Sunday February 2 2014

Lotion or no lotion for your face?

Men’s faces can actually wind up needing more care than women’s, at least for regular shavers. Shaving is a daily abuse of the skin that can roughen it prematurely if you don’t add a bit of maintenance care in there as well.
A good facial cream should be rich in essential fatty acids and oils, vitamins and minerals, nutrients, botanical extracts, and antioxidants (help prevent skin damage caused by the sun, pollutants, and other harmful environmental elements). Below are some ingredients you should look for when shopping for facial moisturizers. Remember it is not a girly thing.

Ingredients to look for
Shea butter
Shea butter is used for its rich texture and strong hydrating properties. It is known as a particularly good moisturizer because it penetrates the skin quickly, leaving it feeling smooth and with no oily residue.

Glycerin is present in all natural and syntheically manufactured fats. It is used in moisturizers because it seems to attract and retain the right amount of water in order to maintain balance in the skin.

Silicone is a slippery, water-binding agent used in some lotions and creams to offer long-lasting protection. But be careful with this one because creams that contain too much silicone can leave your face looking greasy.

Green tea
Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, and along with grape seed extracts, has become a very popular cosmetic ingredient.
If you’re buying a product you should know what the active ingredients are, what sort of chemicals those ingredients are, and what that kind of chemical does to your skin.

How to apply it
Now that you have a clearer picture of the ingredients to look for in a facial cream, here are some tips on how to apply it properly. Once you’ve cleansed your face, pat it dry with a towel. Apply dabs of cream onto your forehead, cheekbones, chin, and neck, and gently smooth it over the skin in a circular motion, working from the outside of your face toward the center. Make sure not to leave any residue and that it gets fully absorbed into your skin.

Ideally, you should moisturize your skin morning and night. But realistically speaking, applying moisturizing to your face once a day — preferably when you come out of the shower — should be enough to keep your face looking healthy.