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Men’s Skin Care: Why It Matters

With Father’s Day coming up, we thought it would be a good exercise to review some skin care tips that are specific to men.

While most of our recommendations about skin care are relevant to anyone, there are a few notable differences when it comes to caring for guy’s skin.

Men have thicker skin

First off, men’s skin is made up of thicker layers — they have more collagen, elastin fibers, and fatty tissue directly under their skin.

“As a result, men’s skin is on average 20% to 30% thicker than women’s skin,” according to WebMD.

Which is also why people claim guys “age better” — more oil production, thicker skin, AND lots of hair follicles mean that their skin is held up by a more supportive skin system, so they’re less prone to wrinkles.

What this also means: it’s recommended that men exfoliate more often.

This can be accomplished during the shaving process, but if you’re a fan of the beard (and who isn’t these days?), you might consider using a scrub to slough away dead skin cells.

Speaking of beards

Yeah, beards require extra care, too. Shockingly, they don’t just manage themselves.

To ensure the healthiest skin and beard, as always, a wholesome and vitamin-rich diet will do the most good for you.  “If you optimize your health, then you’ll grow great beard hair,” explains beard champion Jack Passion in a recent interview.

You can also supplement the natural oils from your skin with a beard oil to ensure that the hair is protected. This is especially important if you’re going to be outdoors or going swimming.

Sun protection

And if you’re going to be outdoors, bearded or not, making sure your skin is protected is still important. Men are just as susceptible to skin cancer as women, and should also use a sunscreen, especially during the summer.

We recommend using nonabsorbent sunscreens containing zinc oxide for maximum protection.

“Nonabsorbent sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide for scientifically-proven sun protection. They are not absorbed into the skin or bloodstream. These are minerals that are found abundantly in nature and are very safe for use in body care products.”

The art of shaving

If you’re not growing a beard and if shaving is part of your regular routine, there are a few important steps worth taking.

shavingExfoliate:
Scrubbing away those dead skin cells before you put a razor to your face will help prevent ingrown hairs, making for a cleaner and better shave.

No scraping:
Using a good-quality razor and a lighter touch will save your skin.  “One of the biggest mistakes that men make while shaving is to press the razor into their skin and pull hard,” explains Randy Murray on Sharpologist. “They use their other hand to pull and stretch the skin and bear down with the razor. Stop that. You are literally scraping the skin off with your beard, slicing into your face.”

Let your skin rest: 
Don’t shave every day! Do keep up with a daily wash/moisturizing regimen, but give your face a day off for shaving.

Moisturize:
Hydrating the skin and nourishing it with a vitamin-rich moisturizer will improve not only the condition of your skin, but provides lasting results and prevents wrinkling.  Totally worth it.

It’s a lot to remember, especially if you’re a guy who’s just getting into a regular skin care regimen.  Overall, you’ll just want to find products that work for you, so that you’ll stick to it.

What skin care tips or products do you swear by? Check out a few of our favorite men’s skin care products in our store!

 

The Basics Behind Your Baby’s Skin

We’ve all heard the phrase,  “smooth as a baby’s bottom.”

There’s a lot of truth behind that idiom — newborns and infants have especially soft skin. It’s why we love snuggling them so much!

But that smooth skin also needs to be cared for and protected, especially while our little ones are growing and developing.  Why?

Infant skin is several times more sensitive than yours.

Babies grow and develop at such a fast rate — parents are especially aware of this, especially when little ones start crawling and putting everything in their mouths.

baby feet

Their skin is also developing, and this includes adapting to their new environment.

“Unlike adult skin, newborn skin is thinner and may not fully mature for up to 12 months,” explains Jo Bridgman, Midwife for the Johnson’s baby Professional Team. “It absorbs and loses water faster, leaving it vulnerable to dryness and irritation. Infant skin can be up to ten times more sensitive than adult skin, making it prone to conditions like atopic dermatitis and eczema.”

Take extra care when cleaning your baby’s skin.

Anyone who’s changed a diaper knows the importance of keeping an infant’s skin clean and protected.

From taking care of diaper disasters to battling irritating rashes, keeping your kiddo’s skin clean might feel like a lost cause.

A baby’s epidermis is not as fully developed as an adult’s, so it’s thinner and has smaller cells.  This means your child’s skin has an increased risk of bacterial growth and may be more prone to irritation.”

babyProtective barriers over baby’s skin can be especially helpful here, ensuring that moisture stays in and bad bacteria stay out. Using ointments with zinc oxide are great for healing diaper rash and provide that layer of protection.

Breakouts, cradle cap, and eczema are common, but preventable.

Because a baby’s skin absorbs everything so much more easily, things like acne and cradle cap are going to happen.

Many of these conditions, while they might seem alarming, are totally normal. Something like cradle cap, for instance, is mostly harmless: “Possibly it has to do with overactive sebaceous glands in the skin of newborn babies, due to the mother’s hormones still in the baby’s circulation.”

And if you remember last week’s post about dry shampoo, you’ll recall that sebaceous glands will overproduce oil when skin gets dry — so using natural, nutrient-rich moisturizers and oils on your little one’s skin can help to prevent that overproduction.

Shop Baby Skincare Products at Soap HopeIt’s a lot to digest, and there’s certainly no shortage of advice out there when it comes to parenting and caring for your child’s health.

But never fear!

Skin conditions like sunburn, eczema, and diaper rash are no match for our baby skincare products at Soap Hope — so you and your kiddos can feel clean and safe.