Healthy Skin Tips for Men

Beauty, Home & Family
on January 13, 2012

While basic skin care for women and men overlap, men have a few unique concerns that should be addressed differently. Try these quick and easy healthy skin tips for men.

For example, men traditionally damage their skin more and often spend less time caring for it. Men also have more active sebaceous glands and larger pores than women.

Why is skin important? Your skin is the largest organ in the body. According to National Geographic, if you laid your skin flat, it would cover 21 square feet. That makes skin the largest organ of the human body. It covers and protects the inside of your body, provides the sense of touch and helps maintain proper body temperature. Skin bespeaks your overall health and vitality.

Men’s skincare basics. Grooming does not have to be a major chore. A quick and easy regimen is all that’s needed.

  • Wash — Use a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free skin cleanser. Forget the bar on the tub. It’s drying and may contain unnecessary ingredients like deodorants, fragrances and who knows what else. Try a soap-free, liquid cleanser. Use a loofah, bath brush or other exfoliating product once a week to help remove dead skin and boost circulation.
  • Shave — Use a rich and emollient a shaving cream. If you have sensitive skin — and who doesn’t — noncomedogenic, hypoallergenic, oat-based shaving lotion is available. You must have a sharp razor every time. Penny pinching is admirable, but if you're splurgin, buy good quality, sharp razor blades.
  • Moisturize — Grab a moisturizer that contains SPF 15 or higher. Sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of skin damage. Oily skin needs a lighter lotion, and drier or winter skin will benefit from a moisturizing cream. Petroleum jelly is a fantastic skin protectant. A quick swipe of petroleum jelly on the lips, nose, hands, elbows and heels after a shower or whenever needed is cheap and effective.