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Guide to proper male face care

09 July 2015, 12:22

Here are four tips for proper male face care:

Facial cleansing
It is important to clean your face at least once a day using a mild facial soap. A wash in the morning and then again in the evening is sufficient. Getting into a routine is essential. The skin on your face is far more sensitive than the rest of your body, so choosing the correct products for the job are essential. The best way to achieve this is to test various products until you find the right one that suites your face and skin. Avoid products containing alcohol and other chemicals, as this will only help to dry out your faces’ skin, and possibly damage it. Even regular soap is too harsh for your face, as it a strong detergent, often containing potentially damaging chemicals. Proper care of your face will definitely show, and will transform your skin from dry, stretched and dirty to soft, vibrant and alive.

Facial exfoliating
Exfoliating is the next important step for proper skin care. When choosing a facial exfoliator, make sure to choose a facial scrub. Using a skin or body exfoliator may damage your skin as these products are too rough for use on your face. To apply, wet your face with warm water to loosen the skins pores. Put some of your chosen product on the tips of your fingers and massage the entire surface of your face in small circles. Do not massage your eyelids, or under your eyes as this skin is far more sensitive, and could be damaged by even the softest of exfoliators. You can apply the same technique to your neck and shoulders. Exfoliate no more than twice a week for best results. Remember that exfoliating before shaving will make shaving more comfortable. It will also help to prevent razor burn.

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Toning and moisturising
Toners are aftershaves without the alcohol. Alcohol only dries out the skin, so applying an alcohol based tonic after a shave will merely damage your skin more. A toner will usually contain helpful substances such as aloe and omegas, and should be applied after shaving to help with the damage caused by the razor. Moisturising is an extremely important daily process that will help keep your skin young, supple and striking. Moisturizing does not refer to the oiliness or ‘wetness’ of your skin. It simply means that you are keeping the skin of your face hydrated. Apply a non oil based moisturiser after shaving (and once a day in the mornings) to your face and neck to keep your skin hydrated. You still need to moisturise if you have a beard, as the skin is not completely protected and can also become dehydrated.

Eye creams
Finally, if those bags under your eyes need attention, spend a little time and money on the right products to get rid of that ‘I’ve-just-lost-a-fight’ look. If you suffer from puffy eyes, crow’s feet or discolouration around the eyes, then following a daily eye care routine can help. Eye care products are usually more expensive because they are designed to deal with a much more sensitive part of the face. However, you also only need to use a very small amount per application for it to be beneficial. To apply, squeeze out a tiny dollop onto a fingertip of your right hand, then an equal amount onto a fingertip of your left hand. Dot the cream under the eyes and on the sides of the eyes (never on the eyelid) in an equal motion for both sides. Do not rub in the cream, rather try to apply the cream in small dabs.

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