Face Washing/Shaving Tips

  • MysticNight

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    Dec 21, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    Hi all, recently I've been trying tons of different products to try and reduce the number of pimples I get on my face, and also trying to shave without getting any irritation or bumps afterward. I know Neutrogena makes a pretty extensive line of products for men for both shaving and cleansing the face. I guess my questions are:

    1) What washing/shaving routine do you use, or do you do these two things separately?

    2) What products do you recommend for cleanser/toner/moisturizer/etc?

    I'm just mostly unsure on what I should be doing morning and night for my face, both when I shave and when I don't.

    Thanks guys!
    -Chris
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    Dec 21, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    You do not have to stick to just men products. When it comes to skincare you can still use women skin products. You can go to the mall or cosmetic shop to find cleanser, toner, and moisturizing agents that are appropriate for your skin types. Oily skin will get breaks out often but if you do have that you should be happy because the aging process of the skin is slower than other skin type.

    I would recommend you shave first then begin the regimen with the cleanser then tone the skin. Wait for around 3-5 minutes and apply moisturizer. If you are oily, make sure the moisturizer is non-comedogenic. It is also help that you wash your face every morning and before bed. Don't touch your face or over expose it to dusty environment. Also I will recommend oil blotter sheet to remove oil and prevent break out.

    I also think you have to watch your diet and eat a decent amount of anti-oxidants and relieve stress with cardio and relaxation exercise such as meditation or yoga daily............If you care that much then there are alot of things you can do icon_cool.gif
  • kevmoran

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    Dec 21, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    I agree with above. Guys tend to stick to men's products when it's usually not the best choice.

    For myself, I've had the best luck with a gentle Cerave cleanser. Make sure if you are getting acne to look for something fragrance free. Toner is awesome for you, I just get some generic CVS kind, I haven't tried any others out so I can't say how much better it is. And for moisturizer, look for something non-comedogenic and oil-free.
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    For me I don't use any 'for men' products. I find their normally filled with perfumes and a bunch of shit that isn't needed just to make you smell like a man.

    I use a cotton pad (the tough ones) they come in a pack of 50 and can be wetted, then you can apply the face wash and scrub your face without having to worry about touching your face or roughing it up with a washcloth. That alone has cleared my skin more than ever before.

    I use St. Ives Apricot scrub in the morning, Cetaphil gentle cleanser after the gym or work and La Roche Posay at night. I find that this combo for some reason works for me. I sometimes use Cetaphil moisturizing cream if my skin gets too dry.

    It took me years to figure out something that even remotely works. So keep trying and see what works and doesn't.


    Good luck.

  • spacemagic

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    Dec 21, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    Tea tree oil moisturizers are good for razor bumps. I apply it on my face and neck before and after shaving.
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    For shaving, try Clarins shaving cream. It's very gentle on the skin and non-irritating at all for my sensitive skin. It's moderately priced too.
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    I had pretty mild acne up to a few months ago icon_sad.gif so i decided to make drastic changes... and its completely gone icon_biggrin.gif ... you'll need...

    1) some of those buff puff scrubby things from target
    2) a bar of DOVE soap (beauty bar or moisturizing)
    3) hemp peppermint Pure-Castil soap from target

    In the morning scrub your face HARD using the buff puff and dove soap, i know they say don't scrub too hard, but you will get every last dead skin cell!
    * repeat during the day if you want
    *at night, again, scrub your face HARD with the buff puff and dove ...wash off the soap...then LIBERALLY SQUIRT icon_biggrin.gif the hemp peppermint castil soap on the exfoliator and again scrub HARD...then wash it off...your face should be pink!
    Ive almost completely stopped moisturizing, but when i do I use pure emu oil, kind of hard to find but its non comedogenic
    as for shaving, i would stop using razors and use electric razors at a very low setting, this will lessen the chance of getting ingrown hairs.

    hope this helps!
  • MysticNight

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    Dec 21, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    Thanks for the help guys, I wasn't strictly saying any of the "for men" stuff, just wasn't sure if I should scrub my face or anything before shaving or just do everything afterwards. So basically, you guys recommend cleansing, toning, and moisturizing morning and night to put it simply?
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    toning is actually optional.... don't be tempted into thinking you need this extra step. I do tone however.

    But definitely cleanse and moisturize morning and night.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    I had a huge problem when shaving on my neck. I would break out and get really bad rashes...I tried everything! In the end the best thing was to have everything Lasered off. It worked perfectly...and I dont have to shave as much anymore
  • Angelix90

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    Dec 21, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    My face tends to be very oily so I just stick with oil cleanser sort of facial products. I used to have lot pimples but they all cleared up once I managed to control the sebum secretion.

    I shave once a week(?). I can't grow any beard. icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Angelix90 saidMy face tends to be very oily so I just stick with oil cleanser sort of facial products. I used to have lot pimples but they all cleared up once I managed to control the sebum secretion.

