Saving Face: Men's Guide to Facial Care
You can be the smart guy or the witty dude, but you can also be the handsome one. The first thing women see is your face - the hairstyle, the facial hair, and the skin. This is why knowing proper facial care is essential for all men. Proper grooming and hygiene will go a long way in enhancing your looks.
Know your skin type before trying any grooming ritual. Your skin's normal if it isn't too dry or oily and doesn't have sensitivities. When your face is shiny, greasy, and prone to blackheads, you're dealing with oily skin. Dry skin is when your face feels rough and dull, often marked with blotches and highly prone to cracking and wrinkles. There are also those whose faces have oily skin around the T-zone (that's the forehead, nose, and chin, buddy), dry skin on the cheeks, and normal everywhere else.
Be aware of any allergies or sensitivities you have when it comes to skin care. This will help you choose the right products for you.
Don't use soap on your face, as it will dry out your skin. nevertheless, don't just wash your face with water. After all, you always pass by smog-filled roads and engage in sweat-inducing activities. Each day, your face will have dirt, dried sweat, bacteria, sebum, and smog. Water alone won't help you with that. Look for a gentle facial cleanser instead. These aren't created equal, so you'll have to choose which one works best for your skin type. Apply this either before you go to bed or as part of your morning routine.
Toners can help, but you have to make sure that it works for your skin. Some are too strong and tend to dry out your face. Toners with salicylic acid work well against acne, though.
Cleansing is one thing, exfoliating is another. Think of this as going the extra mile in cleaning your face. Dirt and grime clog your pores, so regular cleaning won't be enough. Fortunately, you don't have to do this every day; two to three times a week will do just fine. This will help clear whatever's clogging your pores so you wouldn't have nasty blackheads. Get a physical exfoliant, preferably the one with scrubs. Choose the one with synthetic beads if you're allergic to seed shards that some products have.
You can figure out if the product's too strong for you if your face feels taut after letting the substance set. Ditch the item and find a gentler one.
Washing, cleansing, and even shaving causes the escape of moisture from your skin. When this happens, the skin loses its elasticity, leaving with you with a drier face prone to damage. A light moisturizer would do the trick so that you'll look younger for a longer time. Choose the one with UV-ray protection so you won't have to worry about the sun.
Five o'clock shadow, goatee, full beard - it doesn't matter which one you're sporting. What matters is you know how to shave properly. Shave after washing and exfoliating; this will open your pores and soften your skin. Glide the razor with the grain - not against it - so you won't have ingrown hair over time. Use hot water when rinsing the blade to remove the hair and shaving cream. After shaving, wash your face with cold water to close your pores. Apply non-astringent aftershave to refresh your skin. If you're prone to razor burn, get aftershave with aloe vera.
Knowing how to take care of your skin shows how sophisticated you are - something that will surely impress the girls. Men's skin care shouldn't stop with a bar of soap. Learn the basics of facial care and the female adulation will follow.