If you haven’t established a skin care routine, it’s time to start. Washing and shaving properly are the most pertinent components of a well-balanced skincare routine. Master the basics of face washing and shaving before you develop a more thorough, restorative men’s skincare regimen.
Think about all of the contaminants you encounter on a daily basis, especially when you live in a city or industrialized setting with higher levels of air pollution. Even your cell phone is covered in bacteria that transfers to your face as soon as you pick up a call. Washing your face rids the outer epidermis of antigens while providing much-needed hydration.
A Guide to Men’s Skincare
Tips for Face Washing
To keep your face looking healthy, use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Avoid hot water as it can aggravate your skin. Washcloths and mesh sponges can irritate your skin, as well. Scrubbing, in general, leads to damage and inflammation.
After washing thoroughly, pat dry with a soft towel. If your skin is dry or itchy, apply moisturizer. You can also use an eye cream for increased moisture since the eye area is so delicate. Be gentle when applying cream around your eyes, so you do not pull too hard. Use your ring fingers and lightly pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream around the ocular bone. Limit washing to twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
If you exercise vigorously, perspiration can irritate your skin. Make sure to wash after a strenuous workout.
Tips for Shaving
Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften the area. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften hair and open up your pores for a closer shave.
Next, apply a shaving cream or gel. While shaving, pull the razor in the direction the hair grows. Going against the grain leads to ingrown hairs, bumps, and redness.
Change blades after 5 to 7 shaves to minimize irritation. Blades become dull fairly quickly, and failing to change out your razor might compromise your appearance.
Shaving can irritate your skin, especially if you suffer from acne. Try shaving with electric or disposable blade razors to see which works best on your skin. Use a razor with a sharp blade, shave lightly to prevent nicks, and never try to shave on the acne or you’ll risk making it worse.
Face Care and Career Development
Proactive face care improves more than just the reflection you see in the mirror. Clear skin and confidence can have a profoundly positive impact on both social and professional life.
Your skin naturally produces sebum, or oils, that moisturize and prevent unwanted germs from seeping into your pores. Some people produce excess sebum that leads to acne. And acne might affect your career development as well. An estimated 85 percent of men and women between 12 and 24 years old suffer with acne breakouts. Regularly wash your face and properly clean your razor to reduce bacteria-induced pimples and blackheads over time.
Is It Time to See a Dermatologist?
Dr. Mariano Busso is an aesthetic dermatologist in Miami, ready to enhance the appearance of your skin. Whether you’re looking for information on proper face washing techniques, or require treatment for acne scarring, we handle all of your skin-related issues. Call 305-857-0144 or schedule a dermatology appointment online today.