What works for your girlfriend’s skin is probably not going to work for you. We spoke to three skin pros: a dermatologist, a men’s facialist and a skin care educator, to find out their expert opinion on the biggest skin concerns for blokes – and how to treat them.
Broken capillaries are one of the biggest skin care concerns for men, says dermatologist Dr Ritu Gupta. It’s all about association. Red, thread-like veins on the nose and cheeks make it look like you’ve been hitting the bottle. While booze can be one cause, Gupta explains, broken capillaries can also be a result of sun exposure and family history.
Treat: At home, cosmetic camouflage with a green base concealer works best to neutralise redness if you’re game. At the dermatologist, vascular laser or vascular broad band light can return skin tone to its former (sober) glory.
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Causes of large pores and blackheads can include sweaty workouts, air-conditioned offices and incorrect (read, zero) skin care products, says Trillian Kelroy, beauty therapist at spaQ. It can be particularly challenging to keep the beard area free of congestion and pimples.
Treat: When booking a male facial, ask for a customised treatment designed for your particular skin type and concerns on the day. For blackheads, request extractions to squeeze gunk out properly. At home, washing daily with a cleanser that contains antibacterial and oil-regulating ingredients, like salicylic acid, will help clear congestion. Regular exfoliation will also remove the dead skin build-up that causes blackheads.
Worried you’re looking tired and old? You’re not alone. Photo-ageing, caused by sun exposure and intrinsic ageing, is a definite concern, says Tracey Beeby, Head of Education for Ultraceuticals. It’s not just about wrinkles either: ageing skin also presents as rough, dry skin and brown spots, which are easily fixed at home.
Treat: First, SPF must be used daily to protect skin from further damage. Then, hit the serums. Vitamin C will treat pigmentation (the brown spots) and vitamin A increases cell turnover, nixing dry dead skin and giving you a healthy glow.
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.