Some of the things that separate men from women are of course childbearing ability, multi-tasking (remember the last time a sports game was on?) and irrational love of shoes (or lack thereof). And skin – men’s skin is more acidic, oilier, 16% thicker and it ages in a different way. As it turns out, men postpone the aging process a bit longer than women but when it does happen, it happens big-time, leaving men with deeper wrinkles and a craggy appearance.
It probably won’t come as a big surprise to you that studies show that men prefer to avoid skin care; so razor burn, untreated acne or “bumps”, and fungal infections are rampant among the male population. And that means that the women in their lives have to live with these conditions too. The good news is that many of these problems can be successfully treated with the right products.
Some common men’s skin care myths that get in the way of proper treatment include –
Myth 1: You can’t do anything about razor bumps, ingrown hairs or shaving irritation.
Fact: In a recent poll by the American Academy of Dermatology, 97% of men shaved, of which 78% said that their skin gets irritated from shaving. In men with a tendency toward razor bumps and ingrown hairs, the hairs are often cut too short during shaving and may curl back into the skin instead of growing out. These ingrown hairs can cause pain, unsightly bumps and even scarring. How to counter this?Simple.
- Get your beard thoroughly wet. Exfoliate at least twice a week with a gentle, effective facial scrub like Hylunia’s Grape Seed Facial Scrub.
- Shave in the direction that the hairs lie.
- Avoid repeating strokes.
- Keep the skin relaxed while shaving.
Myth 2: Real men don’t use sunscreen.
Fact: This myth is just plain silly. According to a recent poll by the American Academy of Dermatology, 65% men use sunscreen when outdoors, but only 5% use sunscreen daily. Sigh. Ladies, can we tell our men that not only does sunscreen protect against skin cancer, it’s the No. 1 thing that they can to do prevent aging skin?
Myth 3: Men and women are at equal risk for developing skin cancer.
Fact: Men are more likely than women to develop skin cancer, but both sexes are at risk. Melanoma is the 5th most common cancer in men and the 7th most common in women. The higher prevalence in men may be due to the fact that men spend more time in the sun, oftentimes use less sunscreen, and lose their hair more than women (hey, we’re just reporting the facts!), leaving more skin exposed to the sun.
Myth 4:After shaving, “manly” products that cause your face to sting are good.
Fact: We’re going to blame TV for perpetuating this myth by showing men using after shaves and other products that produce a “good sting”. So wrong! A stinging sensation from a skin care product means it is irritating your skin and probably making it look worse. Don’t use ANY product that causes your skin to sting or tingle. These products damage your skin and actually make it look older. Instead, try our Colloidal Silver with Lavender Water Toner to minimize irritation and skin inflammation, and soothe freshly shaved skin.
Myth 5: Men age better than women.
Fact: Don’t you wish! While its true that men postpone the ageing process longer than women, when it does happen it occurs at an accelerated pace with deeper wrinkles. Men have lately become wisely been jumping on the anti-aging skincare bandwagon in greater numbers over the past few years. Everyone wants to look their best for as long as they possibly can, and an “anti-aging” lifestyle is a good one to foster.
Hylunia’s Super Moisturizing Day Lotion is perfect to combat anti-aging. Plus don’t forget to load up on these yummy antioxidant summer foods that are great for your health and your appearance – raw almonds, apricots, berries, tomatoes and avocados.
Myth 6: If you wash your face a lot, it will dry it out and not look so oily.
Fact: Washing your face too often just causes your skin glands to produce even more oil (sebum) to counter the overly drying effects of all that washing you keep doing. The unexpected result from too much washing is oily skin. Counter intuitive but true. Hylunia’s Facial Cleansing Gel is a great no-fuss cleanser that men can use in and outside the shower.
Myth 7: Blackheads are the result of not washing your face.
Fact: Blackheads actually aren’t caused by a buildup of dirt; rather, they’re the result of cellular debris. They can often be cleared up using an exfoliator in a skin care regimen.
Myth 8: Wash your face with bar soap to prevent acne.
Fact: When washing your face, always choose a gentle cleanser made for your specific skin type, whether you have clear skin or oily skin. Using a bar soap made for the body can dry out the skin and rid it of the oils it needs. If you must use a bar soap, choose one that has contains moisturizing agents, such as vitamin E or jojoba oil.
Myth 9: Don’t use lip balm because it will be habit-forming and it will dry out your lips.
Fact: An old, but persistent rumor suggests that lip balm, meant to hydrate dry and chapped lips, actually robs the lip skin of moisture, making it reliant on a balm for hydration. In reality, there is nothing physiologically drying or habit-forming about lip balms. Your lips are a sensitive area, so they are particularly susceptible to chapping.
Myth 10: The thicker the moisturizer, the better it is for your skin.
Fact: In reality, heavy moisturizers can cause acne or clogged pores, so it’s better to use something that isn’t too thick like Hylunia’s Super Moisturizing Day Lotion.
Most of us have at some point or another suffered from over-imbibing the night before, waking up with great big circles under the eyes, and red puffy eyes. To keep your boss (at work or at home) off your back after a weekend bender, use a men’s eye cream with hyaluronic acid. This “hypermoisturizer” can help improve skin’s elasticity and firmness, which keeps under eye bags at bay. For even better results, you may also want to try Hylunia’s Intensive Repair Eye Cream that eye puffiness, circles underneath eyes and wrinkles around the eyes!