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Serious grooming: Much-needed summer skincare advice

Skincare is a term typically associated with women, who tend to use numerous facial products to rejuvenate and maintain their skin.

However, on a global scale, skincare is becoming an increasingly important part of men’s grooming as well. This is because different skin types may get irritated during the summer due to excessive heat and sweating.

“Men’s facial skin is typically thicker than women’s and less likely to be sensitive to ingredients in facial cleansers and moisturizers. skincare is also usually a simpler routine since men typically don’t wear make-up,” Dr Nathalie Domloj, dermatologist and brand expert for Fair & Lovely Arabia, tells Aficionado.

While skincare for men may be a simple routine, it should not be a lazy one. “While some men’s skincare regimens consist of an inexpensive disposable razor and a bar of soap, the average man’s skin needs a bit more attention: from shaving and acne , to moisturizing and sunscreen,” she says.

In the right direction

According to Dr Domloj, many men tend to shave in the opposite direction to hair growth. While this may temporarily result in softer skin, it excessively harms the skin in the long run.

“The blade often nicks the buried surface of the hair follicle and creates inflammation,” she said, adding that one should shave only once over a given area: “One shaving stroke on each section of the face is advised to avoid shaving over and over in one area.

Sensitive skin

Men with sensitive skin naturally need to be more careful to not cause harm to their face.

Such individuals, according to Dr Domloj, are advised to “shave in the shower or immediately after because the hair and skin are softer and suppler making it easier to shave”.

She noted that one can use a mild shaving gel or, otherwise, one can use a good shaving cream that lubricates the skin and softens the hair.

The razor

Buying a razor can be tricky business, and many might think that the more blades, the better.

However, Dr Domloj notes that men with curly hair tend to suffer more from ingrown or coarse hair and hair growing in different directions. “For the men, it is best to use a two-blade razor, since it doesn’t cut as close,” she says.


Stinging is normal, but not for all, it turns out. “Aftershaves are more for the fragrance; they tend to sting and they’re not good for men with sensitive skin,” Dr Domloj says.

For those with sensitive skin, the dermatologist suggests using a light, oil-free moisturiser while the skin is damp.

Oily skin

Men, on average, tend to have slightly oilier skin than women, according to Dr Domloj, who explains that this is due to the fact that testosterone stimulates sebum production in the hair follicles. And with oily skin, breakouts come more often.

“One way you can prevent an unpleasant breakout is to only buy shaving and skincare products that contain the term ‘oil-free’ or ‘non-comedogenic’,” Dr Domloj says.

She adds that such moisturisers should be applied when the skin is still damp, after washing one’s face or after showering. “Creams tend to be heavier and may clog pores,” she explains.