Men are equally prone to skin issues, and thus, they need to pay proper attention to their skincare routine. Although all skin types need good care, but, people with sensitive skin should be more attentive towards the products they choose for their skin.
To take care of sensitive skin, all men need to make a few changes to their daily routines. This alteration will not just prevent skin issues but also help combat the early signs of aging.
Tips to take care of sensitive skin
If you experience dryness, rashes, redness, or other skin issues quite often, there are great chances that your skin is super-sensitive. However, you need to worry no more, as we will now discuss a few tips that’ll help you take care of your skin like a pro.
Avoid skincare products with washing detergents
Harsh laundry detergents are one of the main causes of rashes and contact dermatitis.
But what do these laundry detergents have to do with your skincare products?
Are you, too, thinking the same? If yes, you need to know that some skin care products have ingredients commonly found in detergents. These ingredients include;
- Chemical fragrances
- Certain preservatives
- Thickeners and emulsifiers
Furthermore, many skincare products have SLS (sodium laurel sulfate), which could irritate sensitive skin, leading to rashes and itching. For your information, SLS is used as a foaming agent in washing detergents, which is also commonly known to inflame the eyes, skin, and lungs.
These harsh ingredients can disturb stress hormones, resulting in redness and inflammation of the epidermis. So, people who are already suffering from skin conditions like eczema would have to bear the toll in case of negligence.
Use a hydrating moisturizer
Sensitive skin is often dehydrated, and needs proper care and nourishment. Furthermore, with age, the skin loses its natural collagen, which reduces the skin's elasticity and glow. To improve the skin's texture, you'll need ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, which promotes the production of hyaluronic acid that makes your skin look firmer and younger.
In addition, using a moisturizer daily provides the necessary nourishment to the skin and locks the moisture to make your skin look plumper. But how would you choose the best moisturizer for sensitive skin? For this, we have laid down a list with ingredients that'll help soothe sensitive skin in men.
- Niacinimide, which is also a form of vitamin B3
- Soluble collagen
- Hydrolyzed elastin, also known as marine collagen
You will also have to make sure that your morning moisturizer should contain at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Most importantly, choose products that do not contain any artificial fragrance.
Avoid hot water on the face
As already discussed, sensitive skin is often dry, and hot water can make it even worse. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, avoid taking hot water showers. Instead, use lukewarm or cool water for showers or washing your face.
Besides, also avoid using too much product on the skin. The quantity of a certain skincare product that you apply to your skin should be less than what people with normal skin do.
Take extra care in the winter season
Cold weather worsens sensitive skin issues, as it becomes drier, flaky, and red. Therefore, you need to be extra cautious in the winter season. Follow an exfoliating routine with your moisturizers to protect your over-sensitive skin.
Experts advise that you should include a good exfoliant in your routine. However, don’t use it too often, as your skin might already be facing peeling issues. So, in winter, you can use exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs twice a week. This will help you get rid of the flakiness and dead skin. Don’t use harsh chemical exfoliants or the ones that contain plastic microbeads. These components could tear your skin, so you’ll have to be extra cautious. Below are a few ingredients that would act as good exfoliating agents.
Citric Acid: Citric acid is a gentle peeler, generally extracted from citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, grapefruit, etc. This soft peel removes dead cells and boosts the production of collagen.
Apricot Seed Powder: This natural exfoliant in powder form works without damaging fresh underlying skin layers.
Willow Bark Extract: Willow bark extract or salicylic acid is also known as aspirin. It is a gentle skin peeler that removes dead cells and remains calm on your skin.
So, these ingredients will help keep your skin refreshed in winter.
Farage, Miranda A. “The Prevalence of Sensitive Skin.” Frontiers in medicine vol. 6 98. 17 May. 2019, doi:10.3389/fmed.2019.00098