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Unisex skin care products take the guessing out of the game

For most of men, the concept of skincare has barely entered their head, let alone their bathroom cabinets. All too common is the grooming routine comprised solely of shower gel and body spray gift sets, picked up from the supermarket or is last minute birthday or Christmas gift. If cleansing and moisturising and, OMG, sunscreen sound more like a job for the wife than something you should be doing every day, then this article is here to convince you otherwise.

There is no need for men and women to use different skincare brands. They can if they want, but when a person goes to the doctor with an infection the doctor does not prescribe male and female versions of a drug. They prescribe the right drug to fight the infection. Skincare is not terribly different. Good ingredients and formulas will work equally well for either gender. Women’s products tend to have more sophisticated formulations and ingredients than men’s brands. They are usually highly fragranced, which is why men will often stay away from them. But sharing products saves valuable space in the bathroom, not to mention money – as there is no need to double up. (always ask permission as divorce proceedings have been started for less.)

There are some basic differences in male and female skin and this is in part related to the androgen testosterone. Yeah, yeah, what does that mean? ….. Well, male skin is about 20 per cent thicker compared with females’ as it contains more collagen and elastin. This makes the skin more resistant to the development of wrinkles. Men also have more hair follicles (like beards) and their associated sebaceous glands, resulting in oilier skin. Additionally, regular shaving exfoliates the upper skin layers and can lead to irritation. Men may therefore benefit from better skincare.

Men still want to drink out of the fountain of youth these days but don’t know how to, some men think it’s a women’s world, the skin care world. Some men are coming round to the idea and salons are accommodating men’s treatment’s more and more. Men are amazing clients as they are happy to take direction about their skin and products if it’s kept simple.

Everyone stands to gain from proper skincare, especially men reaping the benefits is surprisingly simple. We take you through a skincare routine for men that is both. Remember look after the back of your neck as this is overly exposed and become aged very quickly especially if you work out side.

1. Cleanse twice daily
When you wash your face, with face cleaners not body wash. You remove the dirt, grime, and excess oil that has settled inside your pores and on top of your skin. This will prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and will minimise shine.

2. Exfoliate twice weekly
Pick a gentle scrub—some also double as cleansers – to put into rotation every few days, and you’re a few weeks away from a smoother complexion with fewer blemishes.

3. Moisturise twice daily
Once you’ve cleansed the skin, it’s time to hydrate and protect your face. Thus, the final product in the standard “three-step regimen” is moisturiser. It delivers soothing nutrients to the skin, while also creating a barrier for the skin to stop it becoming dry .

4. Always use SPF 50. Sunscreen is not a dirty word.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun mutate the cells in your skin, on cloudy and cold days, too. Especially in our gorgeous Fraser Coast climate. These UV rays lead to sun spots, wrinkles, sun burns, dry patches, moles, and even cancer. It’s important to shield your skin from these rays with SPF 50. Don’t forget to keep your water intake up too – not just beer.

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