    I shave once a week(?). I can't grow any beard. icon_neutral.gif


    I am the same icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    Face washing - I have very oily skin, and have to wash the face frequently, and shampoo every day. If I don't wash my face when I get up, skin oil gets in my eyes, and they begin to burn. My dermatologist recommended "Dove" for the face - (not a normal soap, but with a lot of cleansing oils in it. I have used the UNSCENTED variety for many years. (cause I can't stand the perfume that is put in soaps, including Dove).
  • Machina

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:32 AM GMT
    This guy has a great channel with some fantastic advice on methods and products to use, to keep your skin looking great. He is also quite good looking.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/MensSkinCareWithRoss
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    Well I do a sugar scrub twice a week( just face wash with sugar ) I also use a grape seed mask or mud mask.if my skin is oily , also I use clove and vitamin e oil if my skin is irritated, also if your having problems with razor Burn look into a product called skin tight it works
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    newone saidWell I do a sugar scrub twice a week( just face wash with sugar ) I also use a grape seed mask or mud mask.if my skin is oily , also I use clove and vitamin e oil if my skin is irritated, also if your having problems with razor Burn look into a product called skin tight it works


    Nice tips! You have great skin.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    The best trick I've found for controlling break-outs and pimples is making sure you use a daily oil-free moisturizer. I have oily skin which is what causes my break-outs, but if I apply an oil-free moisturizer after cleansing my face in the morning, my skin doesn't need to produce excess oil because it is already moisturized.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    If you take the oil out of your skin ..your skin makes more oil to compensate.. look up " oil cleansing "
    of you have a bad problem with it .basically you massage a little oil into your skin and it helps you just wash it away in the mornig, clove&vitamin e
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    Dec 21, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    I haven't suffered from acne myself but a good friend of mine who has adult acne uses this product and it's done wonders to clear it up. I guess it's the glycolic/citric acid content.

    His skin is also a lot smoother and even looking too because it helped to fade his acne scars due to the exfoliating properties. Worth a shot if you can afford it.

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    Just make sure you use sunscreen if your planning to use any heavy duty products. He didn't and ended up lobster red in Summer because it increases your sun sensitivity icon_lol.gif

    Oh and as a plus it will make shaving a lot easier too.
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    Dec 21, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    I grew up in the country, so I use apple cider vinegar and water as my aftershave. Say what you want, but it clears the skin and restores the pH balance, removing dead/dry skin and fighting acne.
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    Dec 21, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    1) I shave every morning after the shower with Nivea sensitive shaving cream.
    I wash my face and neck with OSEA cleansing mud or the cream cleanser and the Clarisonic, tone with Le Mieux Essence Toner, add a drop of avocado oil, then OSEA Advanced Protection Cream with the Eye&Lip cream-- I add a mineral sunscreen over that. Twice a week I use one of the following masques: enzyme of raspberry or papaya, copper-peptide, or hyaluronic. Every four weeks I peel with an acid of my choice, like TCA.

    http://www.oseamalibu.com/Default.asp

    2) Everyone will create their own bias on skincare, but skin only needs two simple things: hydration and moisture. Hydration you can get by drinking water. Moisture you can get by adding oil or regulating the oil you currently have.

    Educate yourself, always be skeptical, and the best investment you can ever do for your skin is use mineral sunscreen 365 days a year.

    Manufacturers don't tell you that the chemical sunscreen already contained in your moisturizer is deemed inactive in less than four hours-- It's really only there because it's a cheap filler and acts as a lubricant.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    1. Wash first with soap and water as hot as you can tolerate
    2. Shave
    3. Wash with original Noxzema Deep Cleansing Skin Cream
    4. Rinse cold water

    Been doing this routine since first razor strike as a teenager, and swear by it.

    Good luck.
  • Kriss

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    Dec 21, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    Great advice and just reiterating,

    Wash or at least wet the hair before you shave. Most important step to kind of help soften up the hair and make it easier on the skin.

    If conventional razors dont work really think of investing in one of those 30 dollar barber sheer razors. They do a dam good job with the shaving.

    I normally wash with apricot exfoliating scrub afterwards, it has little grains in it that do wonders for my skin haha. Best time to shave I think though is right before bed, so you can wash of all of the days grim and moistorize and just go through your routine before bed. Then when you wake up in the morning see if anything is oddly cut or misplaced clean it up, and go about your day!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 28, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    ...No offense but acne is only caused by internal problems.. Not external.. I stopped washing my face and I haven't got a simple pimple in 3 years now..
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    Dec 28, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    Mrap said...No offense but acne is only caused by internal problems.. Not external.. I stopped washing my face and I haven't got a simple pimple in 3 years now..


    You dont wash your face?