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Monday, November 06, 2006

Basic Male Skincare Routine

Basic male skincare routine
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So what can men do to take care of their skin?

Male skincare basic routine

To begin, all men need a gentle, water-soluble cleanser, a gentle shave product (gel, foam or cream), followed by a gentle, nonirritating post-shave or shaving lotion (which is actually just a masculine name for a gentle toner). An ideal post-shave product for men would be an aspirin-based topical product that uses additional potent anti-irritants. Aspirin is a very effective anti-inflammatory agent for irritated skin and is able to alleviate the redness and razor bumps/burn. Take one or two aspirin tablets, dissolve it in about two tablespoons of water and then apply that to the face with a cotton pad.

When it comes to treating breakouts, preventing wrinkles, and addressing dry skin, the procedure is the same for men as it is for women. For blemishes, a topical antibacterial product containing benzoyl peroxide. It is very important to use sunscreen on a daily basis, rain or shine, 365 days a year. Suncare should be at least SPF 15 and loaded with effective UVA protection (it must contain one of the following ingredients: avobenzone (which may also be listed as Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide) and a state-of-the-art moisturizer loaded with antioxidants and ingredients that replace vital substances to skin.

Any product containing antioxidants or other light- and air-sensitive ingredients should be packaged in an opaque container whose contents receive minimal exposure to air. That automatically rules out products packaged in jars, because shortly after opening the antioxidants begin to lose potency and won’t last for the lifespan of the product.

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Anonymous said...

So, how often do I need to reapply my sunlock. I have been using SPF 50. My daily exposure to sunlight is about 4 hours. I also found out that my skin get dry after applying the sunblock,why is this so?

Alan Sim said...

How often you reapply your sunscreen depends on what kind of activities you’re doing at that moment. If you’re swimming, exercising or perspiring for more than 40 minutes, then it makes sense to reapply your sunscreen. A sunscreen’s SPF (sunscreen protection factor) number tells you how long you can stay in the sun before getting burned. If you can normally stay in the sun 15 minutes before you start turning pink, an SPF 15 product will let you stay in the sun for approximately 3.5 hours without burning. If you begin turning pink after 10 minutes, an SPF 15 will let you stay in the sun approximately 2.5 hours. The formula is 10 (minutes) x 15(SPF) = 150 (minutes), or 2.5 hours. If you're swimming or perspiring, you must wear a water-resistant sunscreen, which provides 40 to 80 minutes of protection before you need to reapply it to maintain a sufficient level of protection.

An SPF 2 blocks about 50% of UVB rays; an SPF 10 filters out about 85% of UVB rays; an SPF 15 stops about 95%; and an SPF 30 stops about 97%. An SPF that's higher than 30 does not provide any more UV protection, it just offers more time that you can stay in the sun without burning. Unless you are in full sun all day long, you should be fine with a SPF 15 sunscreen. If you live in the tropics or any other sunny climate, you might want to use a SPF 30 sunscreen instead.

As a general rule, it is ideal to apply sunscreen at least 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. This gives the sunscreen time to absorb and to spread over and into the skin.

Sunscreen with a higher SPF number contains a higher percentage of active ingredients in order to obtain the greater SPF rating. It usually feels heavier than one, say SPF 15. You might like to consider a more moisturizing formula, if you’re not breaking out, or settle for a lower SPF, but nothing less than SPF 15, which is the minimum requirement.

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