Grooming Wisdom

SKINCARE Q&A
BY J.P MASTEY, PRES. BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA


How does men’s skin differ from that of women?

Not only is men’s skin thicker, but it also tends to be oilier. This extra lubrication is essential for beard growth and helps to counterbalance the ravages of time, protecting the skin and acting as a natural wrinkle-reducer. Despite the benefits, having excess skin oil does have a downside: When the oil combines with dirt and dead cells, it can clog the pores and cause skin breakouts.

 

What happens to the skin as men age?

Skin changes dramatically as you age. During puberty, when a male’s hormones are kicking into high gear, the body produces more sebum (oil). However, as men get older, oil production in the skin reduces and moisturizers with age-defying ingredients are needed to nourish, hydrate, and help combat the skin’s aging process.

 

The sun…friend or foe?

While sunshine may lift your spirits, it does nothing but harm the skin. Exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging and also puts you at greater risk of developing skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that, regardless of skin type, a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is essential for year-round use.

 

What is exfoliation and why do I need to do it?

Skin produces cells that continually renew themselves. Exfoliation helps rid the skin of the dead surface cells that build up on its surface. Scrubs containing granules, like Baxter’s Skin Toner Facial Scrub with walnut shell powder, gently buff away impurities and dead surface cells, stimulating skin renewal and revitalizing the complexion without any redness or flaking. Baxter’s Skin Toner Facial Scrub is the perfect pre-shave tool for lifting hairs away from the skin prior to shaving.

 

Why use a toner-astringent?

Large pores? Oily Skin? Toners rebalance the skin's pH level after cleansing. Toner also prepares your face for the glycolic acid (AHA’s) in fine facial moisturizers, since these won't work on alkaline skin. A toner will also help to minimize the appearance of pores, and will remove dirt and oil from deep within the pores. Apply toner to a cotton ball or cosmetic pad and wipe away the excess dirt and oil, the result … shine-free-skin with a matt finish.

 

Under eye cream: Is it for men?

Check out any photo of yourself that’s at least five years old and you’ll no doubt see far more significant changes in the eye area than in any other areas of your face. The skin under the eye is extremely delicate, and as you age it gets thinner, making it extremely susceptible to wrinkles. It’s especially important to feed the vulnerable under-eye area with a nutrient-packed, super-hydrating, quick-correcting serum like Baxter’s Under-Eye Cream. Start today - even in you’re only in your twenties - for results you can see like fine lines beginning to diminish.

 

The great cover-up… are masks necessary?

A skin mask can quickly salvages winter-weary or over-sunned skin, softening, brightening and smoothing it in one easy step. Men’s oily skin responds best to a mask that’s fortified with natural clay, which tightens, tones, and clarifies as it dissolves dead cells and removes pore-clogging debris on the skin’s surface. Apply a thin layer of the Clay Mask on the face, let it dry to a flaky crust (approximately 10 minutes), rinse off with warm water, and check out the results.