Updated: Jul 4
When it comes to skincare, men have traditionally kept it simple. however, experts say more men are now pursuing healthier, younger-looking skin. #Dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say now is a great time for men to evaluate their skin-care routine and learn more about how to take care of their body's largest organ.
"Men's skincare isn't as taboo anymore as more men embrace ways to take care of their skin at home", said board-certified dermatologist Anthony Rossi, MD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York. "Although there are key differences between men and women's skin- for example, men's skin is thicker than women's - the basic elements of an effective skin care plan remain the same."
Before developing a skincare routine, Dr. Rossi says it's important that everyone identify and understand their skin type:
Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
Dry skin is flaky, itchy, or rough
Oily skin is shiny and greasy
Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others
To help men develop healthy #skincare routines, Dr. Rossi recommends the following tips:
WASH YOUR FACE DAILY AND AFTER EXERCISE
Since regular bar soap often contains harsh ingredients that can be drying to the skin, wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm - not hot -water.
WATCH YOUR SHAVING TECHNIQUE
For Some men, multi-blade razors can work too well or shave too closely to the skin. If you often experience razor bumps, razor burns, or ingrown hairs, use a single-or double-blade razor instead, and do not stretch your skin taut while #shaving.
Moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. For the best results, apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering, or shaving while the skin is still damp.
CHECK YOUR SKIN REGULARLY
New spots or moles that itch, bleed, or change color are often early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious spots, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.
WEAR SUNSCREEN WHENEVER OUTDOORS
To help prevent sun damage that can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer, before going outdoors, apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your scalp, ears, neck, and lips.