Mens Skin Care Facial Mistakes

Unsightly blemishes, razor burn or even dry skin can be a result of simple skin care mistakes. The most common men’s skin care mistakes can be easily avoided, and correcting them can leave you with clear skin in no time.

Mistake #1: Not Wearing Sunscreen

Most dermatologists will agree that not wearing sunscreen is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Not only will your skin show the signs of aging faster–without sunscreen, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Every day, apply a sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go in the sun. Don’t forget exposed areas like your neck, chest and hairline.

Mistake #2: Razor Burn

Razor burn doesn’t have to be an inevitable fact of shaving. If you shave in the shower, the steam will open your pores and allow for a closer shave. If you can’t shave in the shower, use a shaving cream with aloe to moisturize the skin before shaving and let it sit for a minute on the skin before you start.

Mistake #3: Sleeping on Dirty Sheets

Those sheets you sleep in every night are a breeding ground of germs and bacteria. Even if you take a shower before bed each night, sweat, saliva and dead skin cells can still find their way to your sheets.

Skin care mistakes, such as sleeping on dirty sheets with all that bacteria, can cause unsightly breakouts and blemishes, which may require acne treatments. For clear skin, you should wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week at a high temperature.

Mistake #4: Touching Your Face

Just as you should wash your hands before eating, you should wash your hands each time you have to touch your face. You might not even be aware of how often you touch your face–scratching your nose or rubbing your eyes. However, it’s important to try and make a conscious effort to not make this common men’s skin care mistake, as it can lead to blemishes.

You probably won’t be able to stop touching your face entirely, so be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the day.

Mistake #5: Talking on a Dirty Cell Phone

Most men use their cell phones several times a day. However, you probably aren’t washing your hands before picking up an incoming call or sending a text message.

Just like bacteria from touching your face is harmful, the bacteria that transfers from your hands to your phone can also lead to blemishes on your face, and leave you needing acne treatments.

Dirty cell phones are some of the worst bacteria culprits because of where they are stored. Most men keep their cell phone in their pocket. This is the perfect dark and warm breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, research has shown that your cell phone may be even dirtier than a toilet seat.

To clean your cell phone, use anti-bacterial wipes and be sure not to get any moisture in the speaker functions.

Resources

ABC News Staff. (2006). What’s dirtier, cell phone or toilet seat? Retrieved January 2, 2010, from the ABC News Web site: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Health/story?id=2273311.

Ask Men Staff. (n.d..). Skin care dos and don’ts. Retrieved January 2, 2010, from the Ask Men Web site: http://www.askmen.com/grooming/appearance/8b_skin-care-dos-donts.html.