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Hi, I'm a 27yr old male with great skin, and I'd like to keep it that way.

I've never really used a moisturizer, but I think I'm going to start right now just so I can get a good lead.

Can anyone recommend me a good moisturizer for men? Is there any real difference between skincare products for males and females?

What ingredients should I look for?

Thanks!
 

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The ideal thing to look for is a product that does not contain any preservatives (possible carcinogenics). Also look for one that is water based as moisturizing your skin with oil is pretty much pointless because your cells are moisturised with water, not oil. So far I've only found one. Let me know if you want me to send you any info.
I'v used it myself, also I've used the aftershave milk which also contains no preservatives, alcohol, fragrance, comodegenics or chemicals. When I wet shave, my skin is raw the next day so can't shave until it calms down, but after using this, it's perfectly fine because razors take away the layer of keratin, and this stuff naturally adds it back. HTH
 

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There are big differences in men and women's skin. For one, men's skin is prone to being more oily. Secondly, men's skin is also thicker than women's skin.

There are lots of great brands out there from the mainstream to the high end brands.

At the drugstores, you can purchase Neutrogena, L'oreal Men, Nivea and more.

Many high end companies have created a line specifically for men such as Lancome (Lancome Homme), Shiseido (Shiseido Men), Clarins, Clinique and more.

You shouldn't only be using a moisturizer, but practicing a skin care regimen (cleanser, moisturizer). A toner is optional and is based on your personal preference. One of the most important things is a sunscreen since sun damage is responsible for over 50% of skin damage (fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration). Always use a sunscreen of at least 15SPF, even if it is a cloudy day due to the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Because you're relatively young, you should use an anti-aging line to prevent wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration to maintain your healthy skin you have.
 

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Not all preservatives are bad for your skin or your body. There are many natural and artifiacial perservatives such as citric acid (from citrus fruits), tocopheral acetate (vit E derivative) etc that are good for your skin and necessary to keep the product stable so you can actually use it for a few months without it going off. Some natural and organic prodcuts are even worse for you then synthetic ones because they expire/'go off 'so quickly and cause breakouts because of the extra oils.
 

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Hi, I'm a 27yr old male with great skin, and I'd like to keep it that way.

I've never really used a moisturizer, but I think I'm going to start right now just so I can get a good lead.

Can anyone recommend me a good moisturizer for men? Is there any real difference between skincare products for males and females?

What ingredients should I look for?

Thanks!
Skin care is very important as your skin is a) the largest organ and b) involved in many important functions such as your immune system, temperature control and many other functions.

If you have good skin you are lucky and should make the most of it.
Most of the people I see in my practice can't say that and have learned the hard way.

There are several factors to skin care including using a complete daily skin care regime which indeed includes a toner, as toning is a very important and necessary step in taking good care of your skin.

As far as shaving is concerned, as men we do a considerable amount of exfoliating (read shaving and scrapping off skin for exfoliating). Men tend to have slightly thicker skin than women, however, the physiology (function) of the skin is the same and similar products are applicable for both sexes.

The difference is primarily in the preferences of fragrances...but that's totally individual and just depends on your particular preference.
Myself, I always use a toner after shaving and this has primarily two functions.
1. If I've been in a hurry, I usually nick my skin especially the upper lip - so the toner helps to sooth this and to close the pores as well as stop the bleeding.
2. Because it closes the pores it stops further loss of moisture from the skin and thus stops the drying out of the skin.

Follow this with a good natural moisturizer and you're done.

Having said all that, good skin care goes beyond just using skin care products on your face. The skin, being the primary temperature controlling mechanism in your body requires good levels of nutrients. That means good quality food intake. Try to reduce processed foods as much as possible and drink plenty of water, not soft drinks, coffee or tea - water. Our body uses 2 liters of water per day to maintain normal metabolic function (the chemical processes occurring within a living cell or organism that are necessary for the maintenance of life). So, if you do not provide your body with this amount, it will take it from where it can; for example the skin. That then leads to dry skin and if not addressed you will become chronically dehydrated. Not a good thing!

I hope this info helps you in your quest to maintaining your healthy skin, but if you have any questions, just ask.

Cheers
Smokey
 
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