Is there a men's cleanser that provides refreshment without drying skin?

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Men try to present a tough face to the world, and it's true -- they're actually thicker-skinned than women. Their skin is also oilier, and it takes more of a beating from having a sharp razor dragged across it every morning. That's why a man's skin needs just as much TLC as a woman's.

Though the idea of browsing the facial cleansers at their local spa or department store sounds about as appealing to most men as having their chest hairs plucked out one by one, guys still need to find the right cleanser to help them save face.

To help you shop for cleansers as quick and painlessly as possible, we've pulled together a few tips for finding a product that will clean your skin without drying it out.

  • First, stop reaching for the bar soap in the shower to wash your face. Most bar soaps -- and especially deodorant soaps -- contain drying ingredients that will just suck all the natural oils out of your skin.
  • Instead, look for a facial cleanser that's non-drying but still strong enough to clean your pores. Check for moisturizing emollients in the ingredient list, like glycerin, olive oil, vitamin E, or jojoba oil.
  • Though you want it to moisturize, a good cleanser shouldn't be too greasy. Men's sebaceous (oil) glands tend to be very active, and all that extra oil can lead to breakouts. Using greasy products will just add to the problem.
  • We know you probably hate this word, but you need to do it: exfoliate. Men's pores are naturally bigger than women's, and if you don't clean them well, they can get clogged with oil and dirt. Using an exfoliating cleanser will clean out all the gunk that's built up in your pores, and slough off all the dead skin cells that have been collecting on the surface. As an added bonus, exfoliating will soften your hair follicles to make shaving easier.

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  • If you tend to get pimples, look for a cleanser that contains zit-busting ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These products will help clean your pores and fight off the bacteria that contribute to breakouts.

Don't think your skin care regimen is finished once you've washed off the cleanser. You still need to apply a moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher to keep your skin smooth and protected against the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays.


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