Health Article: Skin care 101

First impressions count. A good skin-care regime doesn’t have to be a big production, but it does take a certain amount of diligence to keep your skin all alabaster and glowing – especially when the odds are stacked up against you.

Facial cleansing is important to wash away oil, make-up and surface debris that can clog pores and cause blemishes. Look for products that can do so effectively without damaging and dehydrating the skin. Once a week, gently exfoliate after cleansing to reveal smoother, healthier and younger looking skin.

Step by step

Cleansing your face should be part of your morning and evening routine, and can be completed in two to three steps. First, a gentle milk or non-foaming creamy cleanser can be used to remove make-up, dissolve surface oils and debris. A foaming cleanser can then be used for a fresher feel. Some individuals also prefer end the process with a toner that refreshes and tightens skin, as well as removing any remaining residue left behind by the cleansers.

Male skin is thicker than female skin

Men are less vulnerable to damage from the sun as they have more elastic and collagen in their skin. Hence, compared to women, men are less susceptible to ageing. However, this does not last forever – a man’s skin grows thinner as he ages, while a woman’s skin remains relatively constant through the years.

Men are more delicate than women
This is due to regular shaving, which strips off the hydrolytic film on the skin’s surface, making it more prone to irritation and skin issues. Men have smaller sebaceous glands (oil glands), but have oilier skin because their thicker skin produces sebum for much longer. Women’s skin, on the other hand, decreases oil production as they age. Men also have larger pores, which make them more susceptible to acne, blackheads and ingrown hair (from shaving incorrectly).

Cut back on the oil, guys

Men will do well to use non-oily products that can help reduce shine and breakouts. Mild salicylic acid is a good ingredient for male skin as it exfoliates dead cells and prevents shaving bumps, ingrown hairs and pimples. As a woman ages, Vitamins A, C and E are great for keeping the skin supple and youthful.


A good cleanser has low soap content

This prevents the skin’s natural moisture from being stripped away, which may lead to sensitive skin. A good cleanser should contain ingredients that can treat the skin for different types of problems while cleansing.

Exfoliation in moderation is good for you

It helps to remove dead skin cells, leaving behind new cells for a cleaner and clearer complexion that will allow make-up to set effectively. Also, regular exfoliation encourages the skin to renew regularly, keeping it young.

Pick the right doctor to treat spotty skin

Seek a doctor with experience in Intralesional Injection if the pimple is large, cystic or embedded into the skin. The injection can calm down angry pimples in four hours. For smaller ones, medicated acne gel should suffice. Do apply a layer of protective serum on the surrounding skin so that the harsh medication will not cause flaking of the skin, which may be very visible upon make-up application.

Source: xinmsn lifestyle


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