Experts say that more men are now on a quest for healthy, youthful-looking skin. According to board-certified dermatologist Anthony Rossi, the basic elements of men’s and women’s skincare are the same, depending on individual skin type.
To help men develop healthy skincare regimes, Dr Rossi and other dermatologists recommend these six tips:
Check your skin regularly
New moles or spots that are itchy, bleeding or change colour can be a sign of skin cancer, so if you notice any changes like this it’s important to visit a dermatologist. Men over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing melanoma, the most vicious form of skin cancer, but if caught early enough, skin cancer is highly treatable at clinics like The London Dermatology Clinic.
Your best protection against sun damage (which can cause wrinkles, age spots and, of course, skin cancer) is sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Sunscreen should be applied to all areas of exposed skin, including the ears, lips, scalp and neck, and re-applied every two hours. You can also protect your skin by sitting in the shade and wearing protective hats and sunglasses.
Wash your face daily and after a workout
Regular soap often has harsh ingredients that can dry out the skin, so it’s important to wash with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.
Always check product labels
Your skincare products should always reflect your skin type. For example, if you’re prone to acne, it’s important to use ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘oil-free’ products, which don’t clog pores. If your skin is sensitive, dermatologists recommend ‘fragrance-free’, mild products to avoid dryness and irritation.
Perfect your shaving technique
Some men find that multi-blade razors can shave too close to the skin. This can often lead to ingrown hairs and razor bumps or burns, so using a single or double blade razor might be better. It’s also important not to stretch your skin tight whilst shaving and always wet your skin beforehand. Moisturising shaving cream is advisable and you should always shave in the direction the hair grows in. Try to change your razor after a maximum of seven shaves, as this reduces irritation.
Moisturiser traps water in your skin to make it look and feel fresh, soft and smooth. For the best results, apply your moisturiser while your skin is still damp after a bath or shower.