Men’s health Skincare

Skincare basics for men

Everyone needs to look after their skin. But if your idea of skincare is splashing your face with cold water every morning and you want something more, here's a quick guide to the basics

If you want healthy, young-looking skin, looking after it is something to consider making part of your dailiy routine. There are many options for skincare out there – here's our guide to a basic routine to get you started Men’s skin is slightly different from

women’s – it’s thicker, for example. But where skincare is concerned, what works is more or less the same for both sexes. The first step is to identify your skin type so you can get the most out of your skincare products. There are five basic types:

Normal Well-balanced, neither too oily or too dry.

Oily Enlarged pores and prone to spots and blackheads.

Dry Feels tight and rough, looks dull, may also be flaky and itchy.

Sensitive Easily irritated, may sting or burn after using skincare products.

Combination Dry in some areas, oily in others.

Once you know which skin type you have, your local Careway pharmacist can recommend products that will work best for you. But what products should you be using daily?

1. Cleanser Even if you have oily skin it’s a good idea to avoid using ordinary soap to cleanse your facial skin, as it can be very drying. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a mild facial cleanser, and use it daily and after exercise. If you choose a foaming cleaner, make sure your water is lukewarm, not hot.

2. Moisturiser Also moisturise every day, even if you have oily skin. Using moisturiser regularly can help keep your skin look brighter and younger, as it helps trap water in the skin. Try applying your moisturiser straight after getting out of the shower or after shaving, while your skin is still damp.

3. Sun cream Using a sun cream product doesn’t just protect your skin against skin cancer, it protects it against premature ageing too. Apply every morning before you go out, especially during the spring and summer months, and reapply frequently if you’re spending time in the sun. For more information about sun creams, turn to page 20.

Dry skin conditions

Skin feeling really dry? Here’s how to tell if you have eczema or psoriasis… Eczema Areas of your skin may become red, inflamed and itchy from time to time. Affected skin may also become blistered and weepy, and can become infected. The most common areas affected are wrists, backs of knees, fronts of elbows and around the neck. Find out more on page 8.

Psoriasis Like eczema, psoriasis can flare up every now and then. Typically it develops as patches (called plaques) of red skin with overlying flaky, silvery- white scales that feel rough. Plaques can develop anywhere but are most common on the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. If you think you may have eczema or psoriasis, there are treatments available that can help you manage it. See your GP or ask your local pharmacist for advice.

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Once you know which skin type you have, your local Careway pharmacist can recommend products that will work best for you

Top tips to look after

your skin Besides following a basic skincare routine there are other things you can do to keep your skin looking good, including the following:

• Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

• Consider quitting if you’re a smoker.

• Try not to spend too much time in the shower and turn down the heat – the water should be warm, not hot.

• Soften your skin with warm water before shaving, and shave in the direction of the hair growth if you tend to get ingrown hairs.

Find your nearest Careway pharmacy at a-pharmacy.

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