As featured in Men’s Journal June 2016, there are ‘new rules’ for skin. After decades of ‘misguided’ skincare advertising, clean means scrubbing with suds until skin feels squeaky clean. Refreshed means using an alcohol based astringent after you shave and to only use SPF when headed to the beach. According to the author, Jennifer Goldstein that is no way to treat a man’s skin and we’d have to agree. All it takes is a few daily adjustments that won’t cost too much and won’t take over your medicine cabinet. Here’s the ‘simple’ guide to looking and feeling better:
Scrub your body and face two to three times a week with a good washcloth – yes, you heard right! You don’t need harsh & aggressive products to get the job done. Make sure to swipe the cloth over your nose, cheese, forehead, chin, etc. in a circular motion for a few sections at a time. Consider using a loofah sponge to really get the exfoliating going, but consider one meant for your face like these ones found at Body Shop.
To prevent razor burn, apply moisturizing shaving cream with a brush. The lubricating cream prevents the blade from damaging your skin and the brush dislodges any dead skin cells that may be covering hairs. It also raises hairs that may be laying on the skin for a better shave. Most important – skip the traditional liquid aftershaves and tonics. If you’re still feeling the burn, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream (the crap used for bug bits) to reduce the redness and help with irritation.
Brownish circles on your face & specifically under your eyes are caused by sun damage, pigmentation and even rubbing your eyes too much. Consider Fraxel Dual 1927 laser which helps fade pigmentation. Little pricey and be sure to check with your local dermatologist to see if it’s right for you.
What works for you? What doesn’t work for you? What did you change up to achieve better skin? We’d love to hear from you.