So much of the skincare industry is focused on women, but what about men? They seem to be forgotten when it comes to facial care. Sure there are a couple things that are similar in men and women’s skin care routines, however, there’s also a big difference between the two as well. Plus, women love a man with a well-groomed face, so, it’s in your best interest to learn the proper skincare routine for men. Let’s take a look at some of the tips you need to incorporate into your routine for clear and smooth skin.
Men and women aren’t so different
If you complain about women taking too much time in the bathroom, maybe you’re not spending enough time in it. Men and women both have skin. When women moisturizer, they’re doing it to prevent cracking and dryness. This should be the same for you. Men are known for lacking in this department, however, this is why you tend to look older than women your age. You lack a skincare routine.
Know your skin type
Before you go and buy a cleanser and moisturizer, you need to know what skin type you have. Here are the skin types:
Normal Skin: Your skin is oily, however, isn’t shiny. It’s smooth, soft and has an even tone. You rarely have breakouts.
Combination Skin: Your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is usually oily, however, the rest of your face is dry, usually the cheeks.
Oily Skin: Your skin has oily patches in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). It’s usually shiny and you’re prone to acne.
Dry/Sensitive Skin: Your skin gets irritated and usually feels dry and/or tight. If you do try a regular, non-sensitive skincare product, you break out or get blotchy.
Aging Skin: If you haven’t adopted a skincare routine in the past, you may be in this category. If your skin is wrinkled with age spots, you have aging skin which will require more intensive care.
Invest in a cleanser
Typically, men don’t use any form of cleanser. In fact, most of you simply have a hot shower and wash your face with body soap which is a big no-no. What you’re doing is making your skin more prone to dryness and wrinkles. So, invest in a gentle cleanser for men that’ll remove excess dirt and oil.
Moisturizer, moisturizer, moisturizer
You may think that your beard is doing the job of protecting your face from the elements, which it is, however, not enough. You want to purchase a fragrance-free men’s moisturizer that will make your skin silky smooth. If not, your skin will not only prematurely age, but it’ll also be ruff for your girlfriend or wife when she tries to kiss you.
Your razor is your friend
Many men run to the nearest dollar store and pick up a cheap razor, it may make sense to you in that moment but actually, it’s working against you. Think about all the razors you go through in a year, so why would you invest in a solid razor? Well, if you spend some money on a good razor, it’ll be with you for a lifetime. Cheap razors only act to irritate your skin and promote ingrown hairs. What you really need to do is look for a razor that matches your skin’s sensitivity and beard coarseness. Also, to improve your shave, you can apply a warm cloth on your face pre-shave – it’ll help soften your facial hair for a smoother shave.
This goes especially for men who are working outdoors. You must put on sunscreen with an SPF of no less than 30. A proper sunscreen can not only prevent age spots, premature wrinkles and fine lines, but it also prevents skin cancer.
Many men make the mistake of not using an after-shave post shave. Well, that’s a huge mistake. A good after-shave rehydrates your skin and soothes it. Make sure that your after-shave is alcohol-free or else it’ll dry out your skin and counteract your skincare routine.
You’ve probably heard this a hundred times, however, your skin is a reflection of your internal system. What does this mean? If you’re not hydrated, your skin is going to be the first organ to show it. Carry around a 1-liter water bottle with you throughout your day and make sure you finish drinking it by the end of the work day. You can add lemon or cucumber to it, however, know that caffeine and alcohol don’t count for your water intake.
You probably don’t think that your skin and sleep are connected, but they are. When you sleep, your body is regenerating its cells. These cells include the ones in wrinkles, fine lines and breakouts. Have you ever seen someone who’s sleep deprived? Exactly, they don’t look good. So, make sure you get your daily 7-8 hours of sleep.