What’s Skin Toner?

Skin toner is one of the most perplexing and enigmatic items in today’s skin care repertoire; many people are unsure of its purpose and whether to use it.

Originally, toners were designed to fight acne; the classic formulations contained mostly alcohol, resulting in overly dry skin.

With time, toners have diversified, and there is currently one formulated for every skin type.

Although using a skin toner today is not considered crucial, there are several advantages to its use.

Toners are an effective way to benefit your skin without adding a lot of time to your current routine.

Should I Bother?

While toners are not an essential part of the contemporary skincare regimen, they have multiple merits when used as part of a daily skincare routine.

Benefits of using a facial toner include:

  1. Removal of trace amounts of dirt, oil, dead skin, and residual facial cleanser.
  2. Balanced skin pH; toners help to return the skin to a lower (acidic) pH after cleansing.
  3. Acne control.
  4. Enhanced penetration of subsequent skincare products into the skin when applied prior to their use.

So, there is really no reason not to use a toner.

How to Use Toner

Toners should preferably be used immediately after washing your face, when the skin has been wet, so that it’s more easily absorbed by the skin.

Using toner immediately after washing your face facilitates removal of debris and residual cleanser.

Toner can be applied to a cotton round (pad) until it is damp and then gently applied to the skin of the face.

The cotton pad is then swept across the skin from the center to the outside of the face until the pad is clean. There is no need to rinse your face after using a toner.

Round Cotton Pads

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Best Face Cleanser for Men: Which is It?

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 afterward.

Creme de la Mer
The Cleansing Gel

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Men and Skin Care: More Alike Than Different

Where 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.You-Are-Here

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?  The short answer is, with a few exceptions, not really.

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 by 16th century standards,  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.

Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. St. Augustine, FL

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.

Circa 2007.

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; a lot of this has to do with the appearance of his skin.

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”

About Ian

Hi, I’m Ian. I have always been interested in the process of aging, especially how it relates to the skin.

My Story

I have always been interested in the scientific mechanisms of aging, specifically how they’re 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 place that 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.

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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.

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Site Purpose

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 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 also discuss the treatment of other common skin problems, such as acne, and everyday skincare routines, like properly cleansing your face.

If you ever need assistance or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help.

Please leave any specific comments about products or methods about which you may be familiar, because I may not know of them and am always interested in learning.

All the best,

Ian B.