Recently I was checking my Alexa blog stats, and was surprised to find that 40% of my readers are male. (Who knew?) Considering that my boyfriend and my father can only visit the site so many times, I figured I would bid adieu to the cosmetics for a day and make a guy-friendly post.
So what do men need to know about skin care? Here are some of the basics:
1. Shaving keeps your skin exfoliated.
Daily shaving sloughs off dried skin cells from the epidermis, the upper layer of the skin. This has several beneficial effects, including enhanced rates of cell turnover, increased skin brightness, as well as a smoother surface for application of sunscreen and moisturizers. For the best shave, MSNBC reports that the old-fashioned “wet shave” is actually the most effective, which is simply keeping your face wet with plenty of hot water before, and during, the entire shave.
Although it was considered “girly” just a few years ago, something happened that made men realize they need proper skin care too (More product availability? Axe commercials? Ryan Seacrest?). The truth of the matter is, the skin needs proper care, hydration, and protection from the sun, regardless of gender.
Men’s skin care has come a long way, though I suspect it will become an even bigger market over the next few years. Here are a few of my favorite skin care lines for men:
Alfred and Hoff. It’s luxurious, with a slew of excellent ingredients (antioxidants and sunscreen, plus sirtuin-activating complex). The line consists of 7 products, including the can’t-miss moisturizer with SPF, serum, eye cream, and the company’s brand-new microdermabrasion product. I really love the microdermabrasion product – it’s very effective, yet unique in the men’s market – but be careful not to use it immediately after shaving. (If you shave in the morning, use the microdermabrasion scrub at night). It’s my personal favorite, probably because my boyfriend uses it, but oh well. 0:-)
ZIRH. This fashionable skin care line (see photo at top of post) runs the gamut from the tried-and-true to the unusual (herbal eye cream?). That said,there are some excellent products in this line, including the Alpha Hydroxy Face Wash and the Defend Moisturizer SPF 15.
Kinerase. Although this line is not marketed for men (Courtney Cox is a current spokeswoman), it is excellent for sensitive skin that are not able to tolerate alpha hydroxy acids (i.e., glycolic acid) or retinoids (i.e., vitamin A). Although it is not often discussed, men can have sensitive skin and experience irritation from using too many harsh products. As such, if you are a man who has had such experiences with skin care, perhaps Kinerase is a good option for you. (As always, speak to your dermatologist).