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Men’s skincare essentials

Protect your skin from the harsh effects of summerImage Credit: Supplied

The harsh UAE summer affects men just as much as it does women, yet men often neglect the few simple products needed to care for their skin during the hottest months of the year.

As with women, the most important summer must-have for men is sunscreen. If you are likely to be out in the sun for a long time, it is important to use a good sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays.

Even if you do not plan to be exposed to the sun, there is little getting around it in the UAE; therefore, incorporate products with SPF into your daily skincare routine. For instance, many men’s daily moisturizers have an SPF factor of at least 15. SPF 30 is ideal but can make a product heavy. It is advisable to look for a light, oil-free moisturizer for your face and neck.

With summer, of course, comes increased sweating which, when partnered with dirt and pollution, can cause men’s skin to break out and pores to get clogged. Try to incorporate a good cleanser or daily scrub into your evening routine to scrub away any residual dirt or sweat from the day.

Finally, a simple men’s skincare product that is vital for summer is some form of a lip protection. A small stick of lip balm is relatively inexpensive, lasts a long time and is easy to carry around with you. Most good lip balm brands have at least an SPF 15 and prevent dry and cracked lips associated with the harsh summer heat.

Handy Hints:

* Reapply sunscreen every few hours when out in sun

* Look for an oil-free facial moisturizer with an SPF

* Protect lips from dryness and the sun with lip balm

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Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Classifieds

The writer is a freelancer