One of the most important things that we can do for our skin, especially our face, is to wash it regularly. Normally, the facial skin produces sebum (oil) and sweat throughout the day, which can form an oily layer on your skin. Skin also accumulates pollutants (dirt particles) and dead skin cells, which combine with oil and sweat; this provides a substrate for bacterial proliferation, ultimately leading to the obstruction of pores. Ideally, the face should be washed twice daily; if you work out or engage in vigorous physical activity, you should wash your face after the said activity.
When Should I Start?
With the abundance of information readily available, it’s difficult to know exactly where (and when) one should begin having a daily skincare routine. Fortunately, I have been through a lot of it myself, and I have tried more than a few products and methods along the way.
Most people think that they don’t really need to worry about taking care of their skin until they’re 40 years old, (it’s never too late), but one should to start before then in order to prevent damage to the skin.
Most guys don’t even really think about taking care of their skin at all, unless you’re talking about routine things, like shaving. Is skin care for men any different than skin care for women? I say, not anymore.
Fountain of Youth
I remember reading about the explorer Ponce de Leon searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth in elementary school Social Studies class, even though it’s probably just a story. Youthfulness and vitality must have been pretty important even in the 16th century if an expedition would travel halfway around the world into totally unknown territory in hopes of finding a way to combat the effects of aging.
Society has always attempted to combat aging. In decades past, women predominantly were trying to achieve a more youthful appearance, but the contemporary obsession with youthful beauty (and the ubiquitous presence of the camera) causes guys to jump into that fountain at an unprecedented rate.
Ask most women whom they find physically attractive, and chances are that it will include some young, famous, handsome guy who is constantly being chased and photographed because he’s just that. Today, Brad Pitt (at 55) looks as good as most (ordinary) men in their 30s, and I am reluctant to believe that it has to do with genetics alone.
An Ounce of Prevention…
When I was in medical school, I remember one of my favorite lectures was delivered by a dermatology professor who told our class that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I thought that was applicable to many things, but especially to the skin and aging. I always noticed that certain subsets of people looked noticeably older than their stated age, while others appeared considerably younger.
Quite a few women were able to look decades younger than they actually were, but I didn’t really see any male counterparts. I had always been told that I looked younger than I am. At first, it was kind of annoying, but I soon found it to be more of a compliment as time progressed. I figured that I may as well try and keep it up for as long as I could. Continue reading “Men and Skin Care: More Alike Than Different”
Hi, I’m Ian. I have always been interested in the process of aging, especially how it relates to the skin.
As I have mentioned, I have always been interested in the scientific mechanisms of aging, specifically how it’s manifested in the skin. People generally can tell a person’s age by the way their skin looks, especially in the face, since that’s the first most people look. In the past, skincare was predominately a topic for women who were interested in looking more youthful, but over the past few years, there has been growing interest in men who would like to take care of their skin.
Motivation for Helping Others
I have always derived satisfaction from helping others. When I was in college, I worked as a tutor in various subjects in order to help other students with their course work. After college, I decided to go to medical school, where I was able to learn many aspects related to helping people take care of themselves from a health perspective. I did my residency in anesthesiology, which allowed me to help people undergo surgical procedures; this was a lot more involved than most people think. One of my favorite lectures while in medical school was by a dermatology professor who told our class that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“.
I hadn’t heard this saying up until that point, and I felt that there was a lot of truth to it. I found that I could help people quite a bit just by educating them in regard to routine skincare . I have a lot of interest in products dealing with everyday skincare, including those related to the prevention and treatment of various skin conditions and normal aging.
My purpose for this website is, once again, primarily to educate people, especially guys, who would like to learn more about how they can look younger by taking care of their skin on a daily basis. These topics will deal with practices and products that prevent the exposure of skin to environmental factors that cause skin damage and premature aging as well as other products that address skin damage once it has begun. I will also discuss the treatment of other common skin problems, such as acne, and everyday skincare routines, like cleansing and shaving.
If you ever need assistance or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Please leave any specific comments about products or methods about which you may be familiar, because I may not know of them and would always like to learn anything.
All the best,