Learn more about taking care of your hair, skin and body. The grooming and health practices that work best for men can be quite different from those used by women. Just Gents wants to provide the best hair, skin and body care information available to our clients. Feel free to read through the articles linked below to learn more about male grooming/health techniques.
Know your skin type
You have normal skin if it has the following characteristics:
- Problem free without spots or blemishes.
- Looks smooth, healthy and clear.
Tips to keep normal skin looking good:
- Follow a sensible skincare routine using a good quality facial wash every day and a scrub once or twice a week.
- Use a light-weight moisturizers that won’t overload the skin at least once a day.
You have oily skin if it has the following characteristics:
- Greasy and shiny, especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin)
- Is prone to open pores, blackheads, spots and pimples.
- Dull looking and patchy.
Tips for oily skin:
- Keep it as clean as possible by using a good quality facial wash twice a day, a facial scrub two or three time a week and an oil-free moisturiser that will leave the skin matt, once a day.
- A clay mask used weekly, can also make a big difference. As the clay dries it absorbs the excess oil from the pores, along with dirt and dead skin cells. This helps to keep the pores clean. Over a period of time a clay mask will help to reduce the appearance of open pores as the blockages that make them appear larger are removed.
- Take care not to over stimulate oily skin with harsh products or those that will over dry the skin. Avoid soap as it will disturb the skin’s natural protective layer and make the problem worse.
You have dry skin if your skin has the following characteristics:
- Feels uncomfortable and tight, especially after shaving or washing.
- It can peel, flake and look scaly and lined.
- Looks older as its rough, dull surface does not reflect the light very effectively.
Tips for dry skin:
- Use a gentle facial wash that won’t dry the skin further.
- Use a facial scrub only once a week to remove dead cells but don’t rub too hard or for too long.
- Use a good moisturiser twice a day.
- Avoid shaving foams and soap that will dry the surface layer of the skin.
- Use sun protection of at least factor 15 when ever you are outside.
- Drink plenty of water (beer and wine don’t count!) to prevent dehydration especially if you work in an air conditioning office.
- Take fish oil capsules daily to provide essential fatty acids.
You have sensitive skin if it has the following characteristics:
- Reacts to many skincare and shaving products, usually turning red and botchy.
- Has a tendency to go red when touched, exposed to heat or to the sun.
- Reacts to certain foods or fragrances that cause a rash or make your skin itch.
- May have broken red veins on the cheeks and nose.
Tips for sensitive skin:
- Avoid anything containing harsh chemicals or a lot of perfume.
- Avoid soap and always try to select products designed for sensitive skin.
- Always protect sensitive skin from the sun even in cooler weather.
- Patch test any new products on the inside of your wrist before using them on your face.
You have combination skin if it has the following characteristics:
- A combination of two or more of the above skin types.
- Oily areas are normally straight down the middle of your face, the centre of the
forehead, nose and chin (T-Zone).
- Dry areas are often the cheeks and sometimes the forehead.
Tips for rebalancing combination skin:
- Take care not to use products that are too harsh and that will dry your skin out.
- Also nothing too greasy as this will only exacerbate the problem.
- Try different products on different areas i.e. oil-free on the greasy areas and
moisturizing on the dry areas.
- Try specific products for combination skin.
Basci skin care guide
Skin Care Routine for men
Your daily skincare routine should begin in the shower.
Choose an antibacterial soap or body wash for men to get rid of any buildup of harmful toxins, dirt and grime.
Products such as Jack Black’s Turbo Wash cuts shower time in half! This product is specifically designed for your hair and body.
Cleanse with a Men’s Face Wash
A men’s face wash is one of the most important aspects of a skincare routine.
In addition to using a face wash in the morning it’s also important to use one before going to bed at night. This will allow your skin the chance to breathe and heal overnight; from the grime, sweat and dirt it has accumulated during the day.
Apply a cleanser, such as Jack Black’s Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, by massaging it upwards onto your face in circular motions. Splash your face with lukewarm water and wipe the remaining cleanser away. Using lukewarm water will open your pores and allow for a deeper cleanse.
Exfoliate with a Facial Scrub
It is important to use a facial scrub once to twice a week.
Make sure to choose a facial scrub that isn’t going to be too harsh on your skin.
A scrub such as Jack Black’s Face Buff is great in gently removing dead skin cells without being too harsh. Simply massage the scrub into your skin. Remember you’re only wanting to remove the looser dead skin, so don’t scrub to harshly!
Although this is an important part of every man’s daily routine, unfortunately, depending on your skin type, you may find yourself more prone to razor burn, ingrown hairs and other shaving related irritations.
Shaving however is not just important to get facial hair under control. It also helps to get rid of the dry, dead skin cells on your face.
And when it comes to shaving related issues and irritations there is of course a whole range of other products such as toners, aftershave and moisturizers that are here to help!
Apply a Toner and/or Astringent
Many men avoid skin toners and astringents mistakenly believing that these are just extra products that aren’t really needed in a skincare routine. However these products are made for a good reason.
When you wash your face, you are adding chemicals and products that can change your skin’s pH – for better or worse.
Toners and astringents actually make your skin more resistant to pollutants and contaminants in the air as they can assist in restoring the natural pH levels of your skin.
They also tighten the skin and help close the pores. Men with oily skin are particularly likely to benefit from using an astringent.
Regardless of your skin type, one of the most important steps in any skincare routine is moisturizing. Products such as Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer are great for this. The double duty also has a 25 SPF!
If your skin is oily, you may think that moisturizers will only add to this problem.
The truth is that there a variety of men’s moisturizing products out there these days made for all skin types.
A bit of research here to find one which matches your skin type can pay massive dividends for your complexion. If you need any assistance figuring out which moisturizer works best for you, we are always here to help!
Massage a small amount of your chosen moisturizer onto your neck and face. Consider applying a second dab if your skin still feels overly tight or dry.
Sunscreen should be applied daily
This is particularly important for bald men, men who work outdoors or play outdoor sports such as golf and tennis. Jack Black has a great Oil free Sun Guard. However some moisturizers such as the Jack Black double duty already have an SPF included.
Apply a Cologne
Although most men finish their routines with colognes or body sprays, remember to use them with caution!
When it comes to a man’s skin care regime the most important thing is to find one that works for you and suits your routine. This may take some time and extra effort initially, but it will definitely be worth it.
To get the best long term benefits for your skin it’s also important that once you find what works best for you that you stick to that routine over time.
After a while you should find that an everyday skincare regime is as natural as brushing your teeth.