Men don’t spend a whole hell of a lot of time talking about skin moisturization. Contrary to what you might expect from an article about skin moisturizer, we don’t really have a problem with that. The fact is that dealing with seriously dry skin on the hands, feet, and elbows doesn’t have to be complicated. Daily moisturization doesn’t require a lot of thought or a lot of your time. We believe that choosing and using the correct daily moisturizing product for men can be the easiest part of your daily skincare routine.
With this in mind, today we will talk about why men get dry, cracked, and damaged skin, how powerful skin moisturizers work, and finally how to incorporate moisturization into your daily routine!
Why is my Skin so Dry?
Dry skin is the most common skin condition on earth. Most of us probably have some form of dry skin right now. For most cases, it is tempting to simply ignore dry skin knowing that it won’t be a huge deal to just tough it out. By understanding why dry skin occurs, it is possible to avoid this common problem which can range from a mild nuisance to a very real issue that prevents us from working, playing, and enjoying the finer things in life. Here are a few reasons why your skin gets dry:
Your shower/bath habits: we all know why taking hot showers and baths is so appealing. Scalding hot water, especially in the dead of winter, can feel great for the body and the mind. Yet these long, hot showers are actually one of the primary causes of dry skin in adults. Even worse, hot showers are particularly damaging during the cold winter months.
Temperature and humidity (weather): of course hot showers aren’t the only reason that the winter is tough on skin. When temperatures drop and the air loses humidity, your skin has a tendency to dry out. Using potent moisturizers and other tools like humidifiers can help with this problem.
You work with your hands: we cater to hard working men who need powerful skin relief. We understand that demanding jobs and demanding hobbies are tough on the hands, feet, and elbows. While there is no way around this, proper skin maintenance can go a long way towards keeping your body healthy and strong (more on this below).
How Moisturizers Work on Very Dry Skin
So far we have mentioned that skin moisturizers are the best “catch-all” solutions to dry skin. This leaves the question: How exactly do moisturizers work? Moisturizers work on three levels, including:
- Occlusives seal in moisture: perhaps the most well known set of moisturizing ingredients, occlusives are the heavier aspects of moisturizers which form a physical, water-tight barrier on the outside of the skin. This serves a dual purpose of locking moisture in while keeping irritants out.
- Emollients repair skin from within: going beneath the outer layer of the skin, emollients are the ingredients which actually repair, restore, and renew damaged skin. Emollients work by filing damaged areas in cracked skin.
- Humectants work as a magnet for moisture: you read that correctly, humectants quite literally draw water molecules towards them like a magnet. This primarily works from the inside out, with humectants drawing moisture from the body to the skin where it is needed.
Sample Skincare Routine for Regular Guys
The words “skincare routine” shouldn’t put you off. We are really just talking about the things you do every day to stay clean and healthy. If you are interested in more involved skincare routines including face masks, oils, and other products, all the more power to you. For today, we will be sticking to the basics for guys who want to put in the minimum effort to get the maximum results. We believe that a simple skincare routine for men can lead to healthy, strong skin.
The core of any skincare routine should always revolve around cleansing. Your regular showers are perhaps the most impactful activity for your overall skin health. Consider using soaps, shampoos, and deodorants which are free of parabens, sulfates, and other synthetic fragrances and synthetic dyes when possible. If you shave, be sure to use proper shaving techniques to avoid razor burn and/or razor bumps.
After your daily shower, applying a powerful skin moisturizer designed specifically for men will keep your skin hydrated, strong, and feeling its best. It really is that simple. By adding once-daily moisturization to your standard shower routine, you can give yourself the best chance to avoid annoying dry skin all year round.
HEFF Moisturizing Cream for Powerful Dry Skin Relief
HEFF is a men’s moisturizing cream developed for dry, cracked hands, elbows, and feet. We believe in providing the strongest possible product for men who work hard. Our non-greasy formula harnesses the power of essential amino acids to heal your skin without leaving any nasty residue! Purchases of HEFF support the United States military through Operation Gratitude and our ongoing military donation program.
If you are in need of some serious dry skin relief, look no further! Our products are available in major retailers across the country, online, or you can feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions.