Some Of Your Most Frequently-Asked Skin And Hair Care Questions-Answered
MensXP readers are anything if not discerning. They care about their looks, their personality as much as they care about their upcoming presentation in the office. Proof of which comes in all the kinds of questions that you guys bombard us with—either through email or message or comments. From how to deal with blackheads to uneven complexion to even deciding on the shampoos to use for your dry hair, here are some of your most pressing grooming questions answered.
Q) I am a first-year student and want a perfect hairstyle that will suit my age and my face but I don’t know how to go about it. Please suggest me something?
MXP: You know this is actually a tricky space to be in. You want a haircut that will make you look uber-stylish but also don’t have the time to maintain and style it every morning before you step out of the house. Or you have the time and the energy required for hairstyling, but don’t know where to start from.
So, first of all, REASEARCH the shit out of hairstyles! Hairstyles that are in trend now might not be next year. So decide very carefully, figure out your face type and whether your chosen hairstyle will complement your face or not. This graphic might come in handy for this purpose.
Your next step should be to find a good hairstylist—someone who will listen to you and not vice versa, and will give you a cut only after getting a gist of all your requirements. Ask around, Google their reviews and then, carefully choose the salon. You should have a photo saved when going for the cut. Always know exactly what cut you’re looking at. Talk to the stylist and make him understand what you are expecting from the end result. This will come after deciding the practicality of the cut you’re going for. Then know the tricks of the trades, ask the stylist about how you can style this at home without any external help from the professional. These are the styles that are going to be quite popular this year. Hope this helps.
Q) Can you tell me what should one do if they pop a pimple and it leaves a scar on your face?
MXP: Learn from your mistake, for starters. Never pull off this stunt, unless you want a scar that will refuse to go and a face with two more additional pimples. Any kind of popping action will result in immediate redness and inflammation, so nip this swelling in the bud by putting an ice cube (in a plastic bag or wrapped in a towel) to the area for at least 10 minutes. Your next step will be to disinfect your area by using Benzoyl Peroxide and then leave it as is. However, if popping has ended up in a bloody mess for you, then it’s better to follow the first two rules and then use some Neosprin and cover it with a band-aid overnight. But do it this one time and don’t make it a habit.
Q) I sweat a lot, like…a lot. I’m not sure how to tackle this problem.
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MXP: People do sweat excessively in summers but if the problem persists throughout the year irrespective of the weather and climate—then chances are you’re suffering from a disorder named hyperhidrosis. Two important things to remember for people suffering from this condition—a) Never skip showers, NEVER, and b) Invest in a super high-quality antiperspirant.
You can use anti-perspirant facial wipes which are essentially deodorant wipes and a sure-shot winner in controlling excessive facial sweating. They act as a wonderful astringent for your face sweat and really help you in keeping your face dry. Also, use pomade or wax on your hair when you’re working out because gel will run down in your eyes when you sweat.
Q) Any particular creams for dark circles you can recommend?
MXP: Dark circles can be brought on because of sleep deprivation, dehydration, smoking, heavy drinking or aging. While you can’t control hereditary factors or aging, you can keep those circles at bay by getting more than six hours of sleep every night, drinking plenty of water, keeping a check on alcohol consumption and avoiding smoking. Alternatively, use eye rollers or creams, which contain Vitamin K or Lexin.
My suggestions: Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (I’ve heard rave reviews about this one) or a cheaper alternative is the Garnier Eye Roll On Pen.
Q) How many times should I wash my face a day? And how should I do it? Does washing with water works?
MXP: You should ideally start by swapping your current face wash with a face wash made for men with oily skin (assuming that you’ve oily skin). If not, you should determine your skin type and look for a mild cleanser designed especially for your skin. Look out for the ones which have salicylic acid in them. Salicylic acid is an active ingredient in Clean and Clear face cleansers, Garnier too. Additionally, you must wash your face twice a day and moisturise it thoroughly with a water-based moisturiser. Leave your face as is. Don’t pick on your pimples. Drink plenty of water and change your diet. Normally, what you eat is what shows on your face. So, ABSOLUTELY cut down on junk and start eating veggies. It has been often found that cutting down on dairy helps men suffering from acne to a lot of extent. If that works for you too, then I suggest you maintain the status quo.
Again, I cannot emphasize enough on how important drinking water constantly is. You must start seeing a change in your face in two weeks. If it doesn’t help, then PLEASE don’t hesitate in going to a dermatologist.
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