A Quick Skin Regime Guideline for Men by Dr Alek Nikolic
Men might be confused with which skin care product to choose especially considering the wide array of products that are out there.
[quote author=”Dr Alek Nikolic”]”Furthermore men may think that they can only use ‘male’ specific skin care products. The aim of this guide is to dispel some myths and clarify what men need to do to look after their skins and get the best from the skin care ingredients available on SkinMiles.Com.”[/quote]
Fiction versus Non Fiction
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There are some minor differences due to the increased testosterone hormone found in men but ultimately the same ingredients that benefit women will also benefit men.
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Because of the testosterone our skins are more oily so less moisturisation is needed or oil free moisturisers may have to be used.
[message]Male skin may be more sensitive: True[/message]
This is especially true after shaving so choose ingredients that soothe skin and are anti-irritating. These ingredients are often found in shaving creams and balms so one should look for them in skin products as well.
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All the info that I have written about skin care found on the SkinMiles Skin Chat Blog applies to all men. Very simply skin is skin and male skin needs the same ingredients as female skin.
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Just like women use products specific for your skin type. Not sure what skin type you have then follow this easy guideline here.
Use A Face Cleanser
[quote author=”Dr Alek Nikolic” align=”left” width=”200″]”This is an important step in any skin care regime so stop using just water or the shower bar soap your skin will thank you for it.”[/quote] Removing all the impurities and dirt off the skin improves the overall health of the skin and prepares the skin for shaving and your skin care products. Cleansers should be used for your specific skin type: normal, combination, oily, sensitive, dry or acne prone.
This is your number one step in any skin care regime and believe it or not is the most vital skin care product for a healthy glowing skin. In fact it is the most effective, easiest, and cheapest way to achieve healthy skin for a lifetime. I am a firm believer in a SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. This should be applied every day irrespective if it is cloudy or if you will not be actively tanning or doing outdoor activities.
Last But Not Least: Anti-Oxidant
After UV damage free radicle and environmental damage is the biggest culprit in ageing our skins and reducing its overall health and youthful glow so an antioxidant is a vital step in your skin care regime. Antioxidants can be found in moisturisers or serums and either will do. The two that I always recommend to my patients is Vitamin C and Vitamin A or retinol.
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About the author:
Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 20 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town.
Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively lecturing and done live demonstrations throughout South Africa and abroad. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care and skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally.
Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is chairman of the Western Cape Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa and of the Western Cape Aesthetic Review group.