Skin­care for men

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It is very im­por­tant to in­vest in proper skin­care prod­ucts rather than just a bar of soap.

In­deed, the beauty rit­ual that a woman goes through can seem quite in­tim­i­dat­ing to a guy, says Bio­therm trainer Vanessa Tan, es­pe­cially when there are so many dif­fer­ent prod­ucts out there for dif­fer­ent skin needs. It is very im­por­tant to in­vest in proper skin­care prod­ucts rather than just a nor­mal bar of soap, which is usu­ally too dry­ing for the skin be­cause it has a higher al­ka­line con­tent.

Bio­therm Homme, a brand that has spe­cialised in men’s care for 25 years, of­fers easy and ef­fec­tive skin­care so­lu­tions for men. Nowa­days, more and more men are re­al­is­ing the ben­e­fits of car­ing for their skin, the largest or­gan on the hu­man body.

One im­por­tant rea­son why men need to have a proper skin­care rou­tine in­stead of just us­ing soap is that men shave fre­quently. As such, they need to pre­pare their skin be­fore they shave in or­der to pre­vent ra­zor burns, and pro­tect their skin af­ter shav­ing. This is be­cause the process of shav­ing strips off the mois­ture layer of the skin, mak­ing it more vul­ner­a­ble to ex­ter­nal ag­gres­sion.

Bio­therm Homme recog­nises that men have a slightly thicker skin struc­ture com­pared with women. There­fore, they need prod­ucts with a dif­fer­ent for­mu­la­tion and tex­ture to suit their skin’s need.

The ba­sic skin­care rou­tine for men is to cleanse, shave, tone and mois­turise. You should use sun­screen for the day, es­pe­cially for men who love out­door ac­tiv­i­ties or sports,

Men should not have to feel un­com­fort­able us­ing skin­care prod­ucts. to pro­tect against UV rays. Bio­therm Homme has the com­plete range for dif­fer­ent skin needs.

Ba­sic hy­dra­tion can be ob­tained from the Aquapower range which con­sists of a cleanser, toner and mois­turiser. This range is a favourite with men who like the feel, fresh HERE’S a chance to get your ‘al­ways wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask’ beauty ques­tions tack­led. Send your queries to

to be an­swered fort­nightly by beauty pro­fes­sion­als from beauty or skin­care houses. The queries should be beauty-spe­cific and may be on skin or hair con­cerns, cos­met­ics or prod­ucts, too.

Please in­di­cate in your e-mail sub­ject mat­ter: Beauty Q and send your beauty ques­tions to startwo@ thes­tar.com.my. Pub­lished letters will re­ceive a gift. Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. All the best to your beauty quest! tex­ture and re­fresh­ing scent. The T-Pur range is also one of Bio­therm’s best-sell­ers since most guys tend to have oily skin due to the lo­cal cli­mate and food.

Bio­therm will be giv­ing Yew the Aquapower mois­turiser worth RM140. I HAVE vis­i­bly open pores. When I use a clay mask to min­imise them, my skin feels rough. Why is that? I’m re­ally dumb­founded be­cause I’ve no other skin prob­lem ex­cept for the open pores. Please help. – In­tan Ac­cord­ing to Michelle Kong, Clar­ins beauty and ed­u­ca­tion man­ager, this sit­u­a­tion hap­pens mainly due to skin de­hy­dra­tion which usu­ally re­sults in rough skin tex­ture.

There are dif­fer­ent types of clay masks avail­able in the mar­ket. Dif­fer­ent types will have a dif­fer­ent ef­fect on the skin sur­face, for ex­am­ple, the ones that re­main creamy through­out is not as de­hy­drat­ing com­pared with the ones that dry up.

The du­ra­tion that the mask is left on should be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion. For most cases, masks are to be placed on the face for about 10 to 15 min­utes. When it is placed for an ex­tended pe­riod of time, the skin will be­come de­hy­drated.

Deep-cleans­ing masks, like clay masks, are to be used only once or twice a week at most. It is al­ways ad­vis­able to al­ter­nate this with a hy­dra­tion mask to re­hy­drate and plump up the skin, which will also help to re­fine pore size.

Since your con­cerns are so spe­cific, per­haps you should con­sider a pore-min­imis­ing serum to re­bal­ance and reg­u­late oil se­cre­tion, and re­fine skin tex­ture.

Clar­ins will be giv­ing In­tan a Hy­dra-Quench Cream Mask worth RM142.

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