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The 6 Essential Products
Gone are the days of the Marlboro Man. Healthy skin is in and is just as important for men as it is for women. A good skincare routine and the appropriate products can help men get – and keep -healthy skin.
There are many products available that are formulated especially for men’s unique skincare needs. These are the essential products men need to keep their skin healthy and looking its best.
Clean skin is the foundation for good skin health. A good cleanser will remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the skin, preventing blocked pores, blackheads, breakouts, and dullness. Body soaps tend to contain harsh detergents that can strip facial skin of its natural lipid barrier and exacerbate skin problems. The better choice is a cleanser formulated especially for the face. There are cleansers for every skin type, from sensitive to oily and everything in between. It’s important to pick a cleanser that will work well but won’t leave skin overly dry. As a rule, if skin feels tight five minutes after washing it, the cleanser is likely too harsh.
The skin is in a constant state of renewal, with the top layers sloughing off to reveal new skin underneath. The purpose of an exfoliator is to speed up the sloughing process and remove the buildup of dead skin. With age, this sloughing process slows, making it all the more important to exfoliate. Regular exfoliation will result in a clearer complexion and will make other products work more effectively. An added benefit is the reduction of painful ingrown hairs caused by shaving. However, exfoliating should not be done every day as overuse can actually damage the skin. A few times a week should suffice.
There are different types of exfoliators available, including chemical exfoliators, which contain compounds that cause a light peeling of the skin; mechanical exfoliators, which contain small granules that remove dead skin cells through friction; and special brushes, both hand-held and battery-operated.
A toner is a lightweight fluid that is applied to the skin immediately after cleansing and/or exfoliating. Depending on its formulation, a toner can help remove and prevent the excess oil that can lead to breakouts, reduce irritation and redness caused by shaving, or refresh the complexion.
Once skin is clean and toned, it’s time to apply a treatment. Facial treatments, often called serums and correctors, are usually applied at night, and consist of concentrated ingredients that give skin an extra boost. Many different types of treatment are available, for all the many different skin problems: acne, aging, and sun damage, to name a few. The choice of treatments is as varied as there are skin types. It’s important to look for the ingredients that will treat specific skin issues, such as salicylic acid for breakouts, or Vitamin C for anti-aging.
A lightweight, oil-free moisturizer will help skin maintain its lipid barrier, keeping moisture in and preventing dryness and premature wrinkling. Men’s skin tends to be oilier than women’s skin, so it’s important to look for formulations made especially for men. These tend to be water-based and more lightweight.
Sunscreen is an absolute must to protect skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays that can cause wrinkles and skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 – although 30 is better – be worn daily. Many brands combine moisturizer and sunscreen into a single product, which can be a good alternative for men who don’t like to fuss with too many steps.
How To Buy Skincare Products For Men On eBay
There is a broad range of skincare products for men available for purchase on eBay. The quickest way to find them is to type Men’s Skincare Products in the search bar on the home page, to be linked to all the Sellers who sell men’s skincare products. From there, it’s possible to select different types of products and individual brands. Buyers should be sure to check the Sellers’ ratings, shipping terms, and return policies before committing to a purchase.
With a good skincare routine and the right products, men can have skin that looks and feels healthy. While it can take some trial and error to find the right combination, cosmetics companies have recognized that there is indeed a need for good skincare products made specifically for men, and many now offer a variety of products for virtually every skin type.