Yes! Understanding and treating your skin isn't a "girl" thing. We're going to look at a few skin care challenges you guys tend to deal with and how best to address them.
Ever get those bumps after you shave? Folliculitis is the inflammation of the (hair) follicles usually caused by shaving, fabric irritation, or makeup/oils. It appears as small red pimples and sometimes they get infected and look like acne. This can actually be avoided by knowing which direction your hair grows in and shaving accordingly while using the proper products.
1. First, apply a shave oil to soften the hair follicles.
2. Then use a warm compress to prepare your pores for exfoliation (by way of the razor).
3. Pay attention to the direction the hair grows in as you shave. (Hint: your hair may grow in different directions under your chin or on your neck.)
4. Rinse with warm water then finish with a cool splash to close the pores.
Unfortunately you're not immune. For some, wrinkles add to your charm and sexiness which is fabulous. But when your wrinkles are simply a by-product of dehydration, well that's something we need to address.
Think of the Sahara desert. Dry and cracky, right? This results from the lack of moisture. It's very similar with wrinkles. When you boost your skin's hydration, wrinkles appear less and your skin softens. Look for hyaluronic acid as an ingredient in your moisturizer or serum. Hyaluronic acid is a natural humectant (hydrator) that holds 1000 times its weight in water. If you're not moisturizing, do so both in the morning and evening.
Acne comes by way of congested pores. Congestion usually appears as whiteheads or blackheads. As it worsens, papules and pustules appear and contain propionibacterium which causes the acne. By getting to the bottom of the issue, we can nip it in the bud before it blooms!
Here's an easy but effective routine.
- First, cleanse - especially at night - to remove dirt, oils, and the day's debris. A cleansing gel that foams up with water rinses well leaving your skin squeaky clean. Don't stop there!
- Exfoliation is key to minimizing congestion. When dead skin cells sit on your skin, they can fall into the follicles, mix with the oil (sebum) and/or bacteria thus causing blackheads, whiteheads, and eventually papules and pustules. So let's just help minimize the buildup of dead surface cells through exfoliation. Check this out to find which exfoliation is best for you.
- Afterwards, use a serum or product containing salicylic acid to continue to slough out the follicles for clean pores. I like this Burt's Bee's acne treatment for maximum results. For papules/pustules, use benzoyl peroxide to dry, heal and peel on its own. Don't pick! That just spreads the bacteria!
- Finally, moisturize with a product that hydrates without congesting. Try Dermalogica's Active Moist which is oil-free and contains the natural astringents lemon and ivy. If you're heading out for the day, protect with SPF.