Dear Friends, I want you to be honest with yourself – Are you happy? I mean 100% happy with how you look when you look in the mirror (both with your clothes on and off)? Are you that guy who walks into a room looking so good, with so much self-confidence, that all eyes are enviously on him? Or have you trying all those beauty creams for men and every other possible product under the roof to achieve that perfect look, but in vain. Believe it or not, at one point, I didn’t even know what to do to improve my appearance! I searched everywhere but couldn’t find the information I needed.
BUT – fast forward to today . . . I did it! I discovered the techniques to look amazing – and I want to share them with you right now!
BUT FIRST, just imagine a life where you could look your personal best, feel great about yourself and attract the people you desire. What if I told you that you COULD obtain these goals with ease? What if I told you that you COULD stop wondering what to do to look your best, and that you never, ever have to go back to being unhappy with your appearance? Does this sound too good to be true? Literally ANY GUY, including YOU, can find out.
It doesn’t matter if you are fat, thin, tall short, bald, 21 or even 81, when I say ANY GUY will improve his appearance, I mean ANY GUY!!!
Let’s start with the very basics, and the first thing that comes is your skin. Before we carry on with what should we do to our skin, we must know what our skin type is.
Be True to Your Skin
Skin is your body’s largest organ and a crucial defense against bacterial infection. It is an incredibly resilient piece of work, one that adapts very well to its rapidly changing environment. You therefore may exhibit symptoms that can be attributed to skin types other than your own. But these may simply be your skin’s reaction to the sun, pollution, medications, stress, or a variety of other natural and artificial influences. Knowing your true skin type, that is, the type of skin you have under ideal environmental conditions is the first step to selecting the products that meet your unique needs.
Normal skin is never too oily or too dry. Zits are a rarity. You can tell normal skin, as with any skin type, by its texture and appearance. Pores are small. The skin has even tone and is moderately thick, smooth, and firm with excellent elasticity and moisture. If you have normal skin — well, lucky you. Stick with a daily cleanse-tone-moisturize routine for your face and a wash-scrub-spray for the rest of your corpus, and you’ll live a long and productive life. (Okay, I overstated myself a bit. But at least you’ll have nice skin.)
Oily skin is typically thicker and firmer than normal skin, with less sensitivity to chemicals, detergents, or perfumes. Pores are medium to large in size and sometimes become clogged with a sebaceous material that causes blackheads, whiteheads, or blemishes. Simply put, if you can see your own reflection in your image in the mirror, then you should choose products that are designed to cut your greasy emissions. Try a glycolic facial cleanser, followed by an astringent and oil free face lotion, every morning after you shower. Use an oil-free body cleansing gel when you bathe. Avoid cheap mass-market soaps (they are not soaps really, but harsh detergents). Scrub every other day. Mask at least once a week. Masks are available in the market. Men are advised to use mud mask to get rid of oily skin and to take better care of their skin. Tone after exercise or when you’re sweaty. By tone I mean to clean, pad up and rinse your face with some good face wash and then dry by tapping and not by rubbing. Use an astringent aftershave instead of a shave balm. Stay away altogether from body moisturizers; your skin itself is doing this work for you.
Winter is your enemy, isn’t it? Your skin always feels tight and you’re probably able to dust away a layer of flakes any time you please. Dry skin is usually thin, dull, easily irritated, and rough to the touch. Kind of like my last employer. It’s easy to mistake dry skin symptoms as mild forms of some skin disease for truly dray skin. In fact, you most likely have normal skin that you aren’t treating with the proper amount of respect. If that’s the case, follow my instructions above for normal skin. If you don’t see an immediate improvement, talk to a dermatologist.
If you have a sensitive skin, then I’m sure you already know it by now. You have moderate to severe reactions to the sun, the wind, temperature extremes, cheaper shave creams, fragrances, perfumed soaps, alcohol-based deodorants — the list goes on. You burn very easily when out in the sun. Your skin always seems to sting or itch. Most of the time, you’re just damn uncomfortable.
Be very careful about the products you choose for your skin. Even with their fine botanical ingredients and hypoallergenic testing, some of these items have been known to provoke rare but intense reactions in a few of the more sensitive fellows. For shaving, try a gel instead of a cream. Follow up with an aftershave balm that has a little sun protection for your daily walkabouts. Bathe with a glycerin soap bar and avoid fragrances. If you’re feeling adventurous, give hand and body lotion a shot to protect your skin from the elements. Caution remains the word of the day. If you see redness after an application of any of these products, discontinue their use at once
Combination skin actually refers to the skin on your face and not the skin that covers the rest of your body. Most combination skin consists of an oily “T” zone (forehead, nose, and chin) with dry cheeks and eye areas. In some instances, guys exhibit an entire smorgasbord of skin conditions or, more unusual still, a dry “T” zone with normal cheeks and eye areas.
Basically, treat each area according to what you have read above for other skin types. And mask your “T” zone two to four times a month, just to even things out.
The pores on your face are very large. When you squeeze them, they exude a fatty discharge. Your skin is excessively oily and prone to acne or frequent outbreaks of blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes.
Consult a dermatologist, if you have not already done so. You most likely require prescription medication that you cannot obtain at Men’s Zone.
If you are already on prescription medication, do not pop, squeeze or prick at acne blemishes. Wash your face twice daily with a mild cleanser and pat dry. Use cosmetics and toiletries that are specifically marked “noncomedogenic.” Avoid things that can aggravate your acne (oils, airborne grease, irritating clothing or sporting equipment, and so on). Use protective clothing and sunscreens/sun blocks, and avoid tanning booths (use self tanner instead).
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