O bviously the majority of our hard work is dedicated to provide men’s skin care information to the audience. Other bloggers, many of whom write reviews and posts endlessly by trying to help consumers choose the right products, face many challenges. Third-party sites or perhaps marketers are often pressured into challenging circumstances in order to help disoriented customers.
What if you had been the one upon that side, attempting to make a decision on a product? I’ve spent the last few months talking to skin care consumers about their daily needs and frustrations in order to come up with a few best men’s skin care practices and identify problematic skin types. Here’s a mix of that conversation. Knowing your skin type is the first step to finding the right products for you. Most products target several individual skin types: oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin and combination skin.
Oily skin: Feels slightly greasy or slick to the touch, with larger pores. It is usually more prone to blackheads and whiteheads. Look for products that are ultralight and oil-free, and exfoliation items that will remove oil and dirt.
Dry skin: Often feels tight and itchy and is more prone to irritations. Look for products that contain hydrating ingredients like Aloe, Urea and Allantoin, and pay special attention to moisturizer. Keep in mind that moisture is not the same thing as oil, so you don’t need heavy, oily products to achieve good levels of hydration for your skin.
Sensitive skin: Easily irritated by skincare or shaving products or extreme weather. Look for products that do not contain dyes, fragrances or irritants and are specially formulated for sensitive skin.
Normal skin: If haven’t had any recurring skin problems such as shiniest, acne or irritated skin, you probably have a normal skin. Unless a product states otherwise, most skincare items can be used by men with normal skin.
Combination skin: Most men fall into this category, having dry patches and oily patches on their face at the same time (oily patches often fall in the T-Zone: your forehead and down your nose to your chin). Look for products that gently clean skin without harsh abrasives and moisturizer that are ultralight.
Acne-prone skin: Can partner with oily skin, but is also a factor with people with dry skin. This type tends to break out frequently with pimples, blackheads or whiteheads. Look for products that are noncomedgenic (not pore-clogging) and contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide.
Zero in on your skin type, and concentrate on finding products that appeal to that type, or products recommended for all skin types. And although there’s still a sea of products out there, you can decide which you need and which ones are nothing more than fancy packaging by starting with the basic skin care routine that involves four steps: Cleaning, Exfoliating, Shaving, and Moisturizing. Take an example of my skin type, I have oily skin. That means I should look for a liquid cleanser that is specifically for oily skin, an exfoliation scrub, a shaving product, an aftershave product and an oil-free moisturizer. Trust me, you can’t really go wrong. The men’s skin care world is changing but not as quickly as we would like it to. Believe it or not, I still receive emails from readers asking for advice on the best “Men’s Skin Care Product.” At the end of the day, all you need to do is narrow down what types of products you should be using, and how to apply your core men’s skin care products. Feel free to ask me any questions!
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