Skincare isn’t just a regimen for women. Men have just as much of a need for a cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing skin routine. Damage and aging are usually less noticeable in men, as their skin has much more elastin and collagen to keep their skin firm and thick for a longer period of time when compared to women. However, men aren’t impervious to aging and need to adopt a proactive approach to their skin health.
Laying the Foundation
Before you can really take control of your skin, you need to have the right resources in place. Your skin is the largest organ of the body, and not only does it take a lot of upkeep, but it is also affected by both internal and external forces. What you put on your skin is just as important as what is inside your body feeding it and fueling it for growth and health. Even though your skin will be around until your last breath, you can inadvertently damage this large organ or initiate deterioration through misuse and neglect. Your body’s natural system of caring for the skin also begins to decline as you age, making it harder to fight off wrinkles, maintain muscle mass, and shed excess fat. The human growth hormone plays a major role in promoting natural growth, but when aging brings on reduced production levels, your skin is one of the first things to suffer. You can lay the foundation for prolonged skin health by working an anti-aging protocol that specifically addresses HGH production, such as a peptide therapy, as well as taking the following into consideration when planning your cleaning and maintenance routine.
Know Your Skin
As you decide on what you are going to do for your looks, you need to know your skin type. There are hundreds of products on the market, whether you are wanting to hydrate, exfoliate, or plump, and choosing the wrong product will render your attempts not only ineffective but potentially damaging. While you could visit a dermatologist or cosmetic counter to find out what type of skin you have, a more efficient and masculine way of testing your skin relies on nothing more than a tissue. If you have oily skin, the primary areas to swab will be the forehead, chin, and nose. This is referred to as the t-zone. If the tissue comes up shiny and oily, then chances are good you don’t have dry skin. You might also have combination skin, alternating between being oily and dry. Keep in mind that you will want to look for products designed specifically for your skin type, but also for your gender.
Establish Your Routine
Regardless of how much you sweat or feel like you get dirty during the day, men should be washing their faces at least twice a day with a cleansing wash designed for your skin type. The pores of your face can easily be blocked by the oils your skin releases through the day, creating acne or other blemishes. These occurrences then need to be addressed through exfoliating. As blackheads or whiteheads form from the oil and dirt accumulated on the face, a dead skin layer also forms. It takes exfoliating or gently scrubbing this layer off to reveal the smooth, healthy skin that lies underneath. For oily skin, a salicylic acid-based scrub is effective. However, a glycolic face wash both cleanses and exfoliates, reducing the amount of product you need to use. After fully cleansing your skin, it is vital to moisturize and rehydrate it. Don’t just limit a quality cream to your facial areas. It is just as important to apply a full-body moisturizer to protect other areas of your body as well.
Be Open About Your Concerns
Men are going to struggle with wrinkles, pimples, sagging, blotchy skin, and discoloration, and they are going to notice. Yes, men, it is okay and normal to be concerned about what is happening to your skin. You have just as much to gain from a quality skincare routine as the females who flock to the cosmetic counters and raid the beauty aisles at the drug stores. Men have challenges with facial hair growth, in addition to the common aging symptoms. Being open about the concerns you have with your skin can help you narrow down the products you need to make a difference.
Stay Alert and Live Well
Men, your skincare regimen shouldn’t just happen in the shower or before bed. Be sure to protect your skin from harmful UV rays whenever you head outside to work or exercise with a formidable SPF sunscreen. Avoid smoking, alcohol, and drug use as these substances cause premature aging and can have discoloring and damaging effects on your skin. Taking care of your total health can have a positive effect on your skin, but at the very least, get started on your own skincare routine.
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