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Skin care regimen for men

Skin care regimen for menImage Credit: Supplied

It is a well-established fact that men spend less time caring for their skin than women. It is also a fact that they spend more time damaging their skin with outdoor activities, and harsher work environments and daily routines like shaving.

Major skin care brands now have a wide selection of products specifically geared to tackle the common problems men face (no pun intended). The standard products to consider are exfoliator, shaving cream or gel, cleanser and a moisturizer applied in that order. These products do not need to be overly expensive and, once bought, will last for months if used correctly.

A huge range of products is labeled anti-ageing which is not actually the case. What they actually do is defend your skin from free radicals which affect your cell's DNA and can be found in your food and in the air as well in cigarettes and alcohol. Look for antioxidant ingredients such as green tea extract, Vitamin C, retinol (a form of Vitamin A) and Coenzyme Q10, which help slow down the influence of these factors on your skin.

Other products are available to deal with specific needs such as cooling eye gels and tinted cream moisturizers to reduce the appearance of dark circles, matt-drying moisturizers that instantly refresh the skin and combat signs of fatigue, and even bronzing gels to put some color back into the cheeks.

To get the most information and develop the most comprehensive skin care regimen, it is worth visiting a dermatologist who can recommend specific products for your skin needs. In the meantime, make sure you drink plenty of water and always wear sunscreen.

Handy Hints:

• Tinted moisturizers, eye gels reduce dark circles.

• Visit a dermatologist for specific skin problems.

• Drink plenty of water, never fail to wear sunscreen.

Source: Special to Classifieds