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Face Scrubs

 –  Regular use of facial scrubs is one of the best methods for men to maintain healthy, clear skin. By incorporating this technique into a skin care regimen, men can not only improve the health and appearance of their skin, but help to reduce the discomfort that often comes with regular shaving. There are now many choices for face scrubs, formulated specially for men’s skin conditions, which can help men look and feel better. Men’s skin care is designed to offer effective and convenient solutions.
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Men’s skin is not only physically different from women’s, but it is put under greater stress, particularly on the face. On average, men’s skin is 20% thicker than women’s, has more follicles (and therefore a greater density of hair) and tends to produce more oil. Since most men shave the hair on their faces, their skin is also subjected to the loss of the protective acid mantle created by the layer of sebum on the skin. There is also the risk of ingrown hairs caused by hairs, cut off at or just below the surface of the skin, growing back through the skin tissue rather than the pores.

Most men’s facial scrubs are formulated with a cream or gel base containing small particles, usually with additional emollients, vitamins and other beneficial ingredients. The scrubbing particles help to exfoliate the skin, aiding in the removal of the dead and dying outer skin cells and encouraging a healthy skin cell turnover. This naturally allows the skin to heal itself faster from shaving nicks and cuts, as well as improving the rate at which scars and blemishes can be reduced. A regular regime of facial scrubs can help lead to a complexion that is clear, smooth and healthy. It also provides a skin surface that can be shaved more easily, leaving smooth skin and fewer ingrown beard hairs.

Various materials are used in different facial scrubs to help exfoliate the skin. Some include polishing beads, while other brands use sugar granules, minerals (such as sea salt) or botanical particles derived from ground bamboo, walnut shells or corncobs – all of which provide a gentle but effective action to cleanse and smooth the skin. To increase the cleansing effects, some face scrubs also include stearic acid, which acts as a surfactant to help remove oils and dirt particles. Replacing oils lost in this process, to help moisturize the skin and keep it supple, is also an important part of facial scrubs. Many brands use botanical extracts and oils, such as jojoba, chamomile, citrus extract, carrageenan, green tea extract and others, to help replace oils and provide vitamins and antioxidants to the skin.

As with any other exfoliants, most facial scrubs should not be used daily. After their use – particularly following shaving – face lotions should be used, followed by a sunscreen.

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