Saturday, January 20, 2018

An Epic Guide to Gentlemen's Skincare Series - Part II


Here comes the sun! With the passing of New Year's arrives a time most are considering change - New Year! New You!  So, part II is dedicated to Tattoos & Exfoliation - Both are undying trends that lend a hand to achieving your most beautiful skin yet by smoothing & eliminating imperfections then adorning your skin with the images that set your soul on fire.

 -Continuous Care for Tattooed Skin-  

In the past decade tattoos have become all the rage for expressing yourself, from the sentimental to silly there are many skincare factors that need to be considered when owning ink and how you take care of the tattooed skin for the long term is what matters most.

Knowing your skin type can help you choose products for this venture as well.

Protect your ink - UV light of any kind fades tattoos, blurring the lines and bringing blotches to those stellar images. So always apply sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher 15 mins before sun exposure & reapply every two hours. 20 years down the road you will be thankful that rad skull doesn't look like a rock from sun fade.

When tattoos become dry, flaky & irritated - Use a water based gentle cleanser to keep your tattoo clean, then apply a water based fragrance free lotion or cream to soothe the itch, but don't smother it if the tattoo is still healing as that can cause problems too. For completely healed tattoos try Gibs Bush Master Beard, Hair & Tattoo Oil, rich in Argan Oil, Olive Oil, & Sunflower Oil to moisturize while enhancing the appearance of your ink.

When considering placement - Getting a new tattoo is always exciting, and some shops will pay attention to any moles that are in the area being considered for new ink. However, just to cover all the bases avoid tattooing right over a mole, go around it, so early skin cancer warnings can still be detected if necessary.

-Exfoliation-

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin, which can leave skin looking & feeling great. But it's not for everyone and can be harmful if done incorrectly, so considering skin types, let us determine if this step is right for you.

There are two types of at home exfoliation - Chemical & Mechanical: 
  • Mechanical Exfoliation uses a tool such as a brush, sponge, loofah or a sugar scrub to physically remove dead skin cells.
  • Chemical Exfoliation uses a chemical composition such as Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
To prevent damage while exfoliating, consider the following tips:
Consider the skin care products you already use - Some medications or even over the counter products may cause skin to be more sensitive which will cause peeling, such as prescription Retinoid Creams or  products containing Retinol or Benzoyl Peroxide. We don't recommend you use this step if you have a history of sensitivity to exfoliation methods. 

Select an exfoliation method that suits your skin type:
  • For Dry, Sensitive, or Acne prone skin-Perhaps a wash cloth or very mild Chemical Exfoliator may be preferred, as Mechanical Exfoliation may be too irritating for these skin types. Try Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which is a Rice-based enzyme powder that activates upon contact with water helping to regulate melanin production while micro-exfoliating dead cells leaving skin bright, clear & soothed.
  • For Oily, or Thicker skin- Use a Mechanical Exfoliation tool such as Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush paired with a Dermalogica Cleanser or a somewhat stronger Chemical Exfoliator such as Dermalogica Charcoal Recovery Mask that detoxifies & purifies while stimulating cellular turn over.
Exfoliation techniques & tips:

Be Gentle with your skin - Always read the directions of recommended products and go about using them with a gentle hand.

Always follow with a good Moisturizer - Exfoliating can be drying to even normal skin, and be cautious not to over exfoliate which leaves your skin red and irritated. 

Find the right schedule for you - How often you Exfoliate depends on the method, the more aggressive the method the less it has to be done.

Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for 24 hours after exfoliating & always wear sunscreen if you must be in the sun. Absolutely no sun exposure after heavy exfoliation since you will be susceptible to burning and infection.

A simple tested & true trick - A loofah, wash cloth, or body brush is an excellent daily exfoliating tool for the body! Since it goes in your shower and can help your whole body, not just by removing dead skin cells but slowly removing stretch marks, scars, and even cellulite. The simple combination of massage and gentle exfoliation can do wonders for your skin's overall health. 

If you scar easily or have darker skin - Sometimes strong exfoliation can leave dark spots or blotches, so avoid this exfoliation step if you know this about yourself.

Spot test every product that is new to you or your unsure about. Use a small amount of product on your wrist and follow appropriate directions and time frames to confirm you won't have a sensitive reaction to the new product.
Avoid strong exfoliation on tattooed skin, it can cause fading and irritation. 

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