If you are like me, maybe we should be using them more often. I am a guy and I do not use very many skin care products. I shave, I wash, and I use sun screen products some of the time. I have the advantage of good skin but not everyone is so lucky. I have been researching skin care for men and learning a lot more about men skin care products and how we should take care of our skin. One conclusion that I have come to is that I really do not do enough to take care of my skin on a daily basis.
Men are learning that skin care is important. Karen Grant, vice president and senior global industry analyst of The NPD Group said “Men have become increasingly sa cleanser conscious of the perks associated with looking good.” The trend is increasing and the demand is sparking new kinds of products as well as more products. According to InsideCosmeceuticals.com the money made from men’s facial skin care grew 11 percent in 2011 and they are expected to continue increasing in 2012. Karen Grant goes on to say “Men have different skin than women and the men’s grooming brands need to continue educating them as well as make them feel comfortable in the shopping environment to gain sales in this category,”
Unlike women, according to InsideCosmeceuticals.com, the options men have are more limited when it comes to covering up skin irritations such as acne, nicks and razor burn. Therefore the best way to deal with these kinds of issues is to try to avoid them all together. This brings us to the question of what are the essential skin care products that men should use.
The first product is a quality facial cleanser. Skin is the part of your body that is most exposed to the pollution in the environment and it is recommended that men should clean your skin twice a day. A good facial cleanser will clean and comfortably exfoliates the skin as well as prepping your face for a close shave. One tip is to use the foaming cleanser instead of shaving cream for great clean shave.
The second product is needed only if you do not use the foaming cleanser instead of shaving cream. In this case you will need a gentle shaving cream or gel to help avoid razor burn or skin irritation caused by shaving. If you are using an electric razor then be sure to apply an electric shave product to raise your beard and enable your shaver to efficiently glide over your skin. Quality, natural ingredients, and gentleness are key for your shaving products because they need to protect your skin as well as facilitating the process of shaving.
The final product is some form of quality moisturizer that fits your skin type. Men’s skin is thicker than a woman’s skin, but weather and age impact the skin’s ability to moisturize itself just as much for men as they do for women. A good moisturizer boosts the moisture trapping property of the skin and not just an artificial barrier to trap moisture.
You will read about many products that include an SPF factor to their skin care products. It is easy and cheap to add for most companies. However, some experts recommend against it because SPF factors are synthetic products. It violates the rule that states – do not put anything on your skin that is not safe to eat. This is because anything you put on your skin, is then absorbed into your skin and then into your bloodstream. We still do not know if there are possible harmful effects of some of these chemicals on your body.
In conclusion, we can reduce skin care products to two or maybe three products depending on your preferences. We no longer can assume that a bar of soap and shaving cream are enough to take care of your skin properly. Follow this advice and you may be able to look younger longer.