men's skin health

Healthy skin for men

Many people assume that taking care of your skin and using every new cream and serum available is something only women do, but it's just as important for men to take care of their skin. It is important to create a skincare regimen suited for YOU, male skin and female skin are very different and require different ingredients. Did you know that due to your male dominant hormones such as testosterone, your skin is up to 25% thicker than a woman's and has a higher collagen density, often making it tougher and more oily?

Your skin tends to produce more oil and has a thicker texture, which might be why you get that oily shine and the occasional congestion or breakouts. Regardless of these differences, you need to care for your skin for the same reasons you need to care for your hair, your teeth, and your digestive system.

Our skin is a living tissue. It is vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution, dietary habits and, unfortunately, to the passage of time. The bottom line is that you need to take care of their skin if you want it to be healthy and look its best.

 

Yes, your skin might be more resilient and interestingly more hydrated than a woman's but boys, you don't always take the best care of your largest organ leaving you open to premature skin ageing and damage and let's not even get started on the havoc caused by shaving.

 

So what can we do about this? We want a quick fix, right? Follow these pro tips for healthy skin

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Shaving pro tips

When you shave, you’re not only removing those hairs on your face, you’re also removing the top layer of your skin. If you look at it from another perspective, removing those dormant dead skin cells from the surface of your skin is just another way of exfoliating. But exfoliating every day can be harmful and leave behind vulnerable and unprotected skin which attracts harmful bacteria. Just like you wouldn't exfoliate every day, you shouldn't be shaving every day.

 

It is important to shave correctly to avoid nasty infections and cuts, here are some helpful shaving tips:

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  1. Shower before you shave: The steam and water from the shower will soften your skin and hair follicles making the razor slice through your beard with ease, leaving behind fewer cuts and scrapes.

  2. Shave 20 minutes after waking up: Shaving early in the morning improves the closeness and precision of your shave as your skin is puffy directly after waking up.

  3. Use a good quality razor and a lubricating shaving cream: A good quality razor and shaving cream are essential to avoid drag, razor bumps, cuts, and irritation. It is the most important part of shaving.

  4. Shave in the direction of your hair and rinse with tepid water: It is essential to always shave in the direction of hair growth, going against the hair follicle will pull the hair back on itself. Hence, resulting in razor bumps and ingrown hair.

  5. Do NOT use hot water after shaving, this will just result in injury or irritation. Opt for lukewarm water.

 

If you're prone to post-shave irritation you might want to try implementing UltraCalming Serum Concentrate in your life, to help calm, restore and defend sensitized skin.

 

Your go-to cleansers

Take a second to think about what your skin is exposed to throughout the day, from sweat to bacteria and harmful pollution. Cleansers are crucial for removing build-ups of dirt, sebum, oil and dead skin cells. It is important to cleanse not only at night, to remove any buildup from throughout the day, but also in the morning, to remove any toxins your skin accumulates throughout the night. 

 

Cleansing should be the first step of all skincare routines, if you don't cleanse properly, bacteria accumulates at the surface of your skin and that strongly contributes to breakouts, dehydration and premature ageing. Cleansing also prepares the skin to absorb the rest of your skincare, the build-up of grime and impurities doesn't allow your other products to effectively penetrate through the skin. There are countless different types of cleansers to choose from but here are some of my favourites:

  • Active Clay Cleanser is a clay-based cleanser with skin-balancing prebiotics that protects your skin’s microbiome and natural lipid barrier.

  • Special Cleansing Gel, a soap-free foaming cleanser that can double up as a shaving gel - we love a multitasker.

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Your go-to moisturisers

Not using a moisturiser in your routine can lead to many issues. It should be a step in your skincare routine, no matter what your skin type may be. When your skin is properly moisturized it acts as a barrier between your skin and all the harmful impurities of the outside world. Some benefits worth mentioning of using good moisturizer include:

  • It reduces the appearance of fine lines and premature ageing

  • It helps balance your skin’s natural sebum production

  • It prevents dryness, especially during the winter

  • It soothes sensitive skin

 

There are countless different moisturizers for every skin type, but these are some of my favourites:

  • Active Moist is a lightweight oil-free moisturiser for slightly oilier skins.

  • If you are a little drier and you need some hydration then reach for Skin Smoothing Cream.

 

Don't forget your SPF

People often think that SPF’s are only necessary for hotter climates with a burning sun, but no matter where you are or what the season is, you should be using an SPF every day! Using SPF is arguably the most important step of your entire skincare regimen. The most important formulas for an SPF should preferably protect from UVB rays, which cause issues such as sunburn and skin cancer, and UVA rays, which cause premature ageing. If you’re still not convinced, here are some benefits of wearing SPF every day:

  • It protects your skin from the harmful and damaging rays of the sun

  • It lowers your risk of skin cancer

  • It prevents premature fine lines and ageing

  • It helps maintain an even skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation

 

My favourite SPF’s are:

  • Invisible Physical Defence SPF30 also provides added blue light defence, leaving your skin ready to take on the day.

  • Pure light SPF50 helps shield the skin from pigment-inducing UV light.

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