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  • Dad's Skin Deserves TLC, Too! Help Him With Our Men's Grooming Guide

    Dads should know caring for his skin isn’t vanity — it’s for his health, too.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Dad's Skin Deserves TLC, Too! Help Him With Our Men's Grooming Guide
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  • Ask a dad’s skincare routine, and he’d probably tell you he’s just ‘soap and water’ kind of guy. But, moms, the skin of the men in your life needs a little TLC, too, to lessen the effects of sun damage, aging, and skin irritation. Plus, with more brands coming out with specific men’s grooming products, it would be a shame not to give his mug some pampering — mom, you will definitely appreciate it, too!

    Start by identifying your man’s skin type

    A man’s skin is different from a woman’s, and it is not just because of facial hair. Your guy’s skin is thicker with a tougher texture than yours. Sebum (oil) production is also higher in males, which is why men have longer-lasting acne.

    The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) stresses the importance of men identifying and understanding their skin type before curating their grooming products. Here’s how to tell:

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    • Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
    • Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
    • Dry skin feels flaky, itchy, or rough
    • Oily skin looks shiny and greasy
    • Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others (especially on the T-zone — forehead, nose, and chin)

    In an interview with Greatist, David E. Bank, M.D., a U.S. board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, suggests doing the “tissue test,” if you or your guy have a hard time identifying his skin type. Let him wash his face with a mild cleanser, wait five minutes, then put a facial tissue against his face for a few minutes. If it’s dry, the doctor says he is probably on the dry-to-sensitive side. If there’s oil on it, he has oily skin, and if it’s a little moist, he probably has combination skin.

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    Choosing men’s grooming products according to skin type

    The AAD advises looking out for specific words in the labels and ingredients of the products for men. Acne-prone skin benefits from cleansers and moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these will not clog your pores. For sensitive skin, look for mild, “fragrance-free” products (fragrances can make skin dry and irritated). But be wary of “unscented” products as these may still mask fragrances that can irritate your husband’s skin.

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    Men’s grooming products for his skincare routine

    As women know, the key to great skin is cultivating a habit. Those men’s grooming products will not work if your husband does not have a routine. Here are the four most important steps a man should include in his skincare routine.

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    1. Cleanse

    Wash his face with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm water. The AAD suggests facial washing daily and after exercise. 

    William Kwan, M.D., a US board-certified dermatologist in San Francisco, California, tells Healthline that men can alternate between an exfoliating cleanser and a mild wash for an enhanced shaving experience.

    Try: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

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    A gentle cleanser for oily and normal skin that removes dirt, oil, and impurities. Kiehl’s also has a variant for all skin types that do not over-dry or strip the skin of its natural oils.

    Try: Nivea Men Acne Oil Control Facial Scrub

    This mild exfoliating scrub reduces sebum production and lessens dark spots caused by acne scars.

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    2. Care and repair

    Men shave, on average, 16,000 times in their lifetime, according to Reader’s Digest. Some side effects of shaving include skin irritation and over-exfoliation. The AAD suggests using a single- or double-blade razor instead of multi-blade razors if you often experience razor bumps, razor burns, or ingrown hairs.

    It also helps to include a moisturizing shaving cream in your list of men’s grooming products. Shave in the direction of hair growth and rinse after each swipe of the razor. The AAD recommends changing your blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.

    Try: The Body Shop Maca Root Shave Cream

     

    Your skin will feel more moisturized after every shave.
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    This smoothing cream makes it easier to get a close shave and leaves the skin feeling soft and nick-free afterward.

    Try: The Body Shop Cedar & Sage Conditioning Beard Oil

     

    If you enjoy growing your beard, you should know that it also needs hydration and nourishment.
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    Beard oil softens men’s whiskers as they grow while also allowing the longer bristles to be groomed into place, according to Esquire Philippines. This one from The Body Shop has a lightweight, non-greasy formula that soothes both the hair and the skin underneath. It also provides a subtle scent to your facial hair thanks to a blend of essential oils. The wife will love it when you kiss her!

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    3. Moisturize

    Men and women can both benefit from putting on moisturizer — if you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and have brighter, younger-looking skin, this men’s grooming product will do that for you. For best results, the AAD recommends applying it to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering, or shaving, while the skin is still damp.

    Try: Clinique for Men Moisturizing Lotion

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    This lightweight formula provides all-day moisture and leaves skin softer and brighter. It suits all skin types, but if your hubby has oily, acne-prone skin, Clinique has a gel version that controls oil, absorbs quickly onto the skin and gives him a matte, shine-free look.

    4. Protect

    One of the most essential rules of skin care is always to wear sunscreen. Sunlight is the cause of at least 80% of the signs of visible aging, like wrinkles, age spots, skin thinning, and facial lines. Sunscreen helps minimize the damage from the sun and prevents serious diseases like skin cancer.

    The AAD recommends using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapplying every two hours or immediately after sweating.

    Try: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard

     

    Caffeine and vitamins C and E energize and invigorate dull skin.
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    This sunscreen has a high level of SPF 50 and provides UVA/UVB protection, so the hubby is protected from daily damage and premature aging.

    Try: VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Sport

    The active man needs extreme protection, and this lightweight, high-performance cream is ideal. It has an SPF 70 that filters out UVA and UVB rays and creates an “invisible second skin” that will keep him protected in and out of the water while exposed to the harsh sun and heat. Moms love the Armada Face & Body Shield version, too.

    Applying these men’s grooming products may seem tedious (not to mention an added expense). But tell the love of your life to keep in mind that finding a product that works takes a bit of trial and error. You don’t have to buy him the most expensive products. Read the labels, so you both have an idea of what he is putting on your face. And when he in doubt, he should always ask you!

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    This article was updated on June 18, 2019.

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