28 Feb 2023

4 Essential Summer Skincare Tips For Men

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The temperatures are already on an upward graph with the sweet Sun baking our souls almost everyday!😅

With temperatures that can soar above 40 degrees Celsius in some regions, summers in India can be quite challenging. Summers can be harsh on the skin due to the high temperatures, humidity and increased exposure to UV radiation. Some of the common skin problems that people face during summers include sunburn, heat rash, acne, and dehydration.

While the market is flooded with skin care products for women and yet a few for ‘all skin types’, it’s a rather challenging road for men to find dedicated skincare products,specifically for the harsh summers. What’s the need one asks! Well, male skin is different from those of females in many aspects and therefore it is needed that there would be skin care products and tips that are targeted towards that specific skin type.

In this blog, let’s throw some light on why there is a need for special skin care for men and conclude the blog with 5 amazing skin care tips that men could follow to have beautiful skin this summer and keep it that way. Let’s Begin!

Male Skin Is Different! How?

There are several differences between male and female skin, including:

  1. Thickness: Men’s skin is typically about 20% thicker than women’s skin due to differences in the composition and structure of the skin layers.
  1. Collagen density: Men have higher collagen density in their skin than women, which can contribute to a more youthful appearance and increased firmness.
  1. Oil production: Men tend to have more active sebaceous glands than women, which can result in oilier skin and a higher incidence of acne.
  1. Facial hair: Men’s facial hair can make the skin in the beard area more sensitive and prone to irritation.
  1. Aging: Men’s skin ages differently than women’s, with men experiencing a more gradual decline in collagen production and a more pronounced appearance of wrinkles and lines in later years.
  1. Sun exposure: Men tend to spend more time outdoors and are less likely to use sunscreen than women, which can result in greater sun damage and premature aging of the skin.
  1. Regular Shaving: Shaving can remove natural oils from the skin, leading to dryness and flakiness. It can also make the skin more sensitive to the sun, as it exposes new layers of skin that have not yet built up a protective tan. 

It is important to note that there is a great deal of variation among individuals, and not all men or women will exhibit these differences to the same degree. Additionally, factors such as genetics, lifestyle habits, and environmental exposure can also play a significant role in skin health and appearance.

A Solution For Every Problem – Skin Care Tips For Men!

Oily Skin

Men with oily skin may experience a variety of skin problems related to excess sebum production, such as:

  1. Acne: Oily skin is more prone to acne due to the increased sebum production that can clog pores and lead to the formation of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.
  2. Enlarged pores: Excess sebum production can cause pores to become enlarged and more visible, which can give the skin a rough or uneven texture.
  3. Shine: Oily skin can give the skin a shiny or greasy appearance, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).
  4. Sensitivity: Oily skin can be more sensitive and prone to irritation, especially if harsh or abrasive products are used to try to combat oiliness.
  5. Makeup issues: Oily skin can make it difficult for makeup to adhere properly, leading to a patchy or uneven appearance.

Skincare Tip For Male Oily Skin

DO NOT wash your face frequently: No matter how strong the urge you feel to wash your face repeatedly during the day to get rid of that oil and stickiness from your face, you should avoid it to control the oiliness.

The more you wash your face, the more your skin compensates for the lost oil and thus the sebum glands produce more oil. The best approach is to wash your face in the morning & before sleeping with cold water and a gentle face wash,followed by  a gel based face moisturizer. As you moisturize your skin, the skin won’t feel the need to produce oil on its own.

Excessive Sun Exposure

Excessive sun exposure can have negative effects on men’s skin, including:

  1. Sunburn: Overexposure to the sun can cause painful and unsightly sunburn, which can increase the risk of skin cancer.
  2. Premature aging: Exposure to UV rays from the sun can lead to premature aging of the skin, including the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.
  3. Skin cancer: Men who spend excessive amounts of time in the sun are at increased risk for skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
  4. Hyperpigmentation: Prolonged sun exposure can cause the skin to produce excess melanin, resulting in hyperpigmentation or dark spots on the skin.
  5. Dryness and dehydration: Sun exposure can lead to dehydration and dryness of the skin, which can result in flakiness and itching.

