown excess oils without actually stripping essential nutrients and moisture which your skin needs to look and feel at its best.

Not so oily?

If your skin is not too oily then you may be better off starting with products which are suitable for all skin types rather than automatically choosing those which are for more oily skin

Excessive oil?

If you have excessively oily skin and really can’t find products to suit you, then consult a good dermatologist for advice because they can prescribe stronger oily skin care products like vitamin A creams, retinoids, and sulphur creams.

(4) Step by Step

Once you’ve chosen the right products your skin care should consist of

  • cleansers such as salicylic acid, which is oil-soluble, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and helps to exfoliate to slow down the rate of sebum production. As a bonus, it also helps promote collagen production
  • alcohol based toner for an extremely oily skin (take care though, excessive toning can harm your skin)
  • mild moisturiser – look for oil-free, wax-free and lipid-free.

Also consider using a clay mask (but only once a week).

(5) Don’t cleanse/wash your face too often

Even if you use gentle products you shouldn’t cleanse/wash your face too often to avoid stripping your skin of the essential nutrients and moisture which it needs.

Aim for cleansing at least twice a day and by all means cleanse/wash your face after exercise or when you’ve been sweating, but aim for no more than 4 cleanses/washes a day.

Finally, remember that oily skin tends to be less prone to signs of premature aging and wrinkles so enjoy the knowledge that the benefits are yet to come.

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WHY EYEBROWS NEED YOUR ATTENTION

When listing their most important facial features most people probably won’t score eyebrows as being at the top of the list – that’s usually left for eyes or teeth. To help you appreciate your eyebrows we’ve listed the top reasons why you should give your eyebrows a little more consideration.

(1) Protection for your eyes

Eyebrows perform a really important filtering function for your eyes. They filter out dust, dirt, sweat and all the other things that would otherwise cause sore eyes and make your eyes stream from irritation.

(2) Facial recognition

Studies have shown that eyebrows that are really important for facial recognition. An MIT study by the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that you are more likely not to be recognised by others if your eyebrows are missing than if you didn’t have your eyes.

(3) Expression

It’s not all about the eyes – eyebrows are a key part of facial expressions and of non-verbal communication. Think about how we scrunch our eyebrows when we are confused or raise them when we are surprised.

For this reason, people communicating by sign language use their eyebrows to complement hand movements.

Cosmetic surgery is often criticised for the fact that it can “freeze” the eyebrow area so that it remains static and expressionless.

(4) Help make you look younger

Youth is associated with balance and symmetry so if your eyebrows are properly shaped and groomed to complement your face shape they will make you look younger.

(5) Update/change your appearance 

Your eyebrows frame your face and, if they are well cared for and properly shaped, they can actually change the way you look.

(6) Hide your lack of sleep

Yes, seriously. Properly shaped eyebrow can make your eyes appear more open and alert and make it look as though you’ve had a full 8 hours sleep even when you haven’t!

(7) Show the world that you care about yourself

Unkempt eyebrows and unibrows can make people think that you don’t really care about grooming yourself.

That’s why it’s important to set aside some grooming time to care for your eyebrows