Skin types - normal, dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin
What's Your Skin Type?
High-quality skin care products developed especially for men gain in popularity every day. Formulated with care and available for a range of specific skin types, today's men's skin care options require that a man be knowledgeable about his own individual skin type. The best results rely on a man's familiarity with his skin type and its particular strengths and needs.
A man's skin type can be normal, dry, oily or a combination of these characteristics. Some men also face the challenge of sensitive skin, whatever the underlying type. Educate yourself about the various skin types and recommended treatments and care regimens by consulting the information below in order to choose the best skin care products for yourself.
Normal Skin Type
Characteristics: clean, small pores; becomes matte after cleansing; rosy and smooth complexion; a small amount of blemishes or none at all; superb skin elasticity.
Treatment/care: People with normal skin type experience fewer skin problems. A simple regimen of cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice daily will help keep the skin supple. Sunscreen with no less than an SPF rating of 15 should be used, especially if going out under the sun for more than 10 minutes. Exfoliation should be done not more than twice weekly.
Recommended products for normal skin: Baxter Daily Face Wash, eShave Cucumber Shaving Cream, D. R. Harris Aftershave Milk.
Dry Skin Type
Characteristics: small, almost invisible pores; presence of perspiration beads on the upper lip; fine lines visible (especially around the eyes); ashen or grey skin (for men of color); thin, transparent, flaky skin (for Caucasians).
Treatment/care for dry skin: People with dry skin have to follow the steps mentioned for normal skin, with special emphasis on moisturizing.
Recommended products for dry skin: Avocado Shaving Creams and Soaps, Almond Shaving Creams and Soaps, Geo F Trumper Sandalwood Skin Food, Almond Pre-shave Oil, Creamy Aftershave Lotions.
Oily Skin Type
Characteristics: skin is sallow, thick and insensitive to skin irritants; tends to be shiny even after being cleansed; prone to blemishes and large pores (usually clogged with oil and dirt); very few fine lines or wrinkles.
Oily skin treatment/care: People with oily skin should avoid products that can dry the skin since this will prompt the skin to produce more oil. The skin care regimen should include a mild facial cleanser, an astringent toner and an oil-free moisturizer. In the shower, glycerin soap can be used; a mild facial scrub can be used not more than three times a week. An astringent aftershave should be used instead of a moisturizer-based shaving balm.
Recommended products for oily skin: Lime shaving creams and other citrus-infused products such as Geo F Trumper Lime Skin Food, Baxter Face Wash.
Combination Skin Type
Characteristics: large pores on the nose; shiny/oily T-zone (includes the nose, forehead and chin); fine lines in the eye area; dry skin on cheeks, neck and eye areas; small to invisible pores on the dry areas.
Combination skin treatment/care: Each area should be cared for following the rules for dry and oily skin.
Recommended combination skin products: See products listed for both oily and dry skin types.
Sensitive Skin Type
What is sensitive skin?
Sensitive Skin is a blanket term that usually refers to skin that is prone to develop allergic reactions or irritation to products applied to it or environmental factors.
Characteristics: skin is thin and dry; shaving can be painful; burns easily when exposed to sunlight; reacts easily to cosmetics, fabrics, sun and wind; prone to itching and stinging.
Care/treatment for sensitive skin: Extreme caution should be exercised when choosing products for sensitive skin. If skin reacts even slightly to a product, discontinue use immediately. Avoid skin products with fragrances, and opt for a shaving gel instead of a cream.
Recommended sensitive skin products: Shaving Creams and Aftershaves for Sensitive Skin, Rose Shaving Creams, Unscented Aftershave Balm and Taylor of Bond Street Pre-Shave Gel.
Knowing your skin type will lead to a better treatment for your skin. Keep in mind that facial skin care is not only for women; male skin also needs to be treated like a prized possession. If you can allot time and a significant amount of effort to maintaining your vehicle and your gadgets, then you should find caring for your skin to be a much easier task.