[dropcap]P[/dropcap]erhaps we don’t think of it that way, but skin is our body’s biggest organ. It protects our muscles and internal organs from external damage. Dry or oily, hairy or smooth, dark or light – the type of our skin is genetically determined.
Here is a fact for you: Regardless of its type, our skin is home to about 1000 different species of bacteria. Scientists have estimated that there are as much as 500 million bacteria per square inch of skin surface (better skin or not). Don’t worry though. Even in these large numbers, our skin bacteria are normally balanced.
Occasionally, however, there are disturbances resulting in infections, rashes or other embarrassing symptoms. That’s why you should keep your skin clean and look after it.
Here are my top 3 basic steps to a better skin:
Step 1: Cleanse
Keeping your skin clean is your first step to a better skin. You shouldn’t use soap to wash your face with. It may well clean it, but it leaves your skin dry and flaky.
Invest in a cleanser suitable for your skin type and use it twice a day – morning and evening.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells. It deep-cleans your pores, helps the reduction of ingrowing hairs and exposes your healthy skin. These are the very reasons why exfoliating regularly should be your second step to a better skin.
How often to exfoliate? It depends on your skin type. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week to start with and see how it goes. If your skin becomes dry, reduce exfoliation to once a week. If between sessions you find that oils are building up quickly, then try to exfoliate more often.
How to exfoliate? Wash your face with warm water and apply a small amount of your chosen product (a small amount equal to a pea in size). Gently rub it in with your fingertips and leave for a minute to set. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Step 3: Moisturise
The third step to a better skin is moisturising. Choose a product that’s right for your skin.
A layer of good moisturiser protects your skin from the harsh weather in the winter. A moisturiser with a UV protector, protects your skin from the sun in the summer. Do it twice a day – morning and evening.
General advice for better skin
Try to make a habit of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising. I know it takes a bit of getting used to but it’s worth it. Trust me. Especially if you are like me and have very sensitive skin.
Spend some time in choosing the right products for your skin though. Get products which are for men. Men’s skin is different to women’s and requires products designed for us men. Try to get samples and try them before you go off and spend a fortune on male grooming products.
It’s worth remembering that more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. I am using an expensive range and I am very happy with it (not naming it though). However, it took me a lot of time and money wasted on all sorts of brands (cheap and expensive) before I found the right range for my skin.
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