Men’s skin is very different to women’s; it’s thicker for instance, and your routine versus that of your girlfriend is likely to be different too. Because of this, men have a need for certain products more than women. They are also more prone to common problems that are less frequent in women.
Looking at the most common skincare problems, we have put together this article on our problem-solving products to help you find the products you need with ease.
1 - Shaving Rash/Razor Burn
Probably the most common of all skincare problems, the severity of the shaving rash will depend on how sensitive your skin is. Although this problem can occur due to numerous reasons, such as bacteria on your razor, ingrown hairs, the main reason is due to a lack of preparation before shaving. This causes your skin to become irritated and inflamed.
The first step in tackling this issue is to determine your skin type so you can buy the products that will prevent the likelihood of you getting shaving rash. Head over to our Skin Care Help guide which will help you self-diagnose your skin type. You’ll then find a selection of the most relevant products. After finding the right product, the next step is ensuring you have a grooming/shaving routine where you use the best products for your skin type, both pre-and post-shaving.
2 - Dry Skin
It can be easy to forget about moisturising if your skin isn’t red and itchy or flaky but it is one of the most common problems because people often don’t realise they’re suffering from dry skin. What you may notice though is a feeling of tightness or occasionally, rash-like patches. If you spend a lot of time outside or you walk to work for example, then your face is exposed to the weather a lot so there’s an increased possibility that it will need moisturising to keep it healthy.
If you’re someone who is always on the go or doesn’t have the time to invest in a more in-depth skincare routine, a moisturiser that can be used both day and night is perfect. Get into the habit of applying it after your morning face wash and/or shave.
3 - Sunburn
Much like not feeling the need for moisturiser, we can easily forget to apply sunscreen, particularly when we aren’t in the sweltering heat of summer. One of the greatest concerns skincare specialists talk about most is the importance of protecting your skin from sun damage. Choosing a moisturiser with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 is the easiest way to incorporate protection into your routine without having to buy another product and remember to apply it. Our Self Defence moisturiser, highly recommended by magazines and tabloids such as the Daily Mirror, is a lightweight moisturiser that will keep your skin and neck safe from harmful UV sunrays.
4 - Wrinkles
One advantage that men have over women when it comes to wrinkles is that they can add to that distinguished look that so many men seem able to effortlessly pull off. However, if you are not quite ready to embrace the distinguished look, there are plenty of ways in which you can slow the process right down by simply looking after yourself a little more.
That means cutting back on those late nights and burning the midnight oil; avoiding overindulging in alcohol too often; no smoking and getting at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. You should also start using an exfoliating face wash at least twice a week and applying an anti-wrinkle cream with retinol a couple of times a week too.
5 - Acne
Acne is usually associated with adolescence but recent studies have suggested that it can continue into adulthood and have a major impact on confidence and self-esteem. The main cause is believed to be one’s genetics, but too much stress, poor diet and a lack of sleep can also have a major impact as well. Luckily there are now many products available that help cleanse and exfoliate the skin, which should help to alleviate adult acne.
Keep an eye out for products which contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, as they help to destroy bacteria and unclog pores. Maintain a regular facial cleansing routine to prevent future flare-ups. If after this your acne remains persistent, visit a medical professional who will be able to offer you stronger methods to banish your acne.