It’s no secret. Men are more thick-skinned than women.
No, really. It’s true. A man’s skin is 20 to 30 percent thicker than a woman’s skin.
But, that does not make men less susceptible to skin cancer and other dermatological issues.
A simple skin-care routine can help men look younger than their age and help them stay healthy.
The key is to avoid five mistakes most men make every single day.
- Scrubbing too hard. Some men simply use body wash or shampoo and a washcloth to scrub their faces in the shower. Abrasive scrubbing and harsh chemicals can dry facial skin and cause tiny lines and wrinkles. Instead, use a mild cleanser to clean your face morning and night.
- Using a multi-blade razor. Even though facial hair supports the skin and helps you avoid wrinkles, shaving probably is not one of your favorite daily activities. You want to get it done and get to work.
Using a multi-blade razor may seem like your ticket to speed through your morning routine, but it can cause ingrown hairs and skin abrasion. A single-blade razor is kinder to your face.
- Failure to close your pores. If you’re like most, you shave in the shower or right after your shower. You dab on some shaving cream and grab your trusty razor. In minutes, your five o’clock shadow is just a memory. You rinse the remaining shaving cream off with water and you’re done, right?
Not necessarily. Unless you use a new razor blade every time you shave, your pores are open to bacterial infection.
The best way to end your shave is with an all-natural aftershave product. A product that combines witch hazel and a moisturizer will close your pores and keep your skin hydrated.
- Failure to moisturize. No matter the season, moisturizing your skin will keep it smooth, supple and blemish-free.
Select a product that matches your skin type. Choose a fragrance-free moisturizer made with aloe, shea butter or essential oils to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
- Failure to use protection. Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 is recommended for adults. Make sure you pay attention to your scalp and other exposed skin.
Remember that there is no such thing as a healthy tan. You should use liberal amounts of sunscreen every time you go outside.
Beefing up your skin care routine and choosing not to smoke or eat foods that are high in sugar, fat, salt and caffeine will have a positive impact on your skin. Add daily aerobic exercise and you will have skin that looks firm and healthy for years.
If you have concerns about your skin, talk to your primary care clinician or make an appointment with a dermatologist.
AUTHOR: Dr. Jeffrey Bastasic, family medicine physician, Affinity Medical Group Clinic in Neenah