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26 Sep 2018 | CAPS Clinic

Not So Secret Men’s Business

For a long time, the aesthetic industry has been focused on women. Things have changed. Guys are no longer sitting on the sideline wondering what goes on behind those closed doors – men are taking more pride in their appearance which is leading to them having more in-clinic treatments.

If you glance at pretty much any male movie star, TV personality, sports person or men’s health magazine cover guy, he will have had a slight bit of ‘help’ with making sure his appearance is the best it can be. This may be a simple skin care regime, monthly in clinic laser or light treatments, or a treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Even if very simple, skin care is a part of overall health and wellness and should form part of your daily regime.

Where to start

With anything new, becoming educated will help you gain understanding and know why you are making the changes. Know your options, know what you’d like to achieve and find someone to help you discuss those goals. An initial consultation, regarding skin health, with a Dermal Specialist at My Genesis Clinic takes around an hour. You can talk through your concerns and walk away with a written, tailored plan specific to you and what suits your lifestyle.

I feel like it’s too late

It’s never too late to start, from eating well, exercising or trying a new hobby. You can start to improve your skin at any point, by building resilience and good foundations in your skin… or even just tweak some specific issues. Here at the My Genesis Clinic in Canberra, our oldest male patient is 84 years old. He comes in every few months to have the capillaries on his nose, cheeks and chin treated. And he does it purely for vanity.

I’ve got a beard, does that change what my skin needs?

When you shave your face, you are essentially exfoliating the skin as you run the razor over. So, when the shaving stops your need for another exfoliation method increases. This can be achieved with a good quality scrub, enzyme based exfoliant or an in-clinic treatment.

Looking after the hair on your face is as important as the skin underneath, especially if you prefer a smooth, silky beard rather than a wild, wiry nest! Beard oil not only helps the hair to feel serene, your skin will also reap the benefits of that hydration goodness. Key ingredients to look for are coconut, almond, macadamia and emu oil.

Sun protection matters

The sun damages your skin, so sun protection needs to be an essential part of your daily routine. Whilst those with beards may get some protection to the skin, you need to really make sure you’re covering the skin that is exposed with a quality Zinc based sunscreen. Re-apply every 2 to 4 hours if outdoors, swimming or sweating, and don’t forget to cover up with a hat and protective clothing.

What to avoid in skincare products

Whilst your Dermal Specialist can advise on active skincare products that are suitable, try to avoid anything that has any of these nasties:

  • Parabens
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
  • Petroleum derivatives
  • Mineral oil
  • DEA (Diethanalomine)
  • Artificial Fragrances
  • Colours

Popular options that deliver fast (and discreet) results

  • Active skin care for at home skin care routine – a cleanser, single corrective serum and moisturising sun protection can be all it takes to make some great change to your overall skin health
  • Lactic Acid Peels are a gentle exfoliating and hydrating treatment that quickly improves the look and feel of your skin
  • Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that removes the most surface layer of skin cells, combining exfoliation with vacuum suction means you have a swift outcome that lasts around 2-4 weeks
  • Laser Genesis is a very gentle laser treatment that slowly heats the deeper layers of your skin that boosts collagen production. This results in smooth, more even looking skin. Excellent to target fine lines that may be forming around the eyes and across the forehead.
  • Healite LED Technology is an effective treatment which suits most skins types. It is used to treat acne, rosacea, ageing skin, as well as excellent in helping pre and post surgery to assist wounds healing and scar reduction.

What are you waiting for

Don’t hesitate to start looking after your skin better because you are embarrassed or worried about what your friends might think. They will be the ones asking you for advice when they see how great you look and how confident you are!

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