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Skin Care for Black Men
The weather can wreak havoc on our bodies, and specifically our first layer of protection – the skin. It is important, whether you are 15 or 75 to take care of your skin and practice proper daily skin care. Skin types include normal, dry, oily, sensitive and even a combination of types. Your skin type will dictate the type of care and products you might purchase for optimum skin health.
Ingrown Hairs – African American men do battle greatly with ingrown hairs due to the way the hair grows from pigmented skin. When the hair is cut bluntly from shaving, there is a sharp edge to the hair as it grows back. Add to that sharp edge a curl pattern to your hair growth, and you have incredible likeliness that the hair will curl back into the skin, causing the hair to grow inward.
As a result of the inward growing hair, bacteria and fluid forms, causing a bump to the skin. Don’t mistake these bumps as a pimple because doing so will only cause dark spots to the skin.
- Wash – Proper, consistent washing is the most important step in your skin care regime. You should wash morning and before bedtime to remove environmental buildup and debris. Cream cleansers are great for sensitive and dry skin, while foaming ones are needed for oily and normal skin types. At the very least, a mild soap and warm water is required.
- Exfoliate – There are times when washing is not enough to remove dead skin or deeply embedded dirt, such as in blackheads. Exfoliating becomes an important step. Avoid exfoliating daily as the scrubbing action can be too harsh on your skin. Exfoliate once or twice a week.
- Tone – Skin toners also known as astringents (e.g. rubbing alcohol is an astringent) are a liquid applied to the face with a cotton ball or pad. The toner will help to remove any last traces of dirt left on the face after washing, as well as minimize the pores.
- Moisturize – It’s also important to keep your face moisturized. Hydration is vital to keep the skin youthful and firm and there are moisturizers to target all sorts of needs. You shouldn’t neglect the delegate skin around the eyes, as it is the first place that fine lines will typically appear.
I know that this may sound like a lot to some men but think about assault our skin takes in the form of heavy sweating, weather, the environment, etc. By maintaining the vitality of our skin in our 20’s, 20’s, and 40’s we can look forward to healthy, youthful skin way after AARP sends us that welcome letter.
Put your best face forward.
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