Society has told men that its feminine to care about your skin when its actually a very healthy thing to do. Especially for black men! This stigma on what’s right and wrong for a men has plagued the African American community for centuries causing many to lose their lives to diseases that we didn’t know we were susceptible too. According to the Center for Disease Control, from 1999 to 2007 African American men were the third highest in death from melanoma of the skin or skin cancer. Fellas, we can prevent that if we just take the time to do something for ourselves.
Ebony Magazine published an article in their April 2011 issue with a few helpful tips for men to fellow to help prevent melanoma of the skin, improve your overall appearance, and give you a more youthful look. Check this out and let me know what you think.
Spring Clean Your Skin: The Guy’s 7-Step Guide To Complexion Cleanup
By: Lyndsay Luff
A recent study revealed seven minutes is all that separates a man’s daily grooming regimen from a woman’s. Just seven minutes. That goes to show dudes are ditching the old bar soap wash-and-go method when it comes to taking care of their skin. Here are seven skin care tips for a clean sweep this spring.
1. Start Fresh: When cleansing, concentrate on the crevices of your nose and the nape of your neck. “To lock moisture, rinse with warm water and splash with cold,” says Stanford Smith, founder of The Skin Company.
2. Clarify Things: Using toner day and night helps avoid oil overload and ingrown hairs by bringing skin back to an even pH balance. Use spray formats for quick, easy access to the face, neck and scalp – no cotton pads required.
3. Switch Up: “A thick moisturizer that works during winter will clog pores in spring,” says Merrell Hollis, celebrity groomer and barber. Transition to a lightweight formula that packs in a high (30+) SPF.
4. Take Out Bags: Concerned about dark circles and under-eye puffiness? Use caffeine-packed eye roller made for a man, and avoid rubbing itchy eyes when allergies strike.
5. Detox: Use a deep-pore cleaning mask that will act as a skin detox system once a week.
6. Dry ‘Em Out: Still seeing breakouts? Knock out pimples using products containing the ultimate drying ingredient: salicylic acid.
7. Shave After Hours: According to dermatologist Paul C. Wallace, M.D., nighttime is the right time for a bump-free shave: “Shaving in the morning makes skin raw and susceptible to bacteria from the environment.” The soothing antiseptic agents in aftershaves penetrate more deeply when used before bed to help achieve a smoother appearance by the morning. Worried about a 5 o’clock shadow? Don’t be. Chicks dig a scruffy face by happy hour. Try Bump Patrol Maximum Strength Aftershave Treatment.
Luff, Lyndsay. “Spring Clean Your Skin: The Guy’s 7-Step Guide To Complexion Cleanup.” Ebony. April 2011: 46. Print.
The products pictured above were suggested in the printed article. Personally, I have been using the Neutrogena & Bump Patrol since college. Prior to using them, my face looked…well, lets just say that I didn’t enjoy looking in the mirror. I can’t say that will never be at risk of some form of melanoma of the skin by using these products and following this guide, however, it won’t hurt.
Til next time…Peace