DON’T use deodorant soap on your face. They may be antibacterial, but using deodorant soaps on facial skin can cause serious irritation, not to mention the drying effect soap can have on your skin. All soaps, deodorant or not, are generally alkaline, and you want to use products that are acidic or at least non-alkaline. A foaming gel or milky, non-alkaline cleanser is your best bet.
DO use toner/aftershave without alcohol. Products with alcohol will just dry out the surface of your skin and may cause burning or irritation if applied after shaving. Using an appropriate toner can actually soothe the skin after you shave, which is what your skin needs. I recommend putting your toner in a spray bottle, which makes it easy to spray on as an aftershave. Be sure to include your whole face and neck when spraying. Toner is a quick and easy way to help calm, soothe, and re-acidify your skin.
DO exfoliate. Every time you shave you are, in essence, exfoliating the skin where your beard grows. It is important, however, to exfoliate your whole face to keep the dead skin buildup to a minimum. This will not only keep your skin feeling smooth, it will help to keep breakouts and ingrown hairs to a minimum. Whether you have problem skin or not, exfoliation is an important step for overall skin care maintenance.
DO use sunscreen—it’s a must. Most of you tend to skip this very important step. I can’t stress enough the importance of avoiding sun damage; therefore, wearing sunscreen is essential. Wear it whenever you’re going to be outside. Don’t forget the tops of your ears. This is where I see a lot of sun damage on men. Even if you wear a baseball cap when running, golfing, sailing, or whatever outside activity you’re engaged in, your ears are still constantly exposed to the sun. So don’t forget to put some sunscreen there.
The same need for sun protection applies to balding heads. Many times I have seen a follicularly challenged man driving around, no hat, with the top down on his convertible. This can prove to be disastrous given time. Remember, sun exposure is sun exposure whether you’re at the beach or sitting in your convertible. The sun will damage whoever is bold enough to go outside unprotected.
DO consider getting facials (professional care). More and more men are getting facials. The stigma against skin care for men is finally abating. Why is a man getting a facial any different than a woman getting one? You get haircuts and massages just like women do. Why not facials?
There are some skin care salons that cater to a female clientele. And I can understand why you might feel a bit uncomfortable and out of place in one of those facilities. But just like gyms that are unisex, there are facial salons (most, actually) that welcome men too.
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