Cold Weather and Men's Skin Care

Most people are unaware of the dangers posed by the sun's rays during the winter, and skin care specialists claim that men especially need to take extra care of their skin. Even during shorter winter days, the sun can do serious harm to skin and it is just as vital to use UVA/UVB sun protection every day regardless of the season. UVB rays are responsible for burning, tanning, and accelerating skin aging. UVA rays can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and plays a major role in skin aging and wrinkling, and can potentially lead to cancer.

According to the President of the Society of Plastic Surgical Care, Kathy Jones, men are less likely to notice changes to their skin than women. Even if men notice changes, they tend to ignore them and delay going to the doctor. Men typically do not use many skin products, and Jones believes they could be missing some important benefits.

 Cleansers: Washing your face twice a day with a cleanser that has alpha-hydroxy acid is recommended to promote cell-turnover and minimize razor bumps. Shaving: Aside from the aesthetic value, a clean shave exfoliates the skin and removes the top layer of skin which promotes cell turnover and keeps skin looking young and healthy.

Sunblock/Moisturize: During the winter, skin often lacks its essential oils and becomes dry. Moisturizing frequently will treat dry skin caused by the sun, and shaving and sunblock offers protection against UV rays.


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