When you think of black skin care for men most of you think of shaving issues or baldheads. So let’s begin with shaving issues.
One of the biggest challenges that African American Men have is pseudofolliculities barbae or PFB, but you know it as ingrown hairs. So now you’re faced with razor bumps and dark spots.
More common to African American and Latino Men, razor bumps are commonly found in your scalp, on your chin, neck, jaw line and cheeks. PFB or razor bumps develop when the curved hair follicle grows inward and not out of your skin.
How do you prevent these bumps from showing their face on your face? Here are a few shaving tips:
Try using a single-edge shaver/blade
Throw out your razors every two-three days. Blunt blades are the main reason for irritation.
Apply a generous amount of shaving cream, this will make it easier for your razor to glide across your face.
Most men prefer an oil after a shave to soothe your skin, however a toner will work as well.
An exfoliating treatment once a week will help remove dead skin cells from your face and it decreases dark marks that occur from shaving.
African American Men Treat Your Feet!
What about your feet? Yes, your feet! When summer finally comes around and you want to put on your man-sandal and show off your feet, you’ll want to make sure that they are smooth, soft and well groomed.
Sooo, a pedicure is in order once a month and you can do maintenance in between appointments yourself.
For at home care, you will need:
A pumice stone
A salt scrub
A body butter
So few items but definitely ones that you need in order for you to treat your feet. Bye the way, you’ll want to maintain this regimen year round. It will make it much easier to transition into your man sandals as the temperatures rise.
Black Skin Care For Men- The Basics
Yes, Gentlemen, you need a basic skin care regimen for your skin. Your skin is a bit thicker than that of your beautiful black woman but you’ll need to apply the same basic care: Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize.
So many products are on the market for men and your skin but as a Black Man, you’ve got a special gift that warrants some special attention. Your Melanin! It’s responsible for your dark and handsome complexion that you have and the care that you give to it must be right.
Cleansers that contain green tea are good for you. Green tea is an antioxidant that fights the free radicals that attack your skin on a daily basis. The weather, pollution and your food intake are to be considered when caring for your skin.
Toners bring your skin back to its natural pH level after cleansing to balance it out. They can also work as great after-shave treatment for your skin.
Moisturizers are great for keeping your skin just that, moisturized. They can also help with hydration especially if you apply them to your skin while it’s moist.
An exfoliation and masque once a week is also a great idea. These treatments help in removing dead skin cells and hydrating dry skin or removing oil from oily skin.
Black skin care for men, there’s nothing like a well groomed brotha!
Juliette Samuel is a person who definitely knows beautiful when she sees it. Juliette has had a very eclectic career working in and around the beauty industry. She has worked as an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also been a Professional Image Consultant.
Currently Juliette works as a Skin Care Therapist, acting President and Chief Nose for NYRAJU Skin Care. As such she is in charge of product formulation and development of all scents produced for the line.
Juliette is also a member of NAHA-The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, The Society of Cosmetic Chemist and is the Fragrance Editor for BellaOnline.
What does that do for you? It keeps Juliette on her toes when it comes to the type of information that she’ll be able to share with you as readers of her blog or articles that she publishes on and off the web.
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