Facial Skin Care for Men
It's important for men to use proper cleansing and shaving techniques to maintain healthy facial skin. Shaving in particular presents problems; according to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 78 percent of men who shave experience skin irritation. The use of aftershave colognes can increase that irritation. Shaving can prove even more challenging if you suffer from acne, but some simple precautions can help you avoid problems.
Wet your face with lukewarm water; this will allow the cleanser to glide easily onto your skin as well as help soften facial hair, according to AcneNet. Pump a small amount of cleanser into your hand and massage it into your fingertips. Use your fingertips to apply the cleanser to your face; using a facecloth or sponge may cause skin irritation; face cloths and sponges are more abrasive than your fingertips, and it can be harder to gauge the amount of pressure you're applying to your skin when using a facecloth or sponge.
Rinse the cleanser thoroughly from your skin, again using lukewarm water. Leaving any trace amount of the cleanser behind can cause skin irritation as it dries. Do not dry your face.
Spray a dollop of shaving cream into the palm of your hand, then rub your hands together until there is an adequate amount of shaving cream on both hands. Work the lather over the parts of your face that you wish to shave.
Shave in the same direction that your hair grows. Shaving in the opposite direction can cause ingrown hairs, which can be painful. Make sure the razor is sharp. A dull razor may not fully remove the hair you are trying to shave, and it can also lead to cuts and skin irritation. Using a sharp razor ensures that you get a smooth, clean shave with limited irritation. Keep your skin relaxed as you shave, and avoid repeating strokes in the same areas.
Rinse any remaining shaving cream off your face when you are finished shaving. Pat your face dry. Do not rub your skin until it's dry, as this could dry your skin out and cause skin irritation.
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