Dr. Mohan Thomas, senior cosmetic surgeon, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai shares male grooming must haves.
Majority of the men don’t spend a lot of time worrying about their looks. They wash their face, they shave, and they go about their business. But with changing times maybe you should think twice about what you’re doing to your face. While it is not necessary that you go through the elaborate skin care rituals that women do, there are products and procedures that you can use and steps you can take that will protect and nourish your skin, keeping it looking younger longer. There are certain skincare products you should have on hand for daily skincare:
Cleanse Your Skin
Face cleanser: You should wash your face twice a day with a good cleanser. If possible, it should contain an alpha hydroxy acid to help wash away dead skin cells, keep the pores clean, and reveal new skin.For most men, skin tends to get oily throughout the day in certain areas, even in winter. Excess oil can stick to the skin and block the pores, preventing your razor from gliding along the skin smoothly. So before you shave, wash your face with water and facial soap to make sure there is no blockage.
Use Moisturizer Day and Night
Oils diminish with age, but a good moisturizer can help. You might want to choose a moisturizer that contains antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E, which can protect skin cells from aging. Applying cream to your skin day and night will keep it hydrated, allowing for a smoother shave. Moisturizing will also help prevent cuts and irritation. Look for moisturizers with natural hydrating ingredients like vitamin E and essential oils.
Sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent aging of your skin, and it should be applied whenever you expect to spend time outdoors. Some experts even recommend applying sunscreen right after shaving. Make sure it has an SPF factor of at least 35.The best anti-aging product you can use is sunscreen, which both moisturizes your skin and prevents sun damage. Most of the sunscreen applications have to be repeated every 3 hours.
A close shave
Shaving has hidden advantages — the exfoliation that takes place every time you shave can keep the skin of your face looking young and healthy. But if you shave improperly, you can cause razor burn or razor bumps, which form when facial hair cut too short curls back into the skin. To shave properly, follow these steps:
Soften your beard:
Thoroughly wet your face with splashing your face with warm water after you cleanse it, which will open up the pores. Prior to wetting the beard, you might even want to apply a warm washcloth to further soften hairs. Then apply a light layer of pre-shaving cream, gel or mousse to keep the skin moist and warm.The smoother the skin, the closer the shave.
Apply shaving cream:
Cover your entire beard with shaving cream. Work it in well to make the hairs stand up and to lubricate the skin.
You should buy a product that will properly lubricate the skin so the razor blade will glide over it, preventing razor burn. You can choose a shaving cream or gel in pressurized cans, or you can buy shaving soap that comes in a small tub and is applied with a brush. Some believe the brush makes the hair stand straighter for easier shaving.
Razors can be single- or multi-blade. If you like to spend as little time as possible shaving, you can go for a razor with three or five blades. The important thing to remember is that you should be comfortable with your razor and not apply too much pressure, as this can cause irritation.
Use a sharp razor, and shave in the direction the hairs lay. Avoid repeating strokes, and keep your skin relaxed. The popular belief that shaving against the direction of hair growth is better is not necessarily true. Shaving in this way can actually cause irritation and can also damage the hair. For a more comfortable shave, move in the same direction as the growth of the hair.
Skin gets damaged more easily if you make swift movements with your razor or apply your creams too quickly. Give yourself enough time to shave in the morning and allow a few minutes between washing, applying pre-shaving cream and shaving. You can save time by simplifying in the shower. Not only is it a time-saver, the humidity of your shower will keep your skin moist and your pores open and even make the hair softer and easier to remove.
Rinse the remaining shaving cream off your face. Use cool or warm water, as hot water will dry out your skin.
Many of you use an aftershave lotion to soothe the skin after shaving. The lotion may contain an antiseptic to prevent infection, a moisturizer, or fragrance.
Tretinoin gel or emollient (Retin-A Micro) is the only anti aging cream to treat skin that is beginning to show signs of age, like fine lines and dullness. These vitamin-A derivative creams enhance the natural production of collagen and elastic fibers in the skin as they treat discoloration, wrinkles, and the degeneration of elastic tissue. They’re available only by prescription, so talk to a good cosmetic doctor.
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