Men’s skin is generally oilier than that of women and also has significantly larger skin pores. And that’s why men are generally more prone to acne and breakouts. And the summer months can be all the more damaging to the skin. This is because the summer heat and humidity accelerate the development of oil glands and make the skin oilier. This is why it is extremely important to keep your skin pores clean and prevent the accumulation of oil and grime.
Here are some essential summer skin care tips for men.
Cleansing is all the more important in the summer months. Clean your face twice (or even three times) a day – once in the morning, once at night and once in the afternoon (if you have excessively oily skin). Use cleansing products that suit your particular skin type and contain natural ingredients. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid that help control acne. La Roche-Posay Biomedic LHA Cleansing Gel is a great choice for summer as it cleanses the face as well as stimulates the exfoliation process.
Follow up with Toner
In addition to being oilier; men’s skin is also thicker and tougher than that of women. So, it can tolerate the active ingredients contained in toners and astringents. Toners help to get rid of the stubborn dirt and make-up residues from within the skin pores and normalize the pH balance of the skin. Also, men are at risk of ingrown hair because of their daily shaving activities. Therefore, it is advisable to use a glycolic acid facial cleanser. You can try using La Roche-Posay Biomedic Purifying Cleanser, a mild glycolic acid based cleanser that unclogs the skin pores and reduces the risk of ingrown hair.
It is advisable to undergo a deep exfoliation once or twice a week. This will make sure that all the dead skin cells accumulated on the skin surface are scrapped off and also the risk of ingrown hair from shaving gets reduced. Regular exfoliation keeps your skin healthy and glowing.
Use a lightweight oil-free moisturizer preferably one containing sunscreen as well. This would let you skip using a separate sunscreen product. However, make sure the moisturizer contains at least SPF 30 to ensure efficient sun protection. Moisturizers keep a check on the hydration levels of the skin and reduce the risk of premature wrinkles and fine lines developing on the skin. Immediately after you shave, make sure to moisturize your skin in order to restore the lost oils. It is advisable to apply a heavier moisturizer at night in order to promote healthy cell growth. Kinerase Hydra Boost Intensive Treatment and iS Clinical Hydra Cool Serum are both good choices..
Avoid Harsh Acne Products during the day
This is a very serious advice. Acne care products generally contain strong ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that dry out the skin and make it prone to sunburns. Also, topical retinoids that are used as an acne treatment increases the skin vulnerability to sun burns. These products weaken the cells on the top skin layer and make the skin more sun-sensitive. Therefore, these products should only be used at night for best results.