Top ten male grooming myths
For lots of men skin care isn't a major priority, so many males simply dismiss common skin complaints as a fact of life. There are a range of myths about male grooming - here are some we're happy to dispel.
- My acne scars are for life Not necessarily! There are non-surgical treatments such as microdermabrasion which can help you get rid of unsightly acne scars.
- Its ok to steal my wife/girlfriend's moisturiser Male and female skin is very different - men's is 16% thicker as well as more acidic and oilier so what works for her isn't necessarily going to work for you.
- I have to live with my back/neck hair If you keep your t-shirt on even at the beach, worry no more. Laser hair removal can rid you of unsightly hair - and unlike waxing, it's pain-free and permanent.
- You don't need to wear sun screen in Britain Completely untrue - the sun's rays can burn and age your skin even through cloud. If you regularly work outside, make sure you cover up or apply cream.
- Ingrowing hairs are a fact of life Not true - ingrowing hairs and razor bumps can be reduced using topical treatments or eliminated altogether with laser hair removal.
- Washing my face with soap is fine Bar soap can affect the PH balance of your skin and strip away the natural oils. Using a specialist cleanser suitable for your skin type will make your skin look and feel healthier.
- Forehead lines are inevitable As we get older our skin loses its elasticity. If you're a smoker this can happen even more quickly. You can reduce the appearance of lines by changing your habits - quitting smoking and using sun screen - or reverse the effects using anti-wrinkle treatments.
- Warts are my own problem Not true - there are 60 known wart viruses and they can easily be spread to other people through touch or indirect contact.
- I have to live with this embarrassing tattoo You can get tattoos removed easily at your local sk:n clinic. If only other mistakes were so easy to erase.
- I don't need to get my mole checked While most are absolutely fine, some moles can signify serious health problems. It's always better to be safe than sorry.