There was a time, long ago, when a man’s grooming routine consisted of a simple bar of soap and some water to scrub your face clean.
Fortunately we’ve been gifted with significant advances in the male grooming arena and with hindsight we now know this ritual not only did more harm than good, but was incredibly inadequate in addressing skincare concerns.
We also know that one size doesn’t fit all and skin types vary for each man. Whether it be oily, sensitive, combination, or if you’re lucky enough to have normal skin, a tailor made skincare approach is essential to adequately address such concerns.
There are several skin types with the usual suspects being oily, dry or sensitive, normal and combination. This comprehensive guide will give you the information you need to identify these skin types and the tools to get them under control and look your best.
Oily Skin Guy
If your skin resembles that of the teenager flipping burgers at your local takeaway then you most likely suffer from oily skin. Your skin will appear shiny around the forehead and nose with visibly large pores. You will also be prone to acne, pimples and blackheads. Oily skin can be caused by a number of factors such as poor diet but the most common cause is over active sebaceous glands.
These glands release oil into your skin to keep it hydrated and moisturised, when they become a bit too eager and produce excessive oil you are left with a shiny, greasy appearance.
Don’t despair though, men with oily skin are less prone to signs of ageing so there is an upside. However oily skin is unsightly and you need to nip it in the bud to get back to looking your gentlemanly best. Meet Salicylic acid – he is your best friend during this time. It sounds scary but there’s no need to be.
This ingredient fights oily skin and prevents breakouts and brands like L’ Oreal Men Expert Pure Power Scrub contains this said ingredient which will help you fight your battle with excess oil. Used up to three times a week, it will unclog pores and flush out excess dirt and oil.
“Limit the use of your face scrub – excessive exfoliation will only see to strip away your already damaged skin and remove what little moisture your skin has left.”
Sensitive & Dry Skin Guy
Dry and sensitive skin have very similar symptoms and can be treated in the same way so I will tackle these both in the same category. Dry or sensitive skin is no fun, you will contend with red, blotchy skin that is easily irritated. Heat and cold will adversely affect the condition of your skin also.
These problems are often caused by the skin’s inability to retain moisture. But it can also be caused by external factors such as cold weather, harsh winds, too many hot showers and even not drinking enough water. When suffering from dry or sensitive skin you are susceptible to the ingredients in many grooming products.
It’s important to read the labels and use products that you know don’t contain ingredients that irritate your skin, particularly products with little or no alcohol.
Dry and sensitive skin is not a comfortable experience but there are many ways to remedy it. Firstly, limit the use of your face scrub. You may be tempted to go to town on dry skin with a scrub to rid yourself of dry flakes but take a step back.
Excessive exfoliation will only see to strip away your already damaged skin and remove what little moisture your skin has left. You should only exfoliate once or twice a week maximum with gentle pressure and small circular motions along the skin.
You also need and effective moisturiser in you corner. Products with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E are key to addressing dry and sensitive skin as they soothe and and provide much needed moisture to the skin. Bulldog’s Sensitive Moisturiser contains Vitamin E as well as essential oils and green tea to rehydrate and soothe dry and irritated skin. It’s also absorbed quickly which your moisture poor skin is in much need of.
Combination Skin Guy
This is where things get a little tricky. If you have combination skin you essentially have two skin types at once. Most commonly oily and normal skin. More than likely the oil is situated on you T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and your cheeks are normal. This skin type is the most common so you’re not alone and it’s surprisingly simple to treat. If you have normal/oily skin, follow your usual routine of cleanse, scrub and moisturise.
The key however is to focus specific products on the oily areas. For example, apply Lab Series Clay Purifying Mask to your oily T- Zone area to soak up that excess oil and flush out deep down into your pores. Your skin will also benefit from Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No Shine Hydrator which reduces the appearance of oil and shine while absorbing excess oil.
Controlling your oily T-Zone by regulating the amount of oil in your skin and keeping your normal zones just that…normal.
Normal Skin Guy
You lucky bastard! You’ve hit the skincare lottery, my friend. Normal skin is smooth, blemish free with a healthy complexion and small pores. Whatever you’re doing is working so stick with it. Follow your normal routine of cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise. Use a lightweight non-greasy moisturiser and exfoliate two to three times a week.
The best moisturiser to use is one with added protections from pollutants and UV rays to keep your skin in prime condition. For normal skin it’s all about upkeep and maintains your healthy skin.
MILK Face Moisturiser and Sunscreen will do just that. The non-greasy formula keeps skin looking healthy and nourished. Marine extracts along with Vitamin A, E and B will help protect the skin. Along with added sunscreen your skin won’t suffer from UV damage.