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Facial care – WHY?

Your face needs some special attention as it has thinner, more delicate skin than most other parts of your body.

Substances like dirt, make-up, excess oil, sweat, bacteria and dead skin cells can accumulate on the face and clog pores. Pimples and acne can form when clogged pores become infected by bacteria.

Shaving is another aspect of facial care for many men who choose to be smooth-chinned. Shaving can be an invasive activity because in the process of removing hairs it also removes microscopic layers of skin. This can help keep the pores open and the skin healthy, but frequent shaving can lead to skin irritation.

Facial care – HOW?

There are many specialised facial care products catering for dry, normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin types. These include cleansers, exfoliants, toners, moisturisers and sunscreens. Many choices mean that you can find a face care routine that is right for your skin, and adapt this routine as your skin needs change over time.

Gentle cleansers are best for the face, such as soap-free cleansers, liquid soaps, cream facial cleansers (best for dry skin) and gel facial cleansers (best for oilier skin). Choose a cleanser that is specifically designed for the face, as some body soaps can dry out the skin. There are also specific cleansers for removing make up from the delicate eye area.

Regular exfoliation can also help remove dirt and dead skin cells from the skin's surface, helping to keep pores open. But remember that exfoliating or cleansing too often can strip natural oils from skin, causing dryness and damage.

After cleansing, toners can help remove all traces of dirt, make-up or cleanser that remain after cleansing, and restore the natural pH of the skin.

Moisturisers augment the skin’s natural ability to combat the drying effect of the weather, keeping your skin smooth, supple and able to perform all of its important functions optimally. It is important to choose a moisturiser that suits your skin type, and also to consider sun protection. As the face is usually exposed to the sun, even for a short period each day, you may want to choose a daytime moisturiser that contains sun protection. In the evening, apply a moisturiser without sunscreen.

There are also many varieties of sunscreens that can be applied after moisturising. More detail on sunscreens can be found in the section relating to SKIN.

Shaving after a hot shower or after washing your face with hot water can help to open the pores, soften the facial hair, and relax the facial muscles. There are also men’s pre-shave oils and creams to pre-condition the skin. For men who choose the manual razor option, there is a range of moisturising shaving creams or gels to lather your face; using a shaving brush can help coat every hair with lather as well as producing a thicker lather than may be possible with fingers alone. Electric shavers are also available.

Following shaving, aftershave products can be used to sooth the skin and leave it feeling smooth and smelling good.

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