In the first of a series of regular updates, we will have experts answer your concerns about hair and skin care issues as well as breaking illusions about what are some of the real grooming problems that men face today.
Q: Apart from using moisturisers, how else can I prevent dry skin and improve my skin condition?
A: As men age, their skin gradually becomes thinner, collagen levels begin to deplete (at the rate of one per cent a year) and it subsequently loses the ability to retain water. Daily shaving also causes skin to lose its natural protective barrier and ability to heal itself. Hence, it gets drier, rougher and more sensitive over time.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect and improve the condition of oneʼs skin. Besides using the right product for your skin, proper nutrition is important for achieving and maintaining healthy glowing skin. Antioxidant-rich diets with vegetables that are high in vitamins A and C are one of the many options. Berries, bananas, tomatoes and nuts are also great sources of anti-oxidants. Fish, especially salmon, mackerel and sardine contains high amount of essential fatty acids that boost hormone production and give your skin a healthy glow. Consuming enough water is equally important for hydrating your skin.
To minimise the damage to your skin, try wet shaving using a designated oil or cream. Apply moisturiser or alcohol-free shaving balm to soothe and moisturise the skin surface afterwards.
Bridget Lee, marketing manager
(Imedeen products are available at all leading pharmacies in Singapore.)
Q: What do (androgens) testosterone and oestrogens have to do with our skin? And do men really age faster than women?
A: Testosterone increases collagen production by stimulating the fibroblasts to produce specific proteins that are involved in collagen synthesis. Oestrogen, on the other hand, decreases the collagen synthesis. Androgens make the dermis stronger while oestrogen will make it softer and more resilient. Hence, men’s skin is approximately 25 per cent thicker.
Although lower collagen density in women should mean they age faster than men, identical age and weathering has seen men’s skin wrinkle more noticeably than women’s. And because men do not generally protect their skin from daily agressions and because they shave daily, they end up suffering from skin problems leading to premature ageing. However, with proper skin care and regular facial treatments, men too can age gracefully.
Karin Boo, senior technical manager
(located at Causeway Point, Compass Point, Centrepoint, Century Square, Harbourfront, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, White Sands, West Coast Plaza and nex. Tel: +65 6737 9177)
Q: I wash my hair every morning, but it gets oily quickly, sometimes even by noon. I tried using shampoo designated for oily scalp, but it dries my hair. Why is this so?
A: You are experiencing “greasy scalp”, a common problem among Singaporeans. This is mainly due to our humid weather. If the problem is left unchecked, it could cause clogged hair pores and hair loss. It is not just important to use a shampoo that is suitable for your scalp, but also to ensure that you cleanse your scalp properly during shampooing.
Q: I seem to be losing a lot of hair in the shower every day. How much hair loss is normal and what is considered excessive?
A: It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair per day at the “resting stage”. However, if you are losing more than 100 strands a day, your hair loss has exceeded what is normal. If your hair falls out without replacement hair growing, you are also likely to experience thinning hair.
Raynell Zhang, trichologist
(Trichokare is located at Wheelock Place, 05-09A; Velocity@Novena Square, 03-19 and The Clementi Mall, 05-11. For more information, contact email@example.com
or 6338 8680.