Skin care recommendations are made based on assessment of your skin and any skin problems or conditions. Our team apply their scientific knowledge regarding the skin and skin product ingredients.
There are three key steps to good skin care:
- Cleanse - Choosing the right cleanser helps ensure skin health helping maintain the skin’s natural acid mantel and skin defenses, retain and restore the skins natural moisturizing factors plus remove skin debris and environmental contaminants. Use cool to warm water rather than hot water and don’t stay in the shower too long.
- Treat - Treatment products are tailored to any skin condition needing to be addressed be it acne, rosacea or skin ageing and sun damage such as the vitamin A derivatives, nicotinamide/niacinamide, azeleic acid, piroctone olamine and alpha- plus beta-hydroxy acids.
- Protect - In Australia choice of the right product to then protect your skin against our harsh environment is important to help protect against the sun’s damaging rays and skin dryness or irritation. This includes traditional moisturizing agents and products with good UVA and UVB protective sun screen actives.
Featured active ingredient: tretinoin (for acne and photoageing. Tretinoin this is a prescription only vitamin A derivative and must be avoided when planning or during pregnancy).
Men and skin care
Males are more likely to have oily skin problems which can worsen in summer and with exercise. For those with oily skin a gentle cleanser twice a day and after exercise is important. Avoiding harsh products is important as irritation can increase skin oil production. Oil-free light moisturizers or hydrating gel and gel based or light sun-protective products are useful.
Shaving can contribute to skin irritation, folliculitis or ingrown hairs. Shave when your skin and beard hairs are moist such as immediately after showering and use a fragrance free moisturizing gel rather than foam if you have skin irritation. Always shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse off and pat dry rather than rub sensitive facial skin. Shaving also has benefits and assists in exfoliation and removal or dead surface skin cells. Use a moisturizer to soothe the skin and helps it recover after shaving and avoid alcohols that can irritate and dry. If you are still having trouble with folliculitis or ingrown hairs in the beard area try cleansing with a salicylic acid containing cleanser or face scrub once a day.
Males are less likely to include a daily sun-protective product in their skin care routine, a broad spectrum SPF 15-30 day cream is essential for virtually all Australians.