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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August Newsletter: Why Should You Care About Your Skin Type?

If you enjoy our monthly men's skin care and nutritional newsletter, you're going to like this latest one: Why Should You Care About Your Skin Type & How to Get Rid of That Gut?

For your convenience, I'll include a link to it below:

Not everyone checks their email daily, so I hope men benefit these August articles!

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Choosing Men Skin Care Products 101

If you're like most of us men, trying to figure out which skin care products are right for your skin can become a hellish task with so many options in stores today. How do you know what men's skin care products you should get? A lot of men are struggling with this and end up filling their cabinets with a bunch of fancy bottles that won't help take serious care of their skin. Here's a 101 guide to choosing the best men's skin care product for you.

Read the ingredients label

This is the key to choosing the right men skin care products. We normally think that our skin (men's skin) can take anything -- so any product will do. And if they're expensive, than they'll probably work. Let's think again.

Most men's skin care products in the market can actually damage your skin, as a lot of them are formulated with ingredients that irritate, clog and dehydrate your skin. This is very important because if use products that irritate our skin, the natural cell growth will be reduced, giving us an unhealthy complexion. Here is a checklist of these harmful skin ingredients:

- Alcohol: It contributes to dehydration, kills live cells, and alters the skin's delicate biological balance.

- Fatty acids and vegetable oils: Commonly used moisturizing oils clog pores, trap bacteria and prevent the natural shedding of dead cells. Only use oil-free or light moisturizers for all skin types.

- Fragrance and coloring: Fragrances and dyes tend to cause irritation and may produce allergic reactions when absorbed by the skin.

- Botanicals: Not all “natural” ingredients are beneficial. Some commonly used plant extracts, such as menthol, peppermint and citrus oils, are powerful substances that are better kept away from your skin.

What's your skin type?
Most products target several individual skin types: oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin and combination skin. However, if you find men's skin care products free of added fragrances or dyes, alcohol, and that are hypoallergenic and nonacnegenic, then you won't really have to worry about your skin type.

Slowly build your skincare regimen
Think about what men skin care products you want to start with, and try them progressively. So, let's say you decide to start off with a gentle facial cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer; find the right ones for you and use them for a couple of weeks before you go and expose your face to full skincare routine. By starting with basic items, you'll always the best results. Once your skin has adapted to the professional skin care ingredients, it'll be ready for more targeted products.

As you build your skincare regimen, consider including a maximum protection sunscreen, as well as wrinkles and anti-aging products. Once again, try new products gradually and give them enough time -- about 2 weeks -- to see actual results.
If you follow these simple guidelines, you are guaranteed to find the right men skin care products for yourself.

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