In today’s post we will be discussing your skin. More specifically your skin type generally out line for a facial routine and what to look out for and avoid in selecting produces.
It wasn’t that long about that if you were going to talk to men about skin care they would have little to no interest in it. If you were going to try and find some products well, good luck.
Although, fortunately, guys have taken notice of their skin and why it’s important to care for it. Thus, there are now planet of men’s skin care products that are made available as once it was not the case.
They now have products for regeneration, tissue growth, scrubbing moisturizing, and cleansing. They also have every kind of skin type covered.
Which we will cover shortly.
Whether your skin is oily, normal, dry aging, or sensitive.
Know Your Skin
First of lets get one thing straight. What is skin?
Really. Every one knows what it is, but when asked to define it, you would be hard pressed to give a good detailed answer.
So lets get to it.
The skin is part of the integumentary system. Your skin is an organ. One of it’s main functions are protection. Along with temperature regulations and transportation of blood and water.
It is about 20 percent of our total body weight, and measures about 2.1 square yards for the average person. There are two primary layers. The epidermis and dermis.
For this post we will be focusing on the epidermis which is the outer most layer. This organ is the only one with direct contact to the outside world. Smoke, stress pollution anxiety, fear, age, lack of fluids and lack of sleep, improper diet, alcohol chemicals frustration caffeine, sun ultraviolet rays and hormonal changes all have an effect on your skin.
So, as you can well guess it proper skin care is important.
So how does it protect us?
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It protects us from germs, dirt foreign bodes like toxins acids and alkalines. It regulates our temperature when we perspire and narrowing and expanding blood vessels.
It also renews it’s self every month by getting rid of dead cells and getting a new coat of fresh ones. On top of all that it wards off foreign perpetrators by developing a protective shell called the acid mantle, This eliminates germs with the help of beneficial gems that are on the skins surface.
Perspiration and secreted carbon dioxide also aid in this. Even after all of this we mostly never give it the recognition it deserves. Let’s focus on the face and neck area. These areas are very sensitive.
Here is where you have a high number of sebaceous glands. More so in the “T” zone. For those of you who are unaware of what sebaceous glands are they are glands that create sebum every day.
Sebum is an oily substance that makes hair smooth, resistant to dirt. Also it protects if from dying out. These glades are responsible for the skins oil content.
If you have oily skin it is due to too much sebum, if you have dry skin, it’s because of too little. If the ends of the sebaceous glandes become clogged then you will get pimples, blackheads, and infections.
There are two main tings you want to look out for when attending to your skin. You want to keep an eye on maintaining your balanced ph level. Secondly you want the sebaceous glands to be right in the middle. Not too much or too little.
Now that we know what skin is and how important it is to care for let’s find out why type of skin you have.
There are four major types. They are as follows,
- Dry skin
- Oily skin
- Prematurely aging skin and
- Sensitive skin
Most people think this is entirely cause by genetic conditions that they have no say in it. But physical, emotional environmental stresses of the day also can play a factor. Let’s discuss the different types of skin and how to treat them.
As we discussed early the case for dry skin resides in the lack of production of sebum. Because of this the acid mantel will become unbalanced and water will have a hard time getting though the surface of the skin.
Thus, the skin will become dehydrated and the pores will tighten. This is more so in the cold or dry winter climates. If you are worried about looking old or wrinkles, I hate to say, dry skin has a tendency to wrinkle faster.
So if you fall into this category, how do you fix it?
Here are some tips.
Do not use an astringent or anything that has alcohol. You should replace the moisture that is lost with moisturizers that have vegetable oils. Almond oil and hazelnut are naturally cleaning.
Also essential oils that naturally enhance the sebum production are encouraged. Some examples are carrot seed, ylang-ylang, and frankincense. Do not use soaps that take away moisture from the skin.
Try facial gels or liquid fatty soaps. Once you are finished cleansing, use moisturizer in the morning and in your nighttime routine.
Prematurely aging skin
Dryness appearance of early wrinkles, and facial lines. This is the result of a loss of moisture, with less then satisfactory oxygenation and an advanced collagen depletion.
This can be caused by way too much stress, nicotine abuse, alcohol, poor diet and health. Here is how to go about changing the condition of your skin.
Firstly, maybe change some lifestyle choices. Everything in moderation.
Secondly, Up your water intake . This will replenish the moisture that your body is losing. Also, use a high quality moisturizer.
Be sure to choose products that have essential oils with rejuvenating properties and that also stimulate the sebaceous and lymph glands. Be sure that you are helping the blood flow for cell oxygenation.
This can be accomplished by gently massaging and not mashing the moisturizer. Do you want to the know the secret to young and healthy skin?
Here it is, Make sure you are using a facial scrub one to two times a week. This will deep clean and remove dead cells. Don’t forget to use your moisturizer before bed.
Those with oily skin have sebaceous glandes that are overactive. Unlike those who have dry skin. Your skin may have a shinny look to it, your pores can become clogged and pimples blackheads can result.
Here is how to deal with oily skin. You may think that you need to dry it out. Not the case here, if you were to use skin-drying alcohol and harsh cleansers this will tell your body to make even more the you already are making.
The sebaceous glands will go into a maximum overdrive. If you over scrub or use too much exfoliating the same thing will happen. Instead, choose products that have essential oils that will help maintain and restore the acid mantle and gently drain the sebum from the glands.
When you are cleansing your skin be sure to use a mild cleanser in the morning and at night. After that use mild alcohol and oil free moisturizer.
Last but not the least on the list is those who have sensitive skin. This is the category that I myself belong to. People with sensitive skin have uncomfortable burning, inflammation itching, redness and allergic reactions.
This is the most reactive to toxins, stress, sleep, poor diet, and other factors. When treating sensitive skin nothing should be more one sided then the other.
Do your best to very middle of the road. Nothing overly harsh or oily or hot. For your facial routine, do the same as any other skin type. However use ultra-mild soaps, and products that are fragrance, alcohol -free.
Once done with your night time cleansing routine put on a soothing and calming moisturizer that has essential oils in it like lavender jasmine or chamomile.
How to Choose the Right Products?
Great, so now you know what your skin type is and why it’s important to take good care of your skin.
Now let’s talk about picking the right stuff that will work for you and your skin. You might be shocked to know that most products out for purchase are just horrible for your skin.
Due to that fact that many have chemicals synthetic perfumes dyes, and alcohol in them. This will lead to irritations and allergic reaction. Also they will affect the acid mantle sebum production, and clog pores.
When looking for products be sure they have natural ingredients like vitamins, mineral extracts natural essential oils, and natural vegetable oils, This is the antithesis of products that have synthetic counterparts.
An added bonus is the natural ingredients are biodegradable and work with the natural functions and cycles of the body. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils.
These oils are 100 percent natural. Don’t be fooled, they are not oily. They evaporate very quickly.
They are able to treat chapped skin, reduce inflammation heal blemishes and hydrate surface cells.
You don’t have to put it on your skin either, they can be absorbed in other ways. You can breath them in, with the use of your handkerchief or you can add them in with a bath if you so choose.
When looking for essential oils try and find some that are already premix with some drops already blended into an all-natural base.
There you go. You now have how important it is to take care of your skin and what type your skin is. Also you know what to look for when selecting your skin care products. You will be able to take your shaving experience to the next level, and keep your skin looking and feeling great for many years to come.