Skincare is not just a girl’s thing

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Skincare is not just a girl’s thing

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The truth is, very few teenage boys are blessed with effortlessly blemish-free skin. Many do not devote too much time or effort into developing a good skincare routine. Even the most flawless of skin needs to be kept clean. A good skincare routine calls for proper face cleansing and understanding which products work for specific skin types. 

“I use Cetaphil to wash my face twice a day because it doesn’t dry your skin out,” said Dmitry Jakobs, a sophomore.

Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser uses a non-irritating formula that softens skin as it cleanses it. It works for all skin types so whether you have oily, combination, or dry skin, this is a great face wash for both morning and night use.

Body lotion—while probably not the best idea for use on the face, can be a good moisturizer for non-sensitive skin, if it is specifically labeled as a body and face lotion. The Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream is good for intense hydration while not leaving the skin too oily.

SPF protection is often overlooked by many people, not just teenage boys. The most common concern being that it will cause the skin to break out. However, the Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer is a moisturizer that protects the skin from the intense Arizona sun while keeping it hydrated.

With No-Shave November going on, shaving products may not be something guys are looking for right now but for those not participating, shaving cream and aftershave are essential. Cosmetic Lad, an aftershave cream by Lush, is incredibly effective at soothing the post-shave skin. With the many kinds of blade choices, electric shavers tend to be more convenient and safer than traditional razors.

“I usually use what they used to call a safety razor, which is actually just a single blade cutting,” said Jim Swetter, principal.

With skincare products, it truly is a matter of different strokes for different folks. What works for someone with oily skin may not work as well for someone with dry skin. When it comes to figuring out which products to use, boys usually do not resist the skincare advice from the girls in their lives.

“I’ve always used Cetaphil, just because it’s what my mom used, and she told me to use it,” said Jakobs.

A healthy diet is also a key part of keeping the complexion clean and clear. Consuming too much high fat and sugary foods can cause the skin to break out more than is normal for a teenage boy going through puberty.

“It’s important to take care of your skin so it’s not nasty,” said Joseph Denzak, a sophomore.

Partly because of the stigma surrounding men’s grooming, there is not much interest in teenage boys to partake in the hygenic act. Oftentimes, skincare advertising is directed towards girls which can be off-putting for many boys.

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