SKIN CARE ESSENTIALS
Ageing happens. There’s not much that we can do about it, even though scienctists are constantly striving to unearth the proverbial fountain of youth. We can however try to grow old gracefully and look great at any age – less in the way of Michael Jackson, more like Robert De Niro.
SCREEN THE SUN
The Sun, while being the prime source of energy that enables ecosystems to thrive, is also responsible for ultraviolet radiation that causes genetic damage to the layers of our skin. More specifically, UVA and UVB radiation can cause melanomas. Use a UV filter to minimise exposure. UVB also exacerbates the presence of freckles on the skin. Sunscreen is something that should be used not as a vanity, but as self defence. Alternatively, a hat works too.
Everyone has a different level of tolerance when it comes to skin care. But your morning ablutions start the day right. Caring for your skin shows you pay attention to yourself. Dr Paul Jarrod Frank, global dermatologist and skincare technology expert for Lab Series, suggests that the minimum you should do on a daily basis is to apply a moisturiser with a sun protection factor. “Men often go to the strongest product to try to solve specific skin issues, without including the simplest steps first, such as cleansing the skin properly and using daily sun protection.”
DO IT QUICK
Lab Series suggests a simple and easy two- or three-step standard. Start with a cleanser to wash your face clean. It gets rid of grime, sebum (thatʼs skincare talk for oil) and dead skin that builds up over time and cause breakouts. An option is a toner that closes up your pores, similar to how aftershave works.
Finally, use a moisturiser. Your facial skin tends to be more delicate than your body, and thus needs to be tended to. Itʼs also more exposed to the environment. A moisturiser helps your skin cells retain moisture and
Sun Protection Factor
The recommended standard is a SPF of 15 or higher, that absorbs over 90 per cent of UV rays. Make sure you select a sunscreen that defends against UVA and UVB rays. In addition, there are physical and chemical sunscreens. The former uses titanium and zinc oxides to do the job. The latter uses chemicals.
stay healthy and firm. Slap on the SPF after youʼre done, or use a moisturiser with an SPF value. The entire process takes less than five minutes once you’ve got the hang of it, and it will have you looking sharp and feeling good before you step out.
DON’T SWEAT IT
We sweat all the time. We just donʼt realise it until our shirts are drenched and stained. On any regular day, men tend to sweat twice as much as women when the body temperature rises due to weather or physical activity. Sweat stains look unattractive, particularly if you have the tendency for pit stains. The solution is simple: wear an antiperspirant. Another alternative is to wear a T-shirt under your work wear. If you are prone to body odours, donʼt try to mask it with a fragrance. Stay fresh by taking a lunchtime shower.
Get Your Own Gear
Men’s skin differ from women’s. We have thicker skin that thins out with age, while that of the fairer sex tends to remain constant till around the age of 50. The point to this is: Don’t steal your girlfriend’s skincare products. They won’t necessarily work for you. Get your own stuff.
New skincare solutions on the market such as those by Lab Series now offer multiple benefits in single product, such as the MAX LS Ageless Power V Lifting Cream. “The Power V treatment boosts moisture and collagen, reduces fine lines, tightens contours and lifts the skin. We can combine multiple ingredients into one single product. Men don’t feel so overwhelmed by the choices, and they can use a product that targets multiple issues to see results.”
Technology in Skin Care
Ginseng and other organic products are increasingly popular in men’s skin care. But apart from good ingredients, Lab Series also uses innovative technologies that target the five core problems men face in ageing, such as the increase of fine lines and reduced collagen in skin.