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SKINFORMATION CENTRAL

HOW TO IDENTIFY & TREAT EVERY SKIN TYPE

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For guys, the importance of following a solid skincare routine used to rank right up there with taping an episode of The View or catching a live performance of Olympians on Ice. Oh my…how times have changed. Today, more and more men are aware of the benefits of a prescriptive skincare regimen, just a few of which include a younger, more youthful appearance, healthier looking skin and smoother shaves.

INDENTIFYING YOUR SKIN TYPE

The first step in creating a personalized skincare routine is to identify your skin type. This will determine the daily steps to be taken and the proper products to use. The chart below should clearly outline where your skin fits in:

Dry/Sensitive Skin

• Prone to inflammatory eruptions.

• Highly reactive to new products.

• Often sensitive, tight and uncomfortable.

• Fine pores with a tendency toward dryness.

• Easily irritated by shaving.

Oily Skin/Acne Prone

• Greasy feeling with large, visible pores.

• Skin breakouts with blackheads common.

Shiny, especially on nose and forehead.

Combination/Normal Skin

• No huge issues, maybe an occasional bout of dryness or oiliness.

• Skin kinda’ average and relatively problem free.

• Common shaving irritation may apply.

Mature Skin/ Aging Skin

• Real visible or getting-there wrinkles.

• Fine lines around eyes, mouth and forehead.

• Noticeable under-eye bags.

A DAILY ROUTINE FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE

Step
Dry/Sensitive Skin
Oily/Acne Prone Skin
1. Cleanse
Clean your face with a moisturizing gel or foaming cleanser. Make sure to avoid ordinary soaps, which tighten and dry the skin. Wet, lather and rinse with the aid of warm water.
Clean your face with a gentle clay cleanser. Make sure to avoid ordinary soaps, which tighten and dry the skin. Wet, lather and rinse with the aid of warm water.
2. Tone
Using a cotton ball, gently apply a toner to remove remaining residue and to help better absorb a moisturizer.
Using a cotton ball, gently apply a toner to remove remaining residue and to help better absorb your moisturizer.
3. Moisturize
Generously apply a super-hydrating moisturizer. Steer clear of fragranced products.
Generously apply an oil-free moisturizer. For extremely oily skin, try an oil-free/oil-absorbing moisturizer.
4. Exfoliate
Once weekly, remove dead cells and unclog pores by using a gentle face scrub. For best results, mix this scrub with your face wash. Avoid delicate skin areas.
Twice weekly, remove dead cells and unclog pores by using a gentle face scrub. Avoid delicate skin areas.

Step
Combination/Normal Skin
Mature/Aging Skin
1. Cleanse
Clean your face with a gel or foaming cleanser. Make sure to avoid ordinary soaps, which tighten and dry the skin. Wet, lather and rinse with the aid of warm water.
Clean your face with a moisturizing, creamy cleanser.  Wet lather and rinse with the aid of warm water.
2. Tone
Using a cotton ball, gently apply a toner to remove remaining residue and to help better absorb your moisturizer.
Using a cotton ball, gently apply a toner to remove remaining residue and to help better absorb your moisturizer.
3. Moisturize
Generously apply a general moisturizer. If your skin is oily in some areas and dry in others, use a hydrating moisturizer for dry areas and an oil-free one for oily spots.
Generously apply an extra-powerful moisturizer. Apply a targeted eye cream.
4. Exfoliate
Twice weekly, remove dead cells and unclog pores by using a gentle face scrub. Avoid delicate skin areas.
Once weekly, remove dull, wrinkled skin by using a gentle face scrub. Avoid delicate skin areas.