Men’s skin is different than women’s skin, it is thicker and contains more oil glands. A common side effect of the winter, men suffer from dry skin just as much as women. The cold air robs the natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry and itchy. Here are some of the essential skin care tips that you should follow.
The type of moisturizer you use largely depends upon your skin type. Oily skin types tend to require a lighter moisturizer, while severely dry skin may need more heavy duty creams. Using moisturizer with extra hydrating power would really help.
Ointments, creams and moisturizers work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. To trap the required level of moisture, you need to apply moisturizer within few minutes of drying off after a shower or a bath and after washing your face or hands.
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body.
It is recommended to use lukewarm water to shower and wash your face as hot showers dry your skin quickly, and if you do not moisturize it immediately, your skin can develop cracks and winter eczema. After the bath or shower, apply a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid and ceramides. This will keep the moisture barrier intact and prevent dryness.
The air is drier in winter inside and outside your house, hence water evaporates from your body easily and quickly. It is recommended to keep your skin hydrated during winter. An easy way to keep it hydrated is by drinking lots of water. You need to maintain your regular water intake, although you might not feel as thirsty during winters as the other seasons. You can also install a humidifier to manage the moisture level in your home. This will certainly keep your skin happy.
Exercise will pump up your heart rate, which in turn, pumps more blood to your organs and skin. It also keeps your pores clear. Exercising makes you sweat, flushing out all the toxins, cleaning the skin, and keeping your internal organs healthy.
If you prefer a close shave, there are some guidelines you should follow during the winter to help keep your skin looking its best. The best time to shave is immediately following a hot shower, as this helps open your pores prior to shaving. If this is not an option, you can also apply a hot wash cloth to your face for a few minutes prior to shaving to help open pores. To ensure that your skin doesn’t get dry while shaving, opt for a moisturizing shaving gel that can soothe the area. Massage a shaving cream onto your skin and rinse your razor after every stroke.
Clean shaving tools every time you use them over your skin. If you don’t clean the shaving tools out each time you use it, it can become an infectious cesspool that causes skin infections. If needed you can opt for disposable razors and throw them away after use.
Your skin should start to feel better quickly. If these tips do not bring relief, please see a dermatologist. Very dry skin may require a medicated ointments or creams. Dry skin can also be a sign of medical skin condition that needs treatment. A dermatologist will examine your skin and explain what can help in reducing your discomfort. Atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis patients need special care during winters.
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