Skincare Tip For Sun Exposure In Men

  1. Apply sunscreen: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on all exposed skin, including the face, neck, and ears. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  2. Use after-sun care: If you do get sunburned, use after-sun care products to soothe and hydrate the skin. Fresh Aloe vera gel or a cool compress can also be helpful.
  3. Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliating scrub once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and promote healthy skin cell turnover. If you’re an espresso coffee lover, you can dry and use the used espresso pucks along with aloe vera as a homemade coffee scrub.
  4. Stay hydrated: Dry skin will obviously burn quicker. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.

Regular Shaving

Shaving is a regular activity for men which sometimes can be unavoidable. While we can reduce the negative effects of daily shaving on our skin, it’s essentially a sharp razor rubbing on your facial skin and thus is definitely harsh for your skin.

  1. Irritation: Shaving can irritate the skin, especially if the razor is dull or if too much pressure is applied. This can cause redness, razor burn, and even ingrown hairs.
  2. Dryness: Shaving can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and dehydrated. This can make the skin feel tight and itchy.
  3. Sensitivity: Shaving can make the skin more sensitive, especially if you shave too often or if you use harsh products.
  4. Infection: Shaving can increase the risk of infection if you cut yourself with a razor or if you share razors with others.

 Skincare for Pre & Post Shaving

  1. Moisturize Before Shaving: The most important step to have a smooth shave with minimal damage to the facial skin is to properly moisturize the skin and the beard. Start by rinsing the face with lukewarm water, followed by a light moisturizer massaged into the skin. This ensures that the beard is soft enough to be easily removed by the razor and the skin underneath is moisturized enough for the razor to glide on.
  1. Use a good quality shaving cream/foam: Using a good quality shaving cream provides lubrication, moisturization, protection against irritation, softening of hair, and a refreshing fragrance. Overall, it improves the shaving experience and the health and appearance of your skin.
  1. After-shave Balm Vs Lotion: Aftershave balm and aftershave lotion are both products used after shaving to soothe and protect the skin, but they differ in their composition and benefits.

Aftershave balm is a thick, creamy product that is designed to hydrate and soothe the skin after shaving. It is typically made with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, glycerin, and aloe vera, which can help reduce redness and irritation.

Aftershave lotion, on the other hand, is a lightweight, liquid product that is designed to refresh and cool the skin after shaving. It typically contains alcohol, which acts as an astringent to help tighten and tone the skin.

The choice between aftershave balm and aftershave lotion comes down to personal preference and skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, an aftershave balm may be more suitable, while if you have oily or normal skin, an aftershave lotion may be a better option.

Men’s Bedtime Skin Routine 

Let’s admit it, men often ignore the importance of pampering your skin before bedtime. However, a regular night time routine for your skin is very important because not only it helps your skin to recover the damage it went through the day, but it also gives the skin an entire night indoors, absorbing the moisture while you sleep throughout the night.

Let’s discuss a simple night routine for the male skin:

  1. Cleanse: Use a gentle facial cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, and impurities that may have accumulated on your skin throughout the day. Wet your face with lukewarm water, apply the cleanser, and massage it into your skin for about 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  1. Moisturize: Apply a moisturizer to hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep. Choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type and is free from heavy fragrances and alcohol. Apply a small amount to your face and neck, and massage it gently using circular motions.
  1. Eye cream: If you have concerns about dark circles or puffiness around your eyes, apply a small amount of eye cream to the area using your ring finger. Gently pat the cream into your skin until it’s fully absorbed.
  1. Optional step: If you have concerns about acne, you can apply a spot treatment or an acne cream to any affected areas.

Remember to be consistent with your routine and give your skin time to adjust to any new products you introduce. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated and get plenty of rest to keep your skin healthy from the inside out.

Let’s make it all the more easier for you men, you can order all the skin routine products from Milkbasket and we’ll deliver your order the very next morning by 7 AM! Sorted! Love your skin and start pampering it to have a smooth, glowing skin that radiates handsomeness!

All The Best!